Nicole Houston “Nikki” Reed (born May 17, 1988) is an American actress, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and model. She became known in 2003, after the release of the film Thirteen, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, for which she was credited with Hardwicke as a co-writer of the screenplay, and in which she played a lead role. The film earned Reed an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. Reed has since appeared in several films, including Lords of Dogtown and Mini’s First Time. She also portrayed vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga (2008–2012).
Reed was born in West Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheryl Houston, a beautician, and Seth Reed, a set designer. She has an older brother, Nathan August Reed and a younger half-brother Joey Reed.
Reed has said in numerous interviews that her early home life was “complicated”. Her parents divorced when Reed was two, and she was raised by her mother. Her mother is of Cherokee and Italian descent. Her father is Jewish. Reed was raised without religion and has identified as Jewish. She grew up around some Jewish practices, as her brother had a Bar Mitzvah.
In 2002, when Reed was 14 years old, she moved out of her mother’s house and began living on her own, mainly in apartments in the Los Angeles area. After Thirteen’s success, Reed returned to Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, but dropped out again after a year. She said that “mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film” were the reason for her departure. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling. She is a vegetarian.
Reed met Paul McDonald, a singer-songwriter and season 10 American Idol contestant, on the red carpet at the premiere of Red Riding Hood in March 2011. This moment was broadcast on an American Idol episode as part of a segment that showed the contestants attending the premiere. The couple began dating, and moved in together not long after. They confirmed their engagement in June 2011, and married on October 16, 2011, in Malibu. In March 2014, Reed and McDonald announced that they had separated after living apart for the previous six months due to “work obligations”. Reed filed for divorce in May 2014, and it became final on January 2, 2015.
Reed began dating actor Ian Somerhalder in mid-2014. They confirmed their engagement in February 2015, and married on April 26, 2015 in Malibu, California.
Reed is close friends with her Twilight co-stars, particularly Jackson Rathbone. Reed is also close friends with Spy Kids actress Alexa Vega, who was her maid of honor at her first wedding.