She starred as shape-shifter Mystique in the success X Men movie franchise, with her television work including parts in Just Shoot Me, Ugly Betty, Eastwick and King & Maxwell. Rebecca Romijn was born on November 6, 1972, in Berkeley, California, to parents of Dutch ancestry, with her mom employed as a teacher and her dad as a plaything and furniture craftsman.
Romijn had strategies to study singing as a college undergraduate, but rather preferred to go to Paris after meeting a modeling scout. She built a successful, international modeling career, becoming famous for her Elle and Sports Illustrated magazine work in addition to efforts with Victoria’s Secret and Tommy Girl.
Starting to see that continuing with modeling was not for her, Romijn turned to acting, having a sense of comedic chops from the television fare she saw during her youth. She starred as the girlfriend of Ross (performer David Schwimmer) on the NBC show Friends in 1997 and, understanding that she adored performance, appeared on another situation comedy, Just Shoot Me, several years after. From the conclusion of ’97, she had also started hosting responsibilities on MTV’s House of Style.
She subsequently entered the science fiction/comic world along with her character as fit, wily shape-shifter Mystique in X Men (2000), a redhead clad in blue body paint and scales. She reprised the character in the hit 2003 and 2006 sequels, with other pictures for the decade including Femme Fatale (2002) and Godsend (2004).
Romijn continued her TV career. She starred about the 2006 comedic WB show Pepper Dennis before taking on the part of transgender character Alex “Alexis” Meade on the hit ABC show Ugly Betty. She also costarred on Eastwick, a 2009 play inspired by the John Updike work of exactly the same name. From the newest decade, having a part in Tyler Perry’s Great Actions (2012) as well, Romijn turned to more sensational fare with TNT’s King & Maxwell, a summer 2013 offense play where she played a P.I.
Romijn had met performer and musician John Stamos in 1994, and several years after the couple wed in Beverly Hills. The union ended in 2005, with Romijn staying private about special conditions. She afterwards met fellow actor Jerry O’Connell in Vegas, Nevada.