TV Actress of the Day: AMANDA RIGHETTI

Amanda Righetti


TV Show: The Mentalist which airs Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Her Character: Grace Van Pelt

Why we like her: I remember Amanda Righetti from Fox’s short lived show, Reunion (still want to know how that one ended by the way). And of course as Kristen’s sister on The O.C. And it seems that she has now found her place on a really great and popular show, The Mentalist. I look forward to seeing more of her.


She was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and subsequently moved to Los Angeles to seek further acting opportunities. She married actor Jordan Alen on April 29 2006. Fellow actress and friend Alex Davalos was Amanda’s bridesmaid. Amanda is the youngest of eight children, having six sisters and one brother.

After securing a role in the pilot No Place Like Home, Righetti caught the eye of Fox executives. She played a regular guest character Hailey Nichol in the American teen drama The O.C. In the season finale of Season 2 of The O.C., her ex-boyfriend Jimmy Cooper jokes about life on the North Shore, the show she formerly starred in after the series was canceled after one season, playing the role of Tessa Lewis.

In late 2005, Righetti starred in FOX’s Reunion as Jenna Moretti.

Righetti appears on the cover of the November 2005 issue of FHM magazine. She was ranked #59 and #84 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2005 and 2006, respectively.

In 2006, Righetti signed on to star as the main female lead in Return to House on Haunted Hill as Ariel Wolfe. The film is the sequel to the successful 1999 Horror Remake film House on Haunted Hill. The film was released Straight To DVD worldwide throughout October 2007 and received mixed reviews.

In April 2008, she starred as the lead female role Whitney in the long awaited remake of Friday the 13th. Production ended in June 2008 and the film will be released in theaters on Friday, February 13, 2009.

It has been confirmed that Amanda has signed on to appear as series regular Grace Van Pelt on the upcoming CBS series The Mentalist alongside Australian Actor Simon Baker which premieres on the 23 September 2008.

Amanda Righetti’s Filmography

1. Friday the 13th (2009) …. Whitney
2. Role Models (2008) …. Isabel
3. The Mentalist (2008-Present)(TV) …. Grace Van Pelt
4. Matter (2008) …. Stranger
5. K-Ville (TV) …. A.J. Gossett (2007)
6. Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007) (V) …. Ariel
7. Pipeline (2007) …. Jocelyn
8. Marlowe (2007) (TV) …. Jessica Reede
9. Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006) (VG) (voice)
10. Entourage (TV) …. Katrina
11. Enemies …. Kelly Callaway (TV Pilot)
12. Reunion (TV) …. Jenna Moretti (2005)
13. North Shore (TV) …. Tessa Lewis (2004-2005)
14. The O.C. (TV) …. Hailey Nichol (2003-2005)
15. Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) (TV) …. Friendly Girl
16. No Place Like Home (2003) (TV)
17. Angel Blade (2002) …. Samantha Goodman
18. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV) …. Riding Teen
19. Kiss & Tell (1996) …. Little One
20. Love and Happiness (1995) …. Charlie’s kid sister

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Amanda Righetti

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