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Amber Evangeline Valletta (born February 9, 1974) is an American actress and model. She began her career as a model for fashion agencies, and appeared on cover pages of internationally recognized magazines. She made her film debut in Drop Back Ten (2000). She then starred in the hit film Hitch (2005). She has since appeared in films such as Man About Town (2006), Dead Silence (2007), Gamer (2009), and The Spy Next Door (2010). She's also known for her role as Lydia Davison the ABC television drama series Revenge.

Early life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Valletta was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother worked at the post office.[1] She attended Booker T. Washington High School. She got her start in the fashion industry when her mother enrolled her in modeling school at the age of fifteen at the Linda Layman Agency. She appeared on the cover of magazines and in advertisements for Louis VuittonCalvin Klein and Versace and hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow model and friend Shalom Harlow.

Career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses".[2] Valletta's first role was in the comedy film Drop Back Ten (2000); Later that year, she played a supporting role in the thriller film What Lies Beneath. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Harrison Fordand Michelle Pfeiffer. She appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in The Family Man. In 2003, she played as Celine in Danny DeVito's Duplex, starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, she also played as Meline in Raising Helen (2004), opposite Kate HudsonHayden PanettiereAbigail Breslin, and Helen Mirren.

Valletta's major role was as Allegra Cole in Andy Tennant's Hitch (2005), for which she gained more attention. The film was released on February 11, 2005 and was a box office and critical success. She also had a role in Transporter 2, playing the mother of the kidnapped kid. She appeared in the comedy The Last Time, costarringMichael Keaton and Brendan Fraser. In 2007, she starred in the horror film Dead Silence as Ella Ashen. Later in 2007, she portrayed the character of Claire inPremonition, starring Sandra Bullock.

Valletta appeared as Angie in Gamer, opposite Gerard Butler. The film was released in North America on September 4, 2009. In 2010, she starred in The Spy Next Door, alongside Jackie ChanGeorge Lopez, and Billy Ray Cyrus; she played Chan's character's love interest,Gillian.[3] Valletta and Chan had numerous kissing scenes,despite the movie being rated PG.

In 2011, she appeared as Lydia Davis on the ABC's television drama series Revenge.[4]

Other projects[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Valletta also serves as the spokesperson for Oceana's Seafood Contamination Campaign,[5] where she brings awareness of the dangers of mercury poisoning in various kinds of seafood. The decision to join Oceana's campaign was prompted by the mercury-poisoning experience of a friend and the fact that she is a mother of two.

Valletta is now a model for Marks and Spencer.[6]

Personal life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Valletta is married to Olympic volleyball player Chip McCaw with whom she has a son, Auden (b. 2000).[7][8]

In January 2008, she participated in a video for Barack Obama produced by will.i.am called "Yes We Can" along with her son Auden, whom she was holding in her arms.

Filmography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Films[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Drop Back Ten Mindy Deal
2000 What Lies Beneath Madison Elizabeth Frank
2000 The Family Man Paula
2001 Perfume Blair
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Ms. Dingman
2003 Duplex Celine
2004 Raising Helen Martina
2005 Hitch Allegra Cole
2005 Transporter 2 Audrey Billings
2006 Man About Town Brynn Lilly Direct-to-video
2006 The Last Time Belisa
2007 Dead Silence Ella
2007 Premonition Claire
2007 My Sexiest Year Marina
2008 Days of Wrath Jane Summers
2009 Gamer Angie
2010 The Spy Next Door Gillian
2011 Girl Walks Into a Bar Camilla

Television[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story Lorelei Shellist Television movie
2004 Lucky Sarah 1 episode
2005 Punk'd Herself 1 episode
2011–2014[9] Revenge Lydia Davis TV series; Recurring role, 10 episodes
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