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 | edit]Edit
Valletta was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother worked at the post office. 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 Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Versace and hosted MTV's House of Style with fellow model and friend Shalom Harlow.
Career[edit source | edit]Edit
She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses". 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 Hudson, Hayden Panettiere, Abigail 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 Chan, George Lopez, and Billy Ray Cyrus; she played Chan's character's love interest,Gillian. Valletta and Chan had numerous kissing scenes,despite the movie being rated PG.
Other projects[edit source | edit]Edit
Valletta also serves as the spokesperson for Oceana's Seafood Contamination Campaign, 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.
Personal life[edit source | edit]Edit
Filmography[edit source | edit]Edit
Films[edit source | edit]Edit
|2000||Drop Back Ten||Mindy Deal|
|2000||What Lies Beneath||Madison Elizabeth Frank|
|2000||The Family Man||Paula|
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Ms. Dingman|
|2005||Transporter 2||Audrey Billings|
|2006||Man About Town||Brynn Lilly||Direct-to-video|
|2006||The Last Time||Belisa|
|2007||My Sexiest Year||Marina|
|2008||Days of Wrath||Jane Summers|
|2010||The Spy Next Door||Gillian|
|2011||Girl Walks Into a Bar||Camilla|
Television[edit source | edit]Edit
|2001||Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story||Lorelei Shellist||Television movie|
|2011–2014||Revenge||Lydia Davis||TV series; Recurring role, 10 episodes|