Ahna O’Reilly is an American actress probably best known for her role in the film “The Help.” She also starred opposite Ashton Kutcher in the “jOBS” biography. She most recently landed the lead in the CW drama pilot “Identity.”
Ahna O'Reilly grew up in Palo Alto, California. Her father is a travel publisher. “I also grew up all over France during my childhood.”
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When she was eight, she told her mom that she wanted to be in the theater. “So I made her bring me and my two little sisters to audition for ‘The Sound of Music.’ We were cast as the three youngest Von Trapp children. Ever since then, I was obsessed [with acting] and we had a blast – it was like going to summer camp.”
Growing up, Ahna O'Reilly had a variety of normal jobs: “I babysat, did retail in a clothing store and a book store, worked catering events and as a cocktail waitress.” She graduated from Menlo School in 2003 and then attended the University of Southern California. She was there for one year before she dropped out. She later dated James Franco for five years, until they broke up in 2011. Her big break came with an independent movie called “Herpes Boy.”
Her resume includes roles on “The Vampirie Diaries,” “Prime Suspect,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “CSI: NY,” among others.
As for her career, Ahna O'Reilly said, “I never knew if I would have a job…I never anticipated that the roles would keep coming the way that they did. They’re all very different, so it was a fun year where I got to go from one to another and travel a lot.”
She appeared in James Franco's feature directorial debut “As I Lay Dying.” As for being directed by an ex, she said, “I suppose it could have been weird, but we’re really close. Our families are also close. In a way, we grew up together. So I think it could only help when you have a closeness with someone. There is certainly a level of trust, and I’ve always respected him deeply as an artist. I still have so much love for him.”
A bit of trivia: when she’s in a bar, she usually orders a Tequila. The word she uses too often is “Ohmygod!” The thing that drives her crazy is “bad traffic at a time of day when I don’t expect it.” Her favorite reality show is “Top Chef.” Her current guy crush is “Mark Duplass and Jamie Oliver.” Ahna O'Reilly also hates bananas so much “it verges on a phobia.”
She resides in Los Angeles, California and is currently single.