AnnaLynne McCord

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AnnaLynne McCord
AnnaLynne McCord July 1, 2014 (cropped).jpg
McCord in July 2014
Born (1987-07-16) July 16, 1987 (age 33)[1]
OccupationActress, model
Years active2002–present

AnnaLynne McCord (born July 16, 1987)[1] is an American actress, activist and model. Known for playing vixen-type roles,[2] McCord first gained prominence in 2007 as the scheming Eden Lord on the FX television series Nip/Tuck, and as the pampered Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV telenovela American Heiress.

In 2008, she was cast in The CW series 90210, portraying antiheroine Naomi Clark. Initially, the part of Clark was conceived as a supporting role. However, by the end of the first season, media outlets had begun referring to McCord as the series' lead.[3][4] For the role of Naomi Clark, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and received the Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow award in 2009. In 2010, she won a Breakthrough of the Year Award in the category of "Breakthrough Standout Performance".

Apart from acting, she has also contributed to charities in her free time. In 2009, she was labeled by the Look to the Stars organization as "one of the strongest young female philanthropists standing up in Hollywood and fighting for the charities she believes in."[5] In 2011, she was nominated for VH1's "Do Something" Award in the category of "TV Star".[6] Her turn as a disturbed and delusional teenager in the 2012 film Excision was widely acclaimed. For her role in Excision, McCord won "Best Actress" at the Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema in 2012. Also for her role in Excision, she earned second place for "Best Actress" at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in 2013.

Early life[edit]

McCord was born July 16, 1987 in Atlanta,[1] the daughter of David McCord, a Christian pastor.[7] She was raised in Buford, Georgia,[1] where she grew up of modest means, living in a trailer park.[8] She has two sisters, Rachel and Angel. McCord was home-schooled and graduated from high school at the age of 15.[1]


After graduating, McCord joined the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency.[9] She has appeared in advertising campaigns for various brands, including Estee Lauder, eBay and Marc Ecko.[10] She also modeled for Seventeen, Maxim, Playboy and Woman's World.[11][12] McCord has graced the covers of numerous international fashion magazines, including US' Shape,[13] Nylon,[14] Vanidades, Jezebel, Fashion Journal,[15] and Regard Magazine; Germany's Cosmopolitan;[16] Indonesia's Prestige; and Holland's TV Direkt.[citation needed]

McCord appeared in the 2005 Italian film Natale a Miami and the 2007 horror film remake Day of the Dead. In addition to appearances on Close to Home and The O.C., she played rebellious Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV limited-run serial American Heiress.[17] She was also cast as the star in another MyNetworkTV telenovela, Rules of Deception, but the show never aired, due to a change in the network's programming strategy away from telenovelas. In addition, she has guest-starred in two episodes of the first season of Ugly Betty, an episode of the first season of Greek, and an episode of the fourth season of Cold Case.

McCord attending Super Bowl XLIII party at the Playboy Mansion in 2009.

She participated in Mexican artist Thalía's music video "Baby, I'm in Love".[18]

McCord portrayed Eden Lord in the fifth season of the FX series Nip/Tuck. McCord said in an interview with that it was "fun to play a bad girl."[19]

In 2008, McCord was cast in the series 90210 as Naomi Clark.[20][21] Throughout the show, McCord's character vies for social power and love. McCord was nominated for multiple awards for her work in the role, winning the Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow in 2009, and a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for "Breakthrough Standout Performance" in 2010.[22][23][24]

McCord was being considered for the role of Heidi in New Moon, the sequel to the 2008 film Twilight, according to E! Online. However, she did not get the role. According to McCord she turned the part down because she was "in need of some R&R";[25] The role went to Noot Seear.[26] BuddyTV ranked her #22 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010" list[27] and #14 in 2011.[28]

She accepted a role in the Off Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore for an April 27 through May 29, 2011 run with Conchata Ferrell, Minka Kelly, Anne Meara, and B. Smith.[29]

McCord's role in the 2012 film Excision was critically acclaimed.[30][31][32][33][34] In 2014, McCord joined the cast of the TNT series Dallas for its third season, in the recurring role of Heather. She played the lead role in the 2015 Lifetime film Watch Your Back.


McCord volunteers to help charity organizations, such as Artists for Peace and Justice, St. Bernard Project, Alzheimer's Association, Invisible Children, Do Something, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Stand Up to Cancer, The Blind Project, The Samburu Project, Visual Snow Initiative and Playing for Change.[35] McCord is also a supporter of Somaly Mam Foundation, and has visited the Foundation’s shelters for human trafficking survivors in Cambodia.[36]

McCord is the President of Together1Heart, which supports women and children victimized by human-trafficking and sexualized violence. In 2009, McCord was awarded a U.S. Congressional Honour for her anti-trafficking work.[37]

Personal life[edit]

McCord visiting the Palmachim Airbase in Israel, 2012

During her free time, McCord has contributed to various charities, stating that she is a "strong believer in working with organizations and giving back".[5] She is a supporter of the St. Bernard Project,[38] a rebuilding organization dedicated to assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the New Somaly Fund which empowers women victimized by human-trafficking and sexualized violence. McCord was the cover model for the July 2009 issue of Signature magazine, a Los Angeles regional magazine. The cover story highlights her dedication to the fight to end human-trafficking and slavery.[39]

In 2014, McCord revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was 18 by a male friend, and as a result broke down during her rape scene in 90210, unbeknownst to her fellow cast members, who thought she acted well.[40] In March 2015, while speaking at the United Nations in support of UNWFPA McCord announced her alignment with the anti-sexual-assault and domestic abuse project, the No More Campaign. As a speaker and activist, McCord continues to engage audiences at colleges, events and private parties with her candid outlook on sex, anti-sexualized violence, anti-domestic abuse and the mental slavery which "touches 7 billion people".[41]

McCord has stated that she has been practicing meditation to help cope with her trauma, and has created a global meditation tour known as the "Love Storm Tour" to help raise awareness of human trafficking.[42][43]

In 2011, McCord began dating actor Dominic Purcell. The couple announced an amicable split in 2014 but rekindled their romance a year later. McCord was with Purcell when he suffered a near-death accident on the set of Prison Break in Morocco on June 1, 2016, after an iron bar used as a set piece fell onto his head.[44][45][46][47] The couple split in 2018 and stated they were on good terms. In August 2020, rumors stated that they were back together; Dominic Purcell confirmed they had rekindled their relationship with an Instagram post on September 25th. [1]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Middle of Nowhere Cassandra
2005 Transporter 2 Car-jacking girl
2005 Natale a Miami Susy
2007 Sirens of the Caribbean Britt
2008 Day of the Dead Nina
2008 The Haunting of Molly Hartley Suzie Woods
2009 Fired Up! Gwyneth
2010 Amexica Woman Short film
2010 Gun Gabriella
2011 Blood Out Anya
2012 Excision Pauline
2013 Officer Down Zhanna Dronov
2013 Scorned Sadie
2014 Gutshot Straight May
2015 Santa's Little Helper Billie
2016 Trash Fire Pearl
2016 Amerigeddon Sam
2017 68 Kill Liza
2018 First We Take Brooklyn aka Brooklyn Guns Esther
2019 Nightmare In Paradise Liz
2019 Tone-Deaf Blaire
2019 American Skin
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The O.C. Hot girl Episode: "The Party Favor"
2006 Close to Home Sara Episode: "Hot Grrrl"
2007 American Heiress Loren Wakefield Main role; 65 episodes
2007 Cold Case Becca Abrams (1997) Episode: "Stand Up and Holler"
2007 Ugly Betty Petra 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Sherry Williamson Episode: "Kill Switch"
2007 Greek Destiny/Patty Episode: "Friday Night Frights"
2007–09 Nip/Tuck Eden Lord Recurring role (season 5); 12 episodes
2008 Head Case Tard's date Episode: "A Tard for All Seasons"
2008–13 90210 Naomi Clark Main role; 114 episodes
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Female
2014 Dallas Heather Recurring role (season 3); 9 episodes
2014 Stalker Nina Preston Episode: "Fanatic"
2014 The Christmas Parade Hailee Anderson Television movie
2015 Not So Union Marilyn Episode: "We're Best Friends"
2015 Watch Your Back Sarah Miller Television movie
2016 Secrets and Lies Melanie Warner Recurring role (season 2)
2016 Lucifer Delilah Episode: Pilot
2016 The Night Shift Jessica Sanders 6 episodes (Season 3)
2016 Beauty & the Beast Diane Vaughn Episode: "Love Is a Battlefield"
2018 Let's Get Physical Claudia 8 episodes
2019 Wrongfully Accused Liz TV movie
2020 Feliz NaviDAD Sophie TV movie
Music video roles
Year Title Artist
2003 "Baby, I'm in Love" Thalía
2016 "Below" White Lung


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