Starting her career as a child stage actress, Eden Riegel transitioned to television and won a Daytime Emmy Award for her role of Bianca Montgomery (2000-present), Erica Kane's courageous lesbian teenage daughter, on the long running ABC soap opera, "All My Children" (1970). She also brought the character to the ABC soap "One Life to Live" in 2004-2005, and now stars as single, lonely Eden in the web series created by her husband Andrew Miller, "Imaginary Bitches" (2008-present). Additionally, she has guest starred in the TV series "New York Undercover," "Law & Order," "As the World Turns," and "American Dreams."
On the big screen, Riegel appeared in such films as "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992), "The Prince of Egypt" (1998), "American Pie" (1999), and "Henry Hill" (1999). She will soon be seen with Jack Black, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Hank Azaria in the upcoming comedy movie directed by Harold Ramis, "Year One."
This 5' 6" actress has been married to Canadian actor, writer, and director Andrew Miller since September 2007.
Childhood and Family:
Born in Washington, D.C. on January 1, 1981, Eden Sonja Jane Riegel was raised outside of the Washington area in a Virginia suburb. The daughter of Kurt and Lenore Riegel (divorced), Eden has an older brother named Sam Riegel and a younger half-sister, Tatiana S. Riegel. Her stepmother is Marieluise Riegel.
Eden is of German, English, Hungarian, Spanish and Moroccan ancestry. She attended the Professional Children's School with Macaulay Culkin and Christina Ricci before studying social and political theory at the prestigious Harvard University in 1998 with ambitions to become a lawyer. While attending Harvard University, she sang with the all-female Radcliffe Pitches choir. Eden, who was a White House intern in the summer of 2000, later decided to leave Harvard University to play Bianca Montgomery in "All My Children."
In March 2007, Riegel became engaged to her boyfriend, Canadian actor, writer, and director Andrew Miller (born 1969), a childhood friend of former "All My Children" (1970) costar Cameron Mathison (played Ryan Lavery). They were married on September 30, 2007.
Eden resides in Los Angeles. She is a huge fan of the NHL team the Toronto Maple Leafs and is good friends with actresses Rebecca Budig and Elizabeth Hendrickson.
All My Children
First interested in acting after watching her brother perform at a dinner theater, Eden Riegel began performing at age 7 at a dinner theatre in suburban Washington, D.C. for $10 a week. The aspiring actress got her first big break on stage as young Cosette in a Broadway production of "Les Miserables." She followed it up with performances in a number of Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including “The Will Rogers Follies.”
Riegel was also a member of “Broadway Kid,” a group of young singers and Broadway actors that sing, and a member of the environmental song and dance troupe “The World Patrol Kids” with Natalie Portman. She would later sing backup for Jewel Kilcher and Michael Jackson. Riegel also had an unaccredited role as a choir member in Chris Columbus' hit comedy movie "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992; starring Macaulay Culkin) and lent her voice to the 1993 educational videos "Richard Scarry's Best Learning Songs Video Ever" and "Richard Scarry's Best Busy People Video Ever" She then starred as the Princess in David Kaplan's dark and provocative film adaptation of the classic tale, "The Frog King" (1994).
During 1995-1997, Riegel guest starred in two episodes of "New York Undercover" and one episode of "Law & Order." She also played Heather (1998) in several episodes of "As the World Turns" (1956). Riegel then played Joan in the 30-minute short romantic drama "Duo: The True Story of a Gifted Child with Down Syndrome" (1996), and portrayed Young Miriam in the Oscar winning movie "The Prince of Egypt" (1998). She also costarred as Nicole Hill in writer/director David Kantar's romantic movie "Henry Hill" (1999; starring Jamie Harrold in the title role) and as Sarah in Paul and Chris Weitz's teen sex comedy movie "American Pie" (1999; with Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, and Eugene Levy).
Hitting the new millennium, Riegel scored her most prominent role to date, that of Bianca Christine Montgomery, character Erica Kane's daughter, on the long running ABC soap opera, "All My Children" (1970). She left in February of 2005, but has returned off and on since September/October 2006. Portraying the first main character on an American soap that is openly gay, Reigel earned four Daytime Emmy nominations, all for the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category, which she won one in 2005. She also won two Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (2001 and 2005) and a GLAAD Media Award for Favorite OUT Image of the Year Award (2004) for her role.
During this time, Riegel brought her Bianca Montgomery role to the ABC soap "One Life to Live." She also stars as the self-conscious lonely Eden in the web series "Imaginary Bitches," which premiered on May 2, 2008. The show was created by her real-life husband, Andrew Miller, edited by her half-sister Tatiana S. Riegel, and written by her brother Sam Riegel.
Meanwhile, Reigel also costarred with Fritz Michel in the 20-minute short biographical drama film "Semmelweis" (2001). She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC’s series "American Dreams."
Reigel has completed her upcoming film project, "Year One," a comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and produced by Judd Apatow. In the film, she will share the screen with Jack Black, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Hank Azaria.
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, "All My Children," 2005
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Younger Lead Actress, "All My Children," 2005
GLAAD Media: Favorite OUT Image of the Year Award, "All My Children," 2004
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Female Newcomer, "All My Children," 2001