After having small roles in big movies like Columbia Pictures' “The Holiday” (2006) and Paramount Pictures' “Transformers” (2007), American actress Odette Yustman acquired fame as the star of J.J. Abrams' “Cloverfield” (2008), from which she netted a Teen Choice nomination. She bolstered her success with a leading role in the horror movie “The Unborn” (2009), opposite Gary Oldman and Meagan Good.
Starting out at age 5 in the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Kindergarten Cop” (1990), the native of Los Angeles first turned heads playing fashion model Arielle Casta on the short-lived UPN series “South Beach” (2006). She enjoyed further attention on the small screen as Aubrey on the ABC series “October Road” (2007-2008).
Moviegoers should not miss her performance in the upcoming film “Rogue's Gallery” (2009).
Brown-eyed, brunette beauty Yustman ranked No. 88 in FHM's “Sexiest Women in the World” list of 2008. She was once named the “New Hottest Latina in Film” by the movie website Latino Review.
As for her personal life, Yustman is a big fan of Angelina Jolie. She mentions “Message in a Bottle” as one of her favorite songs. Yustman was once engaged to actor Trevor Wright (born in 1982). Since 2008, she has been in a relationship with Dave Annable (born on September 15, 1979) of “Brothers & Sisters” fame.
Childhood and Family:
“I grew up on a farm. I'd watch my grandfather shoot our pigs in the head. It was horrifying until we'd eat them.” Odette Yustman
Daughter of Lydia and Victor Yustman, Odette Juliette Yustman was born on May 10, 1985, in Los Angeles, California. She is of Cuban lineage from her mother's side and Colombian, French and Italian descent from her father's side. She graduated from Woodcrest Christian High School in California, where she was voted homecoming queen. She also attended Riverside Community College. As a child, Odette loved playing video games.
Raised in a Latin family, Odette is fluent in Spanish. Commenting about it, she said, “I learned Spanish at home and since half my family doesn't speak English, it's my first language.”
Odette Yustman made her big screen debut at age 5 with a minor role in the Ivan Reitman-directed comedy “Kindergarten Cop” (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, she did not resurface until six years later in the made-for-TV film “Danielle Steel's ‘Remembrance’” and the Garry Marshall comedy “Dear God,” which starred Greg Kinnear and Laurie Metcalf.
Yustman again took many years off to complete her studies. After high school, she tried her hand at modeling and in 2004, made a brief comeback to acting with a guest role in the Fox TV short-lived comedy series “Quintuplets,” playing Kelly Helberg.
“Modeling and acting just started kicking up and I just said 'You know what, there's always time for school so I'm going to go ahead and pursue this.’” Odette Yustman
It was two years later that Yustman got her star-making role on the UPN drama “South Beach,” which was produced by actress-singer Jennifer Lopez. She was cast as the self-asserting, power-playing fashion model named Arielle Casta. “South Beach” was canceled after only one season of eight episodes.
Still in 2006, Yustman appeared as Courtney in a single episode of “Monk” called “Mr. Monk, Private Eye” and was featured in Nancy Meyers' comedy romance, “The Holiday,” which starred big names like Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black.
Yustman made a successful return to series television in 2007 when she won the role of Aubrey Diaz on the ABC drama “October Road,” opposite Bryan Greenberg and Laura Prepon. She remained with the show until its cancellation in March 2008. Also in 2007, Yustman offered a steamy performance opposite Antonio Sabato Jr. on the Lifetime television movie “Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape” and had a small, but notable, role in Michael Bay's wide screen adaptation of the comic book “Transformers,” which was nominated for three Oscars. She also appeared in the Jake Kasdan-helmed comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” which featured a performance by Golden Globe nominated John C. Reilly.
Yustman's film career earned a major boost when she won a leading role in the J. J. Abrams-produced action monster movie “Cloverfield.” Playing Beth McIntyre, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller. Among her costars in the film were Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David and Mike Vogel. She stated, “It's one of the most exciting experiences that I've ever had because I had the opportunity to work with producers J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk and the director Matt Reeves, who are very big in the film industry.”
After voicing the character of Amata in the video game “Fallout 3” (2008), Yustman guest starred as Adrienne in the episode “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows?” on “Life on Mars,” which was broadcasted on October 30, 2008. More recently, in January 2009, the 24-year-old actress delivered a remarkable starring portrayal of Casey Beldon in the horror film “The Unborn,” which was written and directed by David S. Goyer. In the movie, she starred with Gary Oldman, Meagan Good, Carla Gugino, Cam Gigandet and Idris Elba.
Yustman is scheduled to star with Ellen Barkin and Adam Scott in director Fouad Mikati's action film, “Rogue's Gallery.”