Renée Felice Smith is an American actress, writer, producer, and also a director. Renée Felice Smith is best known for playing Nell Jones on the popular television show ‘NCIS: Los Angeles (2010)’, ‘The Relationtrip (2017)’ and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)’. Currently, she is involving in acting and directing.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Renée Felice Smith was born on the 16th of January, 1985 in New York City, USA. As of 2020, Smith is 35 years of age. Her birth name is Renée Felice Smith but has nicknamed herself Nay-Nay. Smith’s mother is Karen Felice Smith however she hasn’t revealed her father’s name. She also has a sister Monika Felice Smith. Smith’s keeps the information about her family very private but often upload their photos on Instagram.
Smith was born and raised in Great South Bay, Patchogue. She holds the American nationality and belongs to Italian-Irish origin. Smith always loved the camera. She was dreaming of becoming a director ever since she was a child. With her parents’ support, she got to act in a national television commercial for Dannon yogurt in 1991.
She has committed very much in her education. She got her high school education from Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island, New York. She then graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University by double majoring in journalism and also from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts by minoring in history. Later, she pursued her acting & directing career by graduating from Stonestreet Studios Conservatory and the Lee Strasberg Institute.
Renée Felice Smith got introduced to the acting world when she was just 6. However, she made her actual debut in the theater with Second Stage’s film Wildflower. In the year 2008, Smith made her TV debut in the role of the auditioner in the TV series Viralcom which was a hit film. There, she marked quite an impression and then got the role of Dinah Thorpe in the tentatively titled series Wyoming. Unfortunately, the network didn’t pick up the series. However, the pilot episode was released as a TV movie ‘The Wyoming Story’ in 2010.
In 2010, Smith caught the role of Nell Jones in the series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ which she is doing for nearly 10 years continuously. This role of hers has turned out to be a breakthrough role. She was first introduced as a guest (or recurring) character but after her amazing acting, the fans demanded more of her. Thus, she got to play the lead role of the series.
In 2011, Renée landed a supporting character (Missy) in the movie Detachment. Smith even won the award for her 2013 movie Young(ish). In 2014, she then appeared as Jess in the thriller movie Nanny Cam, Frankie in the short film Code Academy and as Emma in the comedy movie That Thing with the Cat. She then appeared in the short film Baby in 2015 and was seen in the episode A Cricket’s Tale in 2017. Smith wrote, directed, and served as the executive producer of the short film like Go Fish in 2014, ‘Baby’ in 2015, and ‘Pivot’ in 2016.
In 2017, she appeared with the leading role as Beck in the movie ‘The Relationtrip’. Smith wrote the movie along with producing it. She co-directed the film with C.A. Gabriel. The movie remains one of the most successful asters of her film career.
Smith has been successful in acting and her film-making career. She has won many awards throughout her career. Along with film-making, she has also co-created a children’s book series based on her French bulldog, Hugo.
Awards and Nomination
She is known as one of the top achievers today. She won the 2013 ‘Nell Shipman Best Directors Award’ for her short film Young(ish). Smith, herself was the writer, director and executive producer of the short-comedy film. Furthermore, Smith along with co-director C.A. Gabriel won the ‘Grand Jury Award’ at the 2017 ‘Dallas International Film Festival’. The movie was even nominated at the ‘Nashville Film Festival’ and the ‘SXSW Film Festival’.
After a dominating success on the television and various single short-films, she has made a ton of wealth for herself and made herself a millionaire. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has an estimated net worth of about $4 million. The majority of this wealth is a product of her successful role in the ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ series that entered its 11th season last September.
Renée is unmarried right now but she will soon. She has been in a relationship with her boyfriend whom she has known for a long time. Her boyfriend’s name is Christopher Gabriel who is a famous American filmmaker. They have been close ever since their grade school so their bond is strong. They both try to hide their love life from the public but it’s hard for them to maintain as they are trending celebrities.
Rumors and Controversy
Currently, there are lots of rumors flying around about Smith’s pregnancy. In one of the episodes of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ people noticed that Smith’s had a stomach bug and many started to talk about the pregnancy of the film-maker. However, it was the fault of choosing the wrong dress plus gaining some weight. Another episode caused the rumor to spark again when the couple was spotted during a romantic dinner where she made toasts drinking water instead of wine. However, the actress is not officially pregnant. Unless the couple confirms about pregnancy, all such news are just rumors.
Smith has a height of 156cm and is medium weight. She has a slim physique. The measurements of her breasts, waist, and hips are about 33-24-34 inches respectively. Her shoe size is 6. She has brown colored hair and brown eyes.
Renée Felice Smith being a trendy celebrity she is very active on social platforms. She currently has 149K followers and 91.4K followers on her Instagram and Twitter respectively.