Who is Riley Voelkel?
Riley Emilia Voelkel was born in Elk Grove, California USA, on 26 April 1990 – her zodiac sign is Taurus, and she holds Canadian nationality, as she and her family moved to Calgary, Alberta not long after she was born. She’s an actress with more than 20 credits to her name, perhaps known best for her portrayal of Renee Segna, the main character in the crime mystery series “Hightown”. It was created by Rebecca Perry Cutter, also stars Monica Raymund and Atkins Estimond, and follows the life of a woman from Cape Cod; the series has been airing since 2020, and has been nominated for three awards.
Early life and education
Riley was raised in Calgary by her parents, about whom not a lot is known because she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her mother’s an accountant, and her father a businessman. She hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, and is thus believed to be an only child. Riley grew up being focused on her studies, as her parents urged her to pursue a college degree. She was physically quite active while attending a local high school, as she played both soccer and basketball, while she was also into acting and dancing with the school’s drama club. Upon matriculating in 2008, Riley wanted to attend college, however, she was offered work as a model, and thus moved to Los Angeles, California. Not long after this, Riley began practicing acting, and chose to pursue a career as an actress.
Roles in movies
Riley made her debut film appearance in the critically acclaimed 2010 biographical drama “The Social Network”, directed by David Fincher, and which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. It follows the college days of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and the movie won 175 awards, including three Oscars for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, while it was nominated for 186 other awards. A couple or Riley’s following roles were in the 2011 family comedy drama “Prom”, the 2012 romantic mystery drama “Hidden Moon”, and the 2012 music video “Butch Walker and the Black Widows: Synthesizers”.
The year 2013 saw her play Carrie, one of the lead characters in the popular comedy “The Secret Lives of Dorks”, directed by Salome Breziner, and which also starred Gaelan Connell and Vanessa Marano. It follows the love lives of Samantha, Payton, Carrie and Clark. In 2015, Riley played a supporting character in the drama “Point of Honor”, and the year 2018 saw her appear in the drama “Bampton’s Own”. Her most recent movie role has been her portrayal of Cristina in the 2021 comedy “Scrambled”, written and directed by Frank Reina, and which starred Mark Hapka, Becky O’Donohue and Tomer Shechori. It follows an omelette chef whose former best friend has just been released from jail.
Roles in TV series
Riley made her debut TV series appearance in the 2010 pilot episode of the comedy “Glory Daze”, and the year 2012 saw her play Tristan in the episode “Red is the New Black” of the mystery crime drama “The Mentalist”. Next, between 2012 and 2014, Riley portrayed Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Johnson in the drama “The Newsroom”. It was created by Aaron Sorkin, starred Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and John Gallagher Jr., and follows the new newsroom team, as well as their news anchor; the series won 10 awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels), while it was nominated for 32 other awards. Concurrently, she played the supporting character Fiona Goode in three episodes of the 2013 science fiction horror drama “American Horror Story”, Between 2014 and 2018, Riley portrayed Freya Mikaelson in 60 episodes of the hit fantasy horror drama “The Originals”.
Since 2019, she’s been playing the supporting character Jenna Cameron in the romantic science fiction drama “Roswell, New Mexico”, created by Carina Adly MacKenzie, and which stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons and Michael Vlamis. It tells the story of various aliens who are living amongst humans in a US city, and the series has been nominated for two awards. Most recently, in 2022 she also played Milena Jovanovic in eight episodes of the drama “Chicago Med”.
In 2008, Riley competed in the game-show “Blush: The Search for America’s Greatest Make-up Artist”, only losing in the finals. She has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, such as “Noches con Platanito”, “Celebrity Page” and “Made in Hollywood”.
Love life and relationships
Riley prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, but has still allowed her fans to have a glimpse into it. Since 2016, Riley has been in a relationship with Mike C. Robertson, a non-celebrity American man who can be seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures. Mike’s a photographer, and his work can be seen on his Instagram account; he’s today followed by over 3,000 people, and has uploaded close to 30 pictures onto the network. There are today rumors circulating the internet claiming that Riley and Mike have recently become engaged, however, neither of the two have addressed this. Riley hasn’t mentioned any other men (or women) whom she has perhaps been with, and as of June 2022, she’s in a long-term relationship with Mike C. Robertson, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Riley enjoys being active on Instagram, and is today followed by close to a million people, and has uploaded more than 500 pictures onto the network, most of which feature her during her everyday life. She’s physically highly active, and has four to five training sessions at the gym every week, mostly because it’s important for her acting career to stay fit; Riley also does yoga on a daily basis, and follows a strict diet. She’s passionate about travelling, and has been to various US states and Canadian cities, while she’s also been to a couple of South American and European countries, with her dream travel destination being Marseille, France.
Riley has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Helena Bonham Carter, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Good Will Hunting”, “Titanic” and “Shutter Island”.
Age, height and net worth
Riley’s age is 32. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs). As of June 2022, her net worth stands at an estimated $1 million.