Bring It on Again
Professional dancer-turned-actress Bree Turner was a background dancer in such hit films as The Big Lebowski (1998), She's all That (1999) and Mike Myers’ Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) before getting her first speaking role in the comedy film starring Rob Schneider, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999). She has since appeared in films like The Wedding Planner (2001), Joe Dirt (2001), American Pie 2 (2001), Sorority Boys (2002), Bring It on Again (2004; V), Jekyll + Hyde (2006) and Jekyll + Hyde (2006). She will play a supporting role in Todd Holland's soon-to-be released family film Firehouse Dog, alongside Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok, Steven Culp and Bill Nunn.
On the small screen, the 5’ 8” performer who has starred in ads for such companies as Gap, Dr. Pepper, Hyundai, Toshiba and Budweiser could be seen on MTV's hit late night anthology series “Undressed” (1999), the short-lived sitcom “Good Girls Don't” (2004) and the pilot episode of the “Masters of Horror series,” “Incident on and Off a Mountain Road” (2005). She also had recurring roles on UPN sitcom “Moesha,” ABC sitcom “Spin City” and CBS police procedural drama series “Cold Case.” Next, she will appear on ABC’s upcoming drama-thriller series “Traveler” and Fox’s drama series “Standoff.”
Washington Redskins Daughter
Childhood and Family:
On March 10, 1977, Bree Turner was born in Palo Alto, California. Her father is a former pro-football player for the Washington Redskins. In 1995, Bree graduated from Monte Vista High School, Danville, California. Afterward, she located in Danville, Ca, where she was voted 1994 Homecoming Queen, class of 1995. She subsequently enrolled at the Kings College in London and also UCLA.
Bree, a competitive roller-skater and professional dancer, is a fan of video games. She said: “Growing up, I had a Nintendo. I liked the Mario Brothers and Track and Field. I was very good. I don't mean to age myself, but I came home every day, went straight to my Nintendo and rocked it. I have all brothers, so I always leaned towards more boy hobbies. I was a dancer, so in my down time I always wanted to play video games and hang out with the boys. Then when I went to college, I had a PlayStation but I haven't picked up my joystick in a while. I need to get back on it. I got into Dance Dance Revolution for a while.”
Good Girls Don't
A natural dancer, Bree Turner spent most of her formative years taking classes and perfecting her talent. This led her to various stints as a background dancer in such hit films as the Coen brothers’ comedy The Big Lebowski (1998; starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman), Robert Iscove's romantic comedy She's all That (1999; starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook) and Mike Myers’ Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). Meanwhile, she also had a small musical score as one of the title sequence performers in the blockbuster romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz, My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997).
Bree eventually landed her first speaking role in Mike Mitchell's comedy film starring Rob Schneider, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999). That same year, she was cast on MTV's hit late night anthology series that examines the relationships (both sexual and romantic) of the youngsters, "Undressed." She also did TV commercial for Gap "Khaki Country" and "Khaki-a-go-go," as well as for Dr. Pepper.
In the new millennium, Bree could be seen in two independent films, Scott Falconer and Scott Hatley's musical and romantic drama True Vinyl and writer-director Robert Boris' wrestling drama Backyard Dogs, in the latter she co-starred with “Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers” stars Scott Hamm and Walter Emanuel Jones. The next year, she shared the screen with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in the surprise hit romantic comedy The Wedding Planner, with David Spade in the comedy Joe Dirt, and alongside Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth and Alyson Hannigan in the teen comedy American Pie.
Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch her playing recurring roles on UPN sitcom starring R&B singer Brandy Norwood, "Moesha," ABC sitcom “Spin City” and CBS police procedural drama series “Cold Case.” She also did a TV commercial for Hyundai Santa Fe automobile. Additionally, she acted on stage, playing Ivy in "The Pages of My Diary I'd Rather Not Read" play by Eydie Faye at Hudson Mainstage Theater, Los Angeles, California, in January 2003.
After being cast in Wallace Wolodarsky's comedy film Sorority Boys (2002; with Barry Watson, Michael Rosenbaum and Harland Williams), Bree then landed the starring role as the controlling head cheerleader Tina Hammersmith in Damon Santostefano's cheerleading comedy film Bring It On Again (2004; co-starring with Anne Judson-Yager), the straight to video sequel of the 2000 film Bring It On. Back on the small screen, she starred as Marjorie in the short-lived sitcom “Good Girls Don't” (2004).
The next year in October, Bree was spotted as guest in an episode of UPN drama series “Sex, Love & Secrets.” That same month, she also starred as Ellen, the young woman encounters a monster-like man who is intent on killing her on a deserted mountain road in the middle of nowhere, in the pilot episode of the Showtime's horror/thriller series “Masters of Horror,” entitled "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" by director Don Coscarelli. On her appearance in the pilot episode of the series, she said: “I caught the first four and I loved them. It was nice to be rewarded with being the first episode to kick off the whole series. We actually went to the (Mick Garris; the series creator) executive producer's house and we had a little screening. The second the opening credits came on with the music and the stark white and the blood drops I was just so pleased. This is a class A project and I think it turned out that way.”
2006 saw Bree guest starring on CBS/VH1's drama series based on the book by Kyle Smith, “Love Monkey,” appearing in the TV series pilot-turned-TV movie, Flirt, and in a TV commercial for Budweiser. Back on the big screen, she was cast in writer-director Jake Kasdan's fast moving and insightful comedy The TV Set (with David Duchovny, Ioan Gruffudd and Sigourney Weaver) and in Nick Stillwell's adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel, Jekyll + Hyde (starring Bryan Fisher). She also supported former teen queen Lindsay Lohan in the romantic comedy film Just My Luck (also featuring Chris Pine), playing one of her sidekicks called Dana.
“I play her best friend in it (Just My Luck). It's a really cute romantic comedy. I got to work with Donald Petrie, who has really dominated that genre for a long time with How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Grumpy Old Men. To work with Lindsay was a draw for me as well so it should be cute.” Bree Turner (on Just My Luck (2006)).
Bree is set to appear in the third episode of the first season of ABC’s upcoming drama-thriller series “Traveler” that will premiere on May 30, 2007 at 10 pm, and in the twelfth episode of the first season of Fox’s drama series “Standoff.” As for her upcoming film project, Bree just wrapped Todd Holland's family film Firehouse Dog, alongside Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok, Steven Culp and Bill Nunn. It is scheduled for release on April 4, 2007, the Wednesday prior to Easter.
“He was the reason I wanted to do it. That and also I wanted to make a movie my little brothers can see without closing their eyes or ears. I'd never done a family film before. What I love about Todd and his work is that he's so funny and he creates these worlds that are broad and fantastical and a little heightened. But it all comes from a truthful grounded place, which makes something like Malcolm in the Middle work. It goes to places that are a little zany, but since it's grounded in reality and honesty and truth it's compelling and funny.” Bree Turner (on working with great TV writer/producer Todd Holland in the film Firehouse Dog (2007)).