First coming to prominence as the co-host of the MTV cult hit “Loveline” (1998), American actress Diane Farr is perhaps most known for her roles on television series like ABC’s critically acclaimed “The Job” (2001, as Det. Jan Fendrich), The WB’s comedy “Like Family” (2003-2004, as Maddie), The drama show “Rescue Me” (2004-2005, as Laura Miles), and more recently the popular CBS math drama “Numb3rs” (2005-2006, as FBI agent Megan Reeves). She also had recurring roles in such well-liked series as “The Drew Carey Show” (1999) and “Roswell” (1999-2001), and gained positive reviews for her work in episodes of HBO’s series “Arli$$” (2002). Her movie credits include Little Indiscretions (1999) and Hourly Rates (2002).
Aside from acting, Farr is also a promising author. She has written for such major publications as Maxim, Glamour, Jane, Esquire and Self and is a regular monthly contributor to Cosmopolitan, Gear and Soma. Her first book, “The Girl Code: The Secret Language of Single Women (On Dating, Sex, Shopping and Honor Among Girlfriends,” was released on February 14, 2001. It has since been distributed to seven countries and translated to five languages. She is now working on a second book. Farr is also a business woman. She is the owner and co-founder of a greeting card company called “Other Announcements.” She also once had and operated a nightclub in New York City.
On a more personal note, originally from New York, Farr currently lives in Los Angeles, with her husband, entertainment marketing executive Seung Yong Chung. She and her hubby companion are expecting their first child together, a baby boy, due in February or the mid-March 2007.
“We weren’t prepared for it to happen so quickly, but I had taken pregnancy tests with me on the honeymoon just in case. We had talked about giving ourselves a year, but you never really know how long it’s going to take. It made me so happy that it worked out like this because when you’re over 30 you sometimes wonder if you’ve missed your window.” Diane Farr
Childhood and Family:
Is of half-Irish and half-Italian, Diane Farr was born on September 7, 1973, in Manhattan, New York. She got her start as a model at age 12 and was crowned Miss New York during her freshman year in New York’s Stony Brook University. While deliberating her major at the university, Diane also took a variety of theater classes and after recognizing her love for the craft, she then applied for a scholarship to a privileged drama program at Loughborough University in England. She was accepted and studied classical theater there. Diane finally graduated with a joint B.A from the two universities.
In June 24, 2006, Diane was married to her thirty-six year old entertainment marketing executive-fiancé, Seung Yong Chung. A report in TV Guide noted that they were an “odd pair.” Commenting about it, Diane said, “'I’m a type A overachiever. He’s a type B people pleaser. We’re both firstborn, so we want to do things well.”
Former Miss New York Diane Farr started her theater career upon returning from England, where she studied classical theater, and made her Broadway debut with the lead role of Jackie in the original comedy “No Place Like Home.” After a guest spot in the TV series “In the House” (1997), she had her first taste in front of the film camera with a role in director-writer-actor Lou Volpe’s Divorced White Male (1998). It was also in 1998 that Farr landed a coveted gig as the co-host of MTV’s cult phenomenon “Loveline.” With her compelling personality and quick-witted intelligence, in addition to her “whisky soaked voice,” Farr became one of the leading personas of young America. In 1999, she decided to leave the highest rated talk-show and then joined the cast of the ABC comedy “The Drew Carey Show” in the recurring role of Tracy. The same year, she also starred in the short film Bingo, as Miranda, and the Craig Lew-helmed movie Little Indiscretions, as a fiancé left in a London pub by her Rock Star companion.
After “Drew,” Farr took on another recurring part, this time as Amy DeLuca in the WB hit “Roswell” (1999-2001), but it was her role as a tough NYC detective, Jan Fendrich, in the ABC most critically acclaimed series “The Job” (2001), co-created by and starring Denis Leary, that made the actress famous. The show was pushed as “the best thing on network television since ‘M*A*S*H’” before ABC cancelled it in 2002. Farr then was cast as Shania in the film Hourly Rates (2002), along side Jay Harrington and Julie Ann Heck, and Sammy Kerns in the television movie Superfire (also 2002). She made a guest appearance in a 2002 episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and earned rave reviews for her cameo role in the HBO comedy series “Arli$$” (2002).
Following roles in television films The Ripples and Harry’s Girl (both 2003), Farr teamed up with Holly Robinson Peete and J. Mack Slaughter to star in the WB network comedy “Like Family.” She played the role of Maddie, the thirty something single parent of a teen boy she can no longer handle on her own, from 2003 to 2004. After the show came to an end, she rejoined Denis Leary for the drama/comedy series “Rescue Me,” playing Laura Miles from 2004 until 2005. More lately, Farr enjoyed television success with the hit CBS math/crime drama “Numb3rs” (2005-?), playing FBI agent Megan Reeves.
The 33-year-old actress is set to appear with Huntley Ritter, Krista Allen and Charles S. Dutton in The Third Nail (2006), an upcoming television film helmed by Kevin Lewis. Additionally, Farr is the producer of the HBO documentary No Longer Children (2007), which follows the rise of the Children Of God cult River Phoenix.
“River Phoenix wasn’t an inspiration, or anything, he was just some boy who got overexposed by the media. I’m not making this documentary for ratings, either. It’s just something I’m involved in. It’s near my heart, these members.” Diane Farr