Lex Luthor’s Lover
One of Canada’s most promising young performers, Emmanuelle Vaugier is perhaps most popular to TV audiences for portraying the love interest of Lex Luthor, Dr. Helen Bryce, on the hit WB series “Smallville” (2002-2003), Nikki in “One Tree Hill” (2004-2005) and the beautiful and elegant ballet teacher, Mia, in CBS’s popular sitcom “Two and a Half Men” (2005-2006). She also has been featured in such successful series as “The Outer Limits” (1998, 1999), “Charmed” (2002) and “Veronica Mars” (2004).
Her film credits include the Josh Hartnett vehicle 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), Secondhand Lions (2003), the blockbuster hit Saw II (2005), Painkiller Jane (2005, TV) and Veiled Truth (2006, TV). Vaugier’s admirers should not miss her impressive performance in the forthcoming horror Unearthed (2006), written and helmed by Matthew Leutwyler and starring opposite Charlie Murphy.
Outside the limelight, 5’7” tall Vaugier is an animal lover. She keeps two dogs, Lily and Isabelle, as her pets. She says, “I like animals, I really do, but some animals are just meant to be ate.” One of Maxim’s “Hot 100” (2006), Vaugier also likes hiking.
Childhood and Family:
Emmanuelle Vaugier was born on June 23, 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but was raised in a French-speaking household. She attended an all girls private school for 10 years and graduated from Pamela Anderson School of Drama. The Canadian beauty of French descent has a home in Los Angeles, where she mostly lives, in addition to a house in her hometown of Vancouver.
A former model who began modeling in high school, Emmanuelle Vaugier made her TV acting debut at age 19, when she landed a small part in the Faye Dunaway vehicle A Family Divided, and with a guest role in an episode of “Highlander.” Following a string of TV performance, including the nine-episode role of Noella D’Angelo in “Madison” (1996), Vaugier broke into the big screen with a supporting role opposite Patrick McGoohan, Amanda Plummer and Michael Maloney in drama/ sci-fi film Hysteria (1998), which was directed by the award-nominating director Rene Daalder.
Vaugier continued to guest star in such shows as “The Outer Limits” (1998, 1999), and “Seven Days” (1999), as well as appear in the small roles in the films Shadow Warriors II: Hunt for the Death Merchant (1999, TV), the adventure Shapeshifter (1999) and the horror The Fear: Resurrection (1999), starring Gordon Currie. The next year saw the busy actress play the wife of Matt Letscher in the Emmy Award nominated miniseries “The Beach Boys: An American Family” (2000), Elaine Barringer in three episodes of “Higher Ground” (2000), Sarah in the Canadian comedy My 5 Wives (2000) and Sylvie in the thriller The Sculptress (2000). Then in 2001, she co-starred in three independent films, the sci-fi/ thriller Mindstorm, the psychological thriller Ripper and the drama/romance Suddenly Naked, where she portrayed a Latin pop sensation named Lupe Martinez.
She next appeared with Josh Hartnett in the Michael Lehmann-directed comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), co-starred in the WB comedy “My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” (2002), and had an episodic role in the popular show “Charmed” (2002). However, it was her portrayal of Dr. Helen Bryce, the wife of Lex Luthor, in the WB hit series “Smallville” (2002-2003) that put Vaugier on the spotlight. She followed it up with roles in the adventure film Secondhand Lions (2003), playing Princess Jasmine opposite Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment and Kyra Sedgwick, the drama/thriller Water’s Edge (2003) with Daniel Baldwin and the USA Network film Call Me, The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss (2004).
Also in 2004, Vaugier played the recurring role of Melinda Lindsey Kellogg, the former fiancée to Jay Kenneth Johnson’s character on the Fox Television series “North Shore” and made a guest appearance as Monica Hadwin, a trophy wife to a flourishing Hollywood agent, that gets together with Harry Hamlin’s character on the UPN hit series “Veronica Mars.” Still on TV, Vaugier again enjoyed success with her role as Nikki in The WB’s drama “One Tree Hill” (2004-2005).
Vaugier starred as Dr. Alex Morgan in House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim (2005) and was cast opposite Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, Donnie Walhlberg and Glen Plummer in the No. 1 box office hit Saw II (2005). The same year, she also played the title character of the new female hero in the TV version of the comic Painkiller Jane on the Sci Fi Channel. The performer made her return to series TV with a recurring role in the CBS hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men” (2005-2006). There, she portrays Mia, a gorgeous and stylish ballet instructor to whom Charlie Sheen has an eye on.
More recently, Vaugier had a lead in the made-for-TV film Veiled Truth (2006) for the Lifetime Network and appeared in one episode of the horror series “Master of Horror”(2006). The 30-year-old player will soon star as Annie, the sheriff of a small, rural desert town, in Unearthed (2006), a horror by writer/director Matthew Leutwyler. Among her costars are Charlie Murphy, Luke Goss and Tommy Dewey.