"I love to travel but hate traffic and planes. I wish I could just beam myself anywhere instantly. Wiggle my nose or shake my a** - bam! - I'm in Quebec." Jordan Ladd
Petite, lovely actress Jordan Ladd, daughter of Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd and former actor David Ladd, first attracted attention as mean girl Gibby Zerefski, who torments Drew Barrymore’s character, in the romantic comedy film Never Been Kissed (1999). Since then, she has starred in such cult films as Cabin Fever (2002) and Club Dread (2004). She will soon be seen in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's two full-length movies, Grindhouse, playing Shanna in Tarantino's slasher segment "Death Proof." Now, she is filming Hostel: Part II, Eli Roth's sequel to the 2006 horror film Hostel, in which she portrays Jay Hernandez's lover.
On a more personal front, the 5' tall beauty, one of the world's “100 Sexiest Women” according to Stuff magazine, was once married to singer-songwriter Conor O'Neill.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd and former actor David Ladd, Jordan Elizabeth Ladd was born on January 14, 1975, in Hollywood, California. Her paternal grandfather is famous film actor Alan Ladd and her paternal grandmother is silent film actress Sue Carol (born Evelyn Lederer). Jordan is the step-daughter of actress Dey Young and actor Brian Russell. She is the stepsister of Lindsay Russell and niece of actresses Alana Ladd, Leigh Taylor-Young and actor Lance Young.
Jordan attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, but dropped out one year later. In 2001, she married singer-songwriter Conor O'Neill (born on April 4, 1969), but they divorced in July 2005. In her free time, Jordan enjoys her hobbies: yoga, cooking and gardening. She also likes to play with her pet dog, a Jack Russell terrier named Earl.
Coming from a prominent Hollywood family, Jordan Ladd made her acting debut at the tender age of two in a Polaroid commercial opposite James Garner. During high school, she began acting alongside her mother in made-for-TV films, including The Girl Who Came Between Them (1990) and Broken Promises: Taking Emily Back (1993).
Jordan subsequently was spotted as a guest in a September 1994 episode of NBC's long-running sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," a spin-off of the popular "Saved by the Bell." That same year, she also made her big screen debut in Anne Goursaud's horror/thriller film Embrace of the Vampire (1994), opposite Alyssa Milano.
Jordan followed it up with a starring role as punk-rock girl Amy Blue in Gregg Araki's sex-charged teen road film The Doom Generation (1995), but dropped out at the last minute following her mother’s disapproval. The role eventually went to Rose McGowan. In 1997, Jordan had a cameo role in another Araki film, Nowhere. In the multi-racial, pansexual ensemble piece starring James Duval and Rachel True, Jordan played Alyssa, the sweet twin sister to Ryan Phillippe's character. That same year, she also portrayed Bette Davis' stand-in in Harvey Keith's independent period drama Stand-Ins (1997).
The next year, Jordan was reunited with her mother Cheryl Ladd, playing daughter-mother in the thriller television movie Every Mother's Worst Fear. She eventually got her first eye-catching role, as a popular girl who torments Drew Barrymore’s character, in Raja Gosnell's romantic comedy film Never Been Kissed (1999). After declining Barrymore’s offer to star in her company's film version of Charlie's Angels (2000), Jordan, who wants to completely escape her mother’s shadow, played teen actress and drug addict Amber Lyons in E!'s first original movie, Best Actress (2000).
She subsequently had some “downs” in her career when she took on the lead in the predictable and cheesy TV thriller The Deadly Look of Love (opposite Vincent Spano), and starred as a teenage girl with "bird powers" in Craig Mazin's comedy film about a group of superheroes on their day off, The Specials (both in 2000; with Thomas Haden Church, Rob Lowe and Jamie Kennedy). Afterward, she began appearing in independent projects and was seen in Gregory Cooke and David Fourier's Boys Life 3 (2000; with Jason Gould, Alexis Arquette, and Sara Gilbert), a compilation of five short films about gay life, identity and sexuality, and in David Lynch 8-minute project, Darkened Room (2002), alongside Cerina Vincent.
Next, Jordan starred as Karen in Eli Roth's real life-inspired horror/thriller Cabin Fever (2002; with Rider Strong, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent and Joey Kern), and as Penelope in the comedy/horror film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by Broken Lizard, Club Dread (2004; alongside Bill Paxton and Brittany Daniel). Also in 2004, she could be seen as Sara, a mental facility resident who helps show a psychiatric intern (played by Joshua Leonard) around the building, in William Butler's direct-to-DVD released Madhouse, and supporting Alexander Chaplin and Lindsay Sloane in Rob Lundsgaard's romantic comedy Dog Gone Love.
From 2005 to 2006, Jordan had a recurring voice role on Cartoon Network's stop motion animated series "Robot Chicken." Meanwhile, she was cast as Danielle, the bartender and head cook's girlfriend, in writer-director Rob McKittrick's indie comedy, Waiting... (2005; starring Justin Long, Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds) and shared the screen with Laura Dern and Jeremy Irons in writer-director David Lynch's mystery drama Inland Empire (2006), which premiered in Italy at the Venice Film Festival.
Jordan’s latest film, Grindhouse, was released in the United States on April 6, 2007. In directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's two full-length movies, she played Shanna in Tarantino's slasher segment "Death Proof." The film will also star Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson. Additionally, Jordan will soon complete Eli Roth's Hostel: Part II, the sequel to the 2006 horror film Hostel, in which she will portray Jay Hernandez's girlfriend. The film also stars Lauren German, Bijou Phillips and Heather Matarazzo. Its release date has been set for June 8, 2007.