“At a pool party, with everybody around, a guy and I had sex in the pool, but nobody knew it.” Krista Allen
A former model, and American actress of Portuguese and Irish heritage, Krista Allen got her start in showbiz by wearing bikinis in beauty competitions and advertising campaigns before being recognized as an actress. Ex-Miss Texas and well-known Budweiser girl is maybe most famous for playing the titular lead seductress in the infamous Emmanuelle series (1994). She achieved further recognition for her roles as series’ regular the ever-troubled Billie Reed in “Days of Our Lives” (1996-99) and the troublemaker Jenna Avid in “Baywatch Hawaii” (2000-2001), as well as with a memorable guest stint, as a full-figured Lara Croft-style computer-generated video vixen, in “The X-Files” (2000). As for film, Allen is know for playing roles in such vehicles as the George Clooney-helmed Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), the Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler comedy Anger Management (2003) and Paycheck (2003, with Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman). Moviegoers should not miss Allen’s performance in the upcoming The Third Nail (2006) and Strange Wilderness (2006).
Off screen, one of Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” (2005), Allen also enjoys a secondary career as a clothing designer and has launched her own T-shirt line called Sex Brand, with tops inscribed with messages such as “On the Wrong Side of 30,” “You Were Never My Boyfriend” and “My Mom Says I’m a Catch.” To show her political opposition to President George W. Bush, she created a line of panties that read “No More Bush” which was well-received in a L.A. boutique. On a more personal front, she married movie producer Justin Moritt from 1996-1999 and has a son with him. After the marriage failure, Allen had a two-year high-profile romance with actor/director George Clooney, whom she met while filming the 2002 biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and a short-lived relationship with lover Michael Rosenbaum.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of an Irish father and a Portuguese mother, Krista Allen was born on April 5, 1972 in Ventura, California, but was raised in Houston, Texas. Her parents separated when Krista was only a little girl and they both later remarried. A shy girl, Krista was encouraged by her parents to try modeling as a means to overcome it. It was eventually paid off when Krista crowned the title of “Miss Texas,” as well as won several other beauty contests when she was a teenager. Krista attended Austin Community College in Texas, where she majored in education, and briefly became a kindergarten teacher before eventually changing her mind then made her way to California to begin a career in acting.
On September 14, 1996, Krista married film producer Justin Moritt and they welcomed their son, Jacob Nolan Moritt, on July 12, 1997. Unfortunately, after only a three-year marriage, in 1999, the couple decided to split up.
Days of Our Lives
Krista Allen started her modeling career by entering beauty competitions and was named “Miss Texas” when she was a teenager. She followed it up by appearing on several men’s magazines covers, calendars and got her first major break as a Budweiser Girl. As the model of the popular beer company, Allen was featured on a number of billboards, catalogs and calendars that subsequently raised her popularity. Despite a well-received modeling career, Allen decided to become a school teacher after a college graduation. She later made up her mind and headed for Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.
Within three days in Hollywood, Allen, with the help of her manager, landed her first TV role on the well-liked daytime soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS, 1994), where she appeared as the bikini waitress Shelley. Her big breakthrough, however, arrived when she was hired to star as Emmanuelle in the celebrated 7-part movie series based on the striking character of the same name (1994). As the titular lead seductress, Allen displayed her sex appeal that made her a favorite among men viewers.
More projects followed after the scorching performance. She guest starred in a number of series like “Silk Stalkings” (1995), “Married... with Children”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “Weird Science,” and had a recurring role in “High Tide” (all in 1996). The same year, she also tasted the water of independent circuit by taking part in the action-comedy Rolling Thunder.
No stranger to soap opera, Allen hit the big time when she joined the cast of the long-running daytime series “Days of Our Lives” in the regular role of the ever-bothered Billie Reed (first played by Lisa Rinna) in 1996. With that role, the actress proved to wide audiences she was more than a pretty face and achieved a number of appreciations. In 1999, however, Allen decided to depart the show to pursue other projects. In the meantime, she had a bit but memorable performance as the busty woman in the elevator in Jim Carrey comedy Liar Liar (1997), as well as was featured in the horror movie The Haunted Sea (1997) and in the made-for-TV film Raven (1997).
After leaving Days of Our Live, Allen undertook supporting role opposite Parker Stevenson, Mehgan Heaney-Grier, Billy Rieck and Shelli Lether in the sci-fi telepic Avalon: Beyond the Abyss (1999), and raised her fan base significantly when she assumed the guest role of Maitreya, a scantily-clad video game vixen come to life, in an episode of the cult favorite “The X-Files” (2000). The gorgeous actress gained even more attention while portraying rabble-rouser lifeguard-turned-lawmaker Jenna Avid in the syndicated show “Baywatch Hawaii” (2000-2001).
While working on the syndicated series, Allen was still keeping busy, with a minor turn in director Adam Collis’ comedy film Sunset Strip (2000, starred Simon Baker and Anna Friel), a costarring role along side Scott Baio in the drama Face Value (2001) and a lead in the independent comedy Totally Blonde (2001). But, television proved to be fruitful ground for Allen, and she noosed guest spots on countless series, including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Arli$$,” “Spin City,” “Charmed” and “Inside Schwartz” (all in 2001).
In 2002, following other guest appearances like in the popular series “Friends” and “Smallville,” Allen eventually delivered a screen breakout role when her-then lover George Clooney cast her in a brief but significant part as an eye-caching apparently sexually available woman swimming in the pool at the Playboy Mansion in Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The biopic film starred Dick Clark, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Sweeney and Drew Barrymore.
More film roles followed after the memorable performance. Allen then had a supporting role in the Hollywood heavy hitters, Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, dark comedy Anger Management (2003) for director Peter Segal, and found herself acting with Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart and Uma Thurman in John Woo’s thriller Paycheck (2003, appeared as a holographic woman). She was also hired to appear in a bunch of low-profile films in 2004 such as Meet Market (2004), Shut Up and Kiss Me! (2004) and Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding (2004).
Still an in-demand-actress on TV, Allen managed her presence on the small screen by guest starring in numerous serial such as “Fastlane,” “Andromeda,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “The Lyon’s Den,” “Frasier,” “Two and a Half Men ,” “I’m with Her” (all in 2003), as well as “Monk” (2005) and the Fox short-lived series “Head Cases” (2005, a Chris O’Donnell’s alienated spouse). In 2005, she was also cast as herself in the Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney-produced HBO series “Unscripted.” Also in 2005, Allen teamed up with director John Gulager to star in his horror movie Feast.
Recently, the actress was seen as a guest star in the Bob Koherr and Gail Mancuso-helmed comedy series “Out of Practice” and the Freddie Prinze Jr.-starred sitcom “Freddie.” She will soon play small role Hannah in director Kevin Lewis’ crime/drama movie The Third Nail (2006, stars writer-actor Huntley Ritter, Jake Muxworthy and Charles S. Dutton) and costars as Krista in the Fred Wolf-directed Strange Wilderness (2006).