All My Children
“I do love fashion! I always thought that if I wasn't an actor, I would really enjoy styling and designing.” Leven Rambin.
Leven Rambin is often recognized by TV viewers for playing the dual roles of Lily Montgomery/Ava Benton (2004-2008) on ABC's long running soap opera “All My Children.” She also costarred in the TV series "The Book of Daniel" and guest starred in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Lipstick Jungle." She now plays Riley Dawson on FOX's series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
“My greatest tip is to always have your own sense of style. Never let people tell you what to wear. It is important to have your own vision.” Leven Rambin (on fashion advice)
This 5' 7½" actress with wavy blonde hair is also a fashion model signed with Ford Models.
“I like to see what they say about me. So far everyone's been really nice. If I were to ever see anything bad, like harsh postings, I wouldn't take it to heart because that's my job; that's what I'm doing. I go on soapoperaweekly.com. 'Oh, I wonder if there's a picture on there of me today. Oh, there's not.' That's okay. Oh, and I go on teenpeople.com and tellusmagazine.com to see what's coming up the next week. Actually, it's really helpful.” Leven Rambin
Childhood and Family:
“I'd like to stay in New York for a little while. My friend gave me the best advice. She said, ‘Don't succumb to L.A. Wait until you have nothing to lose.’ Her exact words were, ‘It will make mincemeat of your soul.’” Leven Rambin (on choosing between living in New York or Los Angeles)
In Houston, Texas, Leven Alice Rambin (Leven means 'Life' in Dutch) was born on May 17, 1990, to Joseph Howard Rambin III, who founded the campaign Keep Houston Beautiful, and Karen Stacy Guthrie. She has one sister, fashion handbag designer Mary Rambin whose Moë brand is popular among celebrities, and one brother, Joseph Harper Rambin, who is currently enrolled at The University of Alabama. Her grandfather, J. Howard Rambin, Jr., is a former CEO and president of the Texaco oil company.
Leven, nicknamed “Lever,” attended St. Francis Episcopal Day School and trained at the Houston School of Film and Theatre. She also went to New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut, and pursued her high school diploma through the Texas Tech University Independent School District.
During her spare time, Leven enjoys singing and has taken voice lessons. She also likes snow and water skiing, reading and writing, dancing, and fashion. Her favorite sport is field hockey. She also enjoys softball and basketball.
“I think it's important for all teens to understand they can be active in their communities and make a big difference with the proper outlets and help.” Leven Rambin
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
“I think that the biggest challenge for me is when at 8 am, I have to get in the character of Lily and have to be able to scream, yell, freak out, count numbers, all that stuff so early in the morning. It's so hard to get that intense so early, but I manage with a few cups of coffee.” Leven Rambin (on the challenges of playing her character in "All My Children")
Acting in school plays while attending St. Francis Episcopal Day School, Leven Rambin decided to further her career by relocating to Los Angeles, where she landed her first professional acting role on the ABC soap opera “All My Children.” She joined the show in February 2004 as Lily Montgomery, the autistic daughter of Jackson Montgomery (played by Walt Willey), and would begin juggling dual roles on March 30, 2007, when she began portraying Ava Benton, Lily's street-smart but lovable older half sister.
“Four long, but amazing, years of my life have been spent with ‘All My Children’ and I will always look back on my experience there fondly. I was so fortunate to be in such an environment for the past 4 years. But, alas, much like my peers who are graduating high school around this time, it's time to move on. I feel it is time for me as an actress to expand and have new opportunities and I thank ‘All My Children’ for respecting my decision [to leave the show].” Leven Rambin (on her departure from the show in 2008)
Her work in the series earned her two Daytime Emmy nominations in 2006 and 2007, both for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, and a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination in 2005 for Outstanding Female Newcomer.
“It was confirmation that I love what I do. I want to keep being successful and I really want to move forward with my career. It's a really good stepping stone to get to where I ultimately want to go.” Leven Rambin (on her Daytime Emmy nomination)
During her “All My Children” stint, Rambin costarred as Caroline Paxton on the NBC series starring Aidan Quinn, "The Book of Daniel" (2006). She was also spotted as a guest in an April 2007 episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and in a February 2008 episode of "Lipstick Jungle."
Rambin recently appeared in the TV movie "Austin Golden Hour" (2008) and the independent romantic comedy film "Gigantic" (2008), with Jane Alexander, Edward Asner, Paul Dano, and Zooey Deschanel. She now plays Riley Dawson, the school friend and new love interest of Sarah Connor's (played by Lena Headey) son John (played by Thomas Dekker), on FOX’s science fiction television series spin-off of the "Terminator" films, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
Rambin, who completed a youth modeling course, has recently been signed to Wilhelmina Models. She has appeared in a TV commercial for WNBA Basketball.
“Even though I love fashion and all girl stuff, including the color pink, please know that I am not a Miss Priss.” Leven Rambin