“I want girls to be who they are and what they have to offer and it’s not based on what other people think about you.” Missy Peregrym
Canadian model-turned-actress Missy Peregrym starred as Tory Stratton, one of the students at a Chinese martial arts school, in the WB short-lived action adventure drama series "Black Sash" (2003), and as Jackie Bradford, the soccer-playing girlfriend to Sean Faris' ice hockey star character Dino Whitman, in the ABC drama series "Life As We Know It" (2004-2005).
She recently played the recurring role of Candice Wilmer (2007) in the NBC critically-acclaimed science fiction drama series, "Heroes," and now stars as Andi Prendergast, Sam's (played by Bret Harrison) attractive co-worker and object of his unspoken affection, in The CW supernatural television series "Reaper" (2007-Present).
Peregrym has also guest starred in such TV shows as "Dark Angel," "The Chris Isaak Show," "Jake 2.0," "Tru Calling" and "Smallville."
On the big screen, the up-and-coming actress is remembered for portraying Haley Graham, a rebellious 17-year-old and a retired gymnast forced to return to the regimented world of gymnastics after a run-in with the law, in the teen comedy "Stick It" (2006).
“The one thing that I love about film is that you know the story from beginning to end. There’s a character development and you get to see the arc and in television, you are waiting script by script.” Missy Peregrym (on the difference between acting in film and on TV)
The 5' 7½'' former model, who was one of the “Maxim” magazine’s “Hot 100 of 2007,” was dating Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as of 2007. She was previously romantically linked to “Less Than Perfect” star Zachary Levi in 2004 and Brandon Countee in 2005.
“I want young women to respect themselves. I want them to eat food, for God sakes, but I want them to take care of themselves. I want to inspire athleticism within young women… for them to take care of their bodies and it all starts with how you think of yourself.” Missy Peregrym
Childhood and Family:
Born on June 16, 1982, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Melissa Peregrym speaks fluent English and French. She spent most of her life in Surrey, British Columbia, with her minister father, homemaker mother and two sisters, Cassandra and Amanda.
Melissa Peregrym, nicknamed Missy, went to high school at Fleetwood Park Secondary School, in Surrey, British Columbia, where she played soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. She graduated from Aurora College in 2004.
“I hung out with guys all the time. I was very active in sports. I didn't watch a lot of TV or go to movies very much.” Missy Peregrym (on her tomboyish adolescence)
Missy lived in Los Angeles while shooting "Reaper" (2007-2008). Describing herself as a tomboy while growing up, Missy enjoys soccer and snowboarding. She also coached high school basketball for Los Angeles-based youth programs.
Missy has now moved back to Vancouver where she currently resides with her family. In 2006, she took part in the TOMS shoe drop in Argentina.
“And I hope I can do that in my everyday life and not just with traveling the world and giving kids shoes, but I hope my way of thinking is different and I can apply that kind generosity in every part of my life. And, if everyone did that, I just think it would transform this country so much.” Missy Peregrym
Life As We Know It
“I think that when you respect yourself and you’re happy with yourself, you raise a higher standard for yourself. And when you do that you allow strong people who also believe those things into your life and it’s about quality of life.” Missy Peregrym
A tomboy while growing up, Missy Peregrym took a job as a basketball coach after graduating from high school. She soon entered the glamorous world of modeling at age 18 and appeared in advertisements for such high-profile companies as Sprint Canada, Mercedes-Benz, and the Olympics.
At age 19, Peregrym ventured to acting and landed a small guest role in a March 2002 episode of FOX’s cyberpunk science fiction television program starring Jessica Alba, "Dark Angel." She followed it up with guest appearances in the Showtime sitcom "The Chris Isaak Show," UPN’s sci-fi series starring Christopher Gorham, "Jake 2.0," and FOX’s drama starring Eliza Dushku, "Tru Calling." She also co-starred with Russell Wong in the WB short-lived action adventure drama television series "Black Sash" (2003), playing Tory Stratton. The show was filmed in Peregrym's hometown in Vancouver, British Columbia.
From 2004 to 2005, Peregrym co-starred as Jackie Bradford, the soccer-playing girlfriend to Sean Faris' ice hockey star character Dino Whitman, in the ABC drama series "Life As We Know It," which was based on the novel “Doing It” by British writer Melvin Burgess.
She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the WB/CW action/adventure sci-fi series about young Clark Kent/Superman, "Smallville," and in the Canadian/American science fiction television series "Andromeda,” and appeared in the biographical TV movie about "The Hollywood Madam," "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss" (2004), starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler. She then had an unaccredited role as a test subject in the superhero film loosely based and inspired by the DC Comics character, "Catwoman" (2004), starring Halle Berry.
“It's really easy to get down on yourself and get really self-centered in this industry. If you don't get the role, it's because of the way you look. It's always about you.” Missy Peregrym
After resurfacing on three online mini-episodes of “Smallville” in 2006, Peregrym scored her first starring role in film in Jessica Bendinger's directorial debut, the teen comedy "Stick It" (2006). In the film that also features Vanessa Lengies and Jeff Bridges, she portrayed Haley Graham, a rebellious 17-year-old and retired gymnast who is forced to return to the regimented world of gymnastics after a run-in with the law. She also appeared in the music video “We Run This” by Missy Elliot, which is featured in the "Stick It" movie.
When asked if she had a great double for her part in the film, Peregrym said, “It's all of that. The camera work was amazing, the way that they filmed it. I thought the double was phenomenal. When she came in, we were in the middle of training and I was terrified. I was like 'Guys, I can't get that big.' She was so muscular and so strong. I was like, 'I don't know how I'm going to do that.' I'm willing to work as hard as possible but I'm like, 'This is going to look so weird.' But it actually worked out perfect. I just didn't want this movie to look fake in that sense and for people to get out of the story to notice the doubling. I thought it was really cool.”
2007 saw Peregrym play the recurring role of Candice Wilmer in the NBC critically-acclaimed science fiction drama television series, "Heroes." She later commented about her character in the show, saying “I feel like every character on this show has the ability to do good things with their powers but also have temptations that would encourage them to use them for selfish reasons.”
Also that year, she appeared in the crime/mystery/thriller TV movie "Wide Awake" and began starring in The CW supernatural television comedy-drama series "Reaper," playing Andi Prendergast, Sam's (played by Bret Harrison) attractive co-worker and object of his unspoken affection, a role that was originally intended for Nikki Reed. “Reaper” stopped airing new episodes after the tenth episode due to an industry-wide screenwriters strike, but resumed new pre-strike episodes in March 2008 and is set to begin airing post-strike episodes on April 22, 2008. It will have a full eighteen episode order for the 2007-2008 seasons, with thirteen pre-strike episodes and five post strike episodes.
“To tell you the truth, I hope I don't have to be here forever. The only thing I've ever wanted in my life is to be a mom and a wife. And really, would I want to raise my family here? Probably not.” Missy Peregrym