Making her debut as a child actress in the NBC miniseries “Lucky Chances” (1990), actress of TV and film Raquel Alessi rose to fame by playing young Roxanne Simpson in the Nicolas Cage-headlined movie “Ghost Rider” (2007). She more recently portrayed Cindi Whitehall on the blasphemous coming-of-age comedy “Miss March” (2009). The Los Angeles native also starred in the film “Summerhood” (2008) and had a regular role on Fox's short-lived series, “Standoff” (2006-2007).
Alessi was named one of Maxim magazine's “Hot 100” in 2007.
Childhood and Family:
Raquel Alessi was born on March 7, 1983, in Los Angeles, California. Her birth name is Raquel Nazzarena Alessi.
Raquel is a graduate from New York University, where she acted in a number of stage productions.
Raquel Alessi had her first taste in front of the television cameras in 1990 when she was cast as the six-year-old Maria in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries “Lucky Chances,” written by Jackie Collins and based on her bestselling novels “Chances” and “Lucky.” Costars in the drama/romance show included Vincent Irizarry, Michael Nader, Anne-Marie Johnson, Eric Braeden, Sandra Bullock and Luca Bercovici. She reappeared seven years later in the horror film “Uncle Sam” (1997), directed by William Lustig, penned by Larry Cohen and starring David Shark Fralick in the title role.
In 2005, Alessi could be seen playing Rocco's (played by Michael Kelly) date in the straight-to-video “Carlito's Way: Rise to Power,” a prequel to Brian DePalma's 1993 film “Carlito's Way” that starred Al Pacino. “Carlito's Way: Rise to Power” was directed and penned by Michael Bregman and starred Jay Hernandez as Carlito Brigante. The following year, Alessi made her debut as a regular cast on the Fox drama “Standoff,” playing FBI special agent Lia Mathers. The series ran for a season of 18 episodes from September 2006 to July 2007.
Raquel returned to film by playing the young version of Eva Mendes in the film adaptation of the Marvel Comics character, “Ghost Rider,” starring Nicolas Cage as the title role. The action/fantasy, directed and scripted by Mark Steven Johnson, was released in the USA on February 16, 2007 to negative reviews, and grossed over $ 228 million worldwide. Apart from Cage and Mendes, the film also starred Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, Matt Long, Peter Fonda and Brett Cullen.
In 2008, Alessi got her highest billing up through that time as Cinnamon on the coming-of-age comedy/drama “Summerhood.” Directed by Jacob Medjuck, the film won the Audience Award at the 2008 Atlantic Film Festival. More recently, moviegoers recognized her as Cindi Whitehall on “Miss March” (2009), a comedy about a young man who awakens from a coma to discover that his once pure high school stunner has become a Playboy Playmate. The film, which was directed and written by and starring Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore, received poor reception from critics.
A graduate of New York University, Alessi acted in several plays while in New York. Her stage credits include “King Lear,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” “Suburbia” and “A Lie of the Mind.”