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American model and actress Sunny Mabrey is recognized for playing roles in the films “The New Guy” (2002), “Species III” (2004), “xXx: State of the Union” (2005), “One Last Thing...” (2005), “Snakes on a Plane” (2006), “San Saba” (2008), “Not Since You” (2009) and “Repo” (2010). She has also guest starred in the TV series “CSI: Miami,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Mad Men,” among other shows, and had a recurring role on the series “Memphis Beat” (3 episodes, 2010).
Mabrey currently resides in Los Angeles and is married to actor Ethan Embry. A former Gap model, she ranked No. 87 on the Maxim Magazine list of “Hot 100 of 2002.”
Childhood and Family:
Sunny Mabrey was born on November 28, 1975, in Gadsden, Alabama. She was named after her uncle, Sonny.
On July 17, 2005, Sunny married actor Ethan Embry (born June 13, 1978). She was previously engaged to actor and fellow Alabama native Clayne Crawford (born April 20, 1978).
Sunny Mabrey entered show business as a model when she was 18 years old. She modeled around the world and appeared in a number of print ads and commercials. She gradually made the switch to acting.
In 1998, Mabrey made her television acting debut as Inga in an episode of the short lived NBC sitcom “LateLine” called “Gale Gets a Life.” She went on to appear in the music videos “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit and “Amazed” from Lonestar (both 1999) before making her big screen debut in “The New Guy” (2002), a comedy directed by Ed Decter that was written by David Kendall and starred DJ Qualls, Eliza Dushku, Eddie Griffin and Zooey Deschanel. She was next seen as Mia in “A Midsummer Night's Rave” (2002), a film adaptation of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” that was directed by Gil Cates Jr. Costars in the film included Corey Pearson, Lauren German, Andrew Keegan and Chad Lindberg. The same year, Mabrey also guest starred as Allison in the episode “Provider” of “Angel,” a spin-off of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
After portraying Celine Wilcox on an episode of “CSI: Miami” called “Extreme” (2003), Mabrey was cast as Sara in the Brad Turner directed “Species III” (2004). The science fiction film was broadcasted on the Sci Fi Channel before being released to video. Mabrey then played the supporting role of Charlie Mayweather in the action film “xXx: State of the Union” (2005), a sequel to 2002's “xXx.” She followed it up starring as model Nikki Sinclaire in the film “One Last Thing...,” opposite Michael Angarano, Cynthia Nixon and Gina Gershon. The film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival on September 12, 2005, and had a limited release in the U.S. She also portrayed Tiffany on “Snakes on a Plane” (2006), a horror movie helmed by David R. Ellis that starred Samuel L. Jackson.
Mabrey guest starred in an episode of Fox's “House M.D.” (2005) and NBC's “Windfall” (2006) before making her television film debut as Sela Jameson in the Hallmark thriller “Final Approach” (2007), which starred Dean Cain. She next appeared in episodes of the television series “Without a Trace” (2007), “Monk” (2008) and “Desperate Housewives” (2008). In addition, she guest starred in “Rules of Engagement” (2009, as Erika) and “Mad Men” (2009, as Shelly).
Mabrey returned to features in 2008 when she was cast as Claire in the mystery film “San Saba,” opposite Angus Macfadyen, Vivica A. Fox and Elizabeth Rohm. The same year, she received a small role in the romantic comedy “Redirecting Eddie.” She went on to appear in the 2009 short film “Pet Peeves,” which was written and directed by Brooke Adams, and portray Victoria Gary in Jeff Stephenson's dramatic film “Not Since You” (2009), starring Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson and Christian Kane.
In 2010, Mabrey costarred with Benjamin Gourley, Jason Mewes and Izabella Miko in the movie “Repo,” which was written and directed by Benjamin Gourley. The same year, she also played the recurring role of Alex on the TNT dramatic series “Memphis Beat,” which starred Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Sam Hennings and DJ Qualls. She will soon appear with Eric Roberts, Ben Becker and Christian Traeumer in director Zsolt Bacs’ upcoming “The Child.”