"I would change the push for women to look like Playmate Barbie dolls. That is just ridiculous." Tricia Helfer (on one thing she would change about the film industry)
Canadian model and actress Tricia Helfer, who won Ford's Supermodel of The Year contest in 1992 and began modeling for “Elle,” “Vogue” and “Cosmopolitan” magazines, is widely recognized as a model in campaigns for Oil of Olay, Chanel's Cristalle perfume, and some memorable Victoria's Secret lingerie assignments.
She later ventured to acting and moved to Los Angeles in 1996. She has appeared in such fashion documentaries as “Unzipped” (1995) and “Catwalk” (1996), as well as the films "White Rush" (2003), "The Genius Club" (2006), "Memory" (2006), "Spiral" (2007), and "Walk All Over Me" (2007).
Helfer is popular among TV viewers as the seductive, statuesque Cylon infiltrator Number Six in the Sci-Fi Channel's Emmy Award-winning science fiction television program "Battlestar Galactica" (2004-Present). She also portrayed actress Farrah Fawcett in the NBC TV movie “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels'” (2004) and has guest starred in "Jeremiah," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Collector," and "Supernatural." She also starred as agent Naomi Tyler Moore in the novel-based TV series pilot, "Them" (2007) and recently signed a one-year deal with Fox Broadcasting and reportedly will appear in multiple episodes during the second season of the hit USA Network's comedy-drama series “Burn Notice,” which will debut in July 2008.
Helfer was one of the judges in the 2003 Miss Teen USA and 2004 Miss USA. The 5' 10 beauty with 34-24-34 measurements was one of “Maxim” magazine “Hot 100” of 2005 and “Maxim's” “Hot 100” of 2006. She was selected as the cover girl for “Maxim's” 2005 wall calendar and posed topless for the February 2007 issue of “Playboy.” Recently, she was ranked #8 on “FHM” magazine 2008 “Sexiest Woman” list.
Helfer has been married to Jonathan S. Marshall, a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, since 2003.
Childhood and Family:
Born on April 11, 1974, in the rural community of Donalda in Stettler County, Alberta, Tricia Janine Helfer grew up on her family's grain farm that her parents, Dennis and Elaine, still run. She has one sister named Tammy Helfer.
In 2003, Helfer married her present husband, Jonathan S. Marshall, a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer.
Helfer's vices include wine and Krispy Kreme donuts. She is best friends with “Battlestar Galactica” (2004) co-star Katee Sackhoff.
Discovered at age 16 while standing in line at a local movie theater by a Ford agency talent scout named Kelly Streit, Tricia Helfer won the Ford modeling agency’s “Supermodel of the Year” contest only two years after joining.
Helfer got her first big break in 1992 when she won Ford's Supermodel of the World Contest, which led to her signing with the Elite Modeling agency. She soon walked the runways for Christian Dior, Carolina Herrera, Claude Montana, Emanuel Ungaro, Givenchy, John Galliano, Dolce & Gabbana, and other top fashion designers. She has also graced such high-profile fashion publications as “Flare,” “Amica Italia,” “ELLE,” “Cosmopolitan,” “Marie Claire” and “Vogue,” among others. Besides Victoria's Secret and Chanel's Cristalle perfume, she has appeared in advertisements for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Oil of Olay and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Helfer was one of the judges in the 2003 Miss Teen USA and 2004 Miss USA. The 5' 10 beauty with 34-24-34 measurements was named #83 on the “Maxim” magazine “Hot 100” of 2005 list and #95 on “Maxim's” “Hot 100” list of 2006. She was selected as the cover girl for “Maxim's” 2005 wall calendar and posed topless for the February 2007 issue of “Playboy.” Recently, she was ranked #8 on “FHM” magazine 2008 “Sexiest Woman” list, behind Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Elisha Cuthbert, Scarlett Johansson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Hilary Duff. Helfer is currently signed with Trump Model Management.
Helfer served as a correspondent for the fashion program “Ooh La La” in her native Canada and then moved from New York City to Los Angeles in a bid to pursue acting full-time. She landed cameo roles in the fashion documentaries “Unzipped” (1995), with supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss, and “Catwalk” (1996), which follows model Christy Turlington through the spring fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York in the early 1990s.
"They worry that you'll take away emphasis from the star if you're taller and you're prettier." Tricia Helfer (on the difficulties in landing small roles)
Entering the new millennium, Helfer finally received her first real acting role in the 16-minute short comedy, “Eventual Wife” (alongside Ellen Pompeo), which aired on HBO and Cinemax. Two years later, she scored a meatier role, as Sarah, in the two-hour premiere of the Showtime post-apocalyptic television series loosely based on Belgian writer Hermann Huppen's comic book, “Jeremiah,” starring Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Helfer was subsequently spotted as a guest in a May 2002 episode of the popular, Emmy Award-winning CBS crime/cop drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” She later recalled, "It was great. It was basically one of my first jobs. It was the second season so it was already the number-one show on television. I didn't work much with the cast since I was playing a victim. The only time I worked with the cast was during my autopsy and I didn't say anything [laughs]."
After co-starring with Judd Nelson, Louis Mandylor and Charlie Schlatter in Mark L. Lester's indie crime/thriller film "White Rush" (2003), Helfer appeared as the cyborg Number 6 on the Sci-Fi channel's three-hour miniseries “Battlestar Galactica” (2003), a remake of the 1978 TV series. The miniseries served as a backdoor pilot for the 2004 regular television series of the same name in which Helfer returned as the seductive, statuesque Cylon infiltrator Number Six.
She said, "My character is in every episode, although with a large cast there will be some episodes that I am hardly in. I think in the fourth episode I have one scene and hardly any dialogue. Then some episodes I am practically in every scene."
The TV series “Battlestar Galactica” gained a wide range of critical acclaim and won Emmy, Peabody, Hugo, and Saturn awards. Premiering on October 18, 2004, the show is now in its fourth season, which will be the series' last as announced by producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore. For her performance in the show, Helfer, who has played 3 different versions of her character with different unique personality as well, won a Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series in 2006.
During her “Battlestar Galactica” tenure, Helfer costarred as original Angel Farrah Fawcett in the NBC TV movie “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels'” (2004), and just days before the television film aired, she made a memorable guest appearance on CBS' “The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn.” She also guest starred in a February 2006 episode of the Canadian supernatural drama television series starring Chris Kramer, "The Collector," which earned her a Leo Award nomination for Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series, and in a March 2007 episode of the WB/CW cult television paranormal drama television series starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, "Supernatural," in which she played Molly, whose husband disappeared after they came upon a farmer who is actually a highway ghost. Additionally, she starred as Naomi Tyler Moore, an agent sent to investigate an extraterrestrial that has infiltrated the human race, in the novel-based TV series pilot "Them" (2007).
Helfer continued to add to her resume with roles in the films "The Genius Club" (2006), a drama/thriller by writer/director Timothy A. Chey in which she co-starred with Stephen Baldwin, "Memory" (2006), a horror/thriller by Bennett Davlin starring Billy Zane, and "Spiral" (2007), a drama/thriller by directors Adam Green and Joel Moore in which she teamed up with Joel Moore, Amber Tamblyn, and Zachary Levi.
In 2007, Helfer acted opposite Brendan Fletcher in writer/director Mark Leiren-Young's drama film "The Green Chain" and starred as Leelee Sobieski's dominatrix roommate Celene in the indie comedy/thriller film directed by Robert Cuffley, "Walk All Over Me," which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Canadian film is being released in the U.S. by the Weinstein Co.
Helfer's outstanding performance in “Battlestar Galactica” and "Walk All Over Me" later led to her being signed to star in a series project. Additionally, she reportedly will appear in multiple episodes during the second season of the hit USA Network comedy-drama series “Burn Notice,” which will debut in July 2008.
"I like weird, dark and depressing movies like ‘21 Grams,’ ‘Requiem For a Dream’ and ‘Being John Malkovich’." Tricia Helfer
Leo Awards: Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series, Battlestar Galactica (2006)