Renee Olstead

Renee Olstead
Renee Olstead April 2015.jpg
Olstead at the April 2015 WonderCon
Born Rebecca Renee Olstead
(1989-06-18) June 18, 1989 (age 29)
Houston, Texas U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1995–present
Musical career
Genres Jazz, Country
Instruments Vocals
Labels Renee, 143, Reprise, Warner Bros. Records

Renee Olstead (born June 18, 1989) is an American actress and singer. Active since childhood as an actress, she is best known for her roles on the CBS sitcom Still Standing and on the drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Madison Cooperstein. In addition, she has recorded four studio albums, primarily of jazz music.

Early life and career[]

Olstead was born in Kingwood, Texas, to Christopher Eric Olstead and Rebecca Lynn Jeffries. Olstead is of Norwegian ancestry.[1][2][3] As a child actress, she made films and commercials from age eight onwards. She also attended Centre Stage theatrical school and is mentioned on their website's list of alumni.

From 2002 to 2006, she appeared in the TV sitcom Still Standing as middle sister Lauren Miller. Olstead was presented with the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy) - Supporting Young Actress for Still Standing in 2002. She also had a small part in the 2004 film 13 Going on 30. She co-starred in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, about fifteen-year-old Amy Juergens's struggle through her unexpected pregnancy and how it affected her peers. Olstead played the character Madison Cooperstein, one of Amy's best friends.

In 2004, Olstead released a self-titled album of jazz songs and pop standards for Warner Bros. Records to good reviews. Since her previous releases had limited distribution, this album was considered her official debut. She subsequently performed in Berlin during the Live 8 concert on July 2, 2005.[4]

Olstead also recorded with trumpeter Chris Botti on his 2005 album To Love Again: The Duets and appeared on the 2006 DVD Chris Botti Live with Orchestra and Special Guests. Her singing style is influenced by such great jazz vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Reportedly, her musical talent was discovered by composer David Foster, who produced her 2004 album. She later performed with him on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

A follow-up album entitled Skylark, also produced by Foster, was originally announced for release in 2005, but it was subsequently pushed back several times, with release dates in the summer of 2006 and early 2007 being mentioned on online retailers such as Amazon.com. It was then scheduled for a June 2008 release, but was delayed once again.[5] It was finally released on January 27, 2009, nearly four years after it was originally announced.

On September 14, 2011, as the result of a criminal complaint initially made by actress Scarlett Johansson, the FBI announced it was investigating the alleged hacking of celebrity cellphone and email accounts and the dissemination of explicit nude photographs of Johansson and approximately 50 other celebrities, including Olstead. As a result of the investigation, 35-year-old Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested in October 2011.[6] During the trial, Olstead testified that she attempted suicide after the nude photographs were leaked, adding that she had never before considered suicide before the hacking.[7] Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2012.[7]

Olstead most recently starred as Kaitlan in the 2013 supernatural thriller The Midnight Game[8] and as Jess Felton in the 2014 technology-themed thriller film Unfriended.[9]

Personal life[]

Renee is married to pianist Tommy King, and legally took his last name.[10]

Olstead is a vegan.[11] She appeared in a PETA ad, Fish Are Friends Not Food, urging her fans to become vegan themselves.[12][13] In 2012, Olstead joined PETA's campaign to free the elephant Mali from captivity at the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, where she has been alone for the last three decades.

Discography[]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions[]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US

Country

US
Stone Country
  • Release date: December 5, 2000
  • Label: Renee
  • Formats: CD
Renee Olstead
Skylark
  • Release date: January 2009
  • Label: Reprise
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country

Singles[]

Year Title Peak chart poisitions Certifications Album
US

Country

US US AC US

Adult

2000 "Unleashed"
2004 "What a Wonderful World" Renee Olstead
"Summertime" Skylark
2009 "Midnight Man"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country

Other charted songs[]

Year Title Peak chart position Album
US US AC US

Adult

2004 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Renee Olstead
"Sunday Kind of Love" ft. Chris Botti
"Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"
"Meet Me, Midnight"
"A Love That Will Last"
2009 "Lover Man" Skylark
"Ain't We Got Fun"
"You've Changed"
"Stars Fell on Alabama"
"Nothing But the Blame"
"Midnight Man"
"Midnight in Austin Texas"
"Hold Me Now"
"Thanks for the Boogie Ride"
? "Through the Fire"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Cadillac Ranch Mary Katherine (young) film debut
shared role with Renee Humphrey
1997 The Usher Little Girl Short film
1999 The Insider Deborah Wigand
1999 End of Days Amy cred as Rebecca Renee Olstead
2000 Space Cowboys Little Girl
2003 Scorched Girl Scout
2004 13 Going on 30 Becky
2012 The Monogamy Experiment Renee Ramrock
2013 The Midnight Game Kaitlan
2014 Unfriended Jess
2014 The Monogamy Experiment Short unknown Short film
2015 The Murder Pact Annabel
2017 Feral Brienne
2018 Bachelor Lions Evelyn Ross

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Streets of Laredo Marci Fant television debut
Television Miniseries
Episode: #1.3"
1995 Deadly Family Secrets Emily Pick Television Movie
1996 Santa, NASA & the Man in the Moon Herself Television Movie
1996 Ceftin Wiz Kids Katie Television Movie
1997 Out There Megan Tollman Television Movie
1998 Touched by an Angel Bits Episode: "Doodlebugs"
1998 Reunited Ami Beck series regular; 5 episodes
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Lauren Episode: "Where's My Kiss, Then?"
1999 Providence Little Girl Episode: "Home for the Holidays"
2000 The Wonderful World of Disney Featured Episode: "Geppetto"
2002 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star Selma Episode: "Fame"
2002 She Spies Amy Divornak Episode: "Poster Girl"
2002-2003 Still Standing Lauren Miller series regular; 86 episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy) Supporting Young Actress (2006)
Nominated - Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actress (2003)
2003 Fillmore! Lucille (voice role) Episode: "South of Friendship, North of Honor"
2007 Super Sweet 16: The Movie Sky Storm Television Movie
2007 Point of Entry Melinda Television Movie
2008-2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Madison Cooperstein series regular; 89 episodes
2011 The Bling Ring April Television Movie
2016 Grip and Electric Krystyn series regular; 5 episodes
2016 Cozmo's Kallie Television Movie
TBR Work Mom Heather Television Movie

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