Renee Olstead 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.
Born Name Renee Olstead
Nick Name Renee
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1995–present
Born: June 18, 1989, 29 years and 5 months, Kingwood, Texas, US
Sun Sign Gemini
Hair Color Dyed Blonde. She has naturally “Red” hair.
Eye Color Green
Height 5 ft 2¼ in or 158 cm
Measurements 37-25-36 in or 94-63.5-91.5 cm
Bra Size 34C
Labels Renee LLC, 143, Reprise Records
Manager She is signed with Paradigm Talent Agency
Ethnicity She has Norwegian ancestry
Distinctive Features Hourglass figure, Heart-shaped face
Education Renee attended the Centre Stage Theatrical School.
Father – Christopher Eric Olstead
Mother – Rebecca Lynn Jeffries
Renee has done TV commercials for brands like
Levi’s 501 Jeans “Drugstore”, (which won the Clio Award)
Best Known For
Playing Lauren Miller in the TV series Still Standing from 2002 to 2006. She won an award for Best Supporting Young Actress at the Young Artists Award for her role in 2002.
Co-starring in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013) as Madison Cooperstein, as one of the protagonist’s best friends.
As an award-winning and successful Jazz singer.
Early life and career
Olstead was born in Kingwood, Texas, to Christopher Eric Olstead and Rebecca Lynn Jeffries. Olstead is of Norwegian ancestry. 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.
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. 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. 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. Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2012.
Olstead most recently starred as Kaitlan in the 2013 supernatural thriller The Midnight Game and as Jess Felton in the 2014 technology-themed thriller film Unfriended.
Renee is married to pianist Tommy King, and legally took his last name.
Olstead is a vegan. She appeared in a PETA ad, Fish Are Friends Not Food, urging her fans to become vegan themselves. 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.
Her first album was Stone Country in 2000 which had a limited release.
However, her self-titled album Renee Olstead was released in 2004 by Warner Bros. Records as her official debut album.
Renee’s first theatrical film appearance was in the action-adventure flick, Cadillac Ranch in 1996 in the role of Young Mary Katherine.
First TV Show
Her first TV show appearance was playing Marci Fant in Streets of Laredo in 1995.
Renee first switched to vegetarianism at the age of 12. About her decision, she says that she was inspired by a co-star who commented that,
“I DON’T EAT ANYTHING WITH A FACE”.
She wanted to take her diet to the next level and so 10 years later entered into a vegan lifestyle. So, she became a practicing vegan at the age of 22.
Her diet includes a smoothie during breakfast and protein shakes throughout the day.
She attends dance classes and does Pole Fit. Also, she goes to a studio called Pink Pole Party to get the necessary work out done without feeling too burnt out.
Renee Olstead Favorite Things
Food – Garlic Green Beans, Vegan Brown Torte from Hugo’s (Los Angeles)
Cosmetic Brand – Gerard Cosmetics
Beauty Products – Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick, NYX Contour Palette
Renee Olstead Facts
She was born on Father’s Day.
She won the International Jazz Talent Award at the age of 19 at The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival in 2008.
Renee was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist for her song “Summertime” from her self-titled album.
She once performed, along with her music producer David Foster, for Oprah, and impressed her with her songs.
On July 22, 2005, she performed at Live 8! concert in Berlin. She participated in this benefit concert to raise money for the eradication of world poverty.
She is a firm supporter of PETA and was featured in an ad “Fish Are Friends Not Food” urging people to give up eating fish.
She was a child actress who made films and commercials from the time she was 8 years old.
She considers jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan as her inspiration.
Music composer David Foster was the one to discover her musical talent and produced her album in 2004.
Her 2009 album Skylark was announced in 2005 and took 4 years to materialize.
In 2011, her email accounts and cell phone were hacked, along with other celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, by Christopher Chaney. Her personal and n*de photographs were disseminated as a result of it. During the trial, Renee admitted to attempting suicide due to the hacking.
Renee joined PETA’s campaign in 2012 to free Elephant Mali, who had been alone for three decades, from the Manila Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
She was named ‘Sexiest Celeb Vegetarian’ By PETA2, PETA’s official youth program. Also, she has received PETA’s Libby Award.
She has two rescue dogs.
She works with several charities and raises funds for many of them. Some of the charities that she supports focus on animal cruelty, eating disorder awareness, mentorship to at-risk kids, etc.