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- Bedford Ohio
- United States
- Actor Fashion Designer SingerSongwriter
- Obviously Very Talented
After receiving a scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design, Renee began to study painting, illustration and clothing design. Soon she headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a costume illustrator. Aside from working on various TV shows in the costume department, Renee also worked on numerous films in the art department.
While working for Castle Rock Entertainment, first in television, as costume stylist and then in film as an art coordinator, Renee simultaneously began to study acting.
Renee continued to work in various creative positions behind the scenes, including, set decorator, set designer, model-maker, make-up artist and photographer. Renee was about to start a career as an art director, when she decided to make a full turn toward acting. Her first film role was in, The American President, which Rob Reiner cast Renee in after working with her behind the scenes on, A Few Good Men.
Renee found her real breakthrough and first starring role when she was chosen from a nation-wide search to play “Cher”-a role that earned her critical acclaim for her dynamic and memorable performance in ABC’s, And The Beat Goes On, The Sonny & Cher Story.
Renee was also cast opposite singer, Dave Matthews in Disney’s, Where The Red Fern Grows - a feature film based on the popular children’s book.
Neil Burger (The Illusionist), cast Renee in his first film, Interview With The Assassin, which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
Renee was the female lead, opposite Emmy Nominee- Michael Imperioli- (The Soprano’s) in, High Roller- a film based on a true story of legendary poker champion, Stu “The Kid” Unger. High Roller received a Prism Festival Award as well as the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival.
Renee has also guest starred on such television shows as Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, ER and Private Practice.
Renee launched her clothing line, Stellina in 2008, a stylish line of loungewear & sleepwear. www.stellinastyle.com
To top it off, Renee recently released her first self-titled cd, a hypnotic mix of moody melodies and evocative lyrics. myspace.com/reneefaia. Renee's music has also recently been added to Pandora.com and two of her songs are going to be featured in upcoming films.