AnnaLynne McCord (born July 16, 1987) is an American actress, activist and model. Known for playing vixen-type roles,McCord first gained prominence in 2007 as the scheming Eden Lord on the FX television series Nip/Tuck, and as the pampered Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV telenovela American Heiress.

In 2008, she was cast in The CW series 90210, portraying antiheroine Naomi Clark. Initially, the part of Clark was conceived as a supporting role. However, by the end of the first season, media outlets had begun referring to McCord as the series’ lead. For the role of Naomi Clark, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and received the Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow award in 2009. In 2010, she won a Breakthrough of the Year Award in the category of “Breakthrough Standout Performance”.

Apart from acting, she has also contributed to charities in her free time. In 2009, she was labeled by the Look to the Stars organization as “one of the strongest young female philanthropists standing up in Hollywood and fighting for the charities she believes in.” In 2011, she was nominated for VH1‘s “Do Something” Award in the category of “TV Star”. Her turn as a disturbed and delusional teenager in the 2012 film Excision was widely acclaimed. For her role in Excision, McCord won “Best Actress” at the Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema in 2012. Also for her role in Excision, she earned second place for “Best Actress” at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in 2013.

Career

After graduating, McCord joined the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for various brands, including Estee Lauder, eBay and Marc Ecko. She also modeled for Seventeen, Maxim, Playboy and Woman’s World. McCord has graced the covers of numerous international fashion magazines, including US’ Shape, Nylon, Vanidades, Jezebel, Fashion Journal,  and Regard Magazine; Germany’s Cosmopolitan; Indonesia’s Prestige; and Holland’s TV Direkt.

McCord appeared in the 2005 Italian film Natale a Miami and the 2007 horror film remake Day of the Dead. In addition to appearances on Close to Home and The O.C., she played rebellious Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV limited-run serial American Heiress. She was also cast as the star in another MyNetworkTV telenovela, Rules of Deception, but the show never aired, due to a change in the network’s programming strategy away from telenovelas. In addition, she has guest-starred in two episodes of the first season of Ugly Betty, an episode of the first season of Greek, and an episode of the fourth season of Cold Case.

She participated in Mexican artist Thalía‘s music video “Baby, I’m in Love”.

McCord portrayed Eden Lord in the fifth season of the FX series Nip/Tuck. McCord said in an interview with fearnet.com that it was “fun to play a bad girl.”

In 2008, McCord was cast in the series 90210 as Naomi Clark. Throughout the show, McCord’s character vies for social power and love. McCord was nominated for multiple awards for her work in the role, winning the Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow in 2009, and a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for “Breakthrough Standout Performance” in 2010.

McCord was being considered for the role of Heidi in New Moon, the sequel to the 2008 film Twilight, according to E! Online. However, she did not get the role. According to McCord she turned the part down because she was “in need of some R&R”; The role went to Noot Seear. BuddyTV ranked her #22 on its “TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2010” list and #14 in 2011.

She accepted a role in the Off Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore for an April 27 through May 29, 2011 run with Conchata Ferrell, Minka Kelly, Anne Meara, and B. Smith.

McCord’s role in the 2012 film Excision was critically acclaimed. In 2014, McCord joined the cast of the TNT series Dallas for its third season, in the recurring role of Heather. She played the lead role in the 2015 Lifetime film Watch Your Back.

 

Activist and personal Life

McCord volunteers to help charity organizations, such as Artists for Peace and Justice, St. Bernard Project, Alzheimer’s Association, Invisible Children, Do Something, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Stand Up to Cancer, The Blind Project, The Samburu Project, Visual Snow Initiative and Playing for Change. McCord is also a supporter of Somaly Mam Foundation, and has visited the Foundation’s shelters for human trafficking survivors in Cambodia.

McCord is the President of Together1Heart, which supports women and children victimized by human-trafficking and sexualized violence. In 2009, McCord was awarded a U.S. Congressional Honour for her anti-trafficking work.

FILMOGRAPHY

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Middle of Nowhere Cassandra
2005 Transporter 2 Car-jacking girl
2005 Natale a Miami Susy
2007 Sirens of the Caribbean Britt
2008 Day of the Dead Nina
2008 The Haunting of Molly Hartley Suzie Woods
2009 Fired Up! Gwyneth
2010 Amexica Woman Short film
2010 Gun Gabriella
2011 Blood Out Anya
2012 Excision Pauline
2013 Officer Down Zhanna Dronov
2013 Scorned Sadie
2014 Gutshot Straight May
2015 Santa’s Little Helper Billie
2016 Trash Fire Pearl
2016 Amerigeddon Sam
2017 68 Kill Liza
2018 First We Take Brooklyn aka Brooklyn Guns Esther
2019 Nightmare In Paradise Liz
2019 Tone–Deaf Blaire
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The O.C. Hot girl Episode: “The Party Favor
2006 Close to Home Sara Episode: “Hot Grrrl”
2007 American Heiress Loren Wakefield Main role; 65 episodes
2007 Cold Case Becca Abrams (1997) Episode: “Stand Up and Holler”
2007 Ugly Betty Petra 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Sherry Williamson Episode: “Kill Switch
2007 Greek Destiny/Patty Episode: “Friday Night Frights”
2007–09 Nip/Tuck Eden Lord Recurring role (season 5); 12 episodes
2008 Head Case Tard’s date Episode: “A Tard for All Seasons”
2008–13 90210 Naomi Clark Main role; 114 episodes

Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Female

2014 Dallas Heather Recurring role (season 3); 9 episodes
2014 Stalker Nina Preston Episode: “Fanatic”
2014 The Christmas Parade Hailee Anderson Television movie
2015 Not So Union Marilyn Episode: “We’re Best Friends”
2015 Watch Your Back Sarah Miller Television movie
2016 Secrets and Lies Melanie Warner Recurring role (season 2)
2016 Lucifer Delilah Episode: Pilot
2016 The Night Shift Jessica Sanders 6 episodes (Season 3)
2016 Beauty & the Beast Diane Vaughn Episode: “Love Is a Battlefield”
2018 Let’s Get Physical Claudia 8 episodes
2019 Wrongfully Accused Liz TV movie
Year Title Artist
2003 “Baby, I’m in Love” Thalía
2016 “Below” White Lung