Riley Voelkel is a popular American-Canadian actress, best known for her role of Freya Mikaelson in the “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off, “The Originals”. Her fans also know her for her roles in “The Newsroom”, “Legacies” and many other TV series.
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Early life and family
Riley Voelkel was born on April 26, 1990 in Calgary, Alberta Canada, so she has Canadian nationality and her zodiac sign is Taurus. Riley is very close to her family; she has a very warm relationship with her mother but never shared her name yet she once posted their mutual photo on her instagram account to congratulate her on mothers day. Her younger brother’s name is Connor Voelkel.
As a child, Riley spent a lot of time at her grandparents’ house; the loss of her grandfather was a very painful blow to Riley, as she said she would never forget the sweet moments of playing cards on the floor or eating square sandwiches he made for her; she also wrote that she was grateful for the unconditional love and undying support he gave her.
Riley’s uncle Dale Curtis Krall, was an accomplished and passionate guitarist and singer, who passed away in October 2017; Riley said he influenced her taste in music a lot, and she was grateful to have him in her life. Being close to her relatives, Riley learned from childhood to appreciate every moment with her relatives, and she still lives the same way.
Riley’s parents moved to Elk Grove, California when she was a toddler, so she spent her childhood between her hometown of Calgary and Elk Grove. When she was about eight years old, she started playing volleyball and felt a passion for sports. She also loved to dance, sing and is even a self-taught guitarist.
Riley graduated from her local high school in Elk Grove in 2008. She was very involved in sports during her school years; she was a member of her high school’s softball team and played the game nine years in a row. A month before enrolling in college, Riley decided to pursue her modeling career instead, so she hasn’t completed her tertiary education yet.
Get started as a model
Riley was spotted by a modeling scout when she was about to enter a college of her choice, so she decided to go ahead and pursue her dream of becoming a model. She moved to Los Angeles and worked as a model there, working with famous fashion photographers like Artem Altounian, who also worked with successful models Shelbi Byrnes and Jilli Jones. However, her agent sensed the acting talent in her and advised Riley to take acting classes. For a while, Riley tried to balance between modeling and attending auditions for movies and TV series, but she chose to take up acting.
Acting career: first steps
Riley debuted on the silver screen in David Fincher’s “The Social Network” (2010), as a girl at the party, not even credited, but it was enough for her to feel the taste of big movies, so she had no doubts about it. it was what she wanted to do in life. In the same year of 2010, Riley landed the role of Caroline in the pilot episode of “Glory Daze”, a comedy-drama television series, starring Matt Bush and Kelly Blatz. In 2011, she landed the role of Claire in “Prom”, then she played Christine Brighton in “Hidden Moon” (2012), and the same year she appeared as Tristan in the drama series “The Mentalist”. In late 2012, Riley landed her first recurring role, of Jenna Johnson in the political drama “The Newsroom,” which ran on 15 episodes of the show from 2012 to 2014.
Meanwhile, in 2013, Riley was seen in several episodes of the super popular series “American Horror Story”, as a younger version of Fiona Goode in the third season of the show “Coven”. Riley played the supreme witch of the New Orleans coven, whose older version was played by the legendary Jessica Lange — it’s worth saying that the latter won numerous awards for her performance, though Jessica said she’ll be watching the third season of the show: “It’s funny because that year I was stunned to get the Emmy for that role. The part was very well written, I didn’t really like the whole setup and the season and the story we told. It wasn’t my favourite’. However, Riley learned a lot from her colleagues on the set and went on to land a role in the movie “The Secret Lives of Dorks” (2013), in which she played Carrie Smith.
Freya Mikaelson in “The Originals” and Other Latest Roles
From 2014 to 2018, Riley played the recurring role (which later became a regular fixture) on The CW Network’s fantasy series “The Originals”, a spin-off story of the highly popular “The Vampire Diaries”. As in her previous show, the plot developed in the New Orleans area – Riley’s character is the Mikaelson family’s eldest sibling, Freya, a thousand-year-old skilled and powerful witch, who has lost the connection with her younger half of the family. maternal side lost. brother, Klaus Mikaelson, and then found her family again.
At the same time, Riley was seen in such films as “Synthesizers” and “Scrambled”, and appeared in several episodes of such series as “Point of Honor” (2015) and “Advance & Retreat” (2016).
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— Riley Voelkel (@Lifeofrileyv) May 31, 2020
In 2019, Riley got the recurring role of Jenna Cameron in “Roswell, New Mexico”, also as Freya Mikaelson in one of the special episodes of another spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries”, “Legacies”. Beginning in early 2020, Riley will star in the new Starz series ‘Hightown’, alongside Monica Raymund, Rumi C. Jean-Louis and James Badge Dale.
Personal life, friend Michael C. Robertson
Riley has been dating Michael C. Robertson since October 2016 and often shares their mutual photos on her social media profiles; the couple has no children. Mike works as a management and production partner and director at Carbon Film, a team of filmmakers working on video and post-production, and creative writing.
Riley starred in one of the music videos produced by Carbon Films, of the Sleep Dance band’s song “Whimsical”, released on YouTube on February 6, 2020.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
One of Riley’s favorite actresses is Brigitte Bardot. Riley likes to watch TV series and enjoy the performance of her colleagues; one of her favorite shows is “Game of Thrones”. One of her best friends, Desi Valentine, is also her favorite singer. Riley loves to sing and continues to play guitar.
Appearance, clothing style
Riley has medium length blond hair and green eyes. She is 1.73 m tall, weighs about 56 kg and her vital stats are 34-24-35.
As for her dress style, she likes to wear white tops and black pants. She also likes to wear high heels and even wear makeup at home, when she doesn’t even have to go out, because it makes her feel more comfortable.
Wealth and salary
As of 2020, Riley’s net worth is reportedly around $1 million. It is worth noting that they have a Mercedes-Benz as her first car in June 2015 and still owns it. Riley develops her Instagram account as another source of income and posts sponsored posts from time to time. For example, she has had commercial contracts with brands such as “True & Co”, “Fab Fit Fun’, and several others — a sponsored post on her social media profile can cost up to $2,800.