Who is Kelli Garner? wiki
An actress with nearly 50 acting credits to her name, Kelli Garner rose to prominence by playing the title role in the 2015 TV mini-series ‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’ which, in addition to fame, also earned her the Online Film & Television Association (OFTA ) Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries.
Most recently, she was seen as Claire in the 2022 series “American Gigolo,” and if you’ve been wondering what she’s up to now, we’re giving you a sneak peek at her new project. It is a movie titled “Walden” written and directed by Mick Davis while her co-stars will be Shane West and Emile Hirsch. While you wait for the premiere of this movie, let’s tell you more about this actress.
Early life, family and education
Born Kelli Brianne Garner under the zodiac sign of Aries on April 11, 1984, she was born in Bakersfield, California, USA, holds American nationality and comes from a family of English descent. Raised by her parents, she spent her early childhood in Newbury Park, Southern California before the family moved to Thousand Oaks, a town in Ventura County, California, where Kelli attended a local high school. Nothing else is known about her family, except that Kelli has one sister.
Kelli once said she was very shy as a child, but when she caught the eye of a talent agent and appeared in an Eggo (frozen waffles) commercial, the idea of an acting career sounded more appealing. She made her acting debut while still in high school, and after her matriculation exam in 2002, she did not attend college but continued her acting career.
Roles in movies
Keli debuted as Heather in the 2000 short film “Architecture of Reassurance” which won the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Prize. Later that year, Kelli made her big screen debut playing Kelly in the romantic comedy “Time Share”, followed by her role as Christmas in the TV movie “This Is How the World Ends”.
In the next year, Kelli was cast to play Heather Swallers in the biographical crime drama “Bully”, based on the book “Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge” by Jim Schutze, about a group of teenagers who plot to kill an aggressive mutual friend, taking the Prism Award for Theatrical Feature Film.
Kelli followed with supporting roles in “Love Liza” (2002) and “The Aviator” (2004), while 2005 seems to have been a good year for her since she appeared in seven movies, including “Born Killers” and “The Toast “.
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She was then cast to play Calista in the 2006 movie “Dreamland” which was her first starring role. This drama followed the story of a young girl living in a desert campground who, at some point in her life, had to choose between fulfilling her destiny or staying next to her hapless father and ailing boyfriend. For her performance, Kelli won the Method Fest Awards for Best Actress and Rising Star, shared with her co-star Agnes Bruckner.
In the later years of the decade, Kelli starred in ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ (2007), ‘Red Velvet’ (2008), ‘G-Force’ (2009) and ‘Going the Distance’ in 2010.
Another notable role of Kelli was her portrayal of Maggie Jerritt in the 2012 short film “Neighbors” which earned her the Burbank International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She followed with roles in “Horns” (2013), “One More Time” (2015) and “Americana” (2016).
Two years later, Kelli was seen in the short film ‘Do You Like the Taste of Beer? and Vera Faminga. The film had 14 award nominations and won six.
In 2021, Kelli was cast to play Mary Milner in the horror thriller “What Josiah Saw”, which followed the story of a family reunited after 20 years to atone for their past sins. The film, starring Robert Patrick, Scott Haze and Nick Stahl, had 13 award nominations and won seven. Kelli and crew won the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Honorary Mention-Cast.
Rolls in series
Kelli first appeared in a television series in 2001, playing Kirstie in an episode of the hit mystery drama ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. She followed with guest roles in ‘Grounded for Life’ and ‘Da Mob’ in 2002, ‘Regular Joe’ (2003) and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ (2004).
In the following years, Kelli focused on her movie roles, but in 2010 she was seen in five episodes of the series “My Generation”, playing the role of Dawn. In 2011 and 2012, Kelli played Kate Cameron in the historical romantic drama “Pan Am”, about the time when Pan Am’s pilots and flight attendants made it the most glamorous way to travel. The stars of the series were Christina Ricci, Michael Mosley and Margot Robbie; it had 10 award nominations, including three for Primetime Emmys.
Kelli then guest-starred in two episodes of “Looking” (2014-2015), before being cast to play her most notable role in the TV series to date, starring in “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” , about the iconic movie star of the 50s and 60s. She starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Embeth Davidtz, and alongside the aforementioned award that Kelli has wonreceived 13 award nominations (three for Primetime Emmys) and also won the Directors Guild of Canada Craft Award for Picture Editing – Television Movie/Mini-Series.
Kelli’s next role in the TV series came in 2019, when she was seen playing Kate Ryan in all 13 episodes of the series “The Enemy Within”, which only aired for one season, and the fans of the show were disappointed after it was revealed that there would be no second season.
As mentioned earlier, Kelli recently played Claire in the mystery crime drama “American Gigolo”, starring Jon Bernthal, which although it had no nominations, was well accepted by the audience, who rated it 7.0/10.
Love life and husband
Many consider Kelli one of those people whose presence makes everyone in the room go silent when she enters, so it’s no surprise that she’s considered a sex symbol, just like Marilyn Monroe. She has stolen the hearts of many men, and one of them was Lou Taylor Pucci, an actor, with whom Kelli was in a relationship from 2004 to 2005.
Shortly after their breakup, Kelli started dating the famous “Matrix” actor, Keanu Reeves, but this bond was short-lived.
Kelli found solace in the arms of her new boyfriend, Logan Marshall-Green, also an actor – the two were a couple from 2005 to 2008. When the two separated, it was rumored that the reason for their divorce was Eric Jungmann, a television actor, with whom Kelli briefly dated in 2008.
Sometime in 2011, Kelli began dating Johnny Galecki, an actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Leonard on the series “The Big Bang Theory”. The two broke up in 2014, although many of their fans believed that this relationship would develop into a marriage. There are several rumors that they got married in secret, but this is not true.
In November 2022, she shared with her Instagram followers that she is going on her first date after eight years, but as of early 2023, Kelli still appears to be single.
Age, size and power
According to her fans, this 38-year-old actress is one of the most beautiful blondes in the entertainment industry and her green eyes are her trademark. Her body type is hourglass, with vital stats of 34-24-34. Kelli is 1.68 m tall and weighs about 54 kg.
When it comes to her earnings, according to sourcesas of February 2023, her net worth is estimated to be over $1 million.