The beautiful Autumn Reeser is best known for her cute, fun-loving characters on the Hallmark Channel. We were first introduced to Reeser as she earned her breakout role on hit teen drama The OC in the early 2000s. From then on, we totally fell in love with her girl-next-door vibe! As of 2021, Autumn had over 70 acting credits to her name, 16 of them Hallmark films. A native of La Jolla, California, Autumn saw her first play at the age of six; She credits this to her career in Hollywood.
“I started with the theater when I was six years old, after seeing my first play. I performed in dozens of local stage productions and moved to LA when I was 17,” said Reeser Career Contessa. The universe is certainly happy about this, as Autumn simply shines on both the big and small screens! From The OC to Hallmark, Autumn’s career is progressing. Check out some fun facts about Autumn Reeser!
Her breakout role was on The OC
Autumn Reeser starred as antagonist Taylor Townsend in seasons 3 and 4 of FOX teen drama The OC. Many refer to this as her breakout role, but before that she also appeared briefly on Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Crime Investigation, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Her character, Taylor, was only scheduled to appear in four episodes, but her role was revamped and expanded after executives were impressed with her performance and on-screen presence. Taylor later replaced Mischa Barton’s character as Ryan Atwood’s (Ben McKenzie) love interest in the show’s fourth (and final!) season.
Reeser still keeps in touch with some of her castmates from the hit series. “I see people at different things every once in a while,” Reeser shared with Us Weekly. “Ben McKenzie and Rachel Bilson and a bunch of us got together at the OC Musical at the Montalban. But you know, the beauty of Hallmark is that I see so many people that I work with regularly twice a year. It’s very much a family. Cordially.”
She has been on the Maxim Magazine Hot 100 list multiple times
It’s no secret that Autumn Reeser is a timeless beauty – Maxim magazine has made it official three times! In 2006, she was ranked 57th between Jessica Biel and Joss Stone – a year after she joined the cast of The OC. The following year, 2007, Autumn ranked #65 on Maxim magazine’s Top 100 List of Beautiful Women. She beat Mena Suvari, Evangeline Lily & Gabrielle Union – some very fabulous women!
Fast forward to 2011 – she skipped a few years but returned to the exclusive Top 100 list, coming in at No. 85. This time, she topped beauties like Erin Andrews and Camilla Belle. Autumn also had a mainline in Maxim in 2010, when she starred on the show “No Ordinary Family” with Julie Benz, where she was interviewed about playing Katie Andrews (via AutumnReeser.com) as the “sexy scientist.” While many may not remember this short-lived show, they definitely remember Autumn Reeser wearing a bikini in Maxim Magazine!
She loved playing Lizzie Grant on Entourage
Cast in the sixth season of the HBO hit series Entourage, Autumn brought new energy and life to the dramedy. Turtle, Vince, Ari and the gang needed some babies; Autumn was the perfect girl for the job! Her character, Lizzie Grant, was part of Miller Gold’s television department and worked with neurotic agent Ari Gold. Lizzie’s main storyline? When her relationship with a colleague is exposed, Lizzie leaves Ari’s agency and they become enemies. Yes girl, Ari is a bully!
Autumn spoke to Page Six in 2010 about the show and how much she enjoys her character. “I received very little information before the start of the season,” she explained. “I discovered a lot of this by reading each week’s script. I got hints here and there, but it’s so much better than I expected.” When Page Six asked if her character on The OC, Taylor Townsend, would be friends with Lizzie Grant, Autumn explained, “No ! Not at all – I think Lizzie would eat them alive. I don’t think Lizzie has many girlfriends. She doesn’t need them. I think she likes women but she is independent, her own person and feels like she doesn’t need anyone else. But I have my theories about what Taylor is doing right now.
Autumn Reeser is a mother of two boys
Autumn Reeser is a loving and caring mother of two boys (with ex-husband Jesse Warren), Finneus James and Dashiell Ford. When Dashiell was born in 2013, Reeser chose to give birth at home rather than in a hospital (via E! News ). “Pregnancy is such an incredible time and I feel so fortunate to have experienced it not once but twice now,” she told People.
After the birth of their youngest son, Dashiell, Reeser told E! News that she took a back seat to her job for a while. “I was ready to take a breather and step back to re-evaluate my life and spend really quality time focusing on my family. It was one of the best decisions of my life because the rewards in … my family relationships were huge.”
Wide Open Country Magazine once called Reeser “the ultimate working mom,” even noting that because Hallmark is so family-friendly, she’s occasionally able to bring her kids to set. Reeser always takes her boys on fun outings and activities as detailed on her Instagram account and we’re here for that!
She broke up with her boyfriend after five years
Autumn Reeser was once married to Jesse Warren, best known for writing and directing his action-packed 2010 film The Bannen Way. After five years of marriage to Warren, the couple called it quits in 2015, citing irreconcilable differences, according to People. At the time, Reeser’s rep told E! News that the couple’s split is “entirely amicable and they remain committed to raising their two sons together.”
The two were first introduced by a mutual friend in 2000 while attending UCLA; Two years later, Warren finally took the plunge and asked Reeser for her number! At the time of their split, their sons were only one and three years old. The year before, Reeser called her then-husband Warren a very “handy dad” in an interview with People. With their divorce in progress, court documents were filed in Los Angeles and the couple sought joint physical and legal custody of their boys.
As of 2022, Reeser is reportedly single — she once told Style Girlfriend that she loves a man with a beard, so, folks, start growing that facial hair!
She loves nature and mother nature
Autumn Reeser isn’t your typical high maintenance Hollywood celebrity! She once told Green Child Magazine that her favorite vacation spot or destination was “a campground in the woods, near a lake.” Talk about being down to earth – in the truest sense of the word!
In the summer of 2022, Reeser took to her Instagram to share her 38-mile (wow!) backpacking trip across Catalina Island with her followers! She wrote: “Mother Earth’s energy heals profoundly when we allow ourselves permission to connect with her. The most intense time I had this summer was backpacking 38 miles across Catalina Island, the ancestral homeland of the Pimu Tongva. When I started backpacking 5 years ago, I prayed for like minded souls to join me on this journey…what a happy surprise that two of my long term friends decided to join me on this adventure!!’ You go girl – this distance is no joke!
Reeser also told Green Child Magazine that some changes in her life were “allowed” in her 30s [her] to rediscover the deep love for nature [she] had as a kid.” The rest is history!
Autumn Reeser has acted in an impressive number of Hallmark films
Since 2012, Autumn Reeser has appeared in 16 Hallmark films – quite an impressive achievement! When does she sleep?! Her Hallmark career began with “Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade,” where she starred opposite the strapping Antonio Cupo. The holiday movie proved to be a hit, and more importantly, its leading man was too!
She starred alongside the handsome Tyler Hynes in the star’s 2022 Hallmark film Always Amore. Reeser was very fortunate in the leading men’s division; Another fan favorite was co-star Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives fame), and the two starred together in A Country Wedding, where Reeser’s character captures the heart of a country superstar.
Other favorite Reeser Hallmark films include Midnight Masquerade, A Bramble House Christmas, Valentine Ever After, All Summer Long, Christmas Under the Stars, Love on the Menu, and A Glenbrooke Christmas. What is your favorite Autumn Reeser Hallmark film?
She was only 17 when she attended UCLA
Autumn Reeser began the acclaimed musical theater program at UCLA when she was just 17 (via Green Child Magazine). According to her website, Reeser studied theater history, acting technique, dance, voice and movement before being cast in numerous television shows and films.
She explained in an interview with Career Contessa, “I have NO idea how I got into theater school — I think it was pure hope and longing. I grew up with theater but I had never performed a monologue in my life and it took me two (dramatic and comedic) to audition for UCLA. I was rehearsing in my bedroom and didn’t perform in front of anyone until the actual audition.” Reeser added that she was re-enacting a scene from Romeo & Juliet, specifically Juliet’s “Spread thy close curtain” monologue. She went on to explain, ” The other was an obscure piece from a weird play called ‘Coyote Ugly’ set in Texas I’m pretty sure I found both monologues in old books at my local library.”
Reeser has nothing but positive feedback about her time at UCLA, where she thrived among her creative peers. “Being surrounded by vocal creatives was so different from my upbringing. I was almost silent there for the first two years, but once I found my footing, I really made it my home,” enthused Career Contessa.
Autumn Reeser is a businesswoman
Autumn Reeser is the founder of Move LifeStyle, an online magazine (though defunct) for “women navigating how to live their lives in style at work and at home” (via Style Girlfriend). When Move LifeStyle first launched in 2012, Autumn said on her website, “After a year in development, Move is my new online magazine with daily content for girls on the go.” She further noted her mission statement: women in it to help them find a balance between their professional career and their time at home. In terms of content, Reeser used her publication to cover a variety of different topics, including travel, fashion, technology, and recipes for some alcoholic beverages and coffee. “I’m incredibly proud of all the behind-the-scenes work that has gone into this project, and just as proud of the beautiful site that continues to evolve… Hope you’ll come visit us often,” she concluded.
While it’s unclear why the e-zine is now down, Reeser was extremely passionate about the endeavor and had nearly 6,000 followers on Move Lifestyle Pinterest, which is also now inactive. We still love the rush, fall!