Born in Arcadia, California and raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by her Orthodox rabbi father, Sofer caught the eye of a modeling scout while shopping in Greenwich Village when she was just sixteen. Although it took less than a month of going out on calls and auditioning to be convinced that modeling was not for her, it did wet her appetite for acting. "I knew if I worked hard, I could always improve my acting skills," says Sofer, who went on to study the Mesiner Technique and Method Acting. "With modeling, your only option is plastic surgery."
While still in her teens, she landed the role of Rocky McKenzie' on the ABC daytime drama, Loving." Toward the end of her two-year run on the show, she was cast in Sidney Lumet's feature film, A Stranger Among Us, starring Melanie Griffith. After that, Sofer packed up and drove herself west where she was soon cast in General Hospital. The role of music promoter, Lois Cerullo Ashton, earned her an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1995.
In addition to her recurring role on Ed, she has guest-starred on numerous hit series such as Friends, Seinfield and Spin City.
For the big screen, Rena recently appeared in director Steven Soderbergh's highly acclaimed film Traffic. She also had a featured role opposite Edward Norton, Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman in the romantic Comedy Keeping the Faith, which Norton directed.
Just prior to beginning production on JUST SHOOT ME Sofer filmed NBC's remake of the classis Stephen King Thriller, Carrie. Where she played Miss Desjarden, the compassionate gym teacher who helps Carrie. NBC plans to air the 3-hour telefilm in late October 2002.
Sofer resides in Los Angeles with her six-year-old daughter, Rosabel, and her boyfriend, director/producer Sanford Bookstaver. In her free time, she enjoys a variety of activities that keep her fit physically as well as mentally. She likes to hike and rollerblade, and she is an avid yoga enthusiast.
Rena Sofer Facts
|Birthday||December 2, 1968 (53)|
|Birthplace||Arcadia, California, USA|
|Height||5' 6" (1m68) How tall is Rena Sofer compared to you?|
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|Mr. Monk's Favorite Show|
|Nothing to Hide|
|Keeping The Faith|
|The Devil's Teardrop|
|4-Movie Lifetime Collection V.2: Color Me Perfect / Closer and Closer / My Mother the Spy / Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story|