Rebecca Alie Romijn-Stamos ( born November 6, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model.
She is best known for her role as Mystique in the first trilogy of the X-Men film series, and as Joan from The Punisher (2004), both of which are based on Marvel Comics. She also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. She is currently starring as Eve Baird in The Librarians.Among other jobs, Romijn started her modeling career in 1991. She has appeared on the covers of American, French, Spanish, Russian, and Swedish Elle, Marie Claire, American, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, and Mexican Cosmopolitan, Allure, Glamour, GQ, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Escada, Christian Dior, La Perla, Tommy Hilfiger, Furla, Liz Claiborne, J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret, bebe, La Senza, Dillard’s, Pantene, Got Milk?, Miller Lite, and Maybelline. She has also walked for Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, and Anna Molinari along with the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington. She also was the host of MTV’s House of Style from 1998 to 2000. Romijn has been featured numerous times in annual lists of the world’s most beautiful women by publications such as Maxim (2003–2007), AskMen.com (2001–2003, 2005–2006) and FHM (2000–2005). She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode “Chinatown”.
In 2000’s X-Men Romijn had her first major movie role as Mystique; she returned to the role in 2003’s sequel X2: X-Men United, and again for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In these movies her costume consisted of blue makeup and some strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body. In X2: X-Men United she shows up in a bar in one scene in her “normal” look, and in X-Men: The Last Stand, she appears as a dark-haired “de-powered” Mystique. The role has since been recast with Jennifer Lawrence playing the younger version of the character. She had her first leading role in Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale (2002). She also has starred in movies such as Rollerball, The Punisher playing a woman named Joan (Joan and Mystique are both characters from Marvel Comics) and Godsend. She played the leading role in Pepper Dennis, a short-lived TV series on The WB Television Network. In January 2007, Romijn made her first appearance on the ABC series Ugly Betty as a full-time regular cast member. She plays Alexis Meade, a male-to-female transsexual and the sibling of lead character Daniel Meade. In April 2008, however, it was reported that Romijn would only be appearing as a recurring character in Season 3 due to a change in direction by the writing staff (aligning, fortuitously enough, with Romijn’s pregnancy, which would have been inconsistent with her character’s storyline). In November 2007, Romijn made a guest appearance on the ABC series Carpoolers, where she played the ex-wife of the character Laird, played by her real-life husband Jerry O’Connell. Romijn starred in the ABC series Eastwick, reuniting her with her former Pepper Dennis co-star, Lindsay Price, before ABC canceled the show on November 9, 2009. She appears in an uncredited cameo in the 2011 feature film X-Men: First Class, appearing as an older version of the character played by Jennifer Lawrence. Romijn appeared as lab worker Jessie on the Adult Swim live-action show NTSF:SD:SUV:: for two seasons. Between June and September 2013, she starred in TNT’s series King & Maxwell as Michelle Maxwell, a former Secret Service agent who works as a private investigat In addition to her film ventures, Romijn has also recorded music, performing a cover of Prince’s “Darling Nikki” for the 2005 album Electro Goth Tribute to Prince. She is currently starring as Eve Baird, the guardian of the eponymous group in The Librarians, a direct spin-off of the The Librarian film series.