Hometown: Long Island, New York
Birthday: January 16
A New York native, Renée Felice Smith moved across the country for her role on NCIS: LA. Also, she appeared in Tony Kaye's “Detachment” in a supporting role opposite Lucy Liu, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released spring 2012.
Most recently, she wrote, produced and directed her first short film, “Young(ish).” Additionaly, Smith co-directed and co-wrote a PSA for North Shore Animal League’s Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, an educational program that teaches students emotional and social skills through the use of shelter animals, with which she is a proud partner.
Smith made her Off-Broadway debut in Second Stage's “Wildflower.” She was a member of the Sundance Institute's Theatre Lab on Governor's Island in New York City and performed under the direction of Liz Diamond at the Yale School of Drama.
Smith graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she double majored in Drama and Journalism and minored in History. While at NYU, she studied commedia dell'arte in Florence, Italy, and co-founded Tisch’s first student dance troupe.
Currently, Smith is in the process of co-creating a children’s book series starring her very own French bulldog, Hugo.
In her spare time, Smith enjoys tap dancing, shopping for vintage clothing and the occasional red velvet cupcake. She grew up on Long Island, N.Y. When not filming in Los Angeles, she resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her birth date is Jan. 16. She can be followed on Twitter at @reneefsmith.