Hometown: Long Island, New York
Birthday: January 16
A New York native, Renée Felice Smith moved cross country for her role on NCIS: LA. As an actor, she also appeared in Tony Kaye's “Detachment” in a supporting role opposite Lucy Liu, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Smith made her off-Broadway debut in Second Stage's “Wildflower.” Additionally, 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 of the Yale School of Drama.
She was writer, producer and director of the award winning short film, “Young(ish)” starring broadway veterans Alvin Epstein and Patricia Conoly. Additionally, Smith directed and co-wrote a PSA for North Shore Animal League’s Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, an educational program which teaches emotional and social skills through the use of shelter animals. She's also directed and appeared in a comedic rap video for FunnyorDie.com entitled, “Yo, Mommy”.
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 an animated short film titled “The Starfish in the Sky,” narrated by Linda Hunt.
In her spare time, Smith enjoys tap dancing, shopping for vintage furniture and eating grilled cheese sandwiches. She grew up on Long Island, N.Y. She shares her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn, N.Y. Her birth date is Jan. 16. She can be followed on Twitter at @reneefsmith and on Instagram at @reneefelicesmith.