Hometown: Long Island, New York
Birthday: January 16
A New York native, Renée Felice Smith moved cross country for her role on NCIS: LOS ANGELES. Since then she’s won a SET Award for her “Portrayal of a Female in Technology” at the Annual NCWIT Summit on Women and IT in 2015.
Last year at SXSW, Smith premiered her feature directorial debut, “The Relationtrip,” which she also starred in, co-wrote and executive produced. She and co-writer/co-director C.A. Gabriel were nominated for the Adam Yauch Hornblower Award at the Festival. In addition, “The Relationtrip” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival in April 2017. Also, Smith starred in and produced “Baby,” a short film that went to SXSW in 2015.
Recently, Smith guest starred on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
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.
Smith graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she double majored in Drama and Journalism, minored in History. While at NYU, she studied commedia dell’arte in Florence, Italy, and co-founded Tisch’s first student dance troupe.
In her spare time, Smith enjoys reading design blogs and hugging her three fur children, Hugo, Velma and Mabel. She grew up on Long Island, N.Y. She shares her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn, N.Y. Her birthday is Jan. 16. She can be followed on Twitter @reneefsmith and on Instagram @reneefelicesmith.