|Birthday:||July 23, 1970|
|Birthplace:||Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
J.P. McCaskey High School
|Family & Friends|
|Family:||Ava Emanuelle (daughter)|
Carla Kihlstedt (sister)
|Relationships:||Gil Bellows (husband)|
Rya Kihlstedt is an American actress. She starred in the 1997 comedy film Home Alone 3. The following years she appeared in films Deep Impact (1998), Women in Trouble (2009) and The Atticus Institute (2015). On television, she had a recurring roles as Dr. Michelle Ross in the Showtime crime drama Dexter and as Marilyn Rhodes in the ABC musical drama Nashville. In 2015, she starred in the NBC miniseries, Heroes Reborn.
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Kihlstedt was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a 1991 graduate of Skidmore College in Theatre Arts. She is of Swedish descent.
Kihlstedt made her film debut starring opposite Rutger Hauer in the 1993 action thriller film Arctic Blue. In 1995, she appeared in the ABC miniseries Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III and in 1995 played Lizzie Elmsworth in the BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton's last novel, The Buccaneers. In 1997, she starred as Alice Ribbons, one of the criminals in the family comedy film Home Alone 3. The following year, she appeared in the science-fiction film Deep Impact, and co-starred opposite Carla Gugino in the independent film Jaded. Also in 1998, Kihlstedt starred with Peter Gallagher in the television film Brave New World loosely based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel of the same name.
Kihlstedt took ten-years break from acting as she focused on motherhood and raising her two children. In 2009, she returned to screen appearing opposite her friend Carla Gugino in the comedy film Women in Trouble. She guest-starred in a number of television series, including Covert Affairs, Criminal Minds, NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Drop Dead Diva. In 2011, she had a recurring role in the Showtime crime drama series Dexter as Dr. Michelle Ross. From 2012 to 2013, she played Marilyn Rhodes, a powerful record producer in the ABC musical drama Nashville. Also in 2013, she starred in the comedy film 3 Days in Havana directed by her husband Gil Bellows.
In 2015, Kihlstedt played the leading role in the independent horror film The Atticus Institute. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Erica Kravid in the NBC science fiction miniseries Heroes Reborn. Also in 2015, she was cast as Tig Notaro's mother Caroline in the Amazon Video original comedy series One Mississippi. Kihlstedt later appeared in Once Upon a Time, Ray Donovan, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and NBC 2017 miniseries Law & Order True Crime. From 2018 to 2019, she had a recurring role as Julia Wagner in the CW series Charmed. In 2019, she had a recurring role opposite Carla Gugino in her series Jett, and played Kate Laswell in the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Also in 2019, she starred in the season three of the Canadian crime drama Cardinal, for which she received Canadian Screen Award nomination. In 2020, she was cast in the Hulu limited series, A Teacher.
In 1994, Kihlstedt married actor Gil Bellows. They have two children, Ava Emanuelle (born 1999), and Giovanni (born 2001). She is the sister of Oakland-based violinist Carla Kihlstedt, who has been a member of bands such as Charming Hostess, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and Tin Hat.
|1993||Tribeca||TV Series||Leah Woodward|
|1993||Arctic Blue||Anne Marie|
|1994||SeaQuest 2032||TV Series||Jessie|
|1994||North & South: Book 3, Heaven & Hell||TV Mini-Series||Willa|
|1994||The Second Greatest Story Ever Told||TV Movie||Arleen|
|1995||The Buccaneers||TV Mini-Series||Lizzy Elmsworth|
|1996||Swift Justice||TV Series||Diane Rivers|
|1996||Early Edition||TV Series||Marcia Hobson / Marcia Roberts Hobson|
|1997||Hudson River Blues||Laura|
|1997||Home Alone 3||Alice Ribbons|
|1998||Brave New World||TV Movie||Lenina Crowne|
|1998||Jaded||Patricia 'Pat' Long|
|1999||Say You'll Be Mine||Katherine|
|2001||She Creature||TV Movie||Mermaid|
|2009||Women in Trouble||Rita|
|2010||Elektra Luxx||Rita (uncredited)|
|2010||Covert Affairs||TV Series||Helen Newman|
|2010||Criminal Minds||TV Series||Patty Joyce|
|2011||NCIS||TV Series||Linda Idleton|
|2011||Prime Suspect||TV Series||Marie Keating|
|2011||Dexter||TV Series||Dr. Michelle Ross|
|2011||Connie Banks the Actor||TV Series||Karen|
|2012 - 2013||Nashville||TV Series||Marilyn Rhodes|
|2013||3 Days in Havana||Rita|
|20145||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||TV Series||Carolyn Logan|
|2014||Drop Dead Diva||TV Series||Ellie Chapin / Mayor of Malibu|
|2014||Perception||TV Series||Elena Douglas|
|2014||Masters of Sex||TV Series||Tatti Greathouse|
|2015||The Atticus Institute||Judith Winstead|
|2015||The Squeeze||Beth - Mom|
|2015 - 2016||Heroes Reborn||TV Mini-Series||Erica Kravid|
|2015 - 2016||One Mississippi||TV Series||Caroline|
|2016||Bosch||TV Series||Catherine Cross|
|2016||Once Upon a Time||TV Series||Cleo Fox|
|2016||Ray Donovan||TV Series||Jeannie|
|2016||Her Last Will||Maggie|
|2017||Law & Order True Crime||TV Mini-Series||Cindy Erdelyi|
|2017||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||TV Series||Basha|
|2018||The Empty House||Short||Marie|
|2018 - 2019||Charmed||TV Series||Julia Wagner|
|2018 - 2020||The Bold Type||TV Series||Babs Brady|
|2019||The Untold Story||Roxy|
|2019||Secrets in a Small Town||TV Movie||Ruth 'Coach' Simmons|
|2019||Cardinal||TV Series||Sharlene 'Mama' Winston|
|2019||Yellowstone||TV Series||Sam the Vet|
|2019||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||Video Game||Kate Laswell (voice)|
|2020||The Nowhere Inn||Holly|
|2020||Grey's Anatomy||TV Series||Claire|
|2020||Love in the Time of Corona||TV Series||Sarah|
|2020||A Teacher||TV Mini-Series||Sandy Walker|
|2021||The Ultimate Playlist of Noise||Alyssa|
|Red Bird Lane (pre-production)||TV Movie||Eloise|
- Attended Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY - and graduated in 1991. She was a Theatre Major.
- Met her future husband, Gil Bellows, in 1991 when both were working at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
- Born on exactly the same date as Charisma Carpenter (of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame).
- She made her film debut in the thriller Arctic Blue, starring Rutger Hauer.
- She portrayed the character Dr. Michelle Ross on the hit series Dexter in 2011.
- In 1994 she married actor Gil Bellows with whom she has a daughter named Ava and a son named Giovanni.
- She appeared on an episode of Covert Affairs with actress Piper Perabo in 2010.