She may not be the most recognizable face in Hollywood, but Atlanta-born actress AnnaLynne McCord has warmed her way into the hearts of many for several reasons. As an actress, her roles on the CW show, 90210, made her a darling to millions who grew up watching her play the antiheroine, Naomi Clark.
As a philanthropist, she is one of few notable young actresses standing up for their beliefs and supporting numerous charities. Beyond the foregoing, her natural beauty has made her a standout face in an industry filled with some of the world’s most beautiful people. All of these have made AnnaLynne McCord famous, an impressive feat for a woman who grew up poor.
AnnaLynne McCord Grew Up In A Trailer Park
An Atlanta native, AnnaLynne McCord, was welcomed into the world on July 16, 1987. She is one of the three daughters born to David, a pastor, and Shari McCord. AnnaLynne and her two sisters Angel and Rachel were born and raised by Christian parents in Georgia in a trailer park.
The American actress was first homeschooled during her elementary days before proceeding to Woodland Regional High School in her neighbourhood, where she graduated from in the year 2002.
After high school, AnnaLynne decided to ditch college for a modelling career. Fortunately, the beautiful blonde quickly landed a deal with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. As a model, McCord worked with several top brands such as Marc Ecko and Estee Lauder. She also graced the cover of several magazines, including Playboy, Maxim, and Seventeen.
McCord’s career as a model spanned three years before she decided to explore other lucrative opportunities in the entertainment industry.
A Minor Role Marked Her Acting Debut In 2002
AnnaLynne McCord made her debut as an actress with a minor role in the 2002 film, The Middle of Nowhere. She made additional minor appearances in Transporter 2, the 2005 Italian film, Natale a Miami, and in an episode of The O.C.
Since then, there has been no stopping for the talented actress as she has accumulated an impressive list of appearances on the silver and small screens over the years. AnnaLynne has more than 48 credits in her ever-growing filmography, with titles like the 2008 film Day of the Dead, Fired Up (2009), and 2012’s Excision. She also played a recurring role as Eden Lord in the semi-popular plastic surgeon series, Nip/Tuck.
McCord also played the role of Loren Wakefield on the TV show American Heiress and made guest appearances on shows such as Ugly Betty, CSI: Miami, Lucifer, Dallas, Greek, and many others. More recently, she made a series of appearances in feature movies, like Soldier’s Heart, American Skin, and Nightmare in Paradise.
Aside from her appearances in films and TV shows, AnnaLynne McCord’s acting works include music videos, like Thalia’s Baby, I’m in Love and White Lung’s Below. She also starred in an Off-Broadway play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. McCord starred alongside Minka Kelly and Conchata Ferrell in the play.
AnnaLynne McCord’s Best And Most Prominent Projects So Far
There are three roles in AnnaLynne McCord’s filmography that most significantly brought her fame or critical acclaim. They are Naomi Clark in CW’s 90210, Loren Wakefield in American Heiress, and Pauline in the horror-comedy, Excision.
In the 2007 MyNetworkTV telenovela, American Heiress, she played the pampered Loren Wakefield, sister of the wealthy debutante, Elizabeth Wakefield, played by Alicia Leigh Willis. The show did not last on-air, but it was AnnaLynne’s first significant role, appearing in 61 out of 64 episodes. Despite its short-lived status, it was popular, which in turn, pushed the former model into a broader demographic.
A year afterwards, she began appearing in the most defining TV show of her career so far, 90210. She starred in a supporting role as Naomi Clark but became the series’ lead actress at the end of the first season. She went on to appear in all 114 episodes between 2008 and 2013, playing the power-hungry antiheroine.
For her stellar performance, AnnaLynne McCord received praise from Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and People magazine. She was also a recipient of a couple of award nominations, from Teen Choice and Young Hollywood Awards.
Her highest number of award recognitions came from her role as Pauline in the horror film, Excision. In the 2012 film, she played the lead role of a disturbed high school student who went to extreme lengths to earn the approval of her controlling mother.
The film was critically well-received and AnnaLynne, in particular, earned several praises for her performance. She received award nominations from Fright Meter, Fangoria Chainsaw, and CinEuphoria Awards, all for Best Actress. McCord also got the best actress nomination from the Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema.
From Trailer Park To Hollywood Rich
AnnaLynne McCord started her life in a weak financial state, but her looks, talent, and hard work transformed her bank accounts, and consequently, her life. The model/actress now has an estimated net worth of $5 million, earned from over twelve years of working in the fashion and film industries.
Considering she has a significant presence from both side of the industries, it is difficult to say which one has contributed the most to her wealth. However, eye test suggests the film industry takes the cake, with long-running roles on shows like 90210, Nip/Tuck, and several film appearances. With her net worth, AnnaLynne can now afford a more luxurious home than her childhood trailer.
AnnaLynne McCord Might Be Single
The stunning blonde has never been married and may currently be single. While McCord has admitted her interest in getting back on the dating scene, there is no public evidence of a boyfriend yet. But while there is no boyfriend in her present, there were a couple in her past.
Kellan Lutz (2008–2011)
McCord dated another model Kellan Lutz in a relationship that lasted from 2008 to 2011. The two had an off-and-on relationship that AnnaLynne admitted ultimately failed because of her. The actress admitted that following her sexual assault incident by a close friend; she found it difficult to trust anyone for several years.
Since they parted ways and she healed from the unfortunate incident, the two have maintained a friendly relationship.
Dominic Purcell (2011-2014, 2015-2018)
Next on her list of exes is a long-term romance with fellow actor Dominic Purcell. AnnaLynne and the Prison Break star met on the set of the 2013 film, Office Down. The duo began dating in 2011 and seemed quite committed in the relationship until 2014 when they called it quits.
After a year of being apart, the two reconciled and rekindled their relationship in 2015. Unfortunately, it ended three years after – in 2018. The cause of the breakup remains unknown, but the two have remained good friends. According to her, they maintain a close friendship, enough for his children from his first marriage to visit and live in her house.
Outside of AnnaLynne’s confirmed relationship with Dominic and Kellan, she has been linked to Rick Fox, Julian Edelman, and Aaron O’Connell.