Leslie Bibb Achieved Fame First As a Model – Here’s How She Moved to Acting and Facts About Her Partner

Leslie Bibb is widely known today as an actress who has made a lot of buzz with her skills in role-interpretation and her appearances in dozens of movies and TV series. Long before she became a popular face on TV, she was a model who found success in that industry, appearing in widely-known magazines like FHM and Maxim before making a transition to acting.

As an actress, she is popularly known for her character, Brooke McQueen in the TV series, Popular. She has also been starred in the Iron Man series, winning the admiration of fans. The actress is in a highly talked about relationship with a well-known Academy Award-winning actor, Sam Rockwell.

Leslie Bibb Was Discovered in a Nationwide Modeling Search

Born on November 17, 1974, in Bismark, North Dakota, the United States, Leslie Bibb started her modeling career after she was discovered during a nationwide modeling search in 1990.

Our findings show that when Bibb was just 16 years old, she took part in a nationwide modeling hunt organized by the Elite Agency and The Oprah Winfrey Show. It was Bibb’s mother who took photos of her and sent them in for the contest.

Interestingly, Leslie Bibb emerged the winner of the modeling search after the judges including supermodels Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Linda Evangelista, chose her over hundreds of other girls who sent in their entries.

The huge win afforded Leslie Bibb the privilege of working with Elite Agency as she moved on to sign a deal with them.

She Has Graced the Covers of Many Magazines

Leslie Bibb on Gear magazine cover

Leslie Bibb signed a contract with Elite Model Management after she finished her junior year and relocated to New York City. She proceeded to model during the summer of that year and even went on a trip to Japan where she gained more experience on the job.

Soon after, Bibb’s career as a mode picked up and she started landing spots on the covers of popular magazines. Leslie Bibb has graced the covers of magazines like Seventeen, CosmoGirl, Gear, 944, Paper, L’Officiel, Teen, Fit, FHM, Stuff, and YM.

She Began Acting in 1996 and ‘Popular’ Earned Her a Wider Audience

After some years plying her trade as a model, Leslie Bibb decided to transition to acting and put her acting skills on display. She put her acting career to a start in 1996 by landing a minor role in the TV series, Pacific Blue. Soon after, she had a lead role in season two of the series, The Big Easy, playing Janine Rebbenack. She further made an appearance in the 1997 movie, Touch Men.

Two years later in 1999, Leslie Bibb landed her big break after she was cast to play Brooke McQueen in Popular, an American teen comedy-drama television series. In the series, Bibb portrayed the role of McQueen who happened to be the most popular girl at Kennedy High School and also a cheerleader. She played the role from 1999 to 2001 across 43 episodes.

Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope in Popular (1999)

Popular found a lot of success among teenagers and raked in quite a number of awards. The show’s popularity made Bibb a famous face among young people and earned her some favorable reviews from critics. Her work was so good that she won a Teen Choice Award for Television Choice Actress and got a nomination for a Young Hollywood Award for Exciting New Face.

While starring in Popular, Bibb also starred in the horror movie, The Skull, which was a box office success. She went on to appear in other movies and TV series. From 2002 to 2003, she portrayed Erin Harkins in ER before playing the role of Paige Van Doren from 2003 to 2005 in the series, Line of Fire. From 2005 to 2007, she played Detective Tallulah Simmons in Crossing Jordan, garnering some praise for her work. 

The ‘Iron Man’ Series Magnified Leslie Bibb’s Versatility

In 2008, Leslie Bibb made some buzz when she was cast to star in the superhero film, Iron Man. In the movie, Bibb played the role of Christine Everhart, a Vanity Fair reporter. Leslie Bibb liked the role very much, in an interview with the CinemaSource, she revealed that she loved her character in Iron Man because she has a very strong sense of right and wrong. The role also showed Bibb’s ability to showcase her versatility as it was a deviation from what she used to do before.

Iron Man did very well and was selected as one of the ten best films of 2008 by the American Film Institute. It also garnered several awards and raked in an amazing $585.3 million. The film’s success did a lot for Leslie Bibb’s career growth and increasing fanbase.

Robert Downey Jr. and Leslie Bibb in Iron Man (2008)

In 2010, Leslie Bibb reprised her role as Everhart in Iron Man 2, the sequel to Iron Man. Just like its prequel, Iron Man 2 got mainly positive reviews from critics and raked in a lot of money at the box office. In fact, the film is currently Leslie Bibb’s biggest box-office success, having grossed $623.9 million worldwide.

Bibb has starred in so many other onscreen projects. In 2012, she played Amanda Vaughn across 10 episodes of GCB. From 2014 to 2015, she portrayed Dakota in About a Boy and then Christine Everhart in WHIH News Front from 2015 to 2016. She now portrays Viv in American Housewife. So far, Leslie Bibb has starred in more than 70 movies and TV series since her debut in 1996 and is not done yet.

The Actress Was Married for One Year

Leslie Bibb was a married woman. The award-winning movie star was married to a man called Rob Born. Born is an investment banker who had been in love with Bibb for a while before tying the knot.

The couple got together and started dating in 2002. They dated for about a year before they decided to tie the knot as husband and wife. Their marriage held on November 22, 2003, and took place in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Unfortunately, the couple did not last long together because just one year later in 2004, their marriage hit the rocks. The couple got divorced on December 7, 2004.

She Has Been in a Relationship With Sam Rockwell Since 2007

Leslie Bibb
Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell

After splitting from Rob Born, Leslie Bibb went on to begin a relationship with the popular American actor, Sam Rockwell. The lovebirds have been together for quite a long time and sometimes, people refer to Bibb as Rockwell’s wife, however, the couple is yet to solemnize their union.

Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell started their relationship in 2007 after meeting in Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont Hotel. Rockwell was actually filming his movie Frost/Nixon at the time. They got attracted to each other and soon kickstarted their romance.

They Have Starred In Movies Together

Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell have remained together since they started dating in 2007. It is now more than a decade since their romance began and their fondness for each other seems to be increasing by each day.

The couple has even starred in some movies together. They featured in the 2010 movie, Iron Man 2 and also starred in the 2015 film, Don Verdean. They have not made a secret of their romance at all, having been spotted publicly at events and other places openly displaying their affection for each other.

At the moment, it is not certain if marriage plans are on the cards for the couple. Time will tell.

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