Though relatively a fresh-to-screen face, Reina Hardesty already has an impressive résumé from credits both on the small and big screens. More so, having worked on both sides of the camera as an actress and a cinematographer, Hardesty has arguably established herself as a budding star to watch out for.
Over the years, Reina has been seen in a number of popular projects and as one would expect, it has piqued the interest of many in her professional exploit as much as they want to keep up with her personal life. Most of the reports about Reina have suggested that she came to the limelight sometime in the mid-2010s and it would be mischievous to disagree with that but we can tell that she was the subject of a viral report.
Reina Crossed Paths with Fame After Her Father Wrote About Her Addiction to Text Messaging
Reina Hardesty is a Californian born on January 4, 1996. She is now popular for her works in the acting industry but it was as a text-happy teenager that she first gained the attention of the public. Yeah, Reina unexpectedly made headlines as a teenager while living with her family in Lake Forest.
In January 2009, the girl who would become an actress in years to come hit the national spotlight after her father, Greg Hardesty, wrote about his text-happy teenager in the Orange County Register where he worked as a reporter.
According to the shell-shocked Greg, his daughter almost accumulated a scary phone bill after racking up over 14,500 text messages in just one month. In other words, the young teenager sent one message every two minutes on average. But for an unlimited texting contract which she was luckily signed to at the time, Reina’s parents would have paid a huge phone bill that month.
13-year-old Reina who told her parents that she just liked to talk, later admitted that the habit resulted from constantly texting her four close friends. Expectedly, her actions earned her a restricted use of her mobile. Based on what Reina’s father related, he wrote the story not to make a mockery of his child but to get parents and children to create a balance in the use of telecommunication gadgets.
Given how fast the world has been embracing technology advancement, Greg’s report was regarded as a subtle reminder of the need for parents to manage how minors interact with growing digital trends, hence the virality.
The Genesis of Her Hollywood Career
Reina Hardesty debuted on the acting scene in the mid-2010s; her earliest work in the entertainment industry was as a cinematographer in some short films. To the best of our knowledge, she was the director of photography for A Dished Best Served, a 2015 short drama wherein she played a character named Sarah. She also edited the film with Tory Despres.
Reina Hardesty was also the cinematographer for 2016’s Coming Out and Inspired. The former is a short comedy-drama written and directed by Mike Brooks wherein she also portrayed a character. The latter is also a short comedy written by Mike Brooks but directed by Liz Buda.
She Started Taking Acting Serious in 2017 with Her Stella Namura role in StartUp
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2017 was presumably a breakthrough year for the actress, as it marked the beginning of her major works in front of the camera. Reina made her TV series debut as Stella Namura in the original series, StartUp. That same year, Hardesty portrayed the Young Maxine character in the TV movie, LAid.
The following year, she started playing Aspen Fairchild in the Netflix drama series, Greenhouse Academy. 2018 also saw her play Carly Ozawa in The Honor List and Kayla in Timeless. That was also the year she started portraying Joss Mardon the weather witch in The Flash.
In 2019, the actress was seen as Kitty in Wild Boar and Tara in Oh, Sorry. She reprised her character in The Flash in an episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow; in 2020. Reina Hardesty also started playing Beth in Brockmire in the same year and has appeared as Molly Park in All Rise as well. She’s expected to be seen as Katherine Price in a TV movie titled Maverick.
Reina Hardesty is Partly Asian and not the only Child of Her Parents
While it is uncertain if the actress of Asian descent has other siblings, it is common knowledge that she and her older brother were raised by their parents (Greg Hardesty and Manako Ihaya) in their hometown of Orange County.
There is a dearth of information regarding Reina’s academic endeavors. While it is believed that the actress had a conventional basic education, it is uncertain if she went to college.
People who know how she became popular as a teenager may assume she leveraged that and propelled herself into the entertainment industry. Though that’s an intelligent guess, we can’t really authenticate the narrative.
What We Know About Reina Hardesty’s Love Life
Since she came into the limelight, many have been curious about Reina Hardesty’s love life and relationship status. However, the actress has proven to be one of those public figures who prefer to keep details of their personal lives under wraps. Consequently, there are no public records of Hardesty’s dating history.
Be that as it may, the actress was sometime speculated to be dating an internet star identified as William Haynes, given that they were often seen together on social media. But the rumors didn’t hold water for long as Reina and William’s relationship was confirmed to be platonic.
Going by the uncertainty of Hardesty’s relationship status, it is safe to conclude that the actress is single. Reina Hardesty is very active on social media. While she may not be present on all popular social networking sites, the actress keeps her teeming fans abreast with tidbits of her life on Twitter and Instagram.
Among other interests, Reina Hardesty unwinds through various fun activities. Particularly, the actress finds pleasure in traveling and discovering new places. As revealed on social media, she once vacationed in Puerto Rico in the year 2017.