Rena Sherel Sofer is an American actress probably best known for her association with “General Hospital,” though she has acted in a variety of projects. Most recently, she appeared on “NCIS” and “Once Upon a Time.”
Rena Sofer described herself on Twitter as “Wife. Mother. Actress. Entrepreneur.” She was born in Arcadia, California, but raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by her Orthodox rabbi father. She got into modeling when a modeling scout saw her in Greenwich Village when she was 15.
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Rena Sofer was only a model for about a month, and after auditioning decided that modeling didn’t interest her. But it did open her eyes to the world of acting. She said, “I knew if I worked hard, I could always improve my acting. With modeling, your only option is plastic surgery.” She later studied the Meisner Technique and Method Acting.
Rena Sofer landed on the ABC soap “Loving,” while she was still a teenager. She later landed a role on the film “Stranger Among Us.” But she really hit her stride on “General Hospital” and earned an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other roles would follow, include parts on “Melrose Place,” “Spin City,” “Ellen," “Seinfeld,” “Heroes,” “24” and “Two and a Half Men.”
When not working, Rena Sofer likes to hike, rollerblade and practice yoga. She is also a strong advocate for Israeli causes. “I’m a mom with no nanny or babysitter, so that is a full-time job.” She said, “I never chose to be a movie actress because I have children and I didn’t want to be on the road. I didn’t want that kind of life for myself or my children….the thing I’ve noticed now is that so many people want to be an actor because they want to be famous.”
Rena Sofer started her own business in part to not make acting her “be all end all anymore.” She recently joined social media, too. “I have mixed feelings about the whole social media aspect of life…I find it a bit difficult to navigate how much you give of yourself and how much you keep to yourself.”
Rena Sofer is married and resides in Los Angeles.