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Ahna O'Reilly

Ahna O'Reilly

American actress
Ahna O'Reilly
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American actress
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Comedian
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor
Gender female
Birth 17 February 1985, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Age 35 years
Star sign Aquarius
The details


Ahna O'Reilly (born September 21, 1984) is an American actress. She is best known for her role in the film The Help (2011).


O'Reilly began her acting career in 2003 in the film, Bill the Intern. She has appeared in several other movies like Dinocroc, Nancy Drew, Just Add Water and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She also acted in television series like CSI: NY, Unhitched, The Vampire Diaries and Prime Suspect.

In 2011, she appeared in the movie The Help based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name, a period piece set in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. The film opened to positive reviews and became a box-office success with a worldwide gross of $211,608,112. It also won several ensemble awards including National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Satellite Award. O'Reilly co-starred in the 2013 film Jobs, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, about the life of technology pioneer Steve Jobs.

In 2016, she appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company off-Broadway production of The Robber Bridegroom. A cast recording featuring O'Reilly in her role as Rosamund was released on September 9, 2016.

In 2017, O’Reilly starred as Sarah Foster in the film Sleepwalker.

Personal life

O'Reilly graduated from Menlo School in 2003 and attended the University of Southern California for one year before dropping out. She dated actor James Franco for a time before the two broke up in 2011.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bill the Intern Actress
2004 Dinocroc Beach-Goer
2007 Succubus: Hell-Bent Bikini Babe
2007 Good Time Max Girl Jumping on Bed
2007 Nancy Drew 'No' Woman
2008 CSI: NY Halie 1 episode
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Leslie
2008 Unhitched Blind Hostess 1 episode
2008 Just Add Water Tammy
2008 Incitement McKenna Short film
2009 The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert (5 Nights in Hollywood) Maya
2009 Herpes Boy Christeee
2010 Crazy/Sexy/Awkward Cindy Short video
2010 House Under Siege Lana
2011 0s & 1s Caitlin
2011 Girls! Girls! Girls!
2011 The Vampire Diaries Jessica Cohen 1 episode ("The Descent")
2011 The Help Elizabeth Leefolt Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011 Prime Suspect Emma 1 episode
2012 From the Head Lily
2012 I Am Ben Max
2012 The Tournament Challenge Challenged Short film
2012 The Time Being Olivia
2012 The Perfect Fit Goth girl Short film
2013 Miss Dial Concerned Pet Owner Completed
2013 CBGB Mary Harron
2013 The Big Ask Zoe
2013 Fruitvale Station Katie
2013 Jobs Chrisann Brennan
2013 As I Lay Dying Dewey Dell Bundren
2013 Lucky Them Charlotte
2014 How I Met Your Mother Kelly 1 episode (Season 9, Episode 16 "How Your Mother Met Me")
2014 Get on Up Reporter
2014 The Sound and the Fury Caddy Compson
2015 She's Funny That Way Former Prostitute
2015 No Way Jose Dusty Morrison Lead role
2016 Elvis & Nixon Mary Anne Peterson
2016 In Dubious Battle Edith "Edie" Malone
2016 All I See Is You Carla
2017 Marshall Mrs. Richmond
2017 Sleepwalker Sarah
2017 Big Bear Jess
2017 Totem Robin
2018 Spivak Tammy Gordon
2018 Curated Nancy Short film
2018 Girl on the Side Laura Short film
2018 Reverie Rachel Kauffman 1 episode (Season 1, Episode 2 "Bond. Jane Bond.)
2019 Our Friend Gale
2019 The Morning Show Ashley Brown 2 episodes
2019 Bombshell Julie Roginsky
2020 Day by Day Jane (voice) Episode: "Neighbor Guy"
2020 Day by Day Mom (voice) Episode: "Quarter Piper Dreams"
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