Emilie de Ravin was born on 27 December 1981 in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia, an outer southeastern suburb of Melbourne, is an actress. She is commonly associated with her roles as Tess Harding on Roswell and Claire Littleton on the ABC drama Lost.
She has French ancestry, and de Ravin means of (the) ravine in French. Having studied ballet since the age of nine at Christa Cameron School of Ballet in Melbourne, and being home schooled by her mother, she was accepted into the Australian Ballet School at fifteen. There, she performed in productions with The Australian Ballet as well as Danceworld 301. Ravin studied acting at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, and with the Prime Time Actors Studio in Los Angeles.
Ravin’s film credits include Santa’s Slay (2005), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Ball Don’t Lie (2008). She also starred as Brendan Frye’s heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend Emily in the neo-noir film Brick (2005). She had a small cameo in Public Enemies (2009) and she more recently starred in Remember Me (2010) alongside Robert Pattinson. Ravin was included on Maxim’s Hot 100 list three times: in 2005, on #47, the next year on #65, and in 2008 on #68.
After three years of dating, actor Josh Janowicz proposed to Ravin on New Year’s Day 2005 in Melbourne, which she said “was very impromptu and very sweet”. Ravin met Janowicz in Los Angeles, and said that “our life together always comes before work. You can’t buy love or family.” While filming Lost, Ravin flew to and from Hawaii “once or twice a week” to return to her home in Burbank, California, which she shared with Janowicz and their poodle, Bella. The couple married 19 June 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Ravin separated from Janowicz six months after their marriage and currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her dog. In June 2009, it was reported that they have been living separately and have filed for divorce.