Rachelle Marie Lefevre was born on February 1, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is a Canadian actress. She has starred in the television series Big Wolf on Campus and had recurring roles in What About Brian, Boston Legal, and Swingtown. She is also known for playing Victoria in the Twilight saga film series, based on the novels of the same names by Stephenie Meyer. Lefevre stars in the ABC medical drama Off the Map, which premiered in January 2011.
Lefevre was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to an English teacher father and a psychologist mother. Her father’s family is originally from France and Northern Ireland, and her maternal grandparents are Jewish. She has three sisters and speaks both English and French, though she grew up mostly speaking English.
Lefevre attended Centennial Academy, a private high school, and later studied creative arts at Dawson College. She studied theater for two summers at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and began a degree in education and literature at McGill University.
While working as a waitress at a sushi bar in Westmount, a regular customer, a Canadian television producer, overheard Lefevre telling the hostess that she wanted to be an actress. The producer got Lefevre her first audition, for a role in the sitcom Student Bodies. She didn’t yet have a head shot, so submitted a Polaroid picture. She didn’t land the part but got a call back from the casting director, leading to a role in the Canadian TV series Big Wolf on Campus in 1999, playing Stacey Hanson. Lefevre finished her degree at McGill, attending semesters between shoots.
Lefevre lives in Los Angeles, California. As of June 2009, she was dating Jamie King, an actor from the Showtime television series The Tudors. In 2009, Lefevre donated $100 to Susan G. Komen for The Cure, a breast cancer charity, for every 10,000 people who followed her on Twitter. She also launched an eBay auction for the charity School On Wheels in August 2009, which provides tutoring to homeless children in Southern California. Lefevre sold t-shirts and other merchandise signed by her fellow cast members from Twilight. She is also an active supporter of Best Friends Animal Society, appearing in a public service announcement on behalf of the organization in November 2009, urging the public to adopt their next pet.