Who is Rebecca Mader?
Rebecca Mader is an English award-winning actress, probably best known to the world for her television roles such as Dr. Charlotte Lewis in the TV series “Lost” (2008-2010) and as Zelena/ Kelly West in the TV series “Once Upon a Time” (2014-2018), in addition to several other roles that she’s secured so far in her career.
Rebecca Mader Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Rebecca Leigh Mader was born on 24 April 1977 under the Taurus zodiac sign, in Cambridge, England. She grew up in her hometown with her sister, but hasn’t revealed her name, nor those of her parents. She has only finished high school, and says that she was bullied throughout her high school years by her peers.
Before making her acting debut, Rebecca was stationed in New York, USA, working as a model, during which time she appeared in adverts for L’Oreal, Wella Hair, Colgate, and others.
After a while, she decided to try herself as an actress, and began auditioning for various roles.
Acting Career Beginnings
Rebecca’s acting career started in 2000, with the minor role of Kim in the TV series “Madigan Men”, then in 2001 she was Mandy in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV action crime-drama series “Third Watch”. In 2003 she made her silver screen debut as Belinda Brown in the crime-mystery film “Replay”, and the same year appeared in the daytime drama series “All My Children” as Morgan Gordan.
The following year, she featured as Margaret Cochran in another daytime drama, “One Life to Live”.
She continued her career with minor roles in such TV series as “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” in 2005 and in “Stella”, also in 2005, while from 2006 to 2007 she was Alden Tuller in the TV thriller crime-drama series “Justice”, co-starring Victor Garber and Kerr Smith.
Rise to Prominence
Rebecca’s career was moving in the right direction in the second half of the 2000s, and in 2008 she was selected for the role of Dr. Charlotte Lewis in the TV fantasy adventure-drama series “Lost”. She joined the main cast in its fourth season, and was one of the main characters through season five and guest-starred in two episodes in the show’s ultimate six season.
She was praised for her performance in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series, and she received the Gold Derby TV Award in the category for Ensemble of the Year, alongside other stars. She later remarked that ‘dying on “Lost”’ was the best thing she did in her career.
Having said that, Rebecca started being cast in more prominent roles, thanks to her work on “Lost” and in 2010 she portrayed Esme Ball in the romantic comedy film “Ceremony”, starring Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman and Lee Pace. In 2011, she joined the cast of the award-winning TV action comedy-drama series “No Ordinary Family” as Victoria Morrow, and the same year was Mary in the comedy-drama film “Cougars Inc.
The following year, Rebecca was Grace Hudson in the TV comedy series “Work It”, with Benjamin Koldyke, Amaury Nolasco and Rochelle Aytes as the main stars, and in 2013 she had a guest role in the TV series “Drop Dead Diva”.
In 2014, Rebecca was selected to portray Zelena/ Wicked Witch of the West in the TV fantasy romantic-adventure series. She was introduced as the new antagonist in the second half of the third season and as the show progressed, her character was promoted to the series regular for its fifth and sixth seasons.
However, the creative directors decided not to return Zelena for the seventh season of the show, and Rebecca herself claimed that her exit was not a personal choice. Still, she returned for the second half of the seventh season as a recurring character, and even made an appearance in the series finale “Leaving Storybrooke”. She eventually appeared in 67 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series, which made her an international star.
Meantime, Rebecca wasn’t very active in pursuing other projects, though in 2017 she appeared in the comedy-drama film “It’s Gawd!”, starring Tommy Chong, Booboo Steward and Josh Meyers.
Her latest appearance was in the television comedy movie “Like Family” as Camille, co-starring next to Brandon Mychal Smith and Katie Wee.
Since 2018, Rebecca has been more focused on her family, rather than pursuing new roles.
Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Children
Rebecca has one failed marriage behind her, which ended in 2008. She was married to businessman Joseph Arongino from 2003 until their separation in 2007, while the divorce was finalized the following year.
In 2014 she announced her engagement to actor and producer Marcus Kayne and the couple married in November 2016.
Three years later, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Milo, and recently on 2 September, Rebecca gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Bailey.
As of mid- 2021, Rebecca Mader’s net worth has been estimated to be around $4 million, earned through her successful career as an actress, during which she’s appeared in more than 45 film and TV titles, all of which have added to her wealth.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
This award-winning actress has blue eyes and natural red hair. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.71m), weighs approximately 117lbs (53kgs), with vital statistics of 33-35-35, bra size 38B.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
She grew up watching movies and television series, which sparked her interest in acting. She is a huge fan of sci-fi films and television series, and dreams of starring in such.
Rebecca loves to travel, and has substituted her home country for the US. However, she now has homes in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, having stated that the Hawaiian people are so friendly.
Rebecca is an avid animal lover and has a pet dog named Bella Boo.