• Kelli Garner is an actress with nearly 50 acting credits who rose to prominence in 2015 with a TV mini-series
• She was born in Bakersfield, California in 1984 and is of English descent
• She is currently filming a movie entitled "Walden" with co-stars Shane West and Emile Hirsch
• She has been in many films and TV series, including "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" and "The Big Bang Theory"
• Kelli is 38 years old with green eyes and a net worth of over $1 million
Who is Kelli Garner? Wiki
An actress with nearly 50 acting credits to her name, Kelli Garner, rose to prominence playing the title role in the 2015 TV mini-series “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”, which besides fame, brought her the Online Film & Television Association (OFTA) Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries.
Most recently, she was seen as Claire in the 2022 series “American Gigolo”, and if you have wondered what she is doing now, we will give you a sneak peek into her new project. It’s a movie entitled “Walden”, written and directed by Mick Davis, while her co-stars will be Shane West and Emile Hirsch. However, while you are waiting for the premiere of this movie, let us tell you more about this actress.
Early life, family, and education
Born Kelli Brianne Garner under the zodiac sign of Aries on 11 April 1984, she’s a Bakersfield, California USA native, holds American nationality, and comes from a family of English descent. Raised by her parents, she spent her early childhood days in Newbury Park, Southern California before the family moved to Thousand Oaks, a city in Ventura County, California, where Kelli attended a local high school. Nothing else is known about her family, except that Kelli has one sister.
Kelli once stated that she was very shy as a child, but when she caught the attention of a talent agent and appeared in an Eggo (frozen waffles) commercial, the idea of an acting career sounded more appealing. She made her acting debut while still in high school, and upon matriculating in 2002, she didn’t go to college but pursued her acting career.
Roles in movies
Keli debuted playing Heather in the 2000 short movie “Architecture of Reassurance”, which won the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Prize. Later that year, Kelli made her big-screen debut playing Kelly in the romantic comedy “Time Share”, followed by her role as Christmas in the TV movie “This Is How the World Ends”.
In the following year, Kelli was cast to play Heather Swallers in the biographic crime-drama “Bully” based on the book “Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge” by Jim Schutze, about a group of teenagers who made a plan to murder an aggressive mutual friend, which won the Prism Award for Theatrical Feature Film.
Kelli followed with supporting roles in “Love Liza” (2002) and “The Aviator” (2004), while 2005 seems to have been a good year for her since she was seen co-starring in seven movies, including “Born Killers” and “The Toast”.
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Next, she was cast to play Calista in the 2006 movie “Dreamland”, which was her first lead role. This drama followed the story of a young girl who lived in a desert trailer park, and at one point in her life had to choose between fulfilling her destiny or staying next to her unhappy father and sick friend. For her performance, Kelli won the Method Fest Awards for Best Actress and Rising Star, shared with her co-star Agnes Bruckner.
The later years of the decade saw Kelli in “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007), “Red Velvet” (2008), “G-Force” (2009), and “Going the Distance” in 2010.
Another of Kelli’s notable roles was her portrayal of Maggie Jerritt in the 2012 short movie “Neighbors”, which earned her the Burbank International Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She followed with roles in “Horns” (2013), “One More Time” (2015), and “Americana” (2016).
Two years later, Kelli was seen in the short movie “Do You Like the Taste of Beer?”, before her role as Argo Officer in the 2019 action adventure “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, also starring Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown and Vera Faminga. The movie had 14 award nominations and won six.
In 2021, Kelli was cast to play Mary Milner in the horror thriller “What Josiah Saw”, which followed the story of a family that reunited after 20 years to pay for their sins from the past. The movie, starring Robert Patrick, Scott Haze and Nick Stahl, had 13 award nominations and won seven. Kelli and the crew won the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Honorary Mention- Cast.
Roles in series
Kelli made her first television series appearance in 2001, playing Kirstie in an episode of the popular mystery drama “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. She followed with guest roles in “Grounded for Life” and “Da Mob” in 2002, “Regular Joe” (2003), and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2004).
In the following years, Kelli focused on her movie roles, however, in 2010, she was seen in five episodes of the series “My Generation”, playing the role of Dawn. During 2011 and 2012, Kelli portrayed Kate Cameron in the historic romantic drama “Pan Am”, about the time when the pilots and flight attendants made Pan Am the most glamorous way to travel. The series’ stars were Christina Ricci, Michael Mosley and Margot Robbie; it had 10 award nominations including three for Primetime Emmys.
Kelli next guest starred in two episodes of “Looking” (2014-2015), before she was cast to play her most notable TV series role to date, playing the lead role in “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”, about the iconic film star of the ‘50s and ‘60s. She starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Embeth Davidtz, and besides the aforementioned award Kelli won, the series had 13 award nominations (three for Primetime Emmys) and also won another the Directors Guild of Canada Craft Award for Picture Editing – Television Movie/Mini-Series.
Kelli’s next TV series role came in 2019, when she was seen as Kate Ryan in all 13 episodes of the series “The Enemy Within”, which aired just one season, and the fans of the show were disappointed after it was revealed that there wouldn’t be a second season.
As mentioned, Kelli most recently played Claire in the mystery crime-drama “American Gigolo”, starring Jon Bernthal, which although having no nominations, was well accepted by the audience, who rated it 7.0/10.
Love life and husband
Many consider that Kelli is one of those people whose presence causes everyone in the room to fall silent when she walks in, so it’s no surprise that she’s regarded as a sex symbol, just as Marilyn Monroe was. She has stolen many men’s hearts, and one of them was Lou Taylor Pucci, an actor, with whom Kelli was in a relationship from 2004 to 2005.
Soon after their break-up, Kelli began dating famous “Matrix” actor, Keanu Reeves, however, this attachment was short-lived.
Kelli found comfort in the arms of her new boyfriend, Logan Marshall-Green, also an actor – the two were a couple from 2005 to 2008. When the two broke up, some rumors were saying that the reason for their separation was Eric Jungmann, a television actor, with whom Kelli had a short relationship in 2008.
Sometime in 2011, Kelli began dating Johnny Galecki, an actor perhaps known best for his role as Leonard in the series “The Big Bang Theory”. The two split in 2014, although many of their fans believed that this relationship would blossom into a marriage. There have been various rumors about them saying that they secretly married, however, this is false.
In November 2022, she shared with her Instagram followers that she is going on her first date after eight years, however, as of early 2023, it seems that Kelli is still single.
Age, measurements, and net worth
According to her fans, this 38-year-old actress is one of the most beautiful blondes in the entertainment industry, and her trademark is her green eyes. Her body type is hourglass, with vital statistics of 34-24-34. Kelli is 5ft 7ins (1.68m) tall and weighs around 120lbs (54kgs).
When it comes to her earnings, according to sources, as of February 2023, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.