Amanda Righetti

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Amanda Righetti
Righetti in July 2016
Amanda Righetti

(1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 40)
Years active1995–present
(m. 2006; div. 2017)

Amanda Righetti (born April 4, 1983)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her role as Grace Van Pelt on The Mentalist, as well as her roles in Friday the 13th, The O.C. and Colony.

Early life[edit]

The youngest of eight children,[2] Righetti was born on April 4, 1983, in St. George, Utah,[1] and raised in Nevada,[3] outside Las Vegas.[2] Her father, Alexander Dominic Righetti, is of Italian descent,[4] while her mother, Linda Carol Chisum, is of German, French and English descent.


Righetti started modeling at age 14, then she moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to start her acting career.[3] After securing a role in the pilot for a proposed series by the name of No Place Like Home, she played a recurring character in the teen drama The O.C.,[2] was a regular in the primetime soap opera North Shore and in late 2005, Righetti starred in Fox's drama series Reunion. Other credits include a recurring role on K-Ville,[5] guest roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Entourage and a role in the television film Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.[2]

Righetti attending Maxim magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, 2009

In 2006, Righetti signed on to star as the female lead in horror sequel Return to House on Haunted Hill. The film was released direct-to-video in October 2007. In April 2008, she was cast as the female lead in the slasher film Friday the 13th (2009).[5] Production ended in June 2008 and the film was released in theaters on February 13, 2009. Also that year, Righetti was signed to the CBS series The Mentalist,[5] in the role of Grace Van Pelt.[2] Her 2012 to 2013 pregnancy was not reflected in her character's storyline, during which she was filmed using selective angles and largely limited to desk duty.[6]

In September 2011, Righetti signed with talent agency UTA.[7]

Righetti left The Mentalist after season six.[8]

Righetti starred as a divorced novelist in the Hallmark Channel television film Love at the Shore (2017).[9]

Personal life[edit]

Righetti married director and writer Jordan Alan on April 29, 2006, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.[10] They have a son, born in 2013.[11] Righetti filed for divorce in 2017.[12][13]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Love and Happiness Charlie's Kid Sister
1996 Kiss & Tell Little One
2002 Angel Blade Samantha Goodman
2007 Pipeline[14] Jocelyn Also producer
Return to House on Haunted Hill Ariel Wolfe Direct to video
2008 Matter[15] Stranger Short film
Role Models Isabel
2009 Friday the 13th Whitney Miller
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th Herself Documentary film
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
The Chateau Meroux[2] Jennifer
2012 Shadow of Fear Casey Cooper Also known as Dangerous Attraction[16]
2013 Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Herself / Whitney Miller Documentary film
2015 Cats Dancing on Jupiter Josephine Smart Also co-producer
2019 Pastalight Susanna Lenzi Short film
2021 Christmas at the Ranch Kate
2023 Far Haven Lilly Rayne
TBA Reagan Nelle Reagan


Year Title Role Notes
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Riding Teen Episode: "You've Got Male"
2002 Greg the Bunny Debbie Fishman Episode: "Surprise!"
2003–2005 The O.C. Hailey Nichol Recurring role (seasons 1–2)
2004–2005 North Shore Tessa Lewis Main role
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Friendly Girl Television film
2005–2006 Reunion Jenna Moretti Main role
2006 Entourage Katrina Episode: "Aquamom"
2007 K-Ville A. J. Gossett 3 episodes
2008–2015 The Mentalist Grace Van Pelt Main role (seasons 1–6)
2011 Wandering Eye Maron Abbott Television film
2012 Shadow of Fear[17] Casey Cooper Television film
2014 Chicago Fire Holly Episode: "A Dark Day"
Chicago P.D. Holly Episode: "8:30 PM"
2016–2017 Colony Maddie Kenner Main role (seasons 1–2)
2017 Love at the Shore Jenna Television film (Hallmark)
2020 Deranged Granny Kendall Thompson Television film
L.A.'s Finest Beverly Gamble Episode: "Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins"


  • 2009 New York Independent International Film and Video Festival: Best Actress in a Short Film – Amanda Righetti in Matter[18]


  1. ^ a b "Amanda Righetti". TV Guide. Archived from the original on January 2, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt". CBS. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "About". Amanda Righetti Official Website. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "Profilo italoamericano". (in Italian). September 17, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Perry, Byron (April 2, 2008). "Players: Amanda Righetti". Variety. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael; Roots, Kimberly (August 21, 2012). "The Mentalist's Amanda Righetti Expecting First Child – Is Van Pelt Preggers Too?". Archived from the original on July 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 8, 2011). "UTA Signs Rob Morrow & Amanda Righetti". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  8. ^ Porter, Rick (August 7, 2013). "'The Mentalist' Season 6: Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman set to leave". Archived from the original on November 25, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "Hallmark Love at the Shore, star Peter Porte says, 'It definitely doesn't start out so well'". Hollywood Daily Star. August 5, 2017. Archived from the original on February 3, 2021. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  10. ^ Riedel, Stefanie (Winter–Spring 2007). "A Wedding at a Private Estate on Oahu". Pacific Weddings. Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Amanda Righetti Welcomes Son Knox Addison". People. January 18, 2013. Archived from the original on June 3, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2003.
  12. ^ "Amanda Righetti Bio, Family, Career, Husband, Net Worth, Measurements". Biographics World. January 22, 2021. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  13. ^ "Get to Know Jordan Alan - Amanda Righetti's Husband". June 10, 2021. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "In Development". Bliss Sinema. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  15. ^ "Festival Genius". WHIFF. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "Shadow of Fear (2012)". The Movie Scene. UK. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  17. ^ "Lifetime Original Movie "Shadow [of] Fear" Premieres May 28!". PCM Television News. May 10, 2012. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  18. ^ "2009 Festival Awards – New York March". New York Independent International Film and Video Festival. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2012.

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