Who is Vanessa Lachey?
Vanessa Lachey is an American actress, beauty pageant contestant, model, and TV host.
Angeles City, Philippines
Vanessa was born Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born at the Air Base in Angeles City. Her father is American, while her mother comes from the Philippines. She has been married to Nick Lachey since 2011, and he is also an actor, as well as a singer. The couple has three kids.
In 1998, Vanessa became the first Miss Teen USA from South Carolina. In 2003, she hosted The Morning After and Total Request Live. Starting in 2005, she was a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight but later quit. Lachey also hosted Miss Teen USA 2004 and Miss Universe 2007. As a host, she appeared in True Beauty and the game show Wipeout.
Lachey started appearing as an actress early on, although her first roles were very small. She appeared in popular series like That’s Life, City Girls, 30 Rock, The Bold and the Beautiful, Psych, Hawaii Five-O, and Maybe It’s Me. 2008 saw her portray Ashlee in How I Met Your Mother. The same year, she got a bigger role as Amy in Disaster Movie.
In 2009, Minillo was featured in CSI: NY opposite Kim Kardashian. Truth Be Told involved a bigger participation from the actress, as she portrayed Tracy throughout the first and only season.
In 2017, she became part of the 25th season Dancing with the Stars, on which her husband Nick Lachey also competed, so the two were facing each other in this competition.
In 2021, Lachey was cast a series regular in NCIS: Hawai’i. This would be her first leading role, appearing as Special Agent in charge of the NCIS, Jane Tennant. In 2021, Lachey portrayed Tara Barnett in three episodes of the sitcom Call Me Kat.
The same year, Lachey put out a book titled Life from Scratch: Family Traditions that Start with You, which was inspired by her difficult relationship with her mother.
Other roles have included cameos in films like Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. She also appeared in the music video of What’s Left of Me by Nick Lachey in 2006.
In regards to reality television, Lachey has appeared in as a host in The Real World: San Diego and The Real World: Philadelphia, as well as High School Stories, The Talk, and Top Chef Junior. In addition, she was a host for Miss USA 2018 and 2019, as well as Miss Universe 2019. Starting in 2020, the actress has hosted Love is Blind. She also appeared as a guest judge on Sugar Rush.
Nick Lachey, the singer, and actor, used to be married to Jessica Simpson before his marriage to Vanessa Lachey. The two started dating after they met on the set for his music video, What’s Left of Me, and were together on and off for five years before their wedding.
The couple got married on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, a private island.
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