- Born: Los Angeles
- Best Series: Lost
- Best Movie: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Tania Raymonde has been around the business for decades, though you might only be learning about her. In the unique business that is the entertainment industry, actors tend to work for a very long time before becoming a household name. Often, some of these performers can be classified as character actors, someone who works all the time on television shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Grey’s Anatomy, and other long-running series. These types of actors can play a variety of roles, from eccentric to background, but only sometimes leads.
One such actor that is way past due for accolades and attention as a main cast member in a movie or television series is Tania Raymonde. Known for portraying minor characters in high-profile projects, Raymonde has been working in the entertainment industry for the better part of 20 years. She is one of those actors that might not be universally known, but her dedication to the craft of acting and her work behind the camera should be noticed by all.
Let’s take a look at Tania Raymonde, one of Hollywood’s greatest little-known talents.
TANIA RAYMONDE IS ON INSTAGRAM
After a lengthy career in front of and behind the camera, actor Tania Raymonde has parlayed her entertainment success to establish a healthy social media presence. Currently amassing 285,000 followers on Instagram, Raymonde is notable for posting pictures of herself on set, on the cover of magazines, her dog, and even the latest news regarding her acting roles.
She seems up-to-date with current social media trends and tends to advertise the television shows she has appeared in.
TANIA RAYMONDE WAS BORN IN HOLLYWOOD
The story tends to be the same for many actors seeking fame and fortune. They often come from outside of Southern California, moving to the Los Angeles area in hopes of being discovered and getting the starring role of a lifetime. But Tania Raymonde didn’t have to go far to reach her dreams in Los Angeles, since she was actually born in the City of Angels.
34-year-old Tania Raymonde was born and raised in the Los Angeles area to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. According to an interview Raymonde gave to Authority Magazine, she confirms that her parents met in Paris, and when she was born, they encouraged her to read a lot and watch movies during her childhood. Some of her favorite memories with her father concerned watching movies with him for the first time, like Chinatown and Stranger Than Paradise.
When Tania Raymonde was around 9 years old, she auditioned for a play at her local school. The lead of the play ended up not showing up to rehearsals, and Tania stepped in to take over. But the audition process was her favorite part of acting in that play, and she took to auditioning from there on out.
HER FIRST BIG ROLE WAS ON MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE WITH BRYAN CRANSTON
Not long after that fateful play at school gave Tania Raymonde the acting bug, she started auditioning for roles on television shows. One of the first significant opportunities she was given was a four-episode arc playing Cynthia on the hit series Malcolm in the Middle. The show starred Frankie Muniz as the titular lead, with Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston and Jane Kaczmarek as Malcolm’s father and mother, respectively.
Cynthia is Malcolm’s weird friend and stalker for a brief time. She later becomes his brother Reese’s love interest when they grow older. A recurring character for a couple of seasons of Malcolm in the Middle, Cynthia was a fan favorite of the show.
The character helped put Tania Raymonde on the map, and she secured more acting jobs in young adult television series like That’s So Raven and The O’Keefes.
TANIA RAYMONDE LANDED A ROLE ON LOST
In the mid to late-2000s, co-creator and producer J. J. Abrams was on top of the television food chain with the breakout hit series Lost. The science-fiction drama about a mysterious island inhabited by the survivors of an airline crash broke new ground for network television and gave ABC a much-needed boost in the ratings. Lasting for six seasons and beginning in 2004, Lost was a critically acclaimed series that made stars out of anyone who appeared on the show.
Tania Raymonde was cast on Lost as Alex Rousseau starting in the second season and remained on the series until season six on a recurring basis. Taken from her mother (Mira Furlan) by Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) at a young age, Alex was raised by the Others on the island. She later reunites with her mother and becomes integral to assisting the survivors in dangerous situations.
Filming on a television show like Lost has always seemed like an actor’s dream, but it was quite a different experience for Tania Raymonde. In an interview with The Hollywood News, Raymonde describes the set of Lost as “a very insular production” where filming took place in Hawaii in the jungle, and “it never really felt like a TV show.”
While she never racked up any awards for playing Alex on Lost, it is probably the part she is most recognized for to this day.
TANIA RAYMONDE TOOK SMALLER ROLES IN MANY TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
Landing the role of Alex Rousseau on Lost early in her career made actor Tania Raymonde look for as many acting jobs as possible. A staple of the series until season six, Raymonde branched out into other television roles starting around the age of 18. Like a true character actor, most viewers would recognize Raymonde’s face from popular television shows of the day, but they might not know her name.
Character actors pop up on various series from time to time, and Tania Raymonde’s resume reads like a veteran of the industry. She appeared in episodes of such hit shows as The Guardian, NCIS, CSI: NY, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Bones, Hawaii Five-0, 90210, Chicago Fire, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The Big Bang Theory, to name a few. She even had an eight-episode arc on Cold Case that lasted several seasons.
SHE IS A STAR ON GOLIATH WITH BILLY BOB THORNTON
Tania Raymonde may have worked steadily for years by showing up on some of America’s favorite television shows, but she hardly ever got to be a lead in a project.
In 2013, she got the chance to play convicted murderer Jodi Arias in the made-for-television movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret. Premiering on the Lifetime Network, the film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, with Rotten Tomatoes ranking the biographical flick with an Audience Score of 42 percent.
Even though Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret was not well-received, the movie gave Tania Raymonde a shot at proving herself to be a worthy actor for any role. A couple of years later, she was cast as Brittany Gold alongside star Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath. Raymonde portrayed the sex worker and part-time legal assistant throughout the run of the series, which lasted four seasons until 2021 on Prime Video.
SHE HAS DIRECTED SHORTS AND MUSIC VIDEOS
While Tania Raymonde might best be known for her varied television roles for the past 20 years, the actor has dabbled in making a name for herself in movies and short films. She has become one of those performers that claim sequels and third installments of franchises as her own, most notably in direct-to-DVD movies like Still Waiting… and Deep Blue Sea 3.
Raymonde even appeared in the ensemble cast of the seventh installment of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Texas Chainsaw 3D.
But working in front of the camera was only sometimes the dream, and Tania Raymonde has chosen to use her talents by trying her hand at directing as well. She directed the short film Cell Division when she was 18 years old, a movie she also wrote. Raymonde has also directed a music video for the artist Dream Dama for the song “Without You,” which featured Pheona.
As with any actor, they often look to future projects to help determine where their career might be going next. After Goliath ended in 2021, Tania Raymonde signed on to costar with Brandon Sklenar and Rosanna Arquette in Futra Days, according to Deadline.
The science-fiction thriller Futra Days was released in April 2022 and depicted one man’s journey into his own future and the romance he experiences with his future self’s girlfriend. Next in line for Tania Raymonde is a film called Walden, co-starring Emile Hirsch and Shane West, which is currently in post-production.
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