AnnaLynne McCord (born July 16, 1987) is an American actress and former model. Known for playing vixen-type roles, McCord first gained prominence in 2007 as the scheming Eden Lord on the FX television series Nip/Tuck, and as the pampered Loren Wakefield on the MyNetworkTV telenovela American Heiress.
In 2008, she was the second actress to be cast in the CW series 90210, portraying antiheroine Naomi Clark. Initially, the part of Clark was conceived as a supporting role. By the end of the first season, however, various media outlets had begun referring to McCord as the series’ lead. For the role of Naomi Clark, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and received the Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow award in 2009. In 2010, she won a Breakthrough of the Year Award in the category of “Breakthrough Standout Performance”.
Apart from acting, she has also contributed to charities in her free time. In 2009, she was labeled by the Look to the Stars organization as “one of the strongest young female philanthropists standing up in Hollywood and fighting for the charities she believes in.” In 2011, she was nominated for VH1’s “Do Something” Award in the category of “TV Star”. Her turn as a disturbed and delusional teenager in the 2012 film Excision was widely acclaimed. For her role in Excision, McCord won “Best Actress” at the Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema in 2012. Also for her role in Excision, she earned second place for “Best Actress” at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in 2013.
During her free time, McCord has contributed to various charities, stating that she is a “strong believer in working with organizations and giving back”. She is a big supporter of the St. Bernard Project, a rebuilding organization dedicated to assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the New Somaly Fund which empowers women victimized by human-trafficking and sexualized violence. McCord is the cover model for the July 2009 issue of Signature magazine, a Los Angeles regional magazine. The cover story highlights her dedication to the fight to end human-trafficking and slavery.
In 2014, McCord revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was 18 by a male friend, and as a result broke down during her rape scene in 90210, unbeknownst to her fellow cast members, who thought she acted well. In March 2015, while speaking at the United Nations in support of UNWFPA McCord announced her alignment with the anti-sexual-assault and domestic abuse project, the No More Campaign. As a speaker and activist, McCord continues to engage audiences at colleges, events and private parties with her candid outlook on sex, anti-sexualized violence, anti-domestic abuse and the mental slavery which “touches 7 billion people”. Reference
AnnaLynne holds the esteemed role of President of the Together1Heart Foundation which combats human trafficking globally.
AnnaLynne McCord Presents Together1Heart’s Beyond The Veil Ball and discusses with host Erin Mooney the impact of human trafficking awareness. Celebrity interviews include Rachel McCord, Gabriella Wright, Lindsay McCormick, Ali Levine, Anthony Pazos & Kaj Larsen.
AnnaLynne McCord, Matt Lanter, Serinda Swan, Jessica Stroup, Annie Wilson talk to host Erin Mooney about supporting Somaly’s Foundation at a special red carpet cocktail event in West Hollywood to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation.
Somali Mam, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie Dewitt, Annalynne McCord, Guy Sebastian support Somaly Mam Foundation’s Project Futures. Project Futures global is a new platform where volunteers, activists and young professionals can join together in the fight against modern-slavery. Promoter Chris Talbott of the Cause Effect Agency was responsible for the event.