She was born on December 23, 1978 in Peterborough, Ontario Canada. She is the youngest among the three siblings of Esther and Don Warren. Her mother was a headmistress and father, a used car salesman. She stands 5”9”, has blue eyes and blond hair –these features is what the modeling industry loves about her and what her fans love about her as well.
Estella Warren moved to Toronto to train with the national synchronized swimming team at the age of 12. She became the senior national champion when she turned 17 which guaranteed her a chance to move on to the 1996 Summer Olympics. However, the Olympic dream was not meant to be. She was not able to join the prestigious competition because of a fashion intervention. It just shows you that you seldom can have your cake and eat it too. Nevertheless, if she closed the door to swimming in the Olympics, she has opened the window to modeling and other opportunities. Either way it went, she was still a winner. As she said in an interview, “I really wanted to go to the Olympics, but everyone wanted me to model for them, so I said what the hell, why not!
If I can't use my beauty now, I'm never going to be able to. This is the way I'm going to get myself to a position where it isn't a factor. Coming from a barely clothed childhood as a swimmer makes me really comfortable with my body.”
What happened was a talent scout spotted Warren at her school and recognized a potential in the beautiful teenager. Her Polaroid was sent to an agency in New York and as fast as you can say “ready, set, go!” she was doing the rounds in the industry. Estella Warren was immediately picked to grace three issues of Italian Vogue photographed by no less than the very picky but extremely gifted Ellen Von Unwerth. Her very first photos are of course memorable and equally beautiful as her new ones.
She had no shortage in editorial and runway engagements. Estella Warren was surely all over the place. She has appeared in magazines like in Sports Illustrated and Vanity Fair. In 2000, she was named Maxim’s Hottest Woman and in 2005 was ranked number 61 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Woman in the World. Once again, her sultry presence was seen as the Stuff magazine’s November entry to its 2006-2007 pin-up calendar.
Her ad campaigns included ads for Andrew Marc, Perry Ellis, Nine West, Volvo, Cartier, De Beers and Cacharel. When Estella Warren appeared as Little Red Riding Hood in Chanel No.5 ad campaign filmed by Hollywood’s Luc Besson, her followers instantly knew she was going to be a marquee name very soon. Aside from the perfume ad, Warren also promoted Samsung. Miss Warren reigned in being a Jack of all trades, okay more appropriately, Jane.
The model turned actress again got special attention when she hosted the television special of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2000 edition.
She was thrown once more in the spotlight when some of her billboard shots for Perry Ellis and photographed by the venerable Bruce Webber were taken down and banned in New York for being too provocative. Apparently, the respected photographer shot a series of pictures bringing out the best of Warren’s sexy image while clad in almost next to nothing. She wasn’t fazed, though. For her it was just another window opened.
And it assured her of the much coveted Victoria’s Secret entry card. Estella Warren became one of the label’s hottest models, walking the runway and posing for their catalogue. From here, she answered the calling to try putting her thespian skills to the test.
Well, Hollywood it was. Her resume now contains at least 22 TV and film projects, among them Sly’s Drive and Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, where she played a human slave monkey (a rather pretty one at that) in 2001 with Mark Wahlberg, she was also in That 70’s show and Law and Order. In addition, Warren was also a part in the INXS’s video, Afterglow, and in one Blank and Jones music video.
Warren’s Hollywood Journey
Estella Warren played the character Arianne in the movie Perfume. She also wowed audiences as Sophia Simone in Driven. Her Planet of the Apes role as Daena as a slave ape was rather contradictory to her beauty but she gave it her all nonetheless; by the year 2003 after a year of rest from the buzz of Hollywood, Estella Warren played Elise Stevens in Tangled and Jessie in Kangaroo Jack. She played Charlene in The Cooler and was Raquel in That ‘70s Show, a famous comedy series. By 2004, she concentrated not only on the runway but in tv movies as well. She played Kimberly Jansen in I Accuse, and Faye Grainger in Blowing Smoke. Her other movies from 2004 to 2005 include Trespassing, Pursued, and Nomad: the Two Worlds.
Estella Warren also engaged herself in playing roles for more TV series. Much to the amusement and amazement of fans, it was no longer a comedy show but a more serious kind of series on the telly. She played the character April Troost in Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She is also Alexis Fogarty in the TV series Ghost Whisperer
This is one really busy girl. Who knows, when she gets tired of acting she might just decide to take on another dream of hers – to have a classic French restaurant or maybe a bar/restaurant. Aside from her love of cooking, Warren’s other interests include playing the piano, singing, horseback riding, biking and, of course, swimming. She has dated the ruggedly handsome Josh Hartnett and Kip Pardue –her resume for her mean sure do keep up with her hotness.
Okay, I take it back. Estrella Warren can have all the cake she wants and eat it, too.