Riley Voelkel (born April 26, 1990) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Freya Mikaelson on The CW television series The Originals. Voelkel also played the role of Jenna Johnson on the HBO television series The Newsroom. In 2013, she played the younger version of Jessica Lange's character, the witch Fiona Goode in the FX series American Horror Story: Coven.
Voelkel was born in Canada, but raised in the United States. She was very involved in sports and school, being a part of a softball team for 9 years.
Just a month away from going to college, a modeling scout was coming to her town and she decided to try her luck. The scout picked her and she went to Los Angeles where she was very much liked by several agents. She moved to Los Angeles to model, but, soon after, she joined an acting class recommended by an agent.
Voelkel's first role was of a club girl in The Social Network, winning the part by audition. Afterwards, she signed with an agent, and booked her first starring role, as Carrie in the independent film, The Secret Lives of Dorks, released in 2013. In 2012, she joined the HBO series The Newsroom only for the pilot episode, but later became the character of Jenna. In 2014, she was cast as one of the leads in the Amazon pilot Point Of Honor.
In the fall 2014, Voelkel was cast in an unnamed recurring role on The CW series The Originals during its second season. Her character on The Originals, Freya Mikaelson, was upgraded to a series regular for the show's third season.
|2010||The Social Network||Final Club Girl||Uncredited|
|2012||Hidden Moon||Christine Brighton|
|2013||Synthesizers||Club Girl||Short film|
|2013||The Secret Lives of Dorks||Carrie Smith|
|2010||Glory Daze||Caroline||Episode: Pilot|
|2012||The Mentalist||Tristan||Episode: "Red is the New Black"|
|2012–14||The Newsroom||Jenna Johnson||Recurring, 15 episodes|
|2013||American Horror Story: Coven||Young Fiona Goode||3 episodes|
|2014–2018||The Originals||Freya Mikaelson||Recurring role (season 2)|
Series regular (season 3–5); 60 episodes
|2015||Point of Honor||Lorelei Sumner||Unsold television pilot|
|2016||Advance & Retreat||Alison Sinclair||TV Movie|
|2019||Roswell, New Mexico||Jenna Cameron||Recurring role|
|2019||Hightown||Renee Shaw||Regular role|
|2019||Legacies||Freya Mikaelson||Episode: "That's Nothing I Had to Remember"|
- "Don't ask Riley Voelkel why America is the best country in the world!". July 29, 2015.
- Frank Scheck (September 25, 2013). "The Secret Lives of Dorks: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- Scott Foundas (October 15, 2013). "Film Review: 'The Secret Lives of Dorks'". Variety. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- Nellie Andreeva (August 27, 2014). "Riley Voelkel Cast In 'Point Of Honor'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- Todd Spangler (November 11, 2014). "Amazon Studios Announces 7 Pilots for Early 2015". Variety. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- Andy Swift (May 11, 2015). "Originals Scoop: Riley Voelkel Promoted to Series Regular". TVLine. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- "The Originals Season 2 Spoilers: Meet Freya Mikaelson". gossipandgab.com.
- Swift, Andy (September 24, 2019). "The Originals' Riley Voelkel (aka Freya) Is Coming to Legacies in Season 2". TVLine.