Chanel, an American actress and model of German and Irish descent, is no stranger to the entertainment industry. She has successfully
navigated the acting and modeling industry over the past decade. Discovered on the beach in her early teens, her career has been going non-stop ever since.
Ryan's first movie appearance was in the independent film "Waiting for the Rocket" in 1994. In 1997, she auditioned for the film "George Wallace". Legendary director John Frankenheimer offered her the part on the spot, working with veteran actors Gary Sinise and Mare Winningham. In 1998, she landed the role of one of the "Felon Cheerleaders" in the Universal film BASEkeball, from the creators of South Park. In 2002, her improv training with GROUNDLINGS and ACME Comedy theater helped her garner a guest starring role opposite Bill Murray in the pilot "The Sweet Spot", as well as the role of iconic entertainer Andy William’s girlfriend and co-host on "The Andy William Easter Special" for the BBC.
During the early years of her career, Chanel's main focus was modeling. She still continued to take acting jobs sporadically, but enjoyed success in the modeling world and spent the majority of her time traveling to different exotic locations for work. In 2011, she shifted her attention from modeling to acting full time.
Her recent acting roles include Jonas Akerlund's "Small Apartments" with James Caan and Billy Crystal; "Dorothy & The Witches of Oz," starring Sean Astin, Christopher Lloyd and Lance Henrickson; "Skum Rocks" with Alice Cooper and "Bad Kids Go to Hell" with Judd Nelson and Ben Browder, based on the best-selling comic book.
She appears as "Fantazia" in the cult classic follow-up "Hobgoblins 2" from director Rick Sloan and is next featured, in the soon-to-be-released horror film, "Alice D," where she plays genre legend Kane Hodder's evil sidekick "Isabel".
Always striving for more from her career, the progression to producer was only natural. Her work as an actress on back to back independent features and her years of modeling has served as a hands on film school.
She is currently in preproduction on her feature film producing debut: "Crimson Saints", where she brings her extensive experience, knowledge of public relations/marketing/branding and her vast rolodex to the project.
Wanting to bring something more to the pretty girl roles being offered her, Chanel has studied with some of LA's most respected and renowned acting coaches including Margie Haber (Master Class), Aaron Speiser, Lesly Kahn and Katt Shea.
She’s had intensive dialect coaching with the master of voices, Bob Corff, helping her perfect numerous accents, from British to Southern.
To date, Chanel has appeared in over 30 national commercials including Pepsi, Saturn, Volkswagen, Del Taco, Wet & Wild Cosmetics, Audi, Coca-Cola, and Visa. You have seen her in campaigns for Anheuser Busch, Burke Williams Spas, Harley Davidson swimwear, Harrah’s Casinos and Miller Beer and fashion shows for Fredrick's of Hollywood.
Named one of the "sexiest women on the planet" by magazines from four continents, her face and body have graced magazines across the globe, including Maxim, FHM and Playboy.
In 2004, Chanel created her "CHANEL" Swimsuit Calendar; garnishing awards year after year and becoming a seasoned producer of photography and editorial layouts. Her shoots appear regularly on magazine covers and editorials across the globe, in publications such as FHM, DT, Nuts, Men's Edge, People, Ralph, etc. Her clients range from fashion designers, models and actors, feature film campaigns and image consultancy.
An avid animal lover, activist and "rescuer", Chanel shares her home with two "adoptees"; a cat named Ruby Tuesday and a border collie named Lucky. A portion of the proceeds, from her swimsuit calendars to her numerous autograph appearances, go to support animal charities each year.
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