Who is Chelan Simmons?
Chelan Simmons was born on 29 October 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is an actress as well as a former model, best known for her work in several films. Some of her notable projects include “Final Destination 3” and “Good Luck Chuck”. She was also a prominent part of the show “Kyle XY”, playing the character Hilary for three seasons of the show.
The Riches of Chelan Simmons
As of early-2020, Chelan Simmons’ net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career in acting as she was active in the profession from 1990, only recently taking time off from work in 2017.
Apart from television series, she’s also worked on numerous television movies during her career.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Chelan grew up in Vancouver as the middle child of three, with an older sister and a younger brother. Her parents were responsible for leading her to a path in acting, as they were interested in her taking roles as young as three. It wasn’t until she was five years old that she began taking acting projects, appearing in commercials and working as a child model.
This eventually opened the door for acting, and she made her film debut in 1990’s “It” which was an ABC miniseries based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
The novel has been adapted several times, with the most popular being its most recent iteration in 2017. Afterwards she became a part of the film “Bingo”, which follows the story of a boy who befriends and secretly adopts a dog without knowledge of his family. She took on small roles as she grew up, but mostly focused on modeling as it was a more lucrative and consistent endeavor at this point in her career.
She returned to acting as a teenager, appearing in the show “MTV”s Now What”, also known as “The Sausage Factory”, a Canadian/American collaboration, a sitcom that follows the lives of four high school students.
She also appeared as the character Crystal in the Canadian show “Edgemont”, which also focuses on the lives of teenagers living in a fictitious suburb within Vancouver.
In 2002, she had another Stephen King project, appearing in the television movie adaptation of “Carrie”. The novel it is based upon tells the story of the titular character who discovers that she has telekinetic powers, and uses them to enact revenge upon her abusive household and her bullies. Due to its depiction of violence and vengeance, it has been banned in a lot of schools in the US, but the book has been adapted numerous times, with one of the most recent being the 2013 film starring Chloe Moretz.
Simmons found her stride in the horror genre during this time, becoming a scream queen as she worked on projects such as “Chupacabra: the Dark Seas” and “Snakehead Terror”.
Rise to Prominence
In 2005 after a decade of television work, she returned to feature films, appearing in the comedy “The Long Weekend” which starred Brendan Fehr and Chris Klein. The following year, she returned to horror with the third installment of the “Final Destination” franchise, which helped her rise to fame even further, with her role as Ashley Freund. The premise of the film is that a group of people survive an horrific accident that is meant to kill them, but death chases after them to fulfill the deed.
The film was a success at the box office despite mixed reviews.
She then worked on the film “Wind Chill”, before having a small role in “John Tucker Must Die”, a film about three women who work together to get revenge on the manipulative titular character who has been dating all three of them at the same time. She then found even more fame as she was cast in the ABC television series “Kyle XY”, which tells the story of a teenager who has no memory of his past, and trying to figure out the mystery of his existence.
The show was canceled after three seasons, leaving the show in an unresolved cliffhanger.
More mainstream projects marked the later years of Simmons’ career, as she worked on the film “Good Luck Chuck” alongside Jessica Alba and Dane Cook. The film, though it gained a bit of attention due to its parody of John Lennon’s “Rolling Stone” cover, mainly received negative reviews. She also had a small role in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” which was a film adaptation of the Rick Riordan novel of the same name – the film received a lot of negative reviews from fans of the books, who criticized the film’s deviation from the original story of the novel.
Despite that, the film was successful at the box office, making it her most successful release to date.
She was then cast as a regular in the show “The LA Complex”, portraying the aspiring dancer Regina. The show aired on The CW, and she was later downgraded to a recurring role for its final two seasons. She also made guest appearances in “How I Met Your Mother “and “Hannibal”. One of her last projects was the horror film “See No Evil 2”, which was released straight to video. She also appeared in the series “Mistresses”.
Chelan married Chris Harrison in 2009, though their marriage lasted only for a short while as they divorced. She then married Greg Street in 2015 and they have a child together. During her free time, she enjoys dancing and cooking. She also loves rollerblading around Vancouver. She owns a rescue dog. She is close friends with other actresses, including Jewel Statite, Cindy Busby and Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe. She is active on social media, particularly on Twitter which she uses to communicate with her fans.