Nora Zehetner

Nora Zehetner


2/5/1981, El Paso, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Renee Nora Zehtner


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Renee Nora was born and grew up in El Paso, Texas. She spent several years attending elementary school in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, before moving back to El Paso. When she was 14, she moved to Dallas where she attended the McKinney High School for several…more


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    • Nora: I have had many great experiences in my career, but playing the character Laura in Brick was probably my favorite.

    • Nora: I like to be connected at all times, especially to my boyfriend. He owns vintage clothing shops, one in L.A. and one in New York, so he's out of town, in N.Y.C., a lot!

    • Nora: I was just trying to stay warm, so I threw on everything and anything that I had. Then I saw the photos of me and was like yikes! Never again.

    • Nora: (about her role on "Heroes") When I went to audition, I was kind of adamant that I wanted a power, but it turned out that that was their plan from the beginning. Who wants to be on a show about superheroes and not have a power, you know?

    • Nora (about her style): [It is] A cross between Kate Moss and Audrey Hepburn, with a '70s Yves Saint Laurent twist.

    • Nora: I'm constantly annoyed with my hair, so hats make the most perfect alternative. I love my black beret!

    • Nora: There are definitely things that I want to do and things that I don't. I love cheesy movies, but I don't really want to be in cheesy movies, you know?

    • Nora: If you put something creative out in the world you just have to expect that you're going to have the good and the bad. It is the way it is. If I think that I did something good, it's kind of silly to let myself be talked out of that by people or critics.

    • Nora: How did I get work? Honestly, I dropped off my photo and a note with a few agents and got lucky.

    • Nora (about studying at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton): I only finished one year. It was a great program if you want to be an engineer or a doctor, but it kind of pushed me in the opposite direction. I like art and English.

    • Nora: When they sent me the script and it was called Princess, I was like, please let it be about a real princess. And I read it and it was and I was so excited and I immediately kind of got thrown into this series of fittings where they were building all these dresses on me. And it was just kind of an amazing thing to go into my trailer in the morning in sweats and come out in these gowns with tiaras and masses of hair and it was kind of a fairytale, a little girl's dream. It was lovely.

    • Nora I just really want to do things that make me happy. Things that I feel happy about and get to be creative in. I know it might sound silly.

    • Nora: I came out of the shower at the gym, and a woman came up to me and said, 'I loved your film.'

    • Nora: I found my old journal from when I was 8. There's this entry from when I was sick and my parents couldn't take me to an open casting call. I'd written, 'I hate my parents.' I totally forgot about that. It's strange for an 8-year-old to feel that strongly, but it helps explain where I am today.

    • Nora: I'm a closeted teen-movie fan. Not the bad-bad ones, but the good-bad ones. How great is Can't Buy Me Love?

  • A rising star, wonderfully oozing talent, intellect and beauty.

    I first saw Nora Zehetner on Heroes, and think she's particularly underrated! It's a real pity she was killed out of the show so early on. Nora is a multi-talented actress, experienced across several film genres. She puts in edgy and believable performances, belying her 'late' entry into acting. Not being a 'stage-school brat' means she portrays her characters honestly and intelligently, rather than being predictable and formulaic. I can't wait to see what she does next!

    For me, Nora is inspirational, having been incredibly gifted at science and maths, and deciding to ditch them to follow a more artistic and creative career. Courageous decision! There aren't many people who, at 18, could reject the 'safe' option – something they are very good at - to take a risk and chase their dream. And I'm happy it paid off for her.

    It was probably an overzealous fan claiming she's in People's 100 Most Beautiful 2007. In any case, being mean about her isn't the solution. So in the interests of fairness, in my '1 Most Beautiful', Nora – with her lovely eyes - wins top prize! So, well done Nora! ;)moreless
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    I've been a fan of Nora Zehetner ever since I saw her on Everwood. I thought she was so uniquely beautiful and talented..I hoped that she would appear in more shows and movies that would appeal to me. Well, she was in Brick which is now one of my favorite movies and she was awesome on Heroes. Looking forward to seeing what she gets involved in next. Nora you're wonderful!!