The Vancouver Sun
Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Vancouver Sun

LA was right move for Vancouver’s Tanja
By Lynne McNamara

Vancouver actress Tanja Reichert relocated to Los Angeles a few years ago, and it was a great move. Early in her career in our city, she nabbed a lead role in Fox Family’s Don’t Look Behind You, starring Patrick Duffy and Pam Dawber, then won guest-starring roles on Poltergeist: The Legacy on The Immortal, with Lorenzo Lamas, on the Space Network’s sci fi series First Wave and on The Chris Isaak Show.

She also had a role in Universal’s Vancouver-shot movie Head Over Heels as Freddie Prinze Jr.’s undercover FBI partner and in Miramax/ Disney’s horror spoof cult hit, Scary Movie with the Wayan brothers.

Her big break in television came with her role as Karen Petrusky, a series regular on the series, Relic Hunter, opposite Tia Carrerre.

Since then, there have been roles in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde as Reese Witherspoon’s Delta-Nu sister, and as Chef Kelly in the Broken Lizard’s Club Dread.

She’s also on the big screen this fall appearing in Kiss, Kiss,  Bang, Bang with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer and has just wrapped a part in the new Adam Sandler comedy, Click, and filmed Bottom’s Up with Paris Hilton earlier this year.

And tomorrow night you can see her in a guest role in Desperate Housewives playing opposite Eva Longoria.

She plays Gabrielle’s New York model friend who comes to visit Wisteria Lane.

“Gabrielle is just going through some personal dilemmas. She’s questioning: she a desperate housewife, what is she? So, she invites some of her friends from New York City to just kind of prove to herself that she’s still on her game and that she’s not become one of them – a desperate housewife. All of the rest of the characters and families and problems, she always felt like she was different from them. I think that she’s trying to prove that she’s not becoming one of them, that she’s still a model, that she’s still in the fashion world.”

Working with Longoria was a breeze, says Reichert.

“She’s really sweet and gorgeous. It was the most fun I’ve had on set in a long time.”

You might see Reichert on the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb over the next few weeks – she’s a snowboarding freak and comes back home as often as she can to indulge in her passion.

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