Noot Seear lived all over the world and traveled extensively as a fashion model before gaining recognition for a short yet notorious role in one of the most successful films of 2009. The Canadian actress scorched the screen as the sultry and statuesque vampire Heidi in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," her first Hollywood movie project. Born Renata Seear on Oct. 5, 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the future star also lived in Barbados, Guyana and New Zealand. She began modeling at the age of 13 after a talent scout discovered her at a shopping mall, and moved to New York a year later. As a teen, Seear was a highly sought-after model, landing ad campaigns with major fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani and Chanel, while also walking the runway during New York Fashion Week for designers like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. In 2001, the Canadian snowboard company Endeavor released a "Noot Seear" board that had the model's image printed on it.
Seear retired from modeling soon after she discovered her love for acting. After minor appearances on the Canadian crime/drama "Cold Squad" (CTV, 1998-2005) and the short-lived series "Whistler" (CTV, 2006-07), she quickly graduated to the Hollywood big leagues after auditioning for a role in "New Moon," the sequel to the blockbuster romance/fantasy film "Twilight" (2008); a film that turned newcomers Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart into international superstars. Seear was cast as the seductively evil Heidi, a vampire who lures unsuspecting tourists - both adults and children - into an underground lair where a clan of powerful and bloodthirsty vampires, the Volturi, awaited them. Her character also had a flirtatious relationship with the vampire Demetri (Charlie Bewley). Even with its dark plot and suggested violence - a far cry from the high school love story that its predecessor "Twilight" focused on - "New Moon" surpassed all commercial expectations and grossed an estimated $274.9 million worldwide its opening weekend.