Tamara Mello

Actor
A petite, spunky, tousle-haired California girl best known for her role as activist and outcast Lily on "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001), actress Tamara Mello got her start in the early 1990s, racking up independent film ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Clean (Nightfire Films) 2014 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

Scream at the Sound of the Beep 2014 (Movie)

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The Mentalist 2013 (Tv Show)

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Worst Week 2008 (Tv Show)

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Psych 2007 (Tv Show)

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JAG 2004 (Tv Show)

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Strong Medicine 2004 (Tv Show)

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What I Like About You 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Boy Meets World 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Popular 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Spanish Judges 2001 (Movie)

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The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

Maribel Naranjo (Actor)

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Overnight Delivery 1999 (Movie)

Marita (Actor)

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

Chandler (Actor)

Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Rave 1998 (Movie)

Nette (Actor)

Get a Job 1997 (Movie)

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Infidelity 1997 (Movie)

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The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

Consuela (Actor)

Without a Map 1997 (Movie)

Greta (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Brady Bunch Movie 1995 (Movie)

Stacy (Actor)

...And God Spoke 1994 (Movie)

Dial S Woman (Actor)

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

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Biography

A petite, spunky, tousle-haired California girl best known for her role as activist and outcast Lily on "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001), actress Tamara Mello got her start in the early 1990s, racking up independent film credits before landing on the aptly-named teen comedy-drama. Mello got her start in the mockumentary "...And God Spoke" in 1993, and the following year acted in an episode of the CBS drama "Sweet Justice". 1995 saw her take a small supporting role in the hit spoof "The Brady Bunch Movie", and in 1997 she was featured in the less successful comedy "The Beautician and the Beast".

Mello began making frequent appearances on television in the mid-90s, guesting on episodes of "7th Heaven" (The WB) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC) in 1996 and 1997, respectively. From 1997-1998 she had a regular role on the critically acclaimed ABC drama "Nothing Sacred". A provocative and somewhat controversial series about a renegade priest (Kevin Anderson), "Nothing Sacred" featured Mello as a receptionist in a Catholic church who deals with the emotional and spiritual fallout of an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent abortion. The series met an early demise despite its quality, and it was back to guest work for Mello, including a 1999 episode of "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane", a New York-set teen sitcom on The WB.

1999 would turn out to be a banner year for Mello, who followed up forgettable roles in the direct-to-video releases "Infidelity" and "Overnight Delivery" (both 1998) with a supporting turn in the hit teen feature "She's All That" (1999). Playing Chandler Locklear, a stealthily sharp-tongued in-crowd member loyal to Uber-popular villainess Taylor (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), Mello was surprisingly convincing as a catty high school student. She took a rather different role in "Popular" later that year, playing Lily Esposito, a tireless activist and one of the more outgoing and fearless members of the out-crowd. Down-to-earth and charming, with an energy more inspiring than annoying, Lily was an asset to the series due to Mello's skilled portrayal.

While "Popular" won a fiercely loyal audience and numerous accolades from various organizations advocating responsible programming, Mello continued to pursue film work in her free time, portraying the quirky Mars Girl in the independent comedy "Spanish Judges" (2000) and taking a supporting role in 2001's "Tortilla Soup", a Los Angeles-set Mexican-American remake of Ang Lee's "Eat Drink Man Woman".

Milestones

2001

Featured in "Tortilla Soup", a Los Angeles-set remake of Ang Lee's "Eat Drink Man Woman"

2000

Acted in the thriller "Spanish Judges", playing a wacky character aptly named Mars Girl

1999

Guest starred on The WB's "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane"

1999

Had a supporting role as a high schooler who is less than entusiastic in welcoming outcast Laney (Rachael Lynn Cook) into her popular fold in "She's All That"

1998

Featured in the direct-to-video releases "Infidelity" and "Overnight Delivery"

1997

Appeared in the feature "The Beautician and the Beast"

1997

Acted in an episode of "Boy Meets World"

1997

Featured in the independent romantic comedy "Without a Map"

1996

Had a guest role on "7th Heaven" (The WB)

1995

Was featured in "The Brady Bunch Movie"

1994

Guest starred on an episode of "Sweet Justice" (CBS)

1993

Had a small role in the mockumentary "...And God Spoke" (released in the USA in 1994)

Born and raised in Southern California

Played activist and outcast Lily on "Popular", a topical teen comedy-drama series on The WB

Was a regular on the critically acclaimed, short-lived ABC drama "Nothing Sacred"

Spotted by talent agent while appearing in "Agnes of God" with the Vanguard Theater Group

Bonus Trivia

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Tamara Mello on her role in "She's All That": "I got to be really nasty, which I'm generally not in my own life. It was fun to be given license to do that and feel no guilt--it was my job. It's great to say exactly what's on your mind, even if it's not really your mind but that of your character." --quoted in Interview, March 1999.

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