"Wendy Braun is breathtaking in person. Tall, graceful, beautiful and genuinely nice. She's the kind of person you hope will dethrone the haughty exclusive ones at the top, but clearly it's the last thing on her mind. She just enjoys working. And work she is getting."
----- Buzzine Magazine
With an engaging on-screen presence, Wendy Braun's career has spanned over a decade of playing dieverse roles in film and television. She has been directed by Hollywood's best, including Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman and Will Smith.
David Twohy cast Wendy off her audition tape to appear opposite Timothy Olyphant in the feature film, A Perfect Getaway. John Whitesell noticed Wendy's genuine gift for comedy, and cast her alongside Martin Lawrence as the enthusiastic yet wacky Coach Bonnie in Big Momma’s House 2. Will Smith selected her for his sitcom directorial debut episode of All Of Us. Armand Mastroianni changed a male role to female and offered it to Wendy to play Vincent Spano’s athletic and witty FBI partner, Stephanie Benson, for the mini-series Pandemic. America Fererra cast Wendy in her directorial debut, Parental Guidance, after simply watching her reel.
The busy actress became a fan favorite as the officious hospital administrator, Iris Sneed, on General Hospital. Her character was quickly added as a contract player on the GH spinoff, Night Shift. Wendy's long list of television appearances includes recent guest star roles on Harry's Law (NBC), The Mentalist (CBS), Bent (NBC) , Criminal Minds(CBS), BONES (FOX), Navy NCIS (CBS), and as Michael Hitchcock's wife on Men Of A Certain Age (TNT). She appeared opposite Samantha Mathis in the Movie of the Week, A Stranger's Heart, and shines opposite Zach Levi in the indie hit feature, Shades of Ray. She also stars in Rx, which was nominated for Best Drama Pilot at the New York Television Festival.
From the idyllic suburb of Northbrook, Illinois, made famous as the setting in many beloved John Hughes films, Braun began acting at age 12 as The Scarecrow in The Wiz. She continued performing in plays and musicals in high school including Kiss Me Kate, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! Her mother was the famed Miss Beverly, host of the children's classic television show Romper Room, and her father was a Navy pilot. She continued performing at Indiana University, where she directed, choreographed and performed in the campus-wide talent competition, I.U. Sing, and went on to lead 75 women from her sorority, Chi-Omega, to a first place victory, two years in a row. She graduated college a semester early to pursue acting.
COMMERCIAL SUCCESS & INDIE FILMS
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Wendy became a recognizable face, starring in several national commercials, booking 19 different spots in one year.. She was then hired to appear in a 26-spot national commercial campaign for Mervyn's, which showcased her unique comedic ability, improv talent and personal charisma. A standout in these spots, Wendy quickly won more roles in film and television, including guest appearances on Still Standing, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, Strong Medicine and many others. Wendy also starred in several award-winning film festival hits, including Jason Reitman's In God We Trust. Ivan Reitman saw her performance in this film and another hit at Sundance and cast her in Evolution with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore. Soon after she played Cole Hause'rs put-together publicist in Mel Gibson’s Paparazzi.
DANCING, CANNES AND COMEDY, OH MY!
A trained professional dancer, Wendy's first job in Los Angeles was choreographing and dancing in Faith Hill's video, Hey Baby, Let's Go To Vegas and was also featured in the Coen Brothers' film The Big Lebowski. Wendy then performed in Monte Carlo with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, and Barry White. There she won over one of her biggest fans, Prince Albert of Monaco. A few years later, he escorted her to The Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of her starring role in the award-winning independent feature film, Backgammon. Little did she know the other lead actor, Josh Cox, would (years later) become her husband. Braun has returned to the Chicago stage to star in The Vagina Monologues, as well as perform stand-up comedy at select national venues, including Zanie’s in Chicago, and Los Angeles’ prestigious The Improv and The Comedy Store.
THOUSANDS OF VOICE-OVERSTHOUSANDS OF VOICE-OVERS
In between film and television work, Wendy has also become a highly sought after talent for her voice-over work. Known for her distinct voice and comedic timing, she has recorded thousands of voice-overs over the years.. Recent spots include Carnation Instant Breakfast, Nordstrom Rack, Sea World, Vons, In-N-Out, Wells Fargo, Busch Gardens, and many others. She has voiced promos daily for ELLEN: The Ellen Degeneres Show, Baby Style TV and HGTV and continues her tenth year as the signature promo voice of Los Angeles' PBS station, KCET.
A FITNESS & CHARITY ENTHUSIAST
A fitness enthusiast and triathlete, Wendy completed the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, where she won top medals two years in a row (Female Individual Celebrity Division), while helping to raise money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Wendy championed this cause back at Indiana University where she was part of the founding committee of the I.U. Dance Marathon, an event that has since raised millions for pediatric aids.
INSPIRING OTHER ACTORS
Wendy's other passion has been to inspire and empower other actors. In addition to being a workshop leader, panel expert and guest column writer for several actor publications, she founded ActorInspiration.com. She has helped actors from LA to NY and London to Australia turn audition anxiety into positive energy and book jobs through the use of her guided meditation CD, Creating Powerful Auditions. And she donates a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Wendy is now also a proud wife and mother.. She gave birth to her first son, Blake, (9 lbs, 4 oz), in 2008,, and her second son Decklan (10 lbs, 12 oz) in 2011. She currently lives in Los Angeles, with her husband, actor Josh Cox, whom she met on a film set, 10 years before their first date.
"Life has a wonderful way of working out, just not necessarily in the order that you may plan. " ~Wendy Braun