Role Heather, Y&R
BIRTHDATE: January 1
BIRTHPLACE: Washington, D.C.
STAR SIGN: Capricorn
YEARS ON SHOW: 2010-present
MARITAL STATUS: Wed Andrew Miller on September 30, 2007
CHILDREN: Pregnant with Miller's son
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in a Virginia suburb, Eden Riegel began acting at the tender age of 7, joining a 26-city tour of Les Misérables, playing Young Cosette. After the tour, Riegel took on the same role on Broadway.
After many years in Manhattan filled with commercials, TV and a few movies, she applied to college. She joined the student body at Harvard, but not before filming a small role for the movie American Pie (1999). At Harvard, Riegel developed a love of politics, which led her to an internship at the White House under President Clinton at the end of her sophomore year. That same summer, she landed the role of Bianca on AMC. She took a break from Harvard (although she does want to finish her degree someday), and packed her bags for Pine Valley.
This role gave Riegel not only the daunting task of acting as the daughter of megastar Susan Lucci (Erica), but also the responsibility of portraying the first gay contract character on an American soap. Riegel is personally attached to this storyline, as her older sister Tatiana is a lesbian. Receiving letters from gay fans who have found strength in Bianca’s story is heartwarming, says Riegel. “I’m very touched by it,” she notes. “It’s amazing to me that we can actually reach out to people in that way.”
In 2005, after Bianca was reunited with her daughter, Miranda, Riegel left AMC to move to Los Angeles and pursue other acting ventures. After three brief returns to AMC that May and December and May 2006, Riegel returned as a contract player in October 2006.
Riegel’s Bianca embarked on a new journey, befriending Zarf/Zoe, AMC’s transgender character — thereby entering yet another groundbreaking storyline. Bianca and Zoe left Pine Valley together in the spring of 2007. Even though she was taping in New York, Riegel split her time by also living in Los Angeles.
In October 2008 Riegel reprised her role as Bianca, showing up in Pine Valley just in time to give birth to her second child Gabrielle. Riegel’s returned was brief, and she once again exited the show in April 2009. Early 2010 brought discussions of another return, but talks fell through and Riegel decided to head to YOUNG AND RESTLESS as Heather Stevens, replacing Vail Bloom.
- Attended New York's Professional Children's School with Macaulay Culkin and Christina Ricci.
- Was a part of American daytime's first lesbian kiss.
- When Riegel's Bianca first reappeared on AMC in 2000, fans suspected she would have a romance with Leo duPres (then-Josh Duhamel).
- Back in her Harvard days, Riegel dreamed of being a lawyer.
- Riegel is a huge fan of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs.