Since her early years, Storm Reid has been a shining star in Hollywood, impressing the industry with her remarkable talent and charming on-screen persona, solidifying her position as an up-and-coming sensation.
The 18-year-old actress first caught the attention of audiences and critics alike with her stirring portrayal of Emily in the 2013 Academy Award-winning movie 12 Years a Slave, catapulting her into the limelight.
Storm Reid flaunts her legs in a floral tube top, cutoff shorts, yellow sunglasses, and New Balance sneakers at the 2023 REVOLVE Festival on April 15, 2023, in Thermal, California (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
Rising Star: From ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ to ‘Euphoria’
One of her most notable roles came in the form of A Wrinkle in Time, alongside a star-studded cast that included Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling, for which she earned the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Role in a Motion Picture.
Storm’s impressive range and skill were further showcased in her portrayal of Gia Bennett, the younger sister of Zendaya’s character in the HBO hit series Euphoria, following her well-received performances in two episodes of the critically acclaimed Netflix limited series When They See Us, and the film, Don’t Let Go.
Diverse Roles and Continued Success
In 2019, Storm joined the cast of the superhero film The Suicide Squad. The following year, she starred in the critically acclaimed and commercially successful science fiction horror film The Invisible Man while filming the popular teen drama series.
Actress Storm Reid, who made her debut with the television film “A Cross To Bear” in 2012, attends Variety’s 7th annual Power of Youth event at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 27, 2013, in Universal City, California (Credit: Sara De Boer / Startraksphoto)
The talented actress continues to take on diverse roles, including in the action feature One Way, the mystery thriller Missing, and the upcoming supernatural horror film The Nun 2. She has also appeared in the HBO series The Last of Us, further expanding her reach and appeal.
Staying Grounded Amidst Hollywood Success
Despite Storm’s incredible success in Hollywood, it has not gone to her head, as she remains down-to-earth and humble.
Her grounded perspective on stardom and taking up college education at the University of Southern California is a testament to her strong work ethic and determination.
Storm Reid was 14 years old when the movie “A Wrinkle in Time” was released on February 26, 2018 (Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
A Supportive Family Background
However, Storm knows she did not get to where she is today alone. She credits her parents, Rodney and Robyn Reid, for their unwavering support and encouragement throughout her journey.
Read on to discover more about Rodney and Robyn and their pivotal role in nurturing their daughter’s talent and helping her achieve her extraordinary success.
Embracing Her Roots and Family Influence
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 1, 2003, Storm Reid is the daughter of Rodney Reid, a personal trainer, and Robyn Simpson, a prominent stylist and costume designer.
Storm Reid posing with her father, Rodney Reid, her elder brother Josh, and her two elder sisters, Iman and Paris, at the Premiere of Universal Pictures’ “The Invisible Man” at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2020, in Hollywood, California (Credit: Sara De Boer / Startraksphoto)
In addition to Storm, the couple has three other children: a son named Josh and two daughters, Iman and Paris, all older than Storm.
Storm’s African American roots blend her father’s Jamaican and African American descent and her mother’s African American and European American ancestry.
Her mother, Robyn, is a self-assured and accomplished woman who leads a busy life juggling work and family. When not spending quality time with her daughter and family, Robyn is at the gym or engages in various activities.
Storm Reid said that her mom, Robyn Simpson Reid, has always been supportive and has encouraged her to do what makes her happy, even if that means quitting acting (Credit: Sara De Boer / Startraksphoto)
In contrast, very little is publicly known about Rodney. He reportedly remained in Georgia while Storm’s mother relocated to Los Angeles with their daughters.
Although Storm rarely discusses her father in interviews, she has previously credited him for her height, saying, “I had a fear of being too tall because my dad is very tall, and both my sisters are very tall. And they’re drop-dead gorgeous, but I just didn’t know if I, as Storm, wanted to be 6 feet tall, ’cause I feel like that’s pretty tall.”
Storm Reid’s height of 5ft 6 ½ (168.9 cm) is taller than the average for women in the United States, approximately 5 feet 4 inches (162.5 cm). She wears a shoe size 8.5 (US).
In March 2023, Storm Reid flaunted her legs at the Fashion Trust U.S. Awards 2023 in a dazzling silver minidress by Jonathan Simkhai.
Storm Reid, who credits her father for her height, flaunts her legs in a look from Jonathan Simkhai’s spring 2023 runway collection and Christian Louboutin sandals at the Fashion Trust U.S. Awards 2023 at Goya Studios on March 21, 2023, in Los Angeles, California
Her spring 2023 runway collection dress is embellished with sequins, thin straps, and fringes. She styled her dress with silver hoop earrings, a colorful bracelet, and a small gunmetal-colored chrome bag.
Storm Reid showcases her feet and legs wearing the Joli Queen sandals from Christian Louboutin, which flaunt a captivating combination of transparency and crystal embellishment (Credit: Faye’s Vision / Cover Images)
Crafted in Italy from metallic leather, they feature lustrous crystals that provide brilliant sparkle, while the sleek stiletto heel and signature red lacquered sole highlight the statement-making pair.
A Mother’s Sacrifice for Her Daughter’s Dream
Storm’s passion for performing was evident from a young age, and her parents recognized and encouraged her talent.
At age three, she expressed her desire to become a “stuperstar” and appear on TV. Her parents enrolled her in acting lessons at a performing arts school in Atlanta.
As Storm’s interest in acting grew, her mother and sister boldly decided to relocate to Los Angeles from Georgia when she was nine to help her pursue her dream of becoming an actress.
At the age of 9, Storm Reid’s pursuit of an acting career became a feasible option, prompting Rodney and Robyn to relocate their family from Georgia to Los Angeles (Credit: Sara De Boer / Startraksphoto)
Storm felt a deep sense of purpose, saying, “I feel like I was put on this earth to do this. Not be an actress, but to tell stories and inspire people.”
The risk taken by Storm’s mother paid off when the young star landed her first television movie role in 2012’s A Cross to Bear, playing young Erica shortly after the relocation. A momentous achievement set her on the path to success in Hollywood.
Parental Pride and Support
When asked about her parents’ thoughts on her Hollywood career in June 2019, Storm responded to Teen Vogue, saying, “They’re really proud of me. And that feels good.”
Storm shared, “My mom has always said, if I didn’t want to do it [acting] anymore then I could just quit, but I haven’t wanted to. I feel like that’s everyone’s outlook. As long as I’m happy, that’s what matters to them,” revealing the unwavering support and understanding she receives from her family.
Mother-Daughter Duo: Beyond Family Ties
Robyn and Rodney are often present at Storm’s events, but it’s no secret that the young actress and her mother have a close relationship.
Storm frequently shares cheerful dance videos on social media with her mother, Robyn, showcasing their tight bond. Whether they’re killing time on set or hanging out at home, the duo loves to share fun clips of themselves choreographing impressive moves.
But their relationship goes beyond just being family members. Storm and Robyn are also business partners in their production company, A Seed & Wings Productions, and the young actress have aspirations to direct and produce in the future.
Storm Reid and her mother, Robyn Simpson Reid, attend the Los Angeles Premiere Of “CREED III” at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 27, 2023, in Hollywood, California (Credit: PAPIX / INSTARimages)
Storm’s broader mission as an actress, producer, and storyteller includes exciting and uplifting initiatives such as animation, movies, and television that reflect real-world issues.
Speaking about her mother’s influence on her career, Storm wrote in Bustle, “My mom is also my business partner. She’s guided me through all the opportunities I’ve been afforded in my career. We have conversations about our production company, how to look at a contract, and how to work with my accountants, attorneys, and management team.”
Instilling Values and Making a Difference
Storm shared in the same Bustle article how her mother instilled admirable principles and traits in her, and one of these is courage, which she cherishes.
According to Storm, “One of the most valuable qualities she’s instilled in me is the courage to be unapologetically myself. I don’t let anyone make me feel small. I don’t let anyone tell me I don’t belong in certain spaces.”
Storm Reid flaunts her legs in an edgy Jonathan Simkhai dress in cognac leather and animal print sandals at the 2023 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 9, 2023, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: Faye’s Vision / Cover Images)
Activism and Using Her Platform
The budding star also shared her views on using her platform to lift people, saying, “I’m not really comfortable yet calling myself an activist, so I like calling myself an active-learner, active-thinker, active-listener. I try to use my platform to lift people up. I don’t think we all necessarily have to have the same opinion, but I don’t want to waste the opportunity to share mine.”
During an episode of Steve Harvey’s Facebook Watch show, STEVE on Watch, in 2020, Storm spoke about the tragic case of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman shot and killed by Louisville police.
She said, “When I look at Breonna Taylor, I see my mom. I see my aunt. I see my sisters. Those are people that I genuinely, deeply care about that could lose their life just for being a Black woman or a Black man, and that is something that I feel like we all have to come to terms with, but it’s not fair. And we have to try to continue to make steps to combat that ignorance and that intolerance and that injustice that we face.”
At the ‘Creed III’ premiere in Los Angeles on February 27th, 2023, Storm Reid wore a Prada outfit consisting of a black cropped kid mohair jacket paired with black kid mohair trousers and a black embroidered mesh top (Credit: PAPIX / INSTARimages)
Storm also took to her Instagram in June 2020 to share a picture of Breonna Taylor, writing, “We must go harder for Breonna. Her name is no longer trending. But meanwhile, her murderers go about their everyday lives without any substantial consequences. They ALL need to be fired, arrested, and convicted. We want justice, and we have to continue to say her name.”
Giving Back and Building Dreams
In a heartwarming Instagram post, Storm shared several photos of herself, her mother, and their realtor, Ikem Chukumerije, smiling in the home the actress built for Robyn in August 2022.
Storm expressed her gratitude and excitement for this milestone moment, writing, “Had visions of my mom sayin’, ‘Wait, this house mine?’ Yep. Sho isssssssssss. We closed on our house today!!! I can’t quite process or express how I’m feeling but I’m so grateful.”
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She reflected on the importance of hard work and said, “Days like today remind me that what is meant for you won’t miss you. Hard work pays off. My efforts will not be in vain. I love you forever and ever, mommy. We done built a house, lmao. Crazy. Thank you, @milliondollarliving, for helping us through this process and being there every step of the way. GOD DID IT!”