Her great Aunt Fely Franquelli graced the silver screen in the 1940's with acting legends such as John Wayne (Back to Bataan), Margaret Sullivan, (Cry Havoc), and Anthony Quinn, (Back to Bataan).
Reena comes from an Irish, Italian, and Filipino descent.
Born and raised in Los Angeles by her single mother, Reena learned at a very young age the value of hard work, persistence and that having a vision could help one rise above the challenges.
As a child actress, Reena trained early on with the famed and legendary Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler Acting Studios.
Reena has been seen in roles appearing on hit television shows such as "Married With Children," "7th Heaven," "Clueless," "Beverly Hills 90210,” and “iCarly”. She would later land several national commercial such as Snapple, McDonalds, Coca Cola, Sprint, Samsung and her latest commercial for Baskin Robbins. Reena has been seen working with top industry professionals such as James Franco, Emma Roberts, and Dolph Lundgren (to name a few).
Reena not only values her education in the Arts, but she also received her BA in Communication Studies from California State University of Northridge in May 2011.
In 2014 Reena played the Hero Girl in the commercial advertisement for Nike Swim. She has also modeled for sports campaigns for ASICS. In March 2014, she worked with the London born director, Adam Powell, on a Baskin Robbins commercial. In April 2014, Reena was featured on a two page spread in Felix Magazine for her work as an actress. In June 2014, she was the recipient of the Young Ambassador of Goodwill Award for her achievements in the media and philanthropic work for the Los Angeles Community and the Philippines. This year you will catch Reena working alongside Norman Reedus in an indie film directed by Patrick Hoelck.
Reena's ideology closely follows Abe Maslow's self-actualization ladder towards maximizing her talents and potential. She looks up to Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie Mulligan and Emma Stone. Reena looks forward to working with many more talented individuals.
Reena is currently taking self- defense and fight choreography training for upcoming film projects in 2015. Reena resides in Los Angeles where she is writing, directing, contributing to charities and enjoying the good company of her friends.
(Left) Fely Franquelli next to Anthony Quinn in "Back to Bataan"
(Above) Her Great Grand Aunt Fely Franquelli in "Back to Bataan."
Reena at the Lee Strasberg Institute playing Juliet in the play All Around The World with Shakespeare.
On the set of "iCarly" with Patricia and Jerry.
In 2007, Reena contended in The Miss Teen Asia-USA and came in as 2nd runner up and was awarded the honor and title of Miss Photogenic.
Reena and singer Aaliyah filming the music video "Journey to the Past" for the Oscar nominated movie “Anastasia.”