full name Edita Galina Mikhaleva stage name Edie Michaels date of birth September 30, 1988 hometown + current residence Pittsburgh + New York City occupation actress relationship status Single personality libra + ESTP + type 7 lines

I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.

- Anais Nin
 Edie Michaels (born Edita Galina Mikhaleva on September 30, 1988) is a Russian-American actress from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Michaels is best known for her Oscar nominated role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in the crime drama American Hustle. Michaels has also recieved critical acclaim for her work in indie films End of Watch, Faults and Ex Machina.

Early Life  Brinke was born and raised in Cape May, New Jersey, the youngest of two daughters born to a county police detective and a local business owner. In 1973, her mother, Missy Brinke (nee Lazlo), won first place in the annual Miss Cape May County youth beauty pageant. In 1994, Brinke's older sister received second runner up in the event. Despite being a family tradition, Brinke never chose to participate in the pageant herself. "I never saw myself as being a pageant kind of girl. Growing up, I always felt like my mom and my sister were the pretty ones, and I was the comedic relief. I'm not trying to sling some sob story about how I was an ugly duckling as a kid. I hate when beautiful women try to play that card. It's so f---ing disingenuous. All I'm saying is that I was never able to quite see myself in that light, not back then. I couldn't picture myself as a viable part of that whole beauty pageant scene. In my mind, [my mom and my sister] made perfect sense in that world. I didn't. I belonged somewhere else. Funnily enough, I ended up finding my 'somewhere else' through modeling. How's that for irony?"

Career  Her junior year of high school, Brinke was scouted by a modeling agent while shopping for prom dresses at the King of Prussia mall in Pennsylvania. She claims that her success as a teen model had nothing to do with her looks, instead citing "towering height" as her primary selling point. Early in her career she modeled for several popular catalog brands, including dELIA*s, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, and Aeropostale, eventually moving on to print ads, television commercials, magazine editorials, and eventually runway work in Milan, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. It is during this time that Brinke began to work under the name Charlie Brinke, after a New York City modeling agent suggested that the childhood nickname would suit her better than the "matronly" Charlotte.

 In 2000, Brinke made her television debut on Judd Apatow's short-lived comedy series Freaks and Geeks. In 2001, she made her film debut as a love interest in the baseball-themed romantic comedy Summer Catch. She followed this debut up with several supporting roles in indie dramas, including an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel The Rules of Attraction, and the gritty biopic Wonderland, in which she played the teenage girlfriend of porn star John Holmes.

 Brinke's big breakthrough came in 2005, after she landed the dual role of identical twins Wendy and Goldie in a highly anticipated film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City. Said Brinke: "Working on Sin City was like drama school and the college experience, all rolled into one. I never got the chance to do either of those things in my youth, but once I was on set for Sin City, that more than made up for anything I might've missed out on. From a social standpoint, at least. I met a lot of important people, I worked with a lot of really talented individuals, I grew up a whole heck of a lot. That movie changed my life."

 On December 5, 2014, Brinke was cast in the thirteen-episode Marvel Television series Jessica Jones, set to premiere on Netflix in 2015. She will star as Jessica Jones, a former superhero suffering from PTSD who opens her own detective agency in New York City following the tragic events of a brief career in caped crimefighting.

Personal Life  In 2005, while preparing to begin work on Sin City, Brinke was introduced to costar Alec Moran at a celebratory pre-production dinner held for members of the cast and crew. The two were soon engaged in an intense relationship and their romance was a favorite among tabloid readers and paparazzi alike. Coverage of their relationship was at an all time high for the couple during the promotional period for Sin City, and it was while walking the red carpet together at the premiere that the couple revealed they had been married several months prior, shortly after filming on the project had wrapped. Brinke and Moran both spoke openly about their relationship with press and fans alike, frequently singing the other's praises and commenting on their happiness together. In 2006, Brinke stated that her interest in acting had taken a backseat to her relationship with Moran, hinting that the couple was hoping to start a family in the near future. The couple was often photographed out and about together in New York City, where they shared a home while Brinke was on location filming the series Kitchen Confidential.

 In 2008, Brinke was hospitalized after collapsing on the set of The Spirit, a role that reunited her with Sin City writer Frank Miller. A statement released by her publicist stated that Brinke had only been suffering from exhaustion, refusing to comment further on the matter. Later that year, Brinke and Moran filed for divorce citing "irreconciliable differences". Despite intense media scrutiny and fan curiosity, neither one has ever deigned to comment on their split, though it is widely believed that her habit of prescription pill and other substance abuse was a major contributing factor in her health issues as well as the subsequent divorce. In 2009, Brinke checked herself into a rehab facility in Northern California, once again citing exhaustion and substance abuse as her primary stressors.

 Since her return to acting in 2011, Brinke has not spoken publicly about her marriage to Moran, or on her struggle with substance abuse. However, when questioned about her ex-husband while promoting 2014's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, in which she reprised her roles as twins Wendy and Goldie, Brinke did state that their split had been a mutual, if not immensely difficult, decision. "[Alec] will always be one of the most important people in my life, no matter what. You can't just erase a person from your history when things don't work out the way you thought they would. And even if I could do that, I wouldn't want to. He is, without a doubt, one of the best people I've ever known. All of that doesn't just disappear into thin air simply because we're no longer together."
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