Celeste Thorson was born in Orange County, California. and raised throughout New Mexico, Texas & California by her mother, a fine artist and father, a US Marine. Ethnically she is of Korean, Scottish Irish, Lebanese, Apache American Indian, and Spanish descent. She began acting as a child in live community theater in New Mexico, but didn’t pursue it professionally until her 20’s. She is best known as the daredevil star of Destination X and for her comedic appearance on How I Met Your Mother.
As a young teen, she volunteered at a WNMU lab where she taught computer literacy, worked as a camp counselor at a water sports camp and apprenticed large format painters in Santa Fe, NM. She decided to graduate high school early and attend the historic Instituto Allende, a classical art institute her mother, and grandmother attended in the international art colony of San Miguel De Allende Guanajuato, Mexico. At the age of 17, she returned to the US and moved to Los Angeles where she started her work as an activist for non-profits like Sierra Club, GreenPeace, HRC, Calpirg and Save the Children.
Shortly before her 20th birthday she signed with CESD Talent Agency (us) as a print model and commercial talent. Two months later she joined the Screen Actors Guild through a few national commercials. She was then cast by Jonas Akerlund in the Rolling Stones music video Rain Fall Down.
She went on to star in the adventure television series Destination X: Hawaii. She filmed the first season in Hawaii where she showed off her action skills when she sky dived, swam with sharks, rappelled off cliffs and did her own stunts. Her natural talent earned her credit as a writer in 11 episodes during season one. She also wrote 1 episode in season two, where she flew a fighter jet, raced luxury cars and hit the slopes for Destination X: California. She continued to write for television with 13 episodes of the music related series, The Industry.
Her action star persona landed her the dramatic lead role in Room Nine. She starred as a girl on the run who set her truck on fire with a huge explosion then laid a trap for her hit man. She received several Best Actress nominations for that film. She won Best Female Talent representing the United States when her work was recognized at the AMF Awards in Seoul, Korea.
She booked a comedic role when her sketch comedy impressed the execs at Jimmy Kimmel Live. She then joined Neil Patrick Harris when she played Lisa in How I Met Your Mother. She appeared as Rocker Jill in the feature film Satin which starred Melissa Joan Hart. Her comedic background led her to write the dark comedy Hit Girls, a short film about three Hollywood starlets. She also produced and directed the short in Los Angeles, CA.
She has continued to pursue a career as a writer, producer, and director with her latest project Yogaphiles, an episodic sitcom about an eclectic group of yoga students who attend classes at a L.A. studio.
Cedric Yarbrough Social Links
Celebrities attend 16th Annual Shane’s Inspiration Gala. Shane’s Inspiration builds playground parks equipped especially for people with disability challenges. Celebrities Who Give host Erin Mooney interviews the Master of Ceremonies & honoree Andy Garcia, Honoree Georgianna Kelman, Kent & Karen Shocknek, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner & Leigh Koechner, Mena Suvari, Lia McHugh, Jamie Brewer, Cedric Yarbrough, Celeste Thorson, Madison McLaughlin & Mason Cook.