"When I rode in the 1st ever Kiehl's LifeRide for amfAR, I was expecting a fun ride, and happy to be part of a charitable endeavor. What I found after the ride, and every LifeRide since, was that although the ride was incredibly fun, the education and being part of raising money for the fight for a cure was so much more fulfilling. AIDS is a disease that doesn't make the news as much anymore, but still inflicts a staggering number of people throughout the world. And we are so close to a cure, largely in part because of amfAR. Me riding around this wonderful country as part of a group in order to bring awareness to this cause, is the least I can do to help Kiehl's and amFAR make HIV and AIDS, a disease of the past."
Tricia Helfer is a Canadian model turned actress who has developed her resume beyond the catwalk to include a diverse array of roles, highlighting her versatile and natural screen presence. Best known as the face of the series, and for her Leo award-winning lead performance as the humanoid, Cylon ‘Number Six’ in the critically acclaimed Syfy series, “Battlestar Galactica,” written and produced by Ronald D. Moore, Helfer has gone on to book leading and guest roles on a wide variety of networks.
Most recently, Helfer played the lead of the Syfy channel’s new original miniseries “Ascension.” Created by Smallville’s Phillip Levens and produced by Blumhouse Productions in conjunction with Lionsgate, the series focused on a US Government covert space mission to populate a new world. Helfer played Viondra Denniger, a manipulative and dangerous power broker aboard the Ascension. Up next, Tricia can be seen in the web series, Con Man, which is expected to be released in September 2015.
Born in Donalda, Alberta, Canada, Helfer launched her modeling career at age 17, and erupted into an international superstar after winning the Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World Contest in 1992. Her modeling credits include appearances in high-end ad campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Givenchy, and Dolce & Gabbana as well as covers for national publications such as ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Flare and Vogue.
Helfer eventually turned her focus to acting, moving to Los Angeles and quickly earned a guest star spot on the second season finale of “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation.” She portrayed the legendary Farrah Fawcett in NBC’s film, “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie’s Angels.” She also starred as ‘Stephanie Jacobs’ opposite Dennis Hopper and Billy Zane in the independent feature “Memory,” and later starred alongside LeeLee Sobieski in another independent, “Walk All Over Me,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Helfer has also appeared in USA Network’s hit series, “Burn Notice,” CBS’ award-winning comedy “Two and a Half Men,” Fox’s crime shows “Chuck,” and “Lie to Me.” She also starred in 10 episodes of Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Dark Blue,” starring opposite Dylan McDermott and appeared again at the Toronto International Film Festival in the film, “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” with Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan, and JK Simmons. Recently, Tricia starred in “Authors Anonymous” with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and guest starred in USA’s fan favorite show, “Suits”.
In addition to acting, Helfer continues to support as many causes as she can, as she strongly believes in giving back. Currently, she is working with the Humane Society of United States, Best Friends Animal Society, AmFAR, PETA, Kitten Rescue and Richmond Animal Protection Society.
Tricia, who has dual citizenship in the US and Canada, currently resides in Los Angeles.
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Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR is an annual motorcycle charity ride through major U.S. cities that includes multiple high-profile events at Kiehl’s stores along the way to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds to help amfAR find a cure. At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s will have raised $1.2 million for amfAR. The 6th Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR is a 2,100-mile long journey that begins in Denver, CO on August 3 and ends in San Diego, CA on August 15. Learn more at www.kiehls.com and www.amfar.org.