by Holly Haber
Turning the tender age of 25 recently, Nikki Reed is working to add “novelist” and “beekeeper” to a résumé that already includes actor, screenwriter, producer, singer-songwriter and jewelry designer.
“I’ve been trying to do it all,” Reed said during an appearance last month at the Seven For All Mankind store in Dallas. “I’ve discovered on this journey in the entertainment industry that, especially as a girl, woman…it’s really important to try to create your own opportunities. There’s a lot of no’s, not right now or you’re not good enough, and it’s really important to take that and find it empowering somehow and try to do something else.”
Reed greeted over 100 guests at Seven For All Mankind’s NorthPark Center store to promote the five-piece jewelry collection she created for the brand. The pieces are personal, like the honeycombed Humility pendant inspired by her brother, Nathan, who introduced her to the idea of bee farming. “My brother and I have matching tattoos on our arms,” she explained, twisting her forearm to reveal a ghostly white inscription. “It says ‘Humility is strength,’ in Portuguese and Italian because my genius brother taught English in both Italy and Brazil.”
Reed’s first venture into fashion jewelry began last year with Mattlin Era, the hammered metal baubles she created for Glamboutique.com. “Mattlin” references the maiden name of her grandmother, Laurie Morgenstern, a ceramic artist whose work inspired some of the pieces, as well as her great-grandmother, Fayette Mattlin, a Los Angeles fine jewelry designer.
“I only have one piece from her but it all trickled down because growing up I watched all of the glamorous women in my life wearing Fayette’s jewelry,” Reed noted. “I love jewelry, and the idea of having something you’ve created become tangible is really exciting.”
Dallas was the last stop on Reed’s three-city tour for Seven For All Mankind, and she was headed back to Los Angeles to begin filming “Murder of a Cat” with Fran Kranz, Greg Kinnear and Blythe Danner.
“It’s really a departure from anything I’ve done before character-wise,” Reed said. “It’s kind of a comedy and it’s very offbeat, quirky. Fran is sort of my love interest.…We set off to find the killer of our cat that we shared but we didn’t know we shared.”