Rebecca Gayheart (born August 12, 1971) is an American television and film actress. Gayheart was born in Hazard, Kentucky and raised in Pine Top, Kentucky, the daughter of Floneva (ne Slone), who worked as a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant, and Curtis Gayheart, a miner and coal truck driver. She is of Irish, Italian, and German descent. She moved to New York City at the age of 15 where she completed her education at New York's Professional Children's School and the Lee Strasberg Institute. In her first film role, Gayheart appeared in Brett Ratner's New York University (NYU) short film Whatever Happened to Mason Reese? (1990) starring Mason Reese. She also appeared in the Ratner-directed music video 'Nuttin' But Love' performed by Heavy D and the Boyz. Gayheart's break into the television industry was a series of television commercials for Noxzema in the early 1990s, earning her the moniker 'The Noxzema Girl'.
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