Italia Ricci stars as Emily Rhodes, Secretary Tom Kirkman's chief of staff, on Designated Survivor. Most recently, the Ontario native Ricci had a recurring role on the CBS series Supergirl, playing villain Siobhan Smythe – otherwise known as Silver Banshee. Ricci starred on ABC Family's Chasing Life where she played the lead role of April, a twenty-something smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist, who is trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper by trying to impress her hard-nosed editor.
Ricci's additional television roles include guest-starring on CSI: Las Vegas, House, Greek and How I Met Your Mother. She has also appeared as Chase Ravenwood on Disney XD's original series Aaron Stone, Sasha on the Comedy Central series Secret Girlfriend and as Maggie on the hit Cartoon Network live-action series Unnatural History.
Ricci's film credits include playing Samantha in the college comedy Resident Advisor. In 2014 she played an early love interest for title character Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the fall comedy feature Don Jon, and was seen in the lead role of Allison in the 2014 Sony thriller The Remaining, a film that follows a group of friends trying to survive the end of the world according to the Bible, written and directed by Casey La Scala.
Ricci's first film role happened when a friend asked her to be an extra with him on the movie American Pie Presents: Naked Mile. It was during the filming of Naked Mile that Ricci was noticed which led her being cast in the next "American Pie" movie, entitled American Pie Presents: Beta House.
Ricci began her career in entertainment at the age of nine, performing in numerous local theatre productions in her native Ontario, Canada.
Ricci is involved with the non profits Stand Up To Cancer, where she serves as an ambassador, and she volunteers with American Cancer Society (ACS), Children's Hospital L.A. (CHLA), and Stupid Cancer.
Ricci currently resides in Los Angeles.