Happy Happy Birthday to The Originals Leah Pipes!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // August 12, 2014

Leah Pipes, Camille O'Connell, Cami, The Originals

A very Happy 26th Happy Birthday to the beautiful Leah Pipes of The Originals!

Leah Pipes, who plays Camille “Cami” O’Connell on The Originals, is only 26 years old, but she’s already spent half of her life in front of the cameras. Born and raised in the land of make believe, Los Angeles, California, she started her acting career at 13 and has been busy ever since!

In addition to The Originals, she also starred as Katie Clark in “Life is Wild” in 2008, Jessica in the slasher film “Sorority Row” in 2009, a recurring role as Jody in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” in 2008, and as Samantha Jacobs in the original movie “Pixel Perfect” for the Disney Channel. Her first role was as the uncredited role of “daughter” on “Angel” starring David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter.

Other TV shows and films she’s appeared in includes “Lost at Home,” “Fingerprints,” “Drake & Josh,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “The Defenders,” “Musical Chairs,” “Odd Girl Out,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Clubhouse,” “Bones” (with David Boreanaz), “Ghost Whisperer,” “Glee,” and of course “The Vampire Diaries.” She also starred with Mischa Barton and Ryan Eggold in “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” and stars as Sarah in the film “Where the Devil Hides” with Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, and Adelaide Kane.

With all those roles it’s hard to believe that Leah has time for a personal life away from the cameras, but in January, 2014, she announced her engagement to musician A.J. Trauth. The two have been dating since 2011.

The romantic event included A.J., 27, getting down on one knee on Christmas day and presenting her with a princess-cut diamond set in a platinum band.

Leah on A.J.’s proposal

There was a wrapped ring box under the tree… [and] it was empty. He’d been holding the ring behind his back and asked me to marry him. It was the best moment of my life!

The ring

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According to Leah, she and A.J. have known each other for years, since they were teenagers. They both grew up in the business and almost starred together in the first movie she did. At first their relationship was platonic, but in 2011 it took a turn for the romantic.

I’m so glad we spent years getting to know each other before dating. He’s my best friend.

I’m hoping to get married in the same church my parents were married. Some friends and family are pushing for a destination wedding in Hawaii, which also sounds very fun!

Leah singing in “Pixel Perfect”

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