We have watched Kirsten Storms on our screens from her early years as a Disney child star to the present day. Some of her most notable roles include Zenon Kar in the Zenon trilogy film series, the soap opera Days of Our Lives, and ABC General Hospital. She also lent her voice as a voice actress to the cartoon character Bonnie Rockwaller in Kim Possible. Here you will find everything you need to know about Kirsten Storms.
Kirsten Storms Bio
Kirsten Storms was born on April 8, 1984, in Orlando, Florida, the daughter of Karen Storms and CBS sports reporter Mike Storms. Her siblings include her brother Austin, her younger sister Gretchen and a stepbrother named Gretchen.
At the young age of 4, Storms aspired to become an actress one day, more precisely a soap opera actress. She managed to convince her father to let her go to an acting school. At the age of 5, Storms was discovered by an agent and began to hone her skills at a children’s acting camp in the Catskills, New York.
Like most child actors, Storm started with commercials, shooting her first play for the Galoob Baby Doll. By the age of 11, Storm had begun her professional acting career. She made her debut with a recurring role as Ashley in Second Noah. A very promising prospect, Storm moved with her family to the heart of the film industry in a very short time – to Los Angeles, California.
In LA, Storm’s career experienced such a rapid rise. She had a recurring role in 7th Heaven (1998) and Sing Me a Story with Belle (1999). Storms also starred in a handful of video/TV films, including Belle’s Tales of Friendship, Love Letters, and Johnny Tsunami, all 1999 films.
Storms’ dream of one day becoming a soap opera actress came true when she was cast as Belle Black in NBC’s long-running soap Days of Our Lives. After a year in her role, in 2000, Storms told the media
“One of the first agents I got said, ‘When I grow up, I’m going to be in a soap opera. They can get me commercials and stuff now, but what I really want to do one day is be in a soap opera. Nobody took me seriously. But I knew that even though I’d never seen one, it was something I’d always wanted to do.
In 2001, at the age of 15, Storms was already a star. Disney chose her for the title role in their original 2001 film Zenon: Girls of the 21st Century. Disney made the right choice because the film was her highest rating at the time. Her role earned her a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Child Actors and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV drama series: Leading Young Actress.
After 5 seasons Storms left the soap for the TV series Clubhouse. A year later Storms was given the regular role of Maxie Jones in the series in another hit soap opera, General Hospital. In 2009 she received an Emmy nomination for her GH role as an outstanding younger actress in a drama series.
From Disney child star to recognized Hollywood actress, Storms has earned a place in the club of millionaires. Kirsten Storms’s net worth is estimated at $3 million.
Married/Divorce – Brandon Barash
In early 2013, Storm started dating her former co-star of the General Hospital, Brandon Barash. After about a month of dating, they were married in June 2013, but the public didn’t know of their connection until August 2013 when Storm revealed that they had secretly married and were expecting their first child together.
It also came to light that Barash proposed to her at a gas station with a blue raspberry ring pop.
Unfortunately, Storms’ relationship with Brandon Barash was short-lived. After three years of marriage, the couple revealed to the media on August 6, 2016, that they had filed for divorce. However, they said they wouldn’t give up without trying to find out how they went through therapy, but it just didn’t seem to work.
“This was not a hasty decision; there was a lot of thinking and a lot of therapy. We went into therapy for a long time and tried to figure out how we could communicate better with each other. It’s nothing we don’t like about each other,” Storms told Soap Opera Digest.
Her ex-Barash also said: “We part because of the clichéd, irreconcilable differences, but we part amicably. We have the firm intention to remain a family through this and to successfully co-parent our child and maintain a friendship to raise it in a healthy environment.
Kirsten Storms Daughter/Baby
On January 7, 2014, Storms and Barash welcomed their baby, a girl they called Harper Rose Barash. As Barash told the soap opera, the couple agreed to raise their child together and so far they are doing an amazing job giving little Harper a childhood to remember.
Kirsten Storms Illness
Kirsten had to take several breaks from shooting at General Hospital for health reasons. The first was in 2012 when she revealed that she had been diagnosed with endometriosis. Endometriosis is defined as a painful disease in which the tissue surrounding the walls of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus, usually down to the ovaries, pelvic region, or intestines.
Fortunately, the storms have successfully defeated the disease. She revealed that she was surprised to learn of her pregnancy, as endometriosis is often associated with infertility.
In May 2016 Storm was forced to leave the show again due to skin disease and stress.
Much to the dismay of the fans, Storm took the third vacation in 2017. This time the fans began to harass her with many accusations that she was a drug addict, probably because of the incident on a highway in Los Angeles in 2007 when she was stopped for drunk driving and later put on probation. Storms quickly replied to her fans, however, that her vacation was due to her struggle with depression.
“I do indeed suffer from severe depression. But hats off to you for being so cool that you’re taking me along in this case. #keeptrollin,” she fired back at a fan.
In another response, Storms revealed that she was feeling better;
“…I recently mentioned on Twitter that I suffer from severe depression. If you or someone you know can handle it, then you know it can be a difficult time in life. I have been feeling much better lately and I am looking forward to going back to work soon.
She returned and at the end of 2017, she returned to her role at the General Hospital.
Storm explained why she had to inform her fans about her depression;
“Depression is something that many people suffer from. Maybe not as hard as me, but with the number of fans that follow me, I thought that there must be a few who are going through it, and even some mothers who have been through something after giving birth and can identify with the feeling of not being able to help themselves. Especially because I had a daughter, it came to the point where I had to change my life for the better. And I wanted people to know why I was better.”