Rya Kihlstedt is a 1991 graduate of Skidmore College in Theatre Arts. She is of Swedish descent. In 1994, Rya married actor Gil Bellows They have two children, Ava Emanuelle (born 1999), and Giovanni (born 2001). She is the sister of Oakland-based violinist, Carla Kihlstedt.
Rya is best known for portraying Alice, one of the criminals in the comedy Home Alone 3 (1997). She appeared in recurring roles on Showtime drama series Dexter as Dr. Michelle Ross, and on ABC drama series Nashville as powerful producer Marilyn Rhodes. She starred with Peter Gallagher in Brave New World (1998). Others notable television credits include Early Edition, Criminal Minds and NCIS, and supporting roles in films Arctic Blue, Deep Impact, Jaded and Women in Trouble.
- Arctic Blue (1993)
- Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (TV Mini-Series)
- The Buccaneers (TV Mini-Series)
- Early Edition (TV Series)
- Home Alone 3 (1997)
- Dexter (TV Series)
- Nashville (TV Series)
- Ray Donovan (TV Series)
- One Mississippi (TV Series)
- Law & Order True Crime (TV Mini-Series)
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series)
- Cardinal (TV Series)
- The Untold Story (2018)