Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

Birth name: Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig
Born: November 30, 1971
Age: 47
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Biography

Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig (born November 30, 1971) is a Canadian-American actress known for her roles in television series, e.g. as Lauren Davis in Boston Public, Gina Russo in Nip/Tuck, Terri Schuester in Glee, and as Siggy Haraldson on the History Channel series Vikings.

She was born on November 30, 1971 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Claire, a writer and translator, and Toby Gilsig, an engineer.[1] She began her acting in a voice work part at age 12 for a National Film Board of Canada production, Masquerade.[1]

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Education

Gilsig attended McGill University in Montreal, from 1989 to 1993, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1993.[2] She later pursued her acting studies further at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training.[2]

Career

Jessalyn Gilsig at premiere party of TV series, Glee, Santa Monica, California in May 11, 2009

Gilsig began her career as a voice actress.[1] She has done voices in the films such as Masquerade,[1] and for television series such as Young Robin Hood.[3]

She moved to New York City in 1995 where she appeared in several off-Broadway plays.[4] However, it was her association with David E. Kelley that led to her starring role in Boston Public.[5]

After guest-starring in two episodes of Kelley's The Practice, Gilsig was cast in two episodes of another Kelley program, the short-lived Snoops.[5] Although the series was cancelled before Gilsig's episodes were broadcast, Kelley wrote the part of Lauren Davis in Boston Public specifically for her, a series that premiered in September 2000 on FOX;[5] Gilsig would leave the series after the end of the second season in May 2002.[6]

Following her departure from Boston Public, Gilsig joined the cast of Nip/Tuck in 2003 as Gina Russo, a role she continued until 2008.[7] In 2004, she appeared in five episodes of NYPD Blue,[7] followed by four episodes of FOX's Prison Break in 2005.[8]

In addition to her extensive credits in television and theatre, Gilsig has appeared in film, beginning with a small role in the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer.[5] She then provided the speaking voice for Kayley in the animated film Quest for Camelot (1998), with Andrea Corr performing the character's songs.[5] In 2004 she appeared in Chicks with Sticks,[9] as well as See This Movie,[10] and in one of the lead roles in the 2007 movie, Flood.[11]

In 2007-2008 she had recurring roles in two television series, playing Shelley, the sister of Tami Taylor, on NBC's Friday Night Lights,[12] and Claire Bennet's biological mother, Meredith Gordon, on Heroes.[13] Gilsig went on to play the main role of Terri Schuester on the Fox show, Glee, from 2009-2012.[14]

In 2013, Gilsig was a series regular, portraying Siggy Haraldson, wife of Earl Haraldson and paramour of Ragnar Lothbrok's brother, Rollo, on the History Channel series Vikings until 2015.[15][16] In 2017 she will be joining the cast of Scandal.[17]

Personal life

Gilsig met and briefly dated her future husband Bobby Salomon as a high school student - he was the football team quarterback she described as a "cool guy." Salomon, a film producer, moved to Hollywood in 2002, and the two began dating again.[18] They were married on January 1, 2005 in a traditional Jewish wedding (Gilsig being Jewish on her father's side).[18][19] Gilsig and Salomon have a daughter, Penelope, born on September 26, 2006.[20]

Gilsig filed for divorce from Salomon on September 8, 2010, citing irreconcilable differences, having been separated since 2009.[19][21] In 2013 Gilsig became an American citizen.[4]

Filmography

Jessalyn Gilsig and Jayma Mays at the Golden Globe Awards, January 17, 2010
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Masquerade (voice)[1] Short film
1989 The Journey Home Short film
Jacknife His Girlfriend
1998 The Horse Whisperer Lucy[5]
Quest for Camelot Kayley (voice)[5]
2004 Chicks with Sticks Paula Taymore[9]
See This Movie Annie Nicole[10]
2007 Flood Samantha 'Sam' Morrison[11]
2008 Prom Night Aunt Karen Turner
2009 The Stepfather Julie King[22]
2011 About Fifty Jessica
2013 Somewhere Slow Anna Thompson[15]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Little Flying Bears Tina (voice) TV series
1991-1992 Young Robin Hood Gertrude of Griswald (voice)[3] 26 episodes
1992 Gulliver's Travels Folia (voice) TV series
1998 To Have & to Hold Paula Episode: "Stuck in the Blizzard with You"
Viper Alyssa Episode: "Family Matters"
1999 Seven Days Carla Boyles Episode: "Last Card Up"
The Sentinel RJ Shannon Episode: "The Real Deal"
A Cooler Climate Callie TV movie
The Practice ADA Jennifer[5] Episode: "Loser's Keepers"
Episode: "Victimless Crimes"
2000 Snoops Suzanne Shivers[5] Episode: "Swan Chant"
Episode: "The Stolen Diskette"
2000-2002 Boston Public Lauren Davis[5] 44 episodes
2002 Haunted Elise Martin Episode: "Three Hour Tour"
2003 Without a Trace Whitney Ridder Episode: "Confidence"
2003-2008 Nip/Tuck Gina Russo[7] Seasons 1-2 - Recurring

Season 3 - Series regular

Seasons 4-5 - Guest star

17 episodes

2004 NYPD Blue Det. Kelly Ronson[7] 5 episodes
2005 Fathers and Sons Dianne (uncredited) TV movie
Prison Break Lisa Rix[8] 4 episodes
2006 Law & Order Angela Burquette Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
2007 Backyards & Bullets Eileen[23] TV movie
Destination: Infestation Dr. Carolyn Ross[24] TV movie
2007-2008 Friday Night Lights Shelley Hayes[12] 6 episodes
Heroes Meredith Gordon[13] 10 episodes
2008 The Apostles Christine Rydell[25] TV movie
CSI: NY Jordan Gates[26] 3 episodes
XIII Kim Rowland[27] TV miniseries
2008–2009 Imaginary Bitches Jessalyn[28] Episode: "A New Leper in the Colony"
Episode: "Three Bitches Is an Imaginary Crowd (Part Two)"
Episode: "Bitches Emmy Special"
2009-2012,
2015
Glee Terri Schuester[14] Seasons 1-2 - Series Regular
Season 4 - Guest Star (1 episode, "Glee, Actually")
Season 6 - Recurring (2 episodes, "2009" & "Dreams Come True")

22 episodes

2012 Smart Cookies Julie Sterling[29] TV movie
2013-2015 Vikings Siggy[15] Main cast
Nominated - Golden Maple Award for Best Actress in a TV series broadcasted in the U.S (2015)[30]
2013 The Good Wife Janie Ludwig[15] 1 episode
2014 Angels and Ornaments Corrine Nelson[31] TV movie
2015 Evil Men Adela[32] TV movie
2016 Scandal Vanessa Moss 5 episodes
2018 The Sweetheart Samantha TV movie

Further reading

  • Rohan, Virginia (2001). "Gilsig Goes 'Public' And Grapples With Racism". Chicago Tribune (online, February 6): 8 (print). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  • Stebbins, Sarah (2005). "School Ties". InStyle (Special Issue, July 4): 272f (print). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  • Anon. (2015). "Jessalyn Gilsig—Actor, Painter". Hollywood.com (online). Retrieved 27 October 2015.

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