BIO: Jessalyn Gilsig

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By Jason Matthews

Jessalyn Gilsig had the distinction of simultaneously starring in two of television’s most acclaimed drama series: Golden Globe-winning “Nip/Tuck” and Brett Ratner’s drama “Prison Break.” On “Nip/Tuck,” Gilsig portrayed the obsessive, sex-addicted “Gina Russo,” which helped garner her additional recurring roles on the hit dramas “Heroes” and “Friday Night Lights.” She most recently had a recurring role on “CSI: NY.”


Audiences also know Gilsig from “Boston Public,” a role that creator David E. Kelley developed with her in mind. He eventual cast her as a series regular on “Snoops,” in addition to a multi-episode arc of “The Practice.” She also recurred as a detective on Steven Bochco’s “NYPD Blue.”


Gilsig also has an impressive list of film credits. She appeared in the hit remake of “Prom Night,” and reunited with the film’s director for a remake of “The Stepfather.” She also starred in the miniseries “XIII” alongside Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff, worked with Robert Redford on “The Horse Whisperer” and appeared as Sally Field’s daughter in “A Cooler Climate.” Additional film credits include “Chicks with Sticks,” “See This Movie” and “Flood.”


             A Montréal native, Gilsig honed her talents at Harvard University’s prestigious American Repertory Theatre. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she enjoys spending time with her toddler daughter and painting. In fact, her works appeared in the acclaimed film “The Station Agent.”

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