Jessalyn Gilsig has the distinction of portraying some of the most memorable characters on television. She reunited with creator Ryan Murphy for a lead role as Terri Schuester in his Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning FOX musical dramedy GLEE, and previously starred for him on the Globe-winning Nip/Tuck.
On Nip/Tuck, a show that simmered since its inception, Jessalyn Gilsig portrayed feisty Gina Russo to Julian McMahon’s slick Dr. Troy. The show garnered Gilsig “near genius” reviews and impressed in the ratings as well. She also starred in the independent film Somewhere Slow for which she served double duty as producer, and in History Channel’s acclaimed original scripted series Vikings; which was the top-rated cable debut in over a year. Next up she’ll star opposite John Stamos in the Disney+ original, Big Shot (April 16th premiere), which reunites her, once again, with David. E. Kelley.
No stranger to acclaimed programming, audiences also know Gilsig as strong-willed Social Studies teacher Lauren Davis on Boston Public, a role that Kelley created with her in mind. Gilsig had also achieved series regular status on his Snoops, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Heroes, Prison Break and CSI : She has also guest starred on Scandal, The Good Wife, Law & Order.
Also impressive are Gilsig’s film credits. She appeared as Brittany Snow’s aunt in Screen Gem’s hit remake of the Prom Night thriller, and once again reunited with the film’s director for Sony’s remake of another 80’s thriller The Stepfather. Additionally, she starred in the action/thriller XIII alongside Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff.
A Montreal native, Gilsig honed her talents at Harvard University’s prestigious American Repertory Theatre. Gilsig currently resides in Los Angeles where she enjoys painting when not juggling her series. In fact, her works appeared in the acclaimed film The Station Agent as the painting of Patricia Clarkson’s character.
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