Cast Bios

 
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CHRIS PINE | Jay Singletary

Most recently, Pine starred in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, opposite Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey. Prior to that, Pine starred opposite Gal Gadot, Danny Houston and David Thewlis in the critically acclaimed box office sensation, Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman was one of the highest grossing films of 2017 and was selected as one of the Top 10 Movies of the Year by the American Film Institute. In 2016, he starred in David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water alongside Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster, which earned Academy Award, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations for Best Picture.

Pine reunited with Mackenzie for the Netflix period drama, Outlaw King, in which he will portray Robert the Bruce, opposite Aaron Taylor Johnson, Florence Pugh, James Cosmo, Stephen Dillane and Billy Howle. He is currently in production on the Wonder Woman sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, for director Patty Jenkins; which is scheduled to be released in 2020.

Last summer, Pine reprised his role as Eric in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, the sequel to David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer and the 2015 prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Pine also guest starred on Steve and Nancy Carell’s hit TBS comedy series, Angie Tribeca. Additionally, he continues to lend his voice to as many characters as he is allowed in the Bryan Cranston animated series, SuperMansion, a comedy that follows an aging superhero and his team as they tackle the ever-changing world while battling various supervillains. Pine received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for his work on the show. The third season premiered this spring.

Additional feature credits include: Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the highly successful franchise, for which he reprised his role as Captain James T. Kirk (Pine also starred in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness); Disney's The Finest Hours opposite Ben Foster again; Z for Zachariah opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie; Horrible Bosses 2; Rob Marshall’s Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated musical-comedy Into the Woods opposite Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt; the title role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit for director Kenneth Branagh opposite Kiera Knightly; DreamWorks’ animated feature Rise of the Guardians; People Like Us; the 20th Century Fox action-comedy This Means War opposite Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon; FOX’s Unstoppable, opposite Denzel Washington for director, Tony Scott; Paramount Vantage’s Carriers; Joe Carnahan’s gritty ensemble drama Smokin’ Aces for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures; he had his film debut opposite Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in Garry Marshall’s Princess Diaries 2.

On the stage, Pine starred in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, for which he was awarded Best Lead Performance by the LA Drama Critics Circle. Pine received a 2009 Ovation Award nomination for his performance in the drama Farragut North starring opposite Chris Noth at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. His additional stage credits include the Neil LaBute play, Fat Pig, also at the Geffen Playhouse and The Atheist, a one-man show performed off-Broadway, in addition to multiple productions at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, among many others.

He has been the voice of BMW for 9 years and has been known to help Giorgio Armani sell scents for cents.

Pine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. His parents are actors Gwynne Gilford & Robert Pine and his late grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was a film actress of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Pine currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Wednesday Weld.


INDIA EISLEY | Fauna Hodel (aka "PAT")

Nurturing an impressive body of work encompassing film and television, India Eisley’s career continues to evolve with diverse and challenging projects.

Eisley next stars in the highly anticipated TNT limited series I Am the Night. I Am the Night tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery. The series also stars Chris Pine and the first two episodes were directed by Patty Jenkins.

Eisley previously starred as Ashley Juergens for five seasons on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager and played the title role of Audrina in the film adaptation of the VC Andrews' novel My Sweet Audrina.

Segueing effortlessly between television and film, Eisley’s passion for the art of acting keeps her drawn to both studio and indie films.  She will next be seen starring alongside Jason Isaacs and Mira Sorvino in the psychological thriller Look Away, about a timid and reclusive 18-year-old high school student alienated by her parents and ruthlessly rejected by her peers. Desperate and isolated, she develops a dangerous alter ego. Her other film credits include starring as Eve in Sony Screen Gems Underworld Awakening. The film centers on vampire warrior Selene (Kate Beckinsale), who after being frozen for 12 years, discovers she has given birth to a daughter named Eve, a human, lycan, vampire hybrid. The two must fight their way to freedom. She also starred in Kite about a young woman who tracks down her police officer father’s murderer with the help of his ex-partner, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

A native of Los Angeles, Eisley grew up around the entertainment industry. Her mother is Golden Globe winning actress Olivia Hussey and her father, David Glen Eisley, is a rock singer, songwriter and actor.


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JEFFERSON MAYS | George Hodel

Jefferson Mays has worked with some of the industry's top directors including: The Coen Brothers (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Steven Spielberg (The Post), Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice) and Hal Hartley (Ned Rifle). In film, Mays has also appeared in Rebel in the Rye, Alfie, Kinsey, The Notorious Bettie Page and Cousin Bette among others.

On Broadway, Mays won a Tony for his singular performance as a vast multitude of characters in I Am My Own Wife and for his lead role in Oslo. He was nominated previously for his multiple roles in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Other theater credits include The Front Page, Pygmalion, Journey’s End and Of Thee I Sing. For his extensive stage work, he has earned many accolades including: Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critic’s Circle, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, Lucille Lortel, Theatre World and Drama League awards.

On Television, Mays has enjoyed big recurring roles on The Americans and Law and Order: SVU, as well as guest starring roles on The Knick, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Wife, Mildred Pierce, Lie to Me, Fringe, Nurse Jackie and The Closer.


LELAND ORSER | Peter Sullivan

Leland Orser first came to prominence in David Fincher’s Se7en, opposite Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. He has gone on to give memorable performances in one great film after another including, Alien: Resurrection from Jean-Pierre Jeunet opposite Sigourney Weaver; Saving Private Ryan from Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks; The Bone Collector from Philip Noyce alongside Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie; Very Bad Things directed by Peter Berg, with Jon Favreau, and Cameron Diaz; Twisted directed by Philip Kauffman with Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson; The Good German from Steven Soderbergh, opposite George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; and the Taken series with Pierre Morel, Olivier Megaton and Liam Neeson. He was last seen in the psychological thriller The Guest, which premiered at Sundance, and Riley Stearns dark comedy, Faults alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead, which premiered at the SXSW film festival.

Orser’s other film credits include Runaway Jury, Pearl Harbor, Escape From L.A., Excess Baggage, Resurrection, Daredevil with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, and Confidence with Ed Burns and Rachel Weisz.

On television he appeared for the final five years of NBC’s long running E.R. as Dr. Lucien Dubenko as well as two seasons of Fox’s 24, Magic City, Revolution, Touch, and Scandal. Most recently Orser appeared for two seasons opposite Liev Shreiber on Showtime's Ray Donovan in a powerful and deeply moving story line as Father Tomas Romero.

Orser wrote and directed the feature film, Morning, which was released by Anchor Bay in theaters last fall. He stars in the film alongside Jeanne Tripplehorn, Laura Linney, Kyle Chandler and Elliott Gould. Morning is now available on iTunes.


YUL VAZQUEZ | Billis

Yul Vazquez can be seen in a number of projects, including Last Flag Flying directed by Richard Linklater opposite Bryan Cranston and Steve Carrell; Gringo directed by Nash Edgerton and opposite Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton and Amanda Seyfried; and The Super opposite Val Kilmer. He is also known for playing Rev. Emilio Sheehan in NBC’s Midnight, Texas based on the book by True Blood creator Charlaine Harris. He will next be seen recurring on Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico.

Vazquez won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for the Steven Soderbergh directed film Traffic. Seamlessly moving between film, television and stage, Vazquez received a 2011 Tony Award nomination, a Theatre World Award, a Drama Desk nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for his portrayal of Cousin Julio in the Broadway production of The Motherf**cker With the Hat.

Other recent feature films include Captain Philips directed by Paul Greengrass opposite Tom Hanks, The Infiltrator directed by Brad Furman opposite Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger; Kill the Messenger directed by Michael Cuesta opposite Jeremy Renner, and Netflix’s The True Memoirs of an International Assassin directed by Jeff Wadlow opposite Kevin James.

Over the years, Vazquez has had memorable roles on some of television’s most popular shows, from his recurring character Bob, the “angry gay Puerto Rican,” on Seinfeld to Rueben the Cuban on HBO’s The Sopranos. Vazquez starred on the Starz drama Magic City opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Other recent TV credits include Netflix’s hit show Bloodline, the HBO series Divorce, FX’s Louie, CBS’ The Good Wife and HBO’s Treme.

Vazquez has an extensive film resume, working with directors such as Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Greengrass, John Sayles and Steven Spielberg. His credits include The Phenom opposite Paul Giamatti and Ethan Hawke; The Cobbler directed by Tom McCarthy opposite Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi; Glass Chin directed by Noah Buschel opposite Billy Crudup; Runner Runner directed by Brad Furman opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake; The A-Team opposite Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson; John Sayles’ Amigo opposite Chris Cooper; Salvation Boulevard opposite Jennifer Connolly, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei and Greg Kinnear; Little Fockers with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller; Ridley Scott’s American Gangster alongside Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, a 2008 SAG nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds opposite Tom Cruise; Bad Boys II opposite Martin Lawrence and Will Smith; Runaway Bride opposite Julia Roberts; Nick of Time opposite Johnny Depp; and Che directed by Steven Soderbergh opposite Benicio Del Toro.

Vazquez is a founding member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company. Other theater credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Public Theater) opposite Sam Rockwell and directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman; The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages) with Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas; and The Floating Island Plays (Mark Taper Forum).


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DYLAN SMITH | Sepp

Dylan Smith has studied and worked in theatre, film and TV around the world. He began in Canada on stage with the renowned Soulpepper Theatre Company. He studied acting at Webber Douglas in London, England, where he took leading roles on films like Murder On The Orient Express with Alfred Molina and TV roles such as the British classic EastEnders.

Returning to Canada, Smith returned to the stage with the premiere of Blasted by Sarah Kane and many others. While in Canada, Smith was cast in 300, The Immortals, Total Recall, Forsaken, The Englishman's Boy and the independent film Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal in which he took the title role. Smith won The Maverick Movie Award for best actor from Hangnail, and Best Actor in a short film for Twine at The London Independent Film Festival.

Smith was cast in Private Lives on Broadway where he met his wife, British theatre director Anna Ledwich. He returned with love in his eyes to London and proceeded to work both stage and film, acting in Spectral, The Mummy, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and on the small screen with Dawn for Hulu, The Tunnel, Ripper Street, and Into The Badlands. His film Lemonade, from esteemed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, is currently making a wide festival run.

His most recent project, I Am The Night, has been the highlight of his career.


GOLDEN BROOKS | Jimmy Lee

Cited by Time Magazine as one of “the most watchable women in the world,” Golden Brooks has firmly established herself as an impressive and respected actress. Her portrayal of the much-loved, strong-minded single mother Maya Wilkes on the CW’s run of Girlfriends has garnered her much acclaim. As a top series that aired for nearly a decade, Girlfriends was the most watched African American show in all demographics and multi-cultural households.

The show earned Brooks two NAACP nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won a BET AWARD for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and received the Multi-Cultural Prism Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

The plethora of recognition didn’t stop there. Upon finishing her run on the small screen, Brooks went on to broaden her creative palate to the independent film world. She shot two films with Sundance producer Effie Brown (Real Women Have Curves, HBO’s Stranger Inside). Brooks landed the lead in The Inheritance, a modern-day Rosemary’s Baby psychological thriller, and grabbed another prestigious award for her work; she was nominated for Outstanding Actress and won an ABFF AWARD. The second film Polish Bar, starring Meatloaf, Richard Belzar, Judd Hirsch and James Badge Dale, hit the Chicago Film Festival. Brooks’ work in TV continues to impress, working alongside the likes of Sir Patrick Stewart on the STARZ single camera dark comedy Blunt Talk, created by Jonathan Ames and produced by Seth McFarland. Brooks plays Stewart’s fiery, yet very pulled together ex-wife who mothers their only child. Brooks also wowed fans again on the highly viewed CW show, Hart Of Dixie, playing beauty entrepreneur/mogul Ruby Jefferies.

Brooks can most recently be seen in FOX’s YA dystopian drama The Darkest Minds, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. She will appear in all three episodes of the highly anticipated trilogy. Brooks plays Molly Daly, the distraught mother to her daughter Ruby, played by Amandla Stenberg. She will also appear as Jimmy Lee in TNT’s new drama I Am the Night, inspired by the incredible true story of Fauna Hodel, a teenage girl given away at birth.

Brooks’ other film credits include Focus Feature’s dramedy Something New starring Sanna Lathan and Simon Baker. She can also be seen in the MGM all-star ensemble comedy hit Beauty Shop. Brooks shines opposite Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone and Kevin Bacon. Her work on the small screen includes recent guest star work on TV Land’s The Exes, starring Donald Faison and Kristin Johnston. Brooks is also active onstage alongside Danny Glover for the Roby Theater Company, a non-profit dedicated to developing plays about the Black experience, as well as interpreting established works.

The San Francisco native holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in theater from the University of California, Berkeley. The classically trained actress, who has performed in a broad variety of roles from Chekhov to Shakespeare, is also a talented writer, boasting a master’s degree in creative writing from the very prestigious Sarah Lawrence College. Brooks is also a classical trained dancer, both studying and teaching ballet, jazz and modern dance. In her spare time, she dedicates time to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and AIDS Project Los Angeles.


JUSTIN CORNWELL | Terrence

Justin Cornwell will star as the male lead of the NBC/UNI series The Inbetween opposite Harriet Dyer. He recently wrapped the TNT series I Am the Night, directed by Patty Jenkins. He can also be seen as the lead opposite Bill Paxton in the CBS series Training Day and also stars in We Are Boats for director James Bird, which premiered at Cannes this year.

Cornwell studied theater at the University of Louisville and began his professional acting career at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In addition to acting, he is also a phenomenal singer, rapper and songwriter.


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JAY PAULSON | Ohls

Jay Paulson is an industry veteran. Working continually since a teenager, his impressive credits reveal a versatile actor equally at home in a period drama or a four-camera sitcom. Whether series regular or indie lead, best friend or psychopath, his work is always enduring and dynamic.

Paulson has been lauded for his turn as Adam Whitman on AMC's Mad Men and is fondly remembered as the lovable recluse Physical Phil on ABC's October Road. He recurred as Edgar Abbott in the second season of Freeform's Beyond and is featured in the upcoming Philip K. Dick anthology series Electric Dreams for Amazon. Most recently, Paulson completed work on the highly anticipated Hulu mini-series, Catch-22 from George Clooney.


His film appearances include solid supporting roles in studio pictures like GO, Can't Hardly Wait, and The Marc Pease Experience; as well as standout leading roles in recent independent features such as: Rust Creek, Black Rock, and Lucky Bastard.

Paulson's start in entertainment came in 9th grade at Harvard-Westlake. He was cast as the lead of the school play and performed in every subsequent production. At 16, a talent manager spotted him, and he has been working constantly since. He was accepted to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and managed to pursue his acting career and earn a degree. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, he trained with Martin Landau and Allan Miller.

Born in New York City, Paulson lived in Brooklyn until his father moved the family west. He currently resides in Venice Beach with his wife, two sons, and their dog Rupa. An avid reader, he is a nationally ranked competitive scrabble player, writes poetry and enjoys distance running.


CONNIE NIeLSEN | Corinna Hodel

Connie Nielsen is a world-renowned actress and philanthropist with a career spanning three decades. Her diverse range of roles, both on-screen and off, have garnered her acclaim across the globe.

Last summer, Nielsen was seen as Queen Hippolyta starring alongside Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in the highly successful Wonder Woman and completed production on The Catcher Was a Spy with Tom Wilkinson and Sienna Miller. In November 2017, she reprised her role as Queen Hippolyta in Justice League.

Nielsen is currently in production for Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman. Nielsen was seen in Le Confessioni opposite Toni Servillo, that premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and released theatrically on July 7, 2017. She was also recently seen in director Asif Kapadia’s Ali and Nino opposite Mandy Patinkin, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.

Other recent credits include: Stratton alongside Dominic Cooper, Tom Felton and Derek Jacobi, the Norwegian film The Lion Woman, and Music, War & Love, opposite Stellan Skársgard, which was produced by Fred Roos and directed by Martha Coolidge. Nielsen also recently appeared in The Runner opposite Nicolas Cage; McG's Three Days to Kill opposite Kevin Costner, Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac, and Sean Hanish's independent feature Return to Zero with Minnie Driver and Alfred Molina.

In the Golden Globe Award-nominated series Boss, Nielsen played the female lead opposite Kelsey Grammer. Other television credits include a series regular role in the second season of FOX's The Following opposite Kevin Bacon, a recurring arc on CBS’s The Good Wife, and a recurring arc on Law and Order: SVU.

Nielsen’s other film credits include The Hunted opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, Basic with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, One Hour Photo alongside Robin Williams, Mission to Mars opposite Gary Sinise, The Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves and the female lead in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Gladiator opposite Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.

Other notable credits include Olivier Assayas’ critically acclaimed Demon Lover, Suzanne Bier’s award-winning Brothers, and The Ice Harvest, Lost in Africa, A Shine of Rainbows, Battle in Seattle, The Situation, Return to Sender, Rushmore and Permanent Midnight.

Nielsen has won the Best Actress Awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Bodil Awards, Zulu Awards, and the Empire Awards. Nielsen also received nominations for Best Actress Awards at the European Film Awards and for outstanding performance by the ensemble cast for Gladiator at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In addition, Nielsen is committed to serving the environment and alleviating poverty around the world. In June 2010, Nielsen co-founded the Human Needs Project. This non-profit provides clean water, infrastructure and empowerment services to residents of Kibera, Kenya. She continues balancing her work in film while being fully committed to Human Needs Project and her other philanthropic endeavors like the Road to Freedom Scholarships program which provides children in poverty with scholarships to further their educational opportunities. Nielsen was awarded the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award at the 2017 PTTOW Summit for her work with Human Needs Project.

Nielsen serves on the board of the Danish national Corporate Social Responsibility Foundation, and their annual Awards ceremony. She collaborates with the Nordic Fashion Institute on the UN sponsored NICE (Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical), a joint commitment from the Nordic fashion industry that focuses on social and environmental issues.

She was the keynote speaker at multiple major conferences including the Near Future Summit 2017, Virgin Unite Leadership conference in Necker Island 2014, the Gates Foundation Sanitation Summit 2013, Opportunity International 2012.