- NAME: Jessalyn Gilsig
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress
- BIRTH DATE: November 30, 1971 (Age: 42)
- EDUCATION: McGill University, American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Montreal, Canada
- Full Name: Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Actress Jessalyn Gilsig caught her first big break when she appeared on the legal drama, The Practice. Since then, she has appeared Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights, Glee and Vikings.
Jessalyn Gilsig describes the dichotomy of fame.
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An improbable hit, the show attracted a large contingent of loyal viewers and generated a lineup of songs that broke through the Billboard charts.
"I think the timing was just right for the show,
" she said. "People were ready for something that had a little bit of hope in it. Everybody wants to find love and acceptance. Glee taps into a universal feeling."
With her new celebrity came increased scrutiny into Gilsig's personal life. In 2006 the actress married film producer Bobby Salomon. Not long after, the couple became parents to a daughter, Penelope. In late 2010, however, the couple made headlines when it was announced that Gilsig and Salomon were splitting.
In addition to her television work, Gilsig also made modest inroads into the film world. Early on she made a cameo in the Robert DeNiro film, Jacknife (1989), which looked at the troubled life of a Vietnam veteran. A decade later she landed a role in Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer (1998). She also appeared in See This Movie (2004), starring John Cho and Seth Meyers.
After leaving Glee in 2012, Gilsig soon landed on another popular series. She plays Siggy, the wife of Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), on the historical drama Vikings. The show proved to be so popular in its initial run in 2013 that it was renewed for a second season. That same year, Gilsig also starred in the independent film Somewhere Slow.
Jessalyn Gilsig currently resides in Los Angeles with her young daughter.
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