Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

  • Highest Rated: 74% The Horse Whisperer (1998)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Prom Night (2008)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Montreal native Jessalyn Gilsig began her acting career at age 12 doing voice-over work, and went on to study acting at Harvard's American Repertory Theater. She appeared in several off-Broadway productions and landed bit parts in big movies, such as Jacknife with Robert De Niro and The Horse Whisperer with Robert Redford, but TV was where she found the most success. In the late 1990s, she appeared on Viper, Seven Days, and The Practice, where she met David E. Kelley. He then cast her as Paula Marshall's replacement on Snoops, but the show was cancelled before Gilsig's episodes aired. But that misfire led Kelley to create the role of social studies teacher Lauren Davis on Boston Public specifically for her. Later, Gilsig met another influential producer, Ryan Murphy, who cast her as sexaholic Gina Russo on Nip/Tuck, and later as conniving Terri Schuester on Glee. Her other notable TV appearances include recurring roles on NYPD Blue, Prison Break, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, and Vikings. When Gilsig isn't working, she enjoys painting; several of her artworks appeared in the 2003 indie film The Station Agent.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Séducteur et... tueur Samantha 2018
No Score Yet Angels and Ornaments Corrine 2014
56% Somewhere Slow Producer Anna Thompson 2014
No Score Yet Smart Cookies Julie Sterling 2012
No Score Yet About Fifty Jessica 2011
11% The Stepfather Julie King $29.1M 2009
8% Prom Night Aunt Karen Turner $43.9M 2008
No Score Yet Flood Sam 2007
No Score Yet Destination: Infestation (Swarm) (Ants on a Plane) Actor 2007
No Score Yet See This Movie Annie Nicole 2006
No Score Yet Chicks with Sticks (Hockey Mom) (Anyone's Game) Paula Taymore 2005
No Score Yet A Cooler Climate Callie 1999
35% Quest For Camelot Kayley 1998
74% The Horse Whisperer Lucy 1998
64% Jacknife Corridor Student's Girlfriend 1989

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% Vikings
2013
Siggy
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
93% Scandal
2012-2018
Vanessa
  • 2017
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Janie
  • 2013
71% Glee
2009-2015
Terri Scheuster Terri Schuester Terri
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Vikings#DEL
2012
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2010
55% Heroes
2006-2010
Meredith Gordon
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
Jordan Gates
  • 2008
96% Friday Night Lights
2006-2011
Shelley
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
60% Prison Break
2005-2017
Lisa
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2005
75% Nip/Tuck
2003-2009
Gina Russo
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Det. Kelly Ronson
  • 2004
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Whitney
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Boston Public
2000-2005
Lauren Davis
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Jennifer Liner A.D.A. Jennifer Liner
  • 1999
No Score Yet Viper
1994-1999
  • 1998

QUOTES FROM Jessalyn Gilsig CHARACTERS

Kayley
But mother Excalibur's been stolen I must go after it!
Juliana
That is a job for the Knights not a young girl!
Kayley
But I want to be a knight, slay dragons, recusing Damsels in distress, what is a Damsel in distress anyway?
Juliana
Now Kayley settle down and try on your new dress!
Kayley
But mother I don't want a new dress I want to save Camelot! If you just let me I know I could find Excalibur all on my own!
Juliana
The Knights will find the sword and they'll do it by working together!
Kayley
While I'm 'stuck' working here, taking care of the farm collecting the eggs boring! where's the glory in that?!
Juliana
Kayley one day you'll learn what Camelot means until then you'll stay here with me!
Kayley
Oh all right! (runs up to her room)
Kayley
Oh all right! [runs up to her room]
Juliana
(Looks up at a family portrait zeroing in on Lionel's face) What would you do?
Juliana
[looks up at a family portrait zeroing in on Lionel's face] What would you do?
Kayley
Father do you really have to go?
Lionel
I'm afraid I must Kayley you know the King's Knights will be here soon.
Kayley
Tell me again why you became a Knight
Juliana
Kayley! You've heard it a thousand times!
Lionel
Oh but it's find dear. Well my daughter before you were born the land was dark and treacherous. The people stood divided brother fighting brother. The one hope for peace was in the legendary sword Excalibur. For it was said whoever could pull this ancient sword from it's stone would become king and unite the people. Many tried all failed. Then on the very day that you were born a unknown hero stepped forth. His name was Arthur, and he was that true king. With Excalibur at his side he led us out of the darkness. And together we built the greatest kingdom on earth. Everyone rejoiced.
Kayley
Camelot!
Lionel
(Holding up his shield) And so these three rings represent the unity of our kingdom. As a Knight I took a oath. To protect, Camelot, King Arthur, and Excalibur.
Kayley
The Knights are here!
Lionel
I must go now Kayley the King has called his Knights for a special day in Camelot
Kayley
I'm coming with you Daddy!
Lionel
Yes when you're old enough Kayley. I will take you to Camelot I promise! I love, you!
Kayley
One day I will be a Knight, like Father.
Kayley
Hey, your falcon has silver wings!
Garrett
*Really?* I'll have to take your word for it.
Kayley
Oh, no. I'm sorry, it just means he knows where Excalibur is!
Garrett
Sure he does, it's in Camelot. You know, big castle, lots of flags...
Kayley
No it's somewhere in the forest, Ruber has stolen it and taken my mother hostage, I must find the sword and return it to Arthur or Camelot and my mother are doomed!
Garrett
(Listening to Ayden) Excalibur "is' here? Right we're going after it!
Garrett
[listening to Ayden] Excalibur 'is' here? Right we're going after it!
Kayley
Great!
Garrett
Not you! Me and Ayden we work alone!
Kayley
Well I see no reason why I can't come along! I stand alone too, I'm just asking for your help this once.
Garrett
All right but don't give me any trouble!
Kayley
That was incredible! How you fought those creatures how you got rid of that that thing! You're amazing you're not even listening to me!
Garrett
Great it took me two weeks to make this net!
Kayley
Your net, you 'saved' my life thank you!
Garrett
Well anyone can make a mistake.
Kayley
Oh I get it this is were King Arthur sends his unfunny jesters right?
Garrett
Now I will thank you!
Kayley
For what?
Garrett
For reminding me why I'm a hermit good day!
Kayley
Wait what's your name?
Garrett
It's Garret.
Kayley
I'm Kayley, Garret why won't you look at me when I'm talking to you? Oh I didn't realize you were-
Garrett
What? Tall? Rugged? Handsome?
Kayley
Blind
Garrett
You know I 'always' forget that one!
Kayley
Are you *sure* this is dragon country? I mean, shouldn't there be a sign or something? It could say, 'Welcome to Dragon Country.'... You don't think we'll *see* any... do you?... Is a group of dragons a pack or a flock? Is it a gaggle or a pride? Is it a herd?
Garrett
Quiet.
Kayley
Do you hear something?
Garrett
No, I just want you to be quiet.