Known for her roles as Jamie Stringer on The Practice and Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy, American actress Jessica Capshaw established a steady acting career on her own when she could have easily capitalized on her family name and connections. Jessica, daughter of film actress Kate Capshaw…more
On May 22, 2004, Jessica married Healthy Child, Healthy World CEO Christopher Gavigan in East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York. On September 8, 2007, they welcomed their first child, Luke Gavigan.
During the Washington premiere of Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, Jessica was able to spend the night at the White House with her mother and stepfather.
As a child, Jessica went to school wherever her mom worked. She was in Italy for three months, Sri Lanka for a month, and London for another three months.
Her theatrical credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream while attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Ars in London and Arcadia and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof while studying at Brown University.
Jessica is a distinguished alumna of the Summer Arts Conservatory of Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut.
Film and TV Movie Credits:
• Bilnd Trust (2007) as Cassie Stewart
• The Groomsmen (2006) as Jen
• Romeo Fire (2002)
• The Back Page (2001)
• Killing Cinderella (2000) as Beth
• Big Time (2000) as Claire
A series regular of the legal drama The Practice for two seasons, Capshaw has two uncles who are attorneys and an aunt who is a judge.
In 1997, Jessica first appeared on television as a guest star on ABC's short-lived police drama High Incident.
While studying at Harvard-Westlake High, her parents gave her a red Volkswagen as incentive for her performance in school.
Jessica is 5'5" (1.65 m) tall.
In October 2006, she portrayed the character Erica Gerson in Eric Bogosian's Second Stage Theatre Production of Suburbia in New York City.
Jessica worked as an intern for the award-winning film Schindler's List (1993), which was directed by her stepfather Steven Spielberg.
Jessica is ranked #97 in the 100 Hottest Blondes of AIM.
She has two younger half-sisters, Sasha and Destry, a younger half-brother, Sawyer, and three stepsisters, Max, Theo, and Mikaela.
Jessica: I'm a Midwesterner! Not being able to have a cheeseburger once in a while would be torture! A lot of the way you eat depends on how you were brought up. But obviously, I know the reasons to become vegetarian and the more I think about them I know I need to stop eating red meat.
Jessica: (on helping with preserving the environment) Do the best that you can. You can't completely change everything at once. We kind of find the little ways we can change things. And any step towards the better is, obviously, better.
Jessica: (after becoming a series regular on the show) I personally was a fan of Grey's before I went there so I run the risk of sounding - now that I get to be a part of the cast - braggy because I think it's awesome!
Jessica: (her mother being actress Kate Capshaw) Part of what made my mother so hungry and ambitious was that she didn't have a safety net... That's why I didn't go to them for an agent. I didn't go to them for a manager. And I certainly never said, 'Can you get me a job?'
Jessica: (playing the chubby Dorothy in "Valentine") That resonated with me, because I was a chubby little kid myself. It meant I had to cultivate other sensibilities -- intelligence and humor -- instead.
Jessica: (on choosing to become an actress) It was a choice that I made which was not to say, 'Hollywood, here I come.' You have to really want to do this to do it. No matter who you are.
Jessica: I'm not afraid. If I fall on my face, I'll just get up and wipe my knees off and go on.
Jessica: (on acting advice from his stepfather, Steven Spielberg) When Steven's working with an actor, he has lots to say. But he doesn't have [general] advice on acting because it's not what he considers himself an authority on.
Jessica: I had a lot of misconceptions about what it was like to be an actor in Hollywood. You have all these ideas in your head of what it means, and they get completely shattered as soon as you get here.