When she was only 8 years old, Jessica Steen already started her acting debut in a Canadian Children’s TV series called The Sunrunners, alongside her mother, who was also among the stars of the show. The Canadian actress received a Gemini Award nomination for “Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role” category in 1988, for her performance in Captain Power, in the episode, “Judgment.”
If you are a true fan of NCIS and have been following the show ever since it started, then you’re surely familiar with Jessica Steen, who appeared on the show as Paula Cassidy. Her character worked as an NCIS Special Agent who was given the assignment of the lead interrogator in Guantanamo Bay. Later on, Cassidy was relocated to the Pentagon. While serving at the Pentagon, she headed a team of her own but eventually died while on duty.
Jessica Steen Now
Up until today, Jessica Steen has enjoyed a successful career as an actress, both in TV shows and films. In 2009, Steen was cast in six episodes of the Canadian TV police drama, I. The Canadian actress is presently depicting the same character in a 2011 episode where she ties the knot, and her husband is shot on the same day. In 2010, Steen received a Gemini Award nomination for her performance in season two of Flash Point.
Jessica Steen also portrayed Deputy Police Officer of the Sherriff’s department, Kathleen Hudak, on Supernaturals, during its first season. Today, Steen is filming her 10th season of CBC's Heartland, playing the role of Lisa Stillman, the wife of series patriarch, Jack Bartlett. Additionally, she is a strong environmental advocate who supports numerous organizations, like the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and takes part in their events when she is not filming.
Maria Bello Then
Prior to NCIS, Maria Bello has performed in numerous different films and TV shows, including the spy series Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and the medical drama, ER. Bello’s break out role was with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, although the show was unfortunately shut down after just eight weeks. She then worked in the last three episodes of ER’s third season, depicting the character Dr. Anna Del Amico, and made constant appearances in its fourth season, as well.
Although NCIS has been aired on TV since 2003, Maria Bello only appeared on the show in its most recent season. Bello portrays the character Jack Sloane, a forensic psychologist and member of NCIS’s Special Unit since 2017. She also worked on various films, including Midnight, Payback, Coyote Ugly, The Cooler, A History of Violence, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Prisoners, and Lights Out.
Maria Bello Now
Just like numerous other Hollywood stars, Maria Bello landed an extensive array of roles throughout her career. Bello also performed in major film projects, like a History of Violence, Prisoners, and Secret Window. During the course of her career, the American actress portrayed a range of distinct female characters, transforming her look and persona accordingly. Today, she is set to star in three upcoming movies.
Maria Bellow gave birth to her son with ex-boyfriend Dan McDermott. In 2013, she wrote about sharing an open, same-sex relationship with her then-partner and friend, Clare Munn. Bello then published a book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves. The American actress is also a humanitarian, and during the aftershock of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she established the “WE ADVANCE” together with fellow advocates.
Lauren Holly Then
Lauren Holly started acting when she was 20 years old, after appearing as Carla Walicki in a couple of episodes of Hill Street Blues. When she turned 23, Holly was chosen to be part of the cast of the ABC TV soap opera, All My Children, depicting the character Julie Rand Chandler, from 1986 to 1989. The American-Canadian actress also played the comic book character Betty Cooper, in the TV movie, Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again, in 1990.
Prior to landing a major role on NCIS, Lauren Holly made guest appearances in a variety of TV shows, such as Motive and CSI: Miami, during the early 2000s. On NCIS, Holly portrayed NCIS Director Jenny Shepard – a powerful persona who had a strong influence over numerous characters in the show. Her character, however, ended up dead after being assassinated by a hitman, in the 5th season of NCIS.