With talent spanning the comedic to the dramatic, and an impressive body of work encompassing film, television and theater, Jennifer Esposito is one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood. Esposito most recently starred opposite Christina Applegate on the ABC hit comedy “Samantha Who?” as best friend Andrea, a hilarious, self-obsessed, bad-girl lush. The show won a 2008 People’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy.
Esposito’s most recent acclaimed film role was in “Crash,” a drama following a talented ensemble including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard through the streets of Los Angeles as they careen in and out of each other’s lives. “Crash” won an Oscar® for Best Picture of the Year, and the cast received a Critics Choice Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
Esposito’s film career took off after her notable breakthrough performance in Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam.” Esposito went on to appear in “Don’t Say A Word” with Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy and “Made” with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. She later joined another impressive cast including Luis Guzman, William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, Patricia Clarkson and George Clooney in “Welcome to Collinwood,” directed by the Russo brothers.
Esposito’s comedic talents secured her roles opposite Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in 20th Century Fox’s comedy “Taxi” and Screen Gem’s romantic comedy “Breaking All the Rules” with Jamie Foxx. Other film credits include “Kiss Me Guido,” “No Looking Back,” “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Side Streets,” “The Bachelor” and Wes Craven’s “Dracula 2000.”
The Brooklyn native launched her TV career in 1996, after garnering favorable notice as Stacey Paterno, the spunky Italian-American mayoral secretary in “Spin City.” Most recently she guest starred on FX’s “Rescue Me” opposite Dennis Leary, and had a starring role on the WB’s “Related” and multiple guest-appearances on NBC’s “Law & Order.”
Esposito studied for three years at Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. After studying she ventured to Off-Broadway. Esposito’s last stage performance was in Eric Overmyer’s Dark Rapture with Marissa Tomei and Scott Glenn.