First published in the Spring 2015 print edition, as part of “Haitian Descendants Among the Stars” Vol. 1
Dark-haired, Canadian actress Jessica Lucas has played main roles in several successful movies, TV series, and also in her local theater. She was also the Pink Girl in Coldplay’s video True Love, released this year in August. She started on the television scene and has had good success. Jessica starred in Cult, Edgemont, Melrose Place, and in CSI Miami for a brief period.
The roles she plays
During her brief stint of four episodes on CSI, the performance was so great that the viewers were already thinking her at par with Sara Sidle! Her movie career accomplishments are several, including the tense Olivia in Evil Dead, Vera in That Awkward Moment, Lily Ford in Cloverfield, and Yvonee in She’s the Man. Most recently, she was the Ariadne in Pompeii.
Jessica’s charm holds an amazing rustic charisma of a simple but determined small town girl. Indeed, the roles she chooses are complex with many shades, often darkened. Her choices are often very bold, like when she was herself in the 2007 video documentary, Breaking the Silence: Exposing the Covenant. She was again playing Jessica in the 2013 TV show, Cult of the Cult. She was the Vampire Girl in the TV movie Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge.
Balancing movie and TV
Jessica is equally active on TV and movies, probably a little more in the former medium. Nevertheless, her stint with the movies has been equally successful, but she does not do many of them; Cloverfield came out in 2008, Evil dead in 2013 and Awkward Moment in 2014. Lately, she was seen wearing a white Zimmerman dress at the screening of her new TV series, Gracepoint on Fox! Her career is only in its first phase and her audience is sure to look for her in the coming years.
Haitian Roots: Father is Haitian and her mother Pakistani
Haitian Deeds: When she went on Lopez Tonight in 2011, she cleared up rumors that she’s Pakistani and Haitian. “My mom’s white and my dad’s black, but Canadian for many generations … Someone has put online that I’m Haitian and Pakistani. It is the number one
question that I get asked,” she told George Lopez. Her parents met playing softball, and she played the sport growing up as well. Source: wetpaint.com