Jessica McNamee Biography
Jessica McNamee is an Australian actress born on 17th June 1986 in Sydney, Australia. She is popularly known for her role as Sammy on Australia’s popular TV drama, Packed to the Rafters.
Jessica McNamee Career
Jessica McNamee made her first television appearance in the Seven Network soap opera ‘Home and Away’ playing the role of Lisa Duffy. She went on to star as Sammy Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters. In 2009, she was a contestant on the ninth series of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with dancer Stefano Olivieri and they were eliminated before the final.
The role of Sammy in Packed to the Rafters left McNamee keen to lose the “good girl” image the role created. In the series production breaks she decided to take on different roles. She starred in the horror film The Loved Ones; which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. In mid-2010 she made the short film 50-50.
Jessica McNamee went on to secure a role in the 2012 film The Vow. She filmed the project in Toronto alongside Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. She described working on the film as a “surreal experience”. In 2013, she returned to Packed to the Rafters for the final season as a special guest star.
In 2013, she appeared in an episode of the series White Collar before scoring a big year in 2014. She worked on four episodes of the drama series The Time of Our Lives and began work on a comedy show many would come to associate her with. Jessica played Theresa in 23 episodes of the Chicago-based, Denis Leary co-created series Sirens between 2014 and 2015.
Jessica McNamee Home and Away
Jessicca played Lisa Duffy in the Australian soap opera Homa and Away. Lisa started dating her schoolmate Drew Curtis at a Hawaiian night held at the surf club. With his ex-girlfriend Belle Taylor now dating Lucas Holden, Drew went out with Lisa to make Belle jealous.
Lisa suspected Drew and Belle still had feelings for each other and gave Drew some time to think about what he wanted. Drew chose to be with Lisa but he was really still in love with Belle. Lisa was invited to a barbecue at Drew’s house, where she tried to have sex with him. They didn’t sleep together but Lisa was allowed to stay overnight sleeping on the sofa.
A while later Lisa started dating Denni, who was involved in illegal drag racing. Lisa and Denni wanted revenge on Drew for the way he’d treated Lisa, so they got him involved in the dangerous drag races.
During this time Lisa bonded with Lucas and they slept together. When Denni found out, he threatened to hurt Lucas. Lisa tried to calm him down but he forced her into his car and drove off in pursuit of Lucas. Lisa grabbed the steering wheel to stop him, causing the car to roll off the road. Lisa suffered a head injury and was taken to the city hospital, where she later died.
A memorial was held on the beach in Lisa’s honour, and Lucas devoted some of his novel to Lisa.
Jessica McNamee Movies
- 2007: Home and Away as Lisa Duffy
- 2008–2010, 2013: Packed To The Rafters as Sammy Rafter
- 2009: Dancing with the Stars as Self
- 2010: The Loved Ones as Mia
- 2012: The Vow as Gwen Thornton
- 2013: White Collar as Penny Chase
- 2014: The Time of Our Lives as Lisa Montego
- 2014–2015: Sirens as Theresa Kelly
- 2016: CHiPs as Lindsey Taylor
- 2017: Battle of the Sexes as Margaret Court
- 2017: The Neighbour as Jenna
- 2018: The Meg as Celeste
Jessica McNamee Age
- Jessica was born on 17th June 1986 (32 years as at 2018)
Jessica McNamee Sister
- She is the younger sister of actress Penny Mc Namee.
Jessica McNamee Net worth
- Jessica has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
Jessica McNamee Boyfriend
Jessica McNamee has been dating Sean O’Pry, an American model who is popularly known as Taylor Swift’s love interest in the Blank Space music video.
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Jessica McNamee Interview
Interviewer: You began your career playing roles in the Seven Network television programmes Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters, which propelled your career in acting to the height of success. Then, you gave a fantastic performance in the USA Network TV series Sirens. Walk us through your spectacular journey and tell us how it all began?
Jessica McNamee: I grew up doing musical theatre from a young age. That is where it all began. I was encouraged by a teacher in my final year of high school to consider acting as a professional career, so I deferred University and started camera acting classes. I was really lucky to book my first acting job in Australia not long after that. Then it all really snowballed. Home and Away and Packed the Rafters shortly followed and next thing I knew I was 4 years into a career as an actress. It was a crazy ride.
Interviewer: Introduce us to a day in your life.
Jessica McNamee: Regardless of if I am working or not I always make sure to get up early and start the day off with some form of exercise. Usually a hike with my dog or yoga. If I am on set it is usually a long day of back and forth between your trailer, costume changes, trying to avoid the pastries at craft services, and some acting in there too. If I have the day off then going to the movies, lunch with friends, studying (I am completing a university degree online). I try to structure my Monday to Friday as a“work week” even when I have time off, be that writing, getting in shape, working on accents, reading scripts etc. Otherwise I could easily waste a week watching Netflix.
Interviewer: In 2012, you went on to secure a role in the film The Vow, alongside Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, how would you like to describe that experience?
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Jessica McNamee: It was definitely the most exciting moment of my career, and a turning point I guess. Before that I was working on a TV show in Australia. It was always the dream to come and shoot a Hollywood movie, that is what we all used to fantasize about. But for it to come to fruition was unbelievable. It was a true pinch me moment. I was a huge fan of Rachel and Chan too, so it made it all the more exciting. I booked it off tape in Australia, so I hadn’t met anyone involved. I got flown to Toronto and throw on set with everyone. It was like I was in a dream.
Interviewer: You will star opposite Dax Shepard, Michael Pena and Kristen Bell in CHIPS, an action comedy film directed and written by Dax Shepard, which will be out on March 15, 2017. Share with us your experience doing this movie.
Jessica McNamee: Pure fun. I had the best time on set of this film. Dax and Kristen love working with their friends so a bunch of their best buddies were cast in Chips. I was one of the few that had no connection to their gang. So essentially it was like being brought into a ridiculously funny new group of friends. We all still see each other and stay in touch. The film itself is so raunchy and funny that it was hard not to have fun.
Interviewer: You recently wrapped doing the action film MEG opposite Jason Stratham for Warner Bros, where you did a lot of water activities. We would like to know about an unforgettable moment that you’ve had on the sets and how did you prepare for the role?
Jessica McNamee: We shot this film in New Zealand, so I actually went down there 3 weeks before shooting to begin training. We spent a lot of time in the water while shooting, so we trained every day in the water. It ranged from beginners stuff like blowing bubbles to swimming laps and time trials, and then advanced to deep water diving with weights and platform jumping and diving. I had an absolute blast. I ended up holding my breathe for about 3 mins underwater. That was by far my most impressive achievement. I play a Sub pilot in the film, so I had to spend a lot of time in out submersible learning to operate it and figure out all the controls. Most of the stuff you’ll see is us operating the machine. It was pretty cool. I would say my first day in costume, after weeks of training and fittings and finally ’driving’ that sub was by far the most memorable.
Interviewer: Advice and motivational words for the inspiring and budding actresses, who all are your fans and shall like to know from you for their climb to the ladder of success in the field of entertainment?
Jessica McNamee: Follow your gut and trust in yourself, no matter what anyone tells you. That is my motto. I have had opportunities to take on roles that didn’t challenge me or inspire me. I have had people try and talk me into doing jobs that I didn’t want to do and try to talk me out of being an actress all together. I scrapped listening to anyone else about 6 years ago. It has been a hustle, but I always trusted myself and knew who I was and what I was capable of, and thank goodness, it all seems to be working out now. It also helps to have an awesome team on your side.
Interviewer: You are also going to star in The Battle Of The Sexes opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carrel, where you will portray the famous tennis player Margaret Court. Tell us more about this endeavor of yours?
Jessica McNamee: What an opportunity this was! Margaret Court is such an icon in Australia so of course I jumped at the opportunity. It is the first time I have played an Australian since working in the USA too, which was nice. I got to keep my accent. It was really transformative for me. I am unrecognizable with a dark tan and short wig. I loved that aspect of it. I also had two months of tennis training in the lead up to shooting. I love tennis but have never been an amazing player so to get paid to learn and become better at playing was a real silver lining of booking this job. Steve and Emma were an absolute delight. I just saw some of the footage doing adr last week, and I have to say, I got quite emotional watching it because it was so overwhelming to be on screen with two such heavy weights of the industry. I can’t wait to see the film.
Source: Women Fitness