Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz was born on April 28, in the year 1986, in the city of Seoul, South Korea. When she had turned three months old, she was adopted by a New York family and raised in East Meadow, New York. As she said in an interview, she did not have questions about her biological parents because she felt a strong sense of belonging to her adopted family. Though, she admitted that she was “a little scared” about contacting her real parents. She has written about her adoption experience in an essay in a book for children, “The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #5: How Do You Get To The Garden Galaxy?” by a Singapore author, “Melanie Lee.” Her parents are Judie and Brat. Her father is a transportation sales manager, and her mother is a house wife. They later managed her work when she started off with her acting career. Ushkowitz had been raised as a Catholic.

She had joined Parkway Elementary School and later on, she had joined The Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, a school in Hicksville, Long Island known for its strong theatre department. The school was managed by the Catholic community. During her high school days, she had participated in many musicals, including “Les Misérables.” She has also appeared in The Baker's Wife, as Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, Penny in Honk!, and Romaine Patterson in The Laramie Project. In 2004, she graduated from high school and joined Marymount Manhattan College. In 2007, she completed her graduation with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in the subject, theatre arts, with a major in performance and a minor in musical theatre. From the age of three, Ushkowitz was into the field of acting. She worked as a child artist in “ Sesame Street.”

She bagged her first role in the Broadway musical in “The King and I.” At the age of thirteen, she sang the American national anthem at The Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks game. In 2009, she had been cast for the role of “ Tina” in Ryan Murphy’s Glee. She has given solo performances on songs like True Colors, I Follow Rivers, Because You Loved Me, Gangnam Style, I Don't Know How to Love Him, Hung Up, and I Kissed a Girl. She has also appeared in live concerts with her co-stars from Glee in the United States, Canada, England, and Ireland. In 2011, she had a brief appearance in "Marry the Night,” a music video of Lady Gaga. Her first book, “Choosing Glee,” an autobiography, was released on May 14, 2013. In 2014, she had been cast as “Jeannie Ryan” in “Hair.” It was a Hollywood Bowl production.

In 2015, she produced a documentary named as “Twinsters”. The documentary was about Samantha and Anais, identical twin sisters, who were separated at the time of birth and met each other through Facebook. In 2015, Ushkowitz, being the first Asian woman, was cast as “Julia Sullivan” in “The Wedding Singer.” Apart from these, she has also worked in the musical, “Hello again,” as Marie, the nurse. She gave her voice as “Ms. guided” in the animated film “ Captain Underpants.” In 2016, she founded the podcast network, with Will Malnati. The network debuted “Infinite Positivities.” It is a show that is hosted by Ushkowitz that contains discussions of topics which are taken from her book Choosing Glee, and conversations with people who inspire her. The guests invited on the show include authors, experts and fellow artists.

In each episode, she talks about the ways in which one can lead life positively. In 2016, she played the character of “ Dawn” from “Kimiko Glenn” in the “Waitress,” a Broadway production. In 2014, Ushkowitz started “Kindred: The Foundation for Adoption.” It was created to provide domestic and international adoptees and their families (both adoptive and biological) with services such as translation, travel, and support for those who wish to reunite. It was after kindred that she thought of finding and contacting her biological parents. Besides Kindred, Ushkowitz had worked for many other causes as well. With Glee co-star Kevin McHale, she posed for the NOH8 Campaign. She has also been a long time supporter of conservation of oceans. Currently, Ushkowitz, fondly called as “Crispy,” is a famous actress, singer and a host, and finds “ Britney Spears” like her idol.

Jessalyn Gilsig English Actress

Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig, a Canadian actress, was born on November 30, 1971, in Mon-treal, Quebec, Canada. Her father, Toby Gilsig, was an engineer. Her mother, Claire, was a writer and translator. At an early age of twelve, Gilsig had already made an entry into the world of show business, when she was hired to do a voice work for “Masquerade.” It was a program that had been produced by the National Film Board of Canada. She has also worked as the voice actress in the TV series “Young Robin Hood.” Gilsig was a trained actress. She attended McGill University in Montreal. In 1993, she completed her graduation with a Bachelors of Arts degree in the subject, English. Even in college, she participated in many stage productions. After college, she pursued her further education at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training. In college, her specialization was acting. She appeared in many productions like Henry V, The Cherry Orchard, and The Tempest. Apart from these, she appeared in TV commercials and had made cameo appearances in TV shows like Seven Days and Viper on UPN. In 1999, she had her breakthrough in producer David E. Kelley’s drama, “The Practice.” She had played roles in Kelley’s two other programs: Snoops and Boston Public. In 2003, Gilsig bagged the role of Gina Russo in Nip/Tuck. She was a part of Nip/Tuck till 2008. Meanwhile, she had also appeared in a few episodes of NYPD Blue and Fox’s Prison Break. Apart from television, in 1998, Gilsig started her career in films with a small role in the movie, Horse Whisperer. She also gave her voice for the character, Kayley, in the animated film Quest for Camelot. Her other works include See This Movie, Chicks with Sticks, and Flood. On January 1, 2005, Gilsig married Booby Salomon, a film producer, in a Jewish style. They had been blessed with a girl, Penelope, born on September 26, 2006. In 2009, they had separated and had filed a divorce on September 8, 2010. In 2009, Gilsig had become a real celebrity when she was a part of FOX's Glee as the manipulative wife, Terry Schuester. After Glee, Gilsig played the character of Siggy. She was the wife of Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne in real life), in the historical drama, Vikings. She also starred in the film, Somewhere Slow. Gilsig became an American citizen in the year 2003. Currently, Gilsig resides in Los Angeles with her daughter.

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