Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (born October 10, 1978 [3] [4] ) is an American actress and model, who at age 17 began portraying Cassidy Bridges on Nash Bridges . She is also known for her role on Prison Break as Gretchen Morgan, a.k.a. "Susan B. Anthony", and as Josette "Jo" Laughlin in The Vampire Diaries .

Early life

O'Keefe was born in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, [4] the daughter of Noreen, a homemaker, and Jack O'Keefe, a director of labor relations for Merck. [2] She has Czech, Irish, Polish, Swedish and Austrian ancestry. O'Keefe has two older sisters, Jenna and Heather.


O'Keefe started her career as a model at the age of 8 years old, and she did some modeling work for a Jeans company. Midway through her junior year of high school, O'Keefe left school to star on the soap opera Another World , playing Marguerite “Maggie” Cory. She then got a role on Nash Bridges playing Cassidy, the daughter of Don Johnson ’s title character. [5] She and her mother moved to Hollywood so O'Keefe completed her schooling by mail.

O'Keefe made her big screen debut in 1998 in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later [6] [7] and later starred in such films as The Crow: Salvation , [8] Whatever It Takes [9] and Devil In The Flesh 2 . [10] In 1999, she co-starred in the teen film She's All That (1999) as Taylor Vaughan alongside Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. [11] [12] When asked if it was hard to play her character, a high school prima donna, she replied, “Everybody knew a Taylor Vaughan in high school. Working in show business, you meet girls like that every day.”

O'Keefe kept on filming both movies and Nash Bridges until the series ended in 2001. Later films have included Out for Blood , in which she played a vampire named Layla Simmons and Venice Underground . On the small screen, she has appeared in various shows including Dharma & Greg , Boston Legal , Two and a Half Men , Charmed , The Evidence , [13] The Big Bang Theory , and Tru Calling .

In 2007, O'Keefe was cast in a starring role on the series Prison Break ; [14] she was a part of the show's cast through its third and fourth seasons. O'Keefe has said that she "truly loved" playing the part of her Prison Break character Gretchen Morgan, because it "challenged" her, and because Gretchen was the "polar opposite of her" and "was badass". [15]

In 2014 O'Keefe was cast in a recurring role in VH1's TV series Hit the Floor , [16] and appeared in the film Merry ExMas . The same year, she was also cast in the recurring role of Jo in the sixth season of The CW series The Vampire Diaries . [17]

Other appearances

In 2009 she appeared in the stand-alone add-on of the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising .

In June 2013, O'Keefe did a photoshoot for NOH8 campaign.

O'Keefe was in 3 Doors Down's video for " Let Me Go ", alongside Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives .

Other ventures

On June 22, 2011, O'Keefe started her own clothing line, Queen George Clothing.

In 2012, O'Keefe launched her own jewelry line, Q.

O'Keefe is also a licensed bounty hunter together with her friend Victoria Pratt, with whom she starred in the movie A Nanny's Revenge .



Year Film Role Notes
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Sarah Wainthrope Film debut
1999 She's All That Taylor Vaughan
2000 The Crow: Salvation Lauren Randall
2000 Whatever it Takes Ashley Grant
2000 Devil in the Flesh 2 Debbie Strand / Tracy Carley aka. Teacher's Pet [10]
2002 Falling in Love in Pongo Ponga Shawnee Short film
2003 Red Rover Kylie Logan
2004 Out for Blood Layla Simmons aka. Vampires: Out for Blood
2004 Mummy an' the Armadillo Jackie
2005 Venice Underground Tyler
2007 American Identity Lyndsey Simpson Short film
2013 Frozen Ground Chelle Ringell [18]
2014 Merry ExMas Ashley Williams


Year Series Role Episodes
1995 Another World Maggie Cory #4 6 episodes
1996–2001 Nash Bridges Cassidy Bridges Main role, 76 episodes
1999 Happy Hour Herself 1 episode [19]
2002 Dharma & Greg Simone Episodes: " She's with the Band ", " Mission: Implausible "
2002 George Lopez Campbell Episodes: " Who's Your Daddy? ", " The Wedding Dance "
2003 The Pool at Maddy Breaker's Maddy Breaker Television movie
2004 Tru Calling Candace Aimes Episode: " Reunion "
2004 The Help Becky Wiggins Episode: "Maggie Chicken"
2004 Charmed Spider Demon Episode: " Spin City "
2004–2005 Boston Legal Nora Jacobs 4 episodes
2004 Two and a Half Men Gail Episode: " Last Chance to See Those Tattoos "
2005 Eve Rita's stepmother Episode: " If the Shrew Fits "
2005, 2010–2011 Two and a Half Men Isabella 3 episodes
2005 Adopted Rachel Rabinowitz Television movie
2005 Three Wise Guys Mary Ann Davidson Television movie
2006 Halloween: 25 Years of Terror Herself 1 episode
2006 The Evidence Officer Jackie Kazaris Recurring role, 5 episodes
2006 Criminal Minds Agt. Amanda Gilroy Episode: " P911 "
2006 The 12th Man Lindsay Television movie
2007 CSI: NY Melodee Constanza Episode: " The Ride In "
2007 Raines Angelina Billings Episode: "Closure"
2007 The Call Jenna "Kinky" Kincaid Unsold television pilot [20]
2007–2009 Prison Break Gretchen Morgan Main role (seasons 3–4), 32 episodes
2009 The Big Bang Theory Mikayla the Prostitute Episode: " The Vegas Renormalization "
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Gretchen Morgan Television movie
2010 Lost Ava Episode: " Recon "
2010 Soul Fire Rising Lilith Reborn 3 episodes
2010 Class Kylie Burch Television movie
2011 Law & Order: LA Jenn Mackie Episode: "Angel's Knoll"
2011 Exposed Emily Bennett Television movie [3]
2012 The Finder Lisa / Mandy Episode: "A Cinderella Story"
2012 Castle Kristina Coterra Episode: " Cloudy with a Chance of Murder "
2012 A Nanny's Revenge Gina Wright Television movie
2013 The Exes Employee Episode: " Toy Story "
2013 Stalkers Julia Winston Television movie; aka. Whisper of Fear (based on the book of the same name) [3] [3]
2014 Untitled Wall Street Project Riley Simms Unsold television pilot [3]
2014–2015, 2017 The Vampire Diaries Josette "Jo" Laughlin Recurring role (seasons 6–7); guest role (season 8); 22 episodes
2014–present Hit The Floor Lionel Davenport Main role, 24 episodes
2016 Lucifer Ronnie Hillman Episode: " The Would-Be Prince of Darkness "

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising Kelly Weaver