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.

Career

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.

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1998Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterSarah WainthropeFilm debut
1999She's All ThatTaylor Vaughan
2000The Crow: SalvationLauren Randall
2000Whatever it TakesAshley Grant
2000Devil in the Flesh 2Debbie Strand / Tracy Carleyaka. Teacher's Pet[10]
2002Falling in Love in Pongo PongaShawneeShort film
2003Red RoverKylie Logan
2004Out for BloodLayla Simmonsaka. Vampires: Out for Blood
2004Mummy an' the ArmadilloJackie
2005Venice UndergroundTyler
2007American IdentityLyndsey SimpsonShort film
2013Frozen GroundChelle Ringell[18]
2014Merry ExMasAshley Williams

Television

YearSeriesRoleEpisodes
1995Another WorldMaggie Cory #46 episodes
1996–2001Nash BridgesCassidy BridgesMain role, 76 episodes
1999Happy HourHerself1 episode[19]
2002Dharma & GregSimoneEpisodes: "She's with the Band", "Mission: Implausible"
2002George LopezCampbellEpisodes: "Who's Your Daddy?", "The Wedding Dance"
2003The Pool at Maddy Breaker'sMaddy BreakerTelevision movie
2004Tru CallingCandace AimesEpisode: "Reunion"
2004The HelpBecky WigginsEpisode: "Maggie Chicken"
2004CharmedSpider DemonEpisode: "Spin City"
2004–2005Boston LegalNora Jacobs4 episodes
2004Two and a Half MenGailEpisode: "Last Chance to See Those Tattoos"
2005EveRita's stepmotherEpisode: "If the Shrew Fits"
2005, 2010–2011Two and a Half MenIsabella3 episodes
2005AdoptedRachel RabinowitzTelevision movie
2005Three Wise GuysMary Ann DavidsonTelevision movie
2006Halloween: 25 Years of TerrorHerself1 episode
2006The EvidenceOfficer Jackie KazarisRecurring role, 5 episodes
2006Criminal MindsAgt. Amanda GilroyEpisode: "P911"
2006The 12th ManLindsayTelevision movie
2007CSI: NYMelodee ConstanzaEpisode: "The Ride In"
2007RainesAngelina BillingsEpisode: "Closure"
2007The CallJenna "Kinky" KincaidUnsold television pilot[20]
2007–2009Prison BreakGretchen MorganMain role (seasons 3–4), 32 episodes
2009The Big Bang TheoryMikayla the ProstituteEpisode: "The Vegas Renormalization"
2009Prison Break: The Final BreakGretchen MorganTelevision movie
2010LostAvaEpisode: "Recon"
2010Soul Fire RisingLilith Reborn3 episodes
2010ClassKylie BurchTelevision movie
2011Law & Order: LAJenn MackieEpisode: "Angel's Knoll"
2011ExposedEmily BennettTelevision movie[3]
2012The FinderLisa / MandyEpisode: "A Cinderella Story"
2012CastleKristina CoterraEpisode: "Cloudy with a Chance of Murder"
2012A Nanny's RevengeGina WrightTelevision movie
2013The ExesEmployeeEpisode: "Toy Story"
2013StalkersJulia WinstonTelevision movie; aka. Whisper of Fear (based on the book of the same name)[3][3]
2014Untitled Wall Street ProjectRiley SimmsUnsold television pilot[3]
2014–2015, 2017The Vampire DiariesJosette "Jo" LaughlinRecurring role (seasons 6–7); guest role (season 8); 22 episodes
2014–presentHit The FloorLionel DavenportMain role, 24 episodes
2016LuciferRonnie HillmanEpisode: "The Would-Be Prince of Darkness"

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: UprisingKelly Weaver