Jessica Leccia

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Jessica Leccia
Born (1976-01-08) January 8, 1976 (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 2001 - Present

Jessica Leccia (/ləˈə/, lə-CHEE; born January 8, 1976) is an American actress. She is known for her portrayals of Natalia Rivera on Guiding Light from 2007 to 2009 and of Inez Salinger on One Life to Live since 2010.

Career[edit]

Leccia is best known for her portrayal of Natalia Rivera Aitoro on the American daytime drama Guiding Light. Prior to joining Guiding Light, Leccia had a recurring role on the television show Rescue Me starring Denis Leary. Leccia also guest-starred on the American daytime drama As the World Turns.[1]

Leccia joined the cast of Guiding Light on April 25, 2007 as Natalia Rivera, Gus Aitoro's (Ricky Paull Goldin) long lost high school sweetheart.[2] Leccia's character Natalia was paired with Crystal Chappell's character Olivia Spencer as the popular same-sex supercouple known by the portmanteau Otalia during the last several months of Guiding Light, which ended its 72-year run on 18 September 2009.[3][4]

Leccia is working with ex Guiding Light castmate Chappell again on Chappell's new webseries, Venice: The Series, in which she plays Ani, a photographer and ex-girlfriend of Crystal Chappell's character, Gina. Along with Chappell and Leccia, other ex Guiding Light stars Jordan Clarke, Tina Sloan and Gina Tognoni joined the cast of Venice. Venice aired its first episode December 4, 2009.

Leccia has also made appearances in the prime time shows Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Love Monkey.[1]

Since June 2010, Leccia has been portraying Inez Salinger on One Life to Live. And also stars as Ivy on The Grove: The Series with and created by Crystal Chappell

Personal life[edit]

Leccia was born in New York City, New York. She received a B.A. from Bloomsburg University.[1] Graduated from East Stroudsburg High School - South (East Stroudsburg, PA), Class of 1994, as Jessica Rodriguez. She was 1 of 5 candidates for 1993 Homecoming Queen. Her extracurricular activities included the Welcoming Club 12, Float Committee 10-12, Drama Club 9, and Soccer Manager, 12. She was raised by a young, Hispanic (Puerto Rican), single mother.

She has been married to Brian Malloy since May 3, 2008. The couple welcomed their daughter Ivy Lola Malloy, on June 10, 2009.[5]

Leccia has said that she enjoys watching the television series Lost and that her favorite singer is Stevie Wonder.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Snipes Receptionist
2005 Preaching to the Choir Groupie
2006 Slippery Slope Stacy
2006 The Wedding Album Jasmine TV Movie
2013 Tio Papi Daniella
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Hope Newhall Episode: "Pattern of Conduct"
2005 Rescue Me Mary Magdelene 4 episodes
2006 Love Monkey Detective Aida Perez Episode: "Opportunity Knocks"
2006 As the World Turns Innocencia 1 episode
2007 Queens Supreme Erin Glover Episode: "Case by Case"
2007-2009 Guiding Light Natalia Rivera 247 episodes
2009–Present Venice: The Series Ani Martin
2010 Mercy Camilla Episode: "We All Saw This Coming"
Episode: "Too Much Attitude and Not Enough Underwear"
2010-2011 One Life to Live Inez Salinger 59 episodes
2012 NYC 22 Sarah Episode: "Schooled"
2012 30 Rock Maria Episode: "There's No I in America"
2012 The Grove Ivy
2013 The Carrie Diaries Woman in Bar Episode: "Read Before Use"

Awards[edit]

Nominated[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Guiding Light.net: Actors' Profiles, www.guidinglight.net/, (Retrieved 03-08-2009).
  2. ^ Actor Profile from SoapCentral: Jessica Leccia, www.soapcentral.com, (Retrieved 03-08-2009).
  3. ^ D'Emidion,Tiffany."Television: Guiding Light Coming Out of the Closet?", eclipsemagazine.com, February 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly,"The Must List - The Top 10 Things We Love This Week", March 13, 2009, page 10-11 (print edition).
  5. ^ Guiding Light's Jessica Leccia Welcomes Daughter Ivy Lola.

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