Justina Vail Evans

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Justina Vail Evans
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Born Justina Vail
(1963-08-20) 20 August 1963 (age 50)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality British
Education Canterbury College of Art
Occupation Actress, life coach
Spouse(s) Jeff Evans, Ph.D
Website
Justinavail.com

Justina Vail Evans (née Vail, previously credited as Justina Vail) (born 20 August 1963) is a British actress, life coach, author and hypnotherapist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vail was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1963 to British parents. She acquired her first acting role in Hong Kong where a British television show was filming.[2]

Career[edit]

Professionally, Vail's most notable role was as a Russian scientist Dr. Olga Vukavitch in the late 1990s and early 2000s UPN science fiction television series Seven Days. Vail received positive reviews for her performance on the show.[3] In 2000, she won a Saturn Award for best supporting actress, winning out over Stargate SG-1's Amanda Tapping.[4] In 2001, however, there were reports of dissatisfaction on set. Co-star Don Franklin expressed his dissatisfaction with the show,[5] and Vail was reported to have left the show entirely[6] (according to some show sources over a dispute with Seven Days co-star Jonathan LaPaglia[7]), only to later return and finish the third season.[5]

Vail also guest-starred in an episode of Highlander: The Series. The episode (along with several others like it) were attempts to pilot female immortal leads for the short-lived Highlander: The Raven. Reviews of the episode were mixed, offering criticism of Vail's character, but not her performance. Ultimately, Vail's character was not the one chosen for the new show.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Vail is married to Jeff Evans, a doctor, leadership development consultant and best-selling author based in Los Angeles, California.[9] Vail is also an author. She is a recurring columnist for Backstage magazine,[10] and she has published the book How to be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business: A Guide to Thriving Through it All. It was awarded the top prize of the "How To" category for the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Yellowthread Street Caroline (TV series, 1 episode: "Slicing the Dragon")
1990 Shadow of China Caroline
1991 Super Force Hostess (TV series, 1 episode: "Come Under the Way: Part 2")
1991 The Adventures of Superboy Dr. Winger's Assistant (TV series, 2 episodes)
1991 The Commish Anna Trentino (TV series, 1 episode: "Sleep of the Just")
1992 The Adventures of Superboy Dr. Odessa Vexman (TV series, 2 episodes)
1993 Journey to the Center of the Earth Devin Television movie
1994 The X-Files The Unholy Spirit (TV series, 1 episode: "3")
1995 Marker Irina (TV series, 1 episode: "From Russia Without Love")
1996 Naked Souls Amelia
1996 Seinfeld Amanda (TV series, 1 episode: "The Bizarro Jerry")
1996 Carnosaur 3: Primal Species Proudfoot
1996 Jerry Maguire Former Girlfriend
1997 Suddenly Susan Gina (TV series, 1 episode: "Where the Wild Things Aren't")
1997 Kiss the Girls Beautiful Girl
1998 Conan Zotana (TV series, 1 episode: "The Crystal Arrow")
1998-2001 Seven Days Olga Vulkavitch (TV series, 66 episodes)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2009 General Hospital Dr. Ingrid Hensen (TV series, 6 episodes)
2010 Cold Case Zelda Panay '71 (TV series, 1 episode: "Metamorphosis")

Bibliography[edit]

  • How to Be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business: A Guide to Thriving Through It All, CreateSpace, 2012, ISBN 978-1-47752-221-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vail, Justina (17 December 2012). "Use your fear to fuel you". Backstage. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Spelling, Ian (29 October 1998). "Good 'Days' appear ahead for Vail". Herald-Journal. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Martin, John (6 October 1998). "'Seven Days'". The Dispatch. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stargate SG-1 wins Saturn Award: Show honored by science fiction academy". GateWorld. 6 June 2000. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Baerg, Greg (11 April 2001). "Don Franklin wants a lot more than `Seven Days'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Knight Ridder Tribune (4 April 2001). "Network to pull 'Seven Days': The network will have four unaired episodes". The Vindicator. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Rice, Lynette (21 March 2001). "Sleeping With the Enemy: Plus, unrest on the set of UPN's "7 Days," and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Zimmer, Mark (7 February 2005). "Highlander Season Six: The Final Season". DigitallyOBSESSED.com. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Vail, Justina. "About the book". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Backstage. "List of Justina Vail columns". Backstage. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hollywood Book Festival names "Nightingale" for top honors". Hollywood Book Festival. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 

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