Alessandra Torresani

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Alessandra Torresani
AlessandraTorresaniApr09.jpg
Torresani in April 2009
Born Alessandra Olivia Toreson
(1987-05-29) May 29, 1987 (age 29)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Other names Alessandra Toreson
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Alessandra Torresani (born Alessandra Olivia Toreson; May 29, 1987) is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Zoe Graystone in the science fiction television series Caprica. Prior to 2007, she was credited as Alessandra Toreson.

Early life[edit]

Alessandra Olivia Toreson was born on May 29, 1987 in Palo Alto, California.[1] Her mother, Marcia Glow, was a CEO, while her father, James Sylvester Toreson, ran startup tech companies.[2] She began studying dancing and singing when she was two years old. At the age of 8, she landed a job doing interviews between cartoons on The WB Television Network. She holds a black belt in taekwondo.[3]

Career[edit]

Torresani's television debut was at age nine when she hosted the "Kids' WB Club" for San Francisco's KBWB (Channel 20). She co-starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Going to the Mat. Her other television credits include guest appearances on Even Stevens, JAG, ER, The War at Home, Malcolm In The Middle, Arrested Development, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation among others. In May 2008, Torresani was cast as Zoe Graystone in Syfy's Caprica,[4] a prequel spin-off of Battlestar Galactica, which debuted in 2009.

In 2009, Rolling Stone announced that she was cast to play Lita Ford in the The Runaways, a biopic about the all-girl punk band of the same name.[5] Variety later reported that it was Scout Taylor-Compton who would play Ford.[6] In 2010, Torresani was featured as a Girl of Maxim.[7]

In 2013 Torresani starred in the comedy web series Husbands, which first aired on September 13, 2011.[8]

In 2016, she made several appearances on The Big Bang Theory, playing the role of edgy bartender and aspiring screenwriter, Claire.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Lost and Found Park Girl
2000 Mad Song Alex
2000 Baby Bedlam Becky
2010 Annie Goes Boating Annie Short film
2012 Playback Brianna
2012 American Horror House Daria
2013 The Moment Emma

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 KaBlam! n/a Episode: "Brothers Tiki"
1998 ER Kate Episode: "Stuck on You"
1999 Working Tiffany Episode: "The Prodigy"
1999 My Last Love Emma Movie
2000 Popular Emily/Emma Episode: "Baby, Don't Do It!"
2000 Even Stevens Mimi Nagurski Episode: "Luscious Lou"
2003 Newton Holly Pryor Movie
2001, 2003 Malcolm in the Middle Sara Coleman/Kirsten Episodes: "Malcolm's Girlfriend", "Thanksgiving"
2004 Going to the Mat Mary Beth Rice Movie
2004 JAG Susan Smithfield Episode: "Coming Home"
2004 Arrested Development Ann Veal Episode: "Let 'Em Eat Cake"
2004 Grounded for Life Carolyn Episode: "I'm Looking Through You"
2005 Love, Inc. Holly Episode: "Major Dad"
2005 The War at Home Alison Episode: "The Bigger They Come"
2006 Grand Union Meaghan McBride Movie
2007 Bones Teenaged Girl Elf Episode: "The Santa in the Slush"
2008 Happy Campers Dylan Dixon Movie
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Jordan Cowan Episode: "The Turk"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bree Lindale Episode: "Turn, Turn, Turn"
2009–2010 Caprica Zoe Graystone Series regular (16 episodes)
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself/Guest judge Episode: "Queens in Space"
2011 Warehouse 13 Meagan Reese Episode: "Shadows"
2011–2013 Husbands Haley 8 episodes
2011 American Horror Story Stephanie Boggs Episodes: "Halloween: Part 2", "Piggy Piggy"
2014 Two and a Half Men Kathy Episode: "Thirty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Thirty-Eight"
2015 The Fosters Brooke Season 3. 3 episodes
2015 Workaholics Crystal Episode: "Dorm Daze"
2016 The Big Bang Theory Claire Recurring, Season 9
2016 Lucifer Naomi Episode: "Pops"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alessandra Torresani: Biography, Latest News & Videos". TV Guide; retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Hart, Hugh (January 21, 2010). "Alessandra Torresani Gets Inside Caprica's Prime Cylon". Wired. 
  3. ^ Goldman, Eric (January 28, 2010). "Caprica: Alessandra Torresani on Life as a Cylon", ign.com; accessed March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Alessandra Toressani also joins 'Caprica'". Zap2it. May 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ Kreps, Daniel (June 9, 2009). "Alessandra Torresani Cast As Lita Ford in "The Runaways" Biopic". Rolling Stone. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Matt (June 24, 2009). "Will The Real Fake Lita Ford Please Stand Up?". Collider. 
  7. ^ "Sci-Fi has a new Red Hot Robot!". Maxim. February 8, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Jane Espenson Talks 'Husbands'". The Bambola Factory. July 26, 2011. 

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