Connor Jessup

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Connor Jessup
Connor Jessup 2013.jpg
Jessup in 2013
Born (1994-06-23) June 23, 1994 (age 22)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

Connor William Jessup (born June 23, 1994) is a Canadian actor. He is known for his role as Ben Mason on the TNT science fiction television series Falling Skies and for his role as Taylor Blaine in the ABC drama series American Crime.[1] He has also starred in feature films, most notably in the award-winning Blackbird (2012) and Closet Monster (2015).[2][3]

Career[edit]

As an actor[edit]

Jessup at the CFC annual BBQ in 2012

Jessup began acting at the age of 11 as a child actor.[4] After various early jobs, including a role in a stage adaptation of The Full Monty, Jessup got a lead role in the children's television series The Saddle Club, for which he is also credited with conceptualizing the plot of one episode.[5] He served as executive producer for the independent film Amy George, which played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.[6]

In 2011, Jessup was cast as a main character in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies.[7] He starred on the show for five seasons.[7]

In 2012, Jessup starred in the Canadian indie film Blackbird, in which he played a troubled teen falsely accused of planning a school shooting.[2] Jessup's performance received positive reviews and the film won various awards, including the Best Canadian First Feature Film award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.[8] The film won three awards at the Atlantic Film Festival and won the Vancouver International Film Festival award for Best Canadian Feature Film.[9] It also screened at the Cannes Film Festival.[10]

Jessup at Comic Con in 2014

In 2015, Jessup also starred in the feature film Closet Monster, which won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and screened at various film festivals around the world, before subsequently being released nationwide in July 2016.[3]

In 2016, Jessup starred in the Emmy-winning ABC series American Crime as Taylor Blaine.[1] His performance has been praised by critics.[11][12] He will be returning for the third season.[13]

Other work[edit]

Jessup has stated in numerous interviews his intention to work in the film industry beyond acting, as a director and filmmaker.[14][15] In an interview with the Toronto Star, Jessup said that directing “is where my mind and heart [are] at the moment".[16] In 2015, Jessup's short film Boy, which was funded by bravoFACT, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[17][18]

In 2016, Jessup was included in Filmmaker magazine's annual list of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film.[19] In August 2016, his next short film Lira's Forest, which he will be writing and directing, received funding from the Harold Greenberg Fund's Shorts to Features program, with Albert Shin as his executive producer.[20][21] Jessup wants to expand this story with another film, Simon's Forest.[19]

Influences[edit]

As a filmmaker, Jessup has expressed a particular fascination with Japanese film and culture and has stated in interviews that he is highly influenced by East Asian cinema, including directors Hirokazu Kore-eda, Edward Yang, Yasujirō Ozu, Hayao Miyazaki and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.[19][22][23][24] He has also expressed admiration for directors Abbas Kiarostami, Andrew Haigh and Ira Sachs.[19][25]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Blackbird Sean Randall
2014 Skating to New York Casey Demas
2015 Closet Monster Oscar Madly

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Jon Dore Television Show Bat Throwing Kid #3 Episode: "Jon Gets Scared"
2008–09 The Saddle Club Simon Atherton 27 episodes
2011 King Ben Moser Episode: "Eleni Demaris"
2011–15 Falling Skies Ben Mason 48 episodes
2016–present American Crime Taylor Blaine (season 2)
Coy Henson (season 3)
Series regular (seasons 2-3)

Other[edit]

Short film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Little Coffins Writer/Director Short film
2014 Fragments Alex Short film
2015 Boy Writer/Director Short film
2015 Crazy House Beckett Short film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TIFF: Breakout Star Connor Jessup on 'American Crime' and Teen Sexuality". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Blackbird gets into TIFF12, Lead Connor Jessup gets honored". August 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Closet Monster wins big at TIFF 2015 | Daily Xtra". www.dailyxtra.com. Retrieved 2016-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Connor Jessup". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Connor Jessup Bio". 
  6. ^ "Q&A: Connor Jessup talks TIFF film 'Amy George'". September 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Connor Jessup Opens Up About Noah Wyle, Alien Invasions and Game Of Thrones". DaemonsTV. 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Chester filmmaker wins TIFF award for Blackbird". The Chronicle Herald, September 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "Blackbird director Jason Buxton earns Claude Jutra Award for debut film". Toronto Star, January 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "Q&A with Jason Buxton". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  11. ^ TVLine, Team; TVLine, Team (2016-02-20). "Performer of the Week: Connor Jessup". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  12. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2016-01-06). "'American Crime' Star Connor Jessup Discusses Season 2, 'Staggering' Scope of Male Sexual Assault". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  13. ^ Prudom, Laura (2016-08-17). "'American Crime' Brings Back Connor Jessup for Season 3". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  14. ^ "Connor Jessup: Toronto actor sees future as director | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  15. ^ "Canadian actor Connor Jessup easing into his right to tell stories". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  16. ^ "Connor Jessup: Toronto actor sees future as director | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  17. ^ "TIFF: Breakout Star Connor Jessup on 'American Crime' and Teen Sexuality". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  18. ^ Festival, Toronto International Film. "TIFF.net | Boy". TIFF. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  19. ^ a b c d Rizov, Vadim. "Connor Jessup | Filmmaker Magazine". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  20. ^ 15, Jordan Pinto August; 2016. "HGF distributes $110K across three projects". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  21. ^ "The Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Shorts-to-Features Program Recipients – Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  22. ^ "Film Captures the Spirit in BOY | Graphic Communications". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  23. ^ "Interview: Connor Jessup talks Falling Skies, New Projects & Life Experiences | Three If By Space". 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  24. ^ nurun.com. "Short film about a boy -- and his ghost". Brantford Expositor. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  25. ^ "Canadian actor Connor Jessup easing into his right to tell stories". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 

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