Jesse James Keitel

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Jesse James Keitel
NationalityAmerican
Alma materPace University
OccupationActress, writer, artist
Years active2013–present
RelativesHarvey Keitel (first cousin twice removed)[1]

Jesse James Keitel is an American actress, writer, and artist,[2] known for starring in Asher Jelinsky's award-winning short film Miller & Son (2019), the ABC crime drama Big Sky (2020) and on Queer as Folk (2022).

Early life[edit]

Jesse James Keitel is from Long Island. She graduated from Pace University with a BFA in Acting in 2015.[3]

Career[edit]

In 2019, Keitel starred in the world premiere of Martin Moran's play Theo at Two River Theater.[4] She also starred in Miller & Son (2019), which won the BAFTA Student Film Award and Gold Medal for "Best Narrative" (Domestic) at the 2019 Student Academy Awards.[5][6] Keitel played the leading role in the 2020 MadRiver Pictures sci-fi series, Forever Alone.[3] Keitel also appeared in Linda Yellen's 2019 Showtime feature film Fluidity, starring Nico Tortorella.[2] In 2022, Keitel debuted the role of Ruthie in Peacock's Queer As Folk.[7]

Keitel has performed in drag under the pseudonym Peroxide, a member of the Haus of Femanon.[8] As Peroxide Femanon, she has appeared in Logo TV's Fill In The Blank docuseries and in Sasha Velour's NYFW SS19 collaboration with Opening Ceremony.[9][8][10]

Beginning in 2020, Keitel starred as Jerrie Kennedy in the David E. Kelley-created crime thriller Big Sky, which made her one of the first non-binary actors to play a non-binary series regular on primetime television.[11][12] In 2022, she appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, playing a non-binary villain. In an interview, she said of the role: "I understand that queer people have had a really long and complicated history with TV and film, and they’ve been very mistreated in the media....That being said, I think it’s high time we let queer people be villains, you know?"[13]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Keitel was honored in Out magazine's OUT100 in 2018 for her portrayal of queer characters in the Ben Stiller-produced Netflix film Alex Strangelove, as well as playing TV Land's first non-binary character on Younger.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2020, Keitel was described as a non-binary and transgender actor "who uses she/her and they/them pronouns".[11] As of 2022, she identifies as a transgender woman and uses she/her pronouns.[16][17]

Filmography[edit]

Film & Television Roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Celebrity Ghost Stories David Episode "Coco/Craig Kilborn/Diana DeGarmo/Tommy Davidson"
2016 What Would You Do? Closeted Gay Teen Episode #11.7
2018 Alex Strangelove Sidney Film
2018 Younger Tam Episode #505: "Big Little Liza"
2019 Miller & Son Ryan Miller Film
2019 Fluidity Kevin Film
2019 Like Glass Zion Film
2020 Forever Alone Adrian 6 episodes
2020–2022 Big Sky Jerrie Kennedy Main role (2020–2021), special guest star (2021–2022)[2]
2021 This Is Me: Pride Celebration Spectacular Herself Special
2022 Queer as Folk Ruthie O'Neil Main role
2022 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Dr. Aspen Episode: "The Serene Squall"[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunt, Rachel (October 25, 2021). "'Big Sky': Is Jesse James Keitel Related to Harvey Keitel?". Cheatsheet.com. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (March 10, 2020). "'The Big Sky': Jesse James Keitel To Co-Star In David E. Kelley's PI Drama Series For ABC". Deadline. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "PaceCast with Marvin Krislov: Episode 8 - Pace University's Podcasts". Himalaya. September 16, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Levitt, Hayley (February 1, 2019). "Martin Moran's Theo Announces World-Premiere Cast". TheaterMania. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "BAFTA Announces Winners Of The 2019 Student Film Awards". BroadwayWorld. July 10, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Wheat, Lorraine (October 20, 2019). "Rory Kennedy, Gregory Nava Celebrate Films Creating Social Change at 2019 Student Academy Awards". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Brown, Evan Nicole (June 9, 2022). "'Queer as Folk' Star Jesse James Keitel on Playing a One-Time Party Girl Navigating Adulthood". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Regensdorf, Laura (September 10, 2018). "All the Drag Star Makeup Tips From Backstage at Opening Ceremony". Vogue. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Fill In The Blank: Drag Relationships - Fill In The Blank (Video Clip)". Logo TV. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Yotka, Steff (September 10, 2018). "Opening Ceremony Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show". Vogue. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ a b Gao, Max (December 1, 2020). "Nonbinary actor Jesse James Keitel on groundbreaking 'Big Sky' role". NBC News. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2020). "ABC Sets Fall Drama Premiere Dates; 'For Life' Replaces Canceled 'Stumptown' On Schedule, 'The Rookie' Pushed". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  13. ^ Joest, Mick (June 20, 2022). "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Jesse James Keitel Explains Why Playing Angel Was 'Refreshing'". Cinemablend. Future US Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  14. ^ Besanvalle, James (June 24, 2018). "Genderqueer actor Jesse James Keitel is the new star of Younger". Gay Star News. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "OUT100: 2018". Out. November 14, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "'Queer as Folk' Star Jesse James Keitel on Playing Trans Role That's Not Villainized". June 9, 2022.
  17. ^ Keitel, Jesse James. "Jesse James Keitel (@jessejameskeitel)". Instagram. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  18. ^ "'Queer as Folk' Star Jesse James Keitel to Appear on 'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' as Nonbinary Character (EXCLUSIVE)". June 7, 2022.

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