Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

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Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
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Jodi Lyn O'Keefe at Los Angeles Fashion Week, Smashbox Studios, Culver City on March 9, 2008
Born (1978-10-10) October 10, 1978 (age 37)[1]
Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, United States
Other names Jodi O'Keefe
Occupation Actress, model, fashion designer
Years active 1995–present

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (born October 10, 1978) is an American actress and model, who at age 17 portrayed Cassidy Bridges on Nash Bridges. She is also known for her role on Prison Break as Gretchen Morgan, a.k.a. "Susan B. Anthony", and as Josette "Jo" Laughlin in The Vampire Diaries.

Early life[edit]

O'Keefe was born in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, the daughter of Noreen, a homemaker, and Jack O'Keefe, a director of labor relations for Merck.[1] She has Czech, Irish, Polish, Swedish and Austrian ancestry.[citation needed] O'Keefe has two older sisters, Jenna and Heather.


O'Keefe started her career as a model at the age of 8 years old, and she did some modeling work for a Jeans company. Midway through her junior year of high school, O'Keefe left school to star on the soap opera Another World, playing Marguerite “Maggie” Cory. She then got a role on Nash Bridges playing Cassidy, the daughter of Don Johnson’s title character.[2] She and her mother moved to Hollywood so O'Keefe completed her schooling by mail. When she was 17 she had an affair with Don Johnson.[citation needed]

O'Keefe made her big screen debut in 1998 in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later[3][4] and later starred in such films as The Crow: Salvation,[5] Whatever It Takes[6] and Devil In The Flesh 2.[7] In 1999, she co-starred in the teen film She's All That (1999) as Taylor Vaughan alongside Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook.[8][9] When asked if it was hard to play her character, a high school prima donna, she replied, “Everybody knew a Taylor Vaughan in high school. Working in show business, you meet girls like that every day.”[citation needed]

O'Keefe kept on filming both movies and Nash Bridges until the series ended in 2001. Later films have included Out for Blood, in which she played a vampire named Layla Simmons and Venice Underground. On the small screen, she has appeared in various shows including Dharma & Greg, Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men, Charmed, The Evidence,[10] The Big Bang Theory, and Tru Calling.

In 2007, O'Keefe was cast in a starring role on the series Prison Break;[11] she was a part of the show's cast through its third and fourth seasons. O'Keefe has said that she "truly loved" playing the part of her Prison Break character Gretchen Morgan, because it "challenged" her, and because Gretchen was the "polar opposite of her" and "was badass".[12]

In 2014 O'Keefe was cast in a recurring role in VH1's TV series Hit the Floor,[13] and appeared in the film Merry ExMas. The same year, she was also cast in the recurring role of Jo in the sixth season of The CW series The Vampire Diaries.[14]

Other appearances[edit]

In 2009 she appeared in the stand alone add-on of the video game Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising.

In June 2013, O'Keefe did a photoshoot for NOH8 campaign.

O'Keefe was also in 3 Doors Down's video for "Let Me Go", alongside Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives.

Other ventures[edit]

On June 22, 2011, O'Keefe started her own clothing line, Queen George Clothing.

In 2012, O'Keefe launched her own jewelry line, Q.

O'Keefe is also a licensed bounty hunter together with her friend Victoria Pratt, with whom she starred in the movie A Nanny's Revenge.



Year Film Role Notes
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Sarah Wainthrope Film debut
1999 She's All That Taylor Vaughan
2000 The Crow: Salvation Lauren Randall
Whatever it Takes Ashley Grant
Devil in the Flesh 2 Debbie Strong / Tracy Carley aka. Teacher's Pet[7]
2002 Falling in Love in Pongo Ponga Shawnee Short film
2003 Red Rover Kylie Logan
2004 Out for Blood Layla Simmons aka. Vampires: Out for Blood
Mummy an' the Armadillo Jackie
2005 Venice Underground Tyler
2007 American Identity Lyndsey Simpson Short film
2013 Frozen Ground Chelle Ringell [15]
2014 Merry ExMas Ashley Williams


Year Series Role Episodes
1995 Another World Maggie Cory #4 6 episodes
1996–2001 Nash Bridges Cassidy Bridges Main role, 76 episodes
1999 Happy Hour Herself 1 episode[16]
2002 Dharma & Greg Simone "She's with the Band" (S05E17)
"Mission: Implausible" (S05E18)
George Lopez Campbell "Who's Your Daddy?" (S02E01)
"The Wedding Dance" (S02E07)
2003 The Pool at Maddy Breaker's Maddy Breaker TV movie
2004 Tru Calling Candace Aimes "Reunion" (S01E10)
The Help Becky Wiggins "Maggie Chicken" (S01E03)
Charmed Spider Demon "Spin City" (S06E18)
Boston Legal Nora Jacobs "Hired Guns" (S01E10)
Two and a Half Men Gail "Last Chance to See Those Tattoos" (S02E11)
2005 Boston Legal Nora Jacobs "Schmidt Happens" (S01E11)
"From Whence We Came" (S01E12)
Eve Rita's stepmother "If the Shrew Fits" (S02E15)
Two and a Half Men Isabella "Hi, Mr. Horned One" (S03E06)
Adopted Rachel Rabinowitz TV movie
Three Wise Guys Mary Ann Davidson TV movie
2006 Halloween: 25 Years of Terror Herself 1 episode
The Evidence Officer Jackie Kazaris Recurring role, 5 episodes (Pilot (S01E01), "Down for the Count" (S01E02), "Wine and Die" (S01E06), "Stringers" (S01E07), "And the Envelope Please" (S01E08))
Criminal Minds Agt. Amanda Gilroy "P911" (S02E02)
The 12th Man Lindsay TV movie
2007 CSI: NY Melodee Constanza "The Ride In" (S03E17)
Raines Angelina Billings "Closure" (S01E07)
The Call Jenna "Kinky" Kincaid TV pilot[17]
2007–09 Prison Break Susan B. Anthony / Gretchen Morgan Main role (seasons 3–4), 32 episodes
2009 The Big Bang Theory Mikayla the Prostitute "The Vegas Renormalization" (S02E21)
Prison Break: The Final Break Gretchen Morgan TV movie
2010 Lost Ava "Recon" (S06E08)
Two and a Half Men Isabella "Gumby with a Pokey" (S07E21)
Soul Fire Rising Lilith Reborn 3 episodes
Class Kylie Burch TV movie
2011 Law & Order: LA Jenn Mackie "Angel's Knoll" (S01E17)
Two and a Half Men Isabella "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt" (S09E01)
Exposed Emily Bennett TV movie[18]
2012 The Finder Lisa / Mandy "A Cinderella Story" (S01E03)
Castle Kristina Coterra "Cloudy with a Chance of Murder" (S05E02)
A Nanny's Revenge Gina Wright TV movie
2013 The Exes Employee "Toy Story" (S03E01)
Stalkers Julia Winston TV movie – True story based on the book "Whisper of Fear"[19][20]
2014 Untitled Wall Street Project Riley Simms TV pilot
2014–15 The Vampire Diaries Josette "Jo" Laughlin/Florence Recurring role (seasons 6–7), 21 episodes
2014–present Hit The Floor Lionel Davenport Main role, 24 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising Kelly Weaver


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  2. ^ John P. McCarthy (March 26, 1996). "Review: ‘Nash Bridges’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  3. ^ Benedict Carver (March 9, 1998). "LL Cool J dresses up for ‘Halloween’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  4. ^ Dennis Harvey (August 3, 1998). "Review: ‘Halloween: H20 Twenty Years Later – Echo of a Scream, ‘H20’ Holds Water’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  5. ^ Lisa Nesselson (June 26, 2000). "Review: ‘The Crow: Salvation’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  6. ^ Robert Koehler (March 26, 2000). "Review: ‘Whatever It Takes – ‘It Takes’ More Than This’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  7. ^ a b Vanessa Torres (October 6, 1999). "O’Keefe is ‘Teacher’s Pet’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  8. ^ Godfrey Cheshire (January 27, 1999). "Review: ‘She’s All That’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  9. ^ Owen Gleiberman (February 5, 1999). "Movies - She's All That". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  10. ^ Michael Schneider (October 10, 2005). "ABC builds ‘Evidence’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  11. ^ Nellie Andreeva (June 19, 2007). "Newcomers in the can for Fox's 'Prison'". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  12. ^ Ilana Rapp (June 30, 2014). "Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe of VH1's Hit the Floor Talks About Her Q Jewelry Design". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  13. ^ Mandi Bierly (May 5, 2014). "'Hit the Floor': Summer's sexiest promo has arrived -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  14. ^ Samantha Highfill (July 17, 2014). "'The Vampire Diaries' adds Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Marco James (Updated)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  15. ^ Gary Goldstein (August 22, 2013). "Review: 'Frozen Ground' fails to break the surface". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  16. ^ Phil Gallo (March 30, 1999). "Review: ‘Happy Hour’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  17. ^ "2007-08 pilot orders: ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. April 4, 2007. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  18. ^ Etan Vlessing (September 1, 2010). "Canadian thriller to air in 2011 on domestic pay TV networks". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  19. ^ Lesley Goldberg (October 3, 2012). "'Prison Break's' Jodi Lyn O'Keefe to Co-Star in Lifetime's 'Stalkers' Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-30. 
  20. ^ "Whisper of Fear". 

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