Jolene Blalock

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Jolene Blalock
JoleneBlalockEgypt 3.jpg
Jolene Blalock in Egypt, 2006
Born (1975-03-05) March 5, 1975 (age 45)
Other namesJolene Rapino
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1998-2017
Spouse(s)
(m. 2003)
Children3

Jolene Blalock (born March 5, 1975) is an American actress and model. She is best known for playing the Vulcan first officer and science officer T'Pol on the UPN science-fiction series Star Trek: Enterprise. Her range of work includes guest-star spots on television series and films.

Early life[edit]

Jolene Blalock was born and raised in San Diego, California, with three siblings.[1] She spent her childhood surfing and developing artistic skills.[2] She said of her childhood:[3]

I was such an awkward-looking child, I've no idea what happened. I didn't have a good childhood because I never could get along with other kids. I was the child that sat in the corner eating lunch by myself. I worked in the library at lunchtime because I had no real friends. I read a lot and educated myself a different way because me and school didn't get along. Even boys were never interested in me. I remember playing kiss-chase in the first and second grade. I would run but no one would ever chase me.

— Jolene Blalock, Interview in the Daily Star

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Blalock left home at age seventeen to model in Europe and Asia.[2] She has appeared on the cover of many men's lifestyle magazines, was twice featured in Maxim's "Girls of Maxim" gallery, and was named the 10th sexiest woman in the world in 2003 by FHM. She posed for a clothed fashion layout in Playboy in April 2002. She was later interviewed by the magazine for its "20Q" section in February 2005.

Blalock spent years dieting as a model and was relieved to move into acting, saying: "I'm jaded by my experiences in the modelling industry. You're never skinny or perfect enough and it was difficult mentally making the transition to acting."[1]

She made her television debut on the sitcom Veronica's Closet, before guest appearances on Love Boat: The Next Wave, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, JAG and starring as Medea in a television movie adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts (2000). She also appeared in the movie On the Edge (2001) and the miniseries The Diamond Hunters (2001) before being cast on Star Trek: Enterprise.[1][2] She was an actress in the music video Denise by Fountains of Wayne (1999).

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)[edit]

Landing one of the leading roles on Star Trek: Enterprise was Blalock's biggest break and she described it as a dream come true.[1] She admitted she was excited at being a newcomer to the series:[4]

About her time on the set she recalled that;

We're really fortunate. More than 100 people are working together on this every day and we haven't had one argument. It's incredible. I've had bad days in my personal life, but it's always a joy to go to work. There's also a sense of immortality that the show gives you, that you're working on something that will never die, that your contribution will last forever. That's a very special feeling.

— Jolene Blalock, Interview in the Express on Sunday[4]

In Enterprise, Blalock played the role of Subcommander T'Pol, a Vulcan diplomat on Earth who was initially assigned by Vulcan Ambassador Soval (a recurring role played by Gary Graham) as an observer on the ship's very first mission in the pilot episode, Broken Bow. At the end of that episode, she's asked to remain on Enterprise as the Science Officer by Captain Jonathan Archer (played by Scott Bakula). As the series progressed, she assumed the position of First Officer, and at the start of the third season Xindi arc, she resigns her Vulcan position to remain on Enterprise when the Vulcan High Command orders her back to Vulcan. Early in the fourth season, she formalizes her position in Starfleet and is granted a field commission of Commander, retaining her role as the ship's First Officer where she remained for the remainder of the series.

Blalock has not participated in conventions or given interviews regarding her role on Star Trek: Enterprise except for FedCon XIV in May 2005, but did agree to join a 2013 cast reunion for an interview during the Blu-ray conversion and production.[5] She also appeared as a parody version of herself attending a Star Trek convention in a 2009 episode of the sitcom 10 Items or Less titled "Star Trok".

2003–present[edit]

Blalock appeared in the film Slow Burn, which was shot in 2003 between seasons two and three of Enterprise, unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005, and finally saw limited theatrical release in 2007.

She guest-starred in two episodes of Stargate SG-1 as Ishta, leader of a group of rebel female Jaffa.

Blalock was scheduled to appear on an episode of Lost during the 2005–2006 season. Though she filmed some scenes, they were never used in an episode nor featured as "deleted scenes" in the DVD set's bonus material. Set photos from the shooting of a scene surfaced in 2008.[6]

In Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, which was released direct-to-video on August 5, 2008, Blalock played Captain Lola Beck who led a mixed group of survivors on a journey across an alien infested wasteland.

Blalock played Alexa, the wife of a hospitalized porn star, in the 2009 episode "Teamwork" on the series House.

In the second season of Legend of the Seeker, appearing in the January 2009 episodes "Dark" and "Perdition", Blalock played Sister Nicci, a Sister of the Dark.

Blalock had a supporting role as Stacy in the action thriller Sinners and Saints (2010).

Personal life[edit]

Blalock is married to Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation. They met when he booked her for a beer commercial in Los Angeles.[1] He was living in England: while working on Star Trek: Enterprise, Blalock found the long-distance relationship difficult and ran up an "astronomical" phone bill.[1] She proposed to him and they married in Negril, Jamaica, on April 22, 2003. They have three sons.[7][8][9][10][11] Rapino and Blalock founded the Rapino Foundation, which helps populations in the developing world.[12]

Blalock is a passionate dog lover and has appeared on the cover of the UK's popular K9 Magazine.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Queen for a Day Hot Babe in Yellow Short
2005 Slow Burn Nora Timmer
2007 Shadow Puppets Kate Adams
2008 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Capt. Lola Beck Video
2010 Sinners and Saints Stacy
2011 One Kine Day CC
2012 Troubled Teen Mama Short
2014 Sex Tape Catalina
2014 Killing Frisco Jolene

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Veronica's Closet Woman #3 Episode: "Veronica's Breast Efforts"
1999 Love Boat: The Next Wave Woman Episode: "Prom Queen"
2000 G vs E Libby Episode: "Cougar Pines"
2000 D.C. Kristi Episode: "Truth", "Justice"
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Medea TV miniseries
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laura Garris Episode: "Crate 'n' Burial"
2001 JAG Cpl. Lisa Antoon Episode: "Touch and Go"
2001 On the Edge Charlie's Wife TV film
2001 The Diamond Hunters Ruby Grange TV miniseries
2001–2005 Star Trek: Enterprise T'Pol Main role
2003–04 Stargate SG-1 Ishta Episodes: "Birthright", "Sacrifices"
2006 I Dream of Murder Joanna TV film
2008 CSI: Miami Feratelli Porter Episode: "Bombshell"
2009 House Lexa Episode: "Teamwork"
2009 10 Items or Less Herself Episode: "Star Trok"
2010 Legend of the Seeker Sister Nicci Episodes: "Dark", "Perdition"
2017 My Favorite Bachelor Brenda TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Nick Fiaca, "Starship trouper; Sci-fi; Television", The Sun (30 March 2002), The TV Mag 24.
  2. ^ a b c "Star Profile: Jolene Blalock", Evening Times (Glasgow, 4 September 2002), p. 23.
  3. ^ "Vulcan gorgeous!!", Daily Star (26 October 2002), p. 32.
  4. ^ a b Marshall Julius, "Why I'm boldly going ... in a skintight catsuit", The Express on Sunday (6 January 2002).
  5. ^ Lay, Jr., Roger (2013-08-19). "Reuniting The NX-01 Crew". StarTrek.com. CBS Television Studios. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  6. ^ Il y a 4 mois. "The sawyer's centric you'll never see, Lyly Ford Blog". Lylyford.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  7. ^ Starr, Michael (9 May 2003). "Starr Report". New York Post. p. 135.
  8. ^ "Actress Blalock Sets Up Surprise Wedding", AP Online (10 May 2003).
  9. ^ Katherine Dillinger, "Newsmakers", Austin American-Statesman (11 May 2003), p. A2.
  10. ^ Abel, Olivia (May 26, 2003). "Passages". People. Vol. 59 No. 20.
  11. ^ Dinah Eng, "Even a Vulcan has to question arranged marriage", Gannett News Service (14 October 2004).
  12. ^ "Rihanna's Diamond Ball will feature Lionel Richie, Kevin Hart". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  13. ^ K9 Magazine, Issue 17 (Summer 2006).

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