Jolene Blalock in Egypt, 2009
March 5, 1975
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
Michael Rapino (m. 2003)
Jolene K. Blalock (born March 5, 1975) is an American film and television actress and model, perhaps best known for playing the Vulcan T'Pol on the UPN science fiction series Star Trek: Enterprise. The star of several feature films, she is a regular guest star in television films and series.
A popular model, Blalock left home at 17 to model in Europe and Asia. 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 2005 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."
She made her television debut in sitcom Veronica's Closet, before guest appearances in The Love Boat: The Next Wave, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, JAG, and starring as Medea in a 2000 adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts. TV movie On the Edge and mini-series Diamond Hunters, in South Africa, paved the way for Star Trek prequel Enterprise.
Star Trek: Enterprise
Landing a role in Enterprise was Blalock’s biggest break, and she described it as a dream come true. She admitted she was excited at being a newcomer to the cult series:
|“||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 for ever. That's a very special feeling.||”|
She made her first appearance at a convention in Pasadena, California, in March 2005. Her second appearance was at an autograph signing show in Milton Keynes, England, in late April; this was soon followed by an appearance at a convention in Bonn, Germany, and others.
Blalock appeared in the film Slow Burn with LL Cool J and Ray Liotta which was shot in 2003 between seasons of Enterprise, unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005 and finally saw limited theatrical release in 2007.
She was scheduled to appear on an episode of Lost during the 2005–2006 season as a former love interest of Sawyer (Josh Holloway). Even though she filmed some scenes, the flashback scenes in that episode were changed from Sawyer to Michael (Harold Perrineau), and her scenes were never actually 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.
She played Captain Lola Beck in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, which was released directly to DVD in the US, on August 5, 2008.
She played Sister Nicci, a Sister of the Dark, in the second season of Legend of the Seeker, appearing in episode nine, "Dark", broadcast on January 23, 2010, and episode ten, "Perdition", broadcast on January 30, 2010.
Blalock has a supporting role as Stacy in the William Kaufman action thriller Sinners And Saints, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, premiering in Los Angeles on June 30, 2010.
|“||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 herself. 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.||”|
Blalock married Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, whom she had previously met when he booked her for a beer commercial in Los Angeles. Nearly all her time was taken up with work. He lived in England and while working on Enterprise she found conducting a long-distance relationship difficult, running up an "astronomical" phone bill. Breaking with tradition, she proposed to him, and the two married in Negril, Jamaica, on 22 April 2003.
Blalock legally changed her name to Jolene Ava King Rapino before the birth of her son. Blalock and Rapino gave birth to a baby boy, Ryder James Rapino on May 25 2010.
Blalock is a passionate dog-lover and appeared on the cover of popular British dog publication K9 Magazine. She has three dogs: two female Cavalier King Charles named Frankie and Zuma, and a blonde red nose pit bull named Hara.
|1998||Veronica's Closet||Woman #3||Episode: "Veronica's Breast Efforts"|
|1999||The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Woman||Episode: "Prom Queen"|
|2000||Queen for a Day||Hot Babe in Yellow|
|2000||G vs E||Libby||Episode: "Cougar Pines"|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||Medea||TV movie|
|2000||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Laura Garris||Episode: "Crate 'n Burial"|
|2001||The Diamond Hunters||Ruby Grange||TV series|
|2001||JAG||Cpl. Lisa Antoon||Episode: "Touch and Go"|
|2001||On the Edge||Charlie's Wife||TV movie|
|2001||Enterprise||Commander T'Pol||2001–2005 (98 episodes)|
|2003||Stargate SG-1||Ishta||Episode: "Birthright"|
|2004||Stargate SG-1||Ishta||Episode: "Sacrifices"|
|2005||Slow Burn||Nora Timmer|
|2006||I Dream of Murder||Joanna||TV movie|
|2008||Starship Troopers 3: Marauder||Captain Lola Beck|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Feratelli Porter||Episode: "Bombshell"|
|2010||Legend of the Seeker||Sister Nicci||Episode: "Dark"|
|2010||Sinners & Saints||Stacy|
|2010||One Kine Day||TBA||Post-production|
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