Who is Jessica Capshaw?
When the sixth season of the series “Grey’s Anatomy” was premiered in 2009, one of the new lead characters, Doctor Arizona Robbins, immediately caught the eye of the audience, and people wanted to know more about the actress who portrayed this cheerful and bubbly pediatric surgeon. If you were one of the fans who had an interest in the life and work of this beautiful and talented actress, let us introduce you to Jessica Capshaw.
She has 27 credits to her name, and besides the mentioned role, Jessica is perhaps known best for her roles in series such as “The L Word”, “Into the West”, and “The Practice”, while she’s also been seen starring in numerous movies, including “The Back Page”, “The Groomsmen”, and “Holidate” also starring Emma Roberts, Kristin Chenoweth, and Luke Bracey, which won the ReFrame Award for Top 100 Most Popular Narrative & Animated Feature.
Early life, family, and education
Jessica Brooke Capshaw was born under the zodiac sign of Leo on 9 August 1976, in Columbia, Missouri USA, thus she holds American nationality and she comes from a family of Caucasian descent.
Although born in Columbia, she was raised in New York City, because her family moved there when she was three years old. She is the oldest of four siblings; her mother Kathleen Sue Nail, better known by her stage name Kate Capshaw, is a famous American actress and producer, and her biological father, Robert Capshaw, worked as a sales manager, marketing director, and high school principal.
Her parents divorced when Jessica was a young girl, and her mother married famous film director Steven Spielberg when Jessica was 15 years old.
From her mother’s second marriage Jessica has three younger half-sisters, Mikaela, Destry and Sasha Spielberg, who is also an actress, and two younger half-brothers, Sawyer and Theo Spielberg.
Speaking of Jessica’s educational background, she attended Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California, and upon matriculating in 1994, enrolled at Brown University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (English), in 1998.
Roles in movies
Jessica made her acting debut portraying Patsy in the 1997 movie “The Locust”, followed by her appearance as Marcia in “Denial” in 1998, and then in the following year, she portrayed Kelly in “The Love Letter”, before she was seen as Beth in “Killing Cinderella” in 2000. In the early 2000s, Jessica was seen in the short movie “Big Time”, before she portrayed Dorothy Wheeler in the 2001 movie “Valentine” also starring Denise Richards, Marley Shelton and David Boreanaz, and then in the same year, she was seen in the TV movie “The Back Page”, followed by her role as Daisy Valdemar in “The Mesmerist” in 2002.
Later that year, Jessica portrayed Evanna in “Minority Report”, followed by her role in the TV movie “Romeo Fire”, and she then had an uncredited role in the popular comedy romantic drama “View from the Top”, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jessica’s next role came in 2006, when she made an appearance as Jen in “The Groomsmen”. In 2011, she portrayed Sarah Walsh in “One Angry Juror”, while in 2014 she was heard as Duck in the animated family movie “The Hero of Color City”. Jessica’s most recent role was her portrayal of Abby in the 2020 movie “Holidate”.
Her fans will be happy to hear that she will be seen as Elly Gladstone in the new movie entitled “Dear Zoe”, also starring Theo Rossi and Sadie Sink, which should be released in late 2022.
Roles in series
Jessica made her first television appearance as Sally McKenna in an episode of the series “ER” in 1999, and then from 1999 until 2000 she was seen as Jordan in 13 episodes of “Odd Man Out”, and from 2002 until 2004, she portrayed Jamie Stringer in 42 episodes of seasons seven and eight of the crime drama series “The Practice”, also starring Lara Flynn Boyle, Dylan McDermott, and Kelli Williams, which had 175 nominations, and won 58, including 15 Primetime Emmys. In 2005, Jessica guest-starred as Rachel Wheeler in an episode of the TV mini-series “Into the West”, and then in the following year, she was seen as Rebecca Stinson in “Bones”, followed by her role as Nadia Karella in “The L Word” in 2007.
From 2009 until 2018, she played Doctor Arizona Robbins, her most notable role, to date, in over 200 episodes of the popular romantic drama series “Grey’s Anatomy”, also starring Ellen Pompeo and Chandra Wilson, which had over 300 nominations and won 83 awards, including four Primetime Emmys; this was Jessica’s most recent television role.
Love life and relationships
There have been various rumors concerning both Jessica’s love life and her sexual orientation, especially saying that she’s lesbian which started after it was discovered that her character from the series “Grey’s Anatomy” is gay.
However, Jessica is straight, and it’s widely known that she’s a married woman. Since she prefers to keep her personal matters away from the media’s attention, she hasn’t spoken about how and when she met her future husband, Cristopher Gavigan, except that the two began their relationship back in the early 2000s, and exchanged their wedding vows on 22 May 2004, in a ceremony held at her parents’ East Hampton estate, in the presence of their closest family members and friends.
Cristopher is a businessman, who graduated from the University of California, and is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company Prima, a science-led plant therapeutics brand. Christopher is also a co-founder of The Honest Company.
The couple has four children together = their first son, Luke was born in 2008, their first daughter Poppy in 20122, second daughter Eve in 2013, while their youngest daughter, Josephine, was born in 2016. Jessica and Cristopher both often post photos featuring their children on their social media platforms, and they seem to enjoy their love and raising their children together.
As of June 2022, the family of six lives in their residence in Los Angeles; recently Jessica and her husband sold their eco-friendly Pacific Palisades mansion home for $13.3 million.
Age, height, and net worth
Jessica’s age is 45, and has blond hair and blue eyes; she weighs around 125lbs (57kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall.
According to sources, as of June 2022, her net worth has been estimated at $20 million, most of her income earned starring in numerous movies and series – she was highest paid for her role in “Grey’s Anatomy”, which according to the website thelist.com, her salary was around $125,000 per episode.