Teri Polo is an acclaimed American model and actress, who is well-known for her recurring role as Pam Byrnes in the film sequel “Meet the Parents.” She is also famous for portraying Adam Foster in the acclaimed ABC series “The Fosters.”
— Teri Polo (@TeriPolo1) June 2, 2022
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Teri was born Theresa Elizabeth Polo in Dover, Delaware USA, under the Gemini zodiac sign on 1 June 1969, which makes her 53 years old as of 2022. She was raised in her birth town alongside her brothers Steve and Mike Polo by their father Vincent Polo, who designed stereo systems, and his better half, Jane Polo, who was a housewife; Teri is of mixed English, German and Italian ancestry. She began expressing a strong interest in dancing at the age of five, and eventually joined the renowned New York School of American Ballet when she turned 13, becoming one of Delaware Regional Ballet’s dancers two years later. She found other passions: modeling and acting when she turned sixteen, and in 1986, she was crowned the winner of a jeans ad competition in Seventeen Magazine.
Polo went to Holy Cross Elementary, and was a very bright student who scored straight-As. She enrolled at Dover High School but later dropped out after she won a modeling contest, and relocated to New York to pursue her modeling and acting careers.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Teri posed nude for the early-2005 issue of Playboy publication. She later spoke to Hollywood Life Magazine about her decision to pose nude saying, ‘It was one of the best experiences of my life and I am very proud of it. We should not be ashamed of the human body. The human body is beautiful, and it’s a shame that we make certain things so taboo.’
The American model is an animal lover who once had three cats and three dogs.
Career Beginnings and TV Appearances
Polo made her TV debut in 1986, as Kristin Larsen in the soap opera “Loving” before she landed a lead role in the TV series “TV 101” in 1988 and 1989, appearing together with Leon Russom, Brynn Thayer and Sam Robards. 1n 1990, she starred in the mini-series “The Phantom of the Opera”, and four years later, she was selected to portray Michelle Schodowski in 15 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning comedy series “Northern Lights”, alongside Janine Turner, Barry Corbin and Rob Morrow. In 1999, Polo played Maggie Sherwood in the Emmy Award-winning TV show “Felicity”, and later that year she was seen in the series “Sports Night.”
2003 saw Teri being selected to appear in five episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV series “The Practice.” In 2005 and 2006, she played the guest-starring role of Helen Santos in the TV show, “The West Wing” and in 2011, featured in the TV comedy “Man Up!” Teri landed one of her greatest roles, of Stef Adams Foster, in over 100 episodes of the romantic-drama TV show “The Fosters”, from 2013 through ’19, co-starring Hayden Byerly and Sherri Saum.
Film Appearances and Modeling Career
1991 saw Teri starring next to Brian McNamara and Ethan Hawke in the comedy movie “Mystery Date”, before she featured in the action film “Quick” two years later. Before 2000, she appeared in several films including “The House of the Spirits” in 1993 and “The Arrival” in 1996. She later landed a lead role of Pam Byrnes in the comedy “Meet the Parents,” and was cast alongside Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner, and Robert De Niro – her praised performance saw her nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the Favorite Female-Newcomer category. She reprised her role in the sequels “Meet the Fockers” and “Little Fockers” in 2004 and 2010 respectively.
In 2007, Teri co-starred next to Kate Mara and Ryan Pinkston in the comedy film “Full of It”, before she landed another lead role in 2009’s fantasy film “The Hole.” Her latest roles are in the movie “Deadly Switch” in 2019, “JL Family Ranch 2” in 2020, and most recently in “The Ravine” and “Four Cousins and a Christmas.”
Polo initially made a name for herself as a model. She previously signed with the Elite Petite Models in 2005, and subsequently posed nude for Playboy. Before this, she had been ranked position 42 in Maxim Publication’s Hot 100 of 2002.
Polo has been married twice; she first walked the aisle with the acclaimed American photographer Anthony Moore, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1997. The duo welcomed a son, Griffin, in 2002 but divorced in 2005.
Two years after her divorce, Teri met the American drummer Jamie Wollam when shooting a music video. The duo began dating soon afterward, and thereafter welcomed a daughter named Bayley Wollam in 2007, but parted ways in 2012. Teri is now single, and is seemingly focused on raising her teenage children – the family of three now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rumors and Controversies
Fake news of Teri’s death began spreading on Sunday 7 July 2019, through a message was posted on Facebook that read – ‘At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, our beloved actress Teri Polo, passed away. Teri Polo was born on the 1st of June, 1969 in Dover. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page’, attracting the attention of millions of users, who subsequently began sending their condolence messages. The rumor started spreading after an article entitled “The Actress of the Parents is Dying!” was published by E! News, and people misunderstood who the story was addressing. Most speculated that they were referring to Teri, but it was about actress Nicole DeHuff, who portrayed Teri’s sister in the film “Meet the Parents”, who had died of pneumonia. Teri is safe and sound and is seemingly living happily together with her family.
Teri’s sexuality has been the subject of controversy in the past. It was rumored that she was gay and in a romantic relationship with Sherri Saum due to their undeniable on-screen chemistry. Teri once told USA Magazine that her chemistry with Sherri was better than with any of her male counterparts, because she found her a great actress who didn’t have an attitude problem, and wasn’t insecure. However, she clarified that they weren’t lovers – Sherri is married and has two children together with her husband.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Teri has a set of hazel eyes and long light brown hair. She’s of slim build, weighs approximately 120lbs (55kgs), and is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, with vital statistics of 36B-24-36. She has inked several tattoos on her body, including that of her daughter’s name, Bayley Paige Wollam, on her right upper arm and her son, Griffin, on her left ribs.
Teri sold her $2.5 million-valued Asian-inspired five-bedroom house located in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, for $1.95 million in 2009. In 2014, sources revealed that she owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more than $770,000 in tax, but her total assets were worth less than $50,000, and she was therefore declared bankrupt. Luckily, she paid the amount due, and is no longer broke. Her primary source of income is her acting career, and according to reliable sources, the Delaware-native’s net worth is approximately $800,000, as of 2022.