Who is Abigail Hawk?
Abigail Hawk is an American film and TV actor, best known for playing ‘Samantha Bonner’ in the 1995 TV series ‘Reality Check’ and ‘Abigail Baker’ in ‘Blue Bloods.’ Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Abigail was interested in acting since her school years. She graduated from the ‘North Springs High School’ in Sandy Springs, Georgia. There, she was a theater trainee and fell in love with the art of acting on stage. She attended the ‘University of Maryland’ and earned a BFA in theater. In 1995, she made her acting debut with a supporting role in the series ‘Reality Check.’ Soon, she took a long break to appear in the 2007 film ‘Across the Universe,’ playing a small role. After playing guest roles in TV series such as ‘Body of Proof’ and ‘Are We There Yet?,’ she had her major acting breakthrough in 2010, when she was cast as ‘Abigail Baker/Detective Melissa’ in the crime-drama series ‘Blue Bloods.’ In 2017, she appeared in the lead role in the film ‘Almost Paris.’ The role earned her the ‘Best Actress Award’ at the ‘Golden Door Film Festival.’
Childhood & Early Life
Abigail Hawk was born Abigail Gustafson, on May 4, 1985, in Chicago, Illinois, to Robert and Diane Gustafson. She moved to Sandy Springs with her parents while she was still a kid.
She was interested in acting ever since she was a teenager. She enrolled at the ‘North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences,’ located in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She worked as a trainee in the theater department of her school, which sparked her interest in acting.
Although she had already appeared in a TV series by then, she wanted to achieve expertise in the art of acting and enrolled at the ‘University of Maryland’ to pursue a BFA in theater. She started acting in theatrical plays in her college days.
Apart from theater, she was also interested in life sciences and studied the subject thoroughly. She also did a work-study trip, studying about lizards in Belize, during her sophomore year in college.
One of the most popular plays that she participated in during her college years was titled ‘Suburbia.’ In 2001, while she was still at the university, the ‘Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’ was opened for theater enthusiasts. She made full use of this and immersed herself in performing arts.
Following her college graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. In the initial few years of her moving to the city, she failed to get acting jobs. In order to support herself financially, she worked at retail stores. Meanwhile, she continued with theatrical stints to hone her skills as an actor.
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Abigail began her acting career in 1995, playing a small role in the series ‘Reality Check.’ The children’s comedy series was broadcast for 15 minutes per episode, for 14 episodes. Abigail appeared as ‘Samantha Bonner’ in all the 14 episodes.
She took a long break from acting, before starring in another on-screen project. In 2007, she made her acting comeback with a small role in the film titled ‘Across the Universe.’ She was, however, not credited for her role in the film.
She then appeared in yet another small role, in the independent film titled ‘The Unidentified’ in 2008.
In 2010, she earned the first leading role of her career, in the short film titled ‘The Tragedy of Maria Macabre.’ The film featured her as ‘Maria Macabre,’ a girl stuck in macabre dreams in her afterlife after not being granted salvation after her death.
She was also signed to play ‘Abigail Baker’ in the police-procedural drama series ‘Blue Bloods’ in 2010. Her career failed to grow exponentially in the following years, and ‘Blue Bloods’ remains the project she is best known for.
In 2011, she appeared in a guest role in the crime series ‘Body of Proof.’ She played ‘Jenny Avery’ in one of its episodes, titled ‘Talking Heads.’
Even though she had been working for a significant number of years, she was unable to bring her acting career on track by appearing in regular acting projects. In the early 2010s, she only appeared in two more series, ‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ and ‘Are We There Yet?’ Both the series featured her in small guest roles.
However, she got her major acting break in 2017, when she was cast in ‘Almost Paris.’ The film was written and directed by Martin Scorsese’s daughter Domenica Cameron-Scorsese. The film was her directorial debut, and Abigail was seen playing ‘Ellie,’ one of the lead roles of the film.
The film was a critical success and won awards and appreciation at many international film festivals. Abigail ended up receiving the first major award of her acting career: the ‘Best Actress Award’ at the 2017 ‘Golden Door Film Festival.’
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In 2016, she earned the lead role in the TV film titled ‘A Christmas in Vermont.’ The film received average ratings and reviews.
She then appeared in guest roles in series such as ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ and ‘Noches con Platanito.’
In 2018, she appeared as ‘Mia’ in the romantic comedy–drama film titled ‘Rich Boy, Rich Girl.’ The film was a huge critical and commercial failure.
She continued playing ‘Det. Melissa Baker’ in the police-procedural drama series ‘Blue Blood’ in 2019.
In 2019, she was seen playing a voice role in the animated film titled ‘Bubble Girl.’
She will soon be seen in films such as ‘As Christmas Goes By’ and ‘Brother’s Keeper.’
Family & Personal Life
Abigail Hawk dated Bryan Spies for a long time before getting engaged to him in 2009. The same year, the couple got married. They have a son.
Abigail leads a private life and does not show up in front of the media too often.
She has maintained good relations with her parents and her collegemates from the ‘University of Maryland.’