Bianca Kajlich is an American actress best known for essaying supporting as well as starring roles in both television and big-screen including critically and commercially successful films like ‘Bring It On’ and ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ and popular TV series like ‘Rules of Engagement’. She embarked into the world of performing arts as a ballet dancer with ‘Olympic Ballet Theatre’ in Edmonds, Washington. After attaining seven years of experience, including performing main roles in productions like ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘The River’, Kajlich made up her mind to switch to mainstream acting. Starting with an ad for ‘Kragen Auto Parts’, she went on to appear in several big-screen flicks, TV movies and series. Her notable films include ‘10 Things I Hate About You’, ‘Bring It On’, ‘30 Minutes or Less’ and ‘Halloween: Resurrection’. She featured in main role in TV series like ‘Rock Me Baby’, ‘Rules of Engagement’ and ‘Undateable’, while appeared in recurring roles in series like ‘Boston Public’ and ‘Vanished’ apart from acting in many TV movies. This glamorous and stunning diva has also secured a place in Maxim’s list of Hot 100 Women a couple of times.
The Meteoric Rise To Stardom
Starting off her career as a professional ballerina, while still in her teens, with the ‘Olympic Ballet Theatre’ in Edmonds, Washington, Kajlich landed up playing main roles in several productions including in ‘The Swan’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘The River’. This ravishing damsel set out to try her luck in mainstream acting with a commercial ad that marked her first acting endeavour.
She made her debut into big-screen flicks essaying a bit role of a Coffee Girl in the critically acclaimed box-office hit ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ (1999), which was followed by another bit role in ‘This Is the Disk-O-Boyz’ (1999). She also earned guest spots and cameo appearances in TV series like ‘Freaks and Geeks’ (2000) and ‘Boston Public’ (2000-2001).
However as financial crunch started to take its toll, Kajlich began contemplating of an alternative career. At the verge of deciding to return to Seattle, she earned the role of Carver as a replacement in the blockbuster American teen comedy film ‘Bring It On’ that released on August 25, 2000. There was no looking back after this for the sizzling diva who went on to perform in an array of films, TV movies and series.
She replaced Jacinda Barrett to play the starring role of Sara Moyer in the eighth instalment on the Halloween film series titled ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ that released on July 12, 2002. Her screams in the film were dubbed.
Moving on, she remained part of other notable films like ‘30 Minutes or Less’ (2011), an American action comedy where she played a lap dancer Juicy who is befriended by one of the lead characters of the film Dwayne; and the American thriller ‘Dark Was the Night’ (2014) where she played the starring role of Susan Shields.
While essaying varied roles in big-screen flicks, she did several TV movies and series over the years. These include TV films like ‘Semper Fi’ (2001), ‘In My Opinion’ (2002), ‘Confession of a Dog’ (2005) and ‘More, Patience’ (2006). She earned her first main role in TV series as Beth Cox in UPN's comedy drama ‘Rock Me Baby’ (2003-2004). Moving on with other series she essayed the recurring role of Quinn Keeler in the Fox drama series ‘Vanished’ (2006).
Kajlich earned the main role of Jennifer Rhodes as a replacement in the American sitcom ‘Rules of Engagement’ that aired on CBS from February 5, 2007 to May 20, 2013. Her other notable series was the American sitcom ‘Undateable’ where she played the main role of Leslie Burton. The NBC series aired from May 29, 2014 to January 29, 2016.
Maxim magazine ranked this sizzling diva at #74 and #63 in its list of Hot 100 Woman in 2004 and 2007 respectively. As of April 2017, her net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.
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Behind The Curtains
Bianca Kajlich was born on March 26, 1977 in Seattle, Washington, US to Slovak father Dr. Aurel Jan "Relo" Kajlich and Italian mother Patti (née Campana), a nurse.
She graduated from ‘Bishop Blanchet High School’ in Seattle, Washington and thereafter studied in ‘Washington State University’ in Pullman, Washington.
On December 31, 2006, she tied knot with soccer player Landon Donovan, but they separated in late 2009 and filed divorce petition on December 23, 2010. Thereafter, she married Michael Catherwood, an American radio personality on December 16, 2012. The couple is blessed with a daughter Magnolia born in April 2014.