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Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock at FedCon XIV in Bonn, Germany, 2005
Born Joelene K. Blalock
March 5, 1975 (1975-03-05) (age 35)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Michael Rapino (2003 - present)

Jolene Blalock (born March 5, 1975 in San Diego, California) is an American actress best known for playing the Vulcan T'Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise.

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Biography

Early career

A popular model, Blalock left home at 17 to model in Europe and Asia.[1] She has appeared on the cover of many men's lifestyle magazines and was twice featured in Maxim's "Girls of Maxim" gallery. 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 modeling industry. You're never skinny or perfect enough, and it was difficult mentally making the transition to acting."[2]

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.[1][2]

Star Trek: Enterprise

Landing a role in Enterprise was Blalock’s biggest break, and she described it as a dream come true.[2] 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.[3]

Blalock also said of the project:

For people like myself, who loved the original show but got lost along the way and never really got into the later Treks, I think Enterprise will bring everyone back. I love playing a Vulcan, but I almost blew the opportunity. I used to go to a minimum of three auditions a day and film work was my highest aspiration. When the Star Trek call came I said no, without knowing anything about Enterprise at all, without knowing the premise, without any knowledge of my role, because the last couple of shows hadn't intrigued me at all. But after I'd passed on it a second time my agent dropped the script in front of me and just told me to go home and read it. It was beautifully written, set in a much more interesting time than the last few Star Trek series – and my character was incredible. It was irresistible. Suddenly I was desperate to be a part of the show, and fortunately the producers still wanted me on board.[3][4]

Blalock said of the original series: "Spock was Star Trek’s real sex symbol. People always assume it was Kirk, but they're wrong."[1][5]

Every day of filming, it took two hours in make-up to transform Blalock into T'Pol.[2][5] On joining the series, she also had to have her belly button ring removed. The make-up artist and hair person tried unsuccessfully to twist it off with pliers. "It was so painful," she explained. "In the end, they sent me to a tattoo artist."[2] On another occasion production on Enterprise was stopped and Blalock hospitalised after suffering agonizing pain from a burst ulcer in her colon.[2]

Blalock's 30th birthday coincided with the filming of her final scenes as T'Pol. During the spring of 2005, she was quoted in a Toronto Star interview and at her Pasadena convention appearance as calling the Enterprise finale episode, "These Are the Voyages..." "appalling"[6] although the reasons for this opinion were not initially reported. In a later interview, Blalock expanded upon this by saying that she was upset that the final episode focuses more upon characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation than Enterprise.[citation needed]

Convention involvement

Blalock initially confessed she found the Trekkie phenomenon "a bit scary", saying in 2002:

I've yet to go to a convention, although I plan to. I've heard they can be a little intense so it might get a bit weird. I met one young lady who was a Trekkie and a friend of my mum. She worked in a hospital and when my mum introduced me, before she even got my name, the girl blurted out: 'I know what you do, but you don't have any reason to fear us. We get a bad rap, that's all' ... which kind of put me on edge.[4]

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.

After Enterprise

She appeared in the film Slow Burn with LL Cool J and Ray Liotta which was filmed in 2003 between seasons of Enterprise, unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005 and finally saw limited theatrical release in 2007. The film features Blalock's only on screen nude scene.

She guest starred in two episodes of Stargate SG-1 as Ishta, leader of a group of female Jaffa.

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.[7]

She co-starred in a horror film entitled Shadow Puppets.[8]

She starred in the made-for-TV movie I Dream of Murder which was released in 2006.[9][10]

Her most recent film appearance is as Captain Lola Beck in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, a sequel to the film Starship Troopers, which was released on August 5, 2008.

She made an appearance on the House episode titled "Teamwork" as Lexa (the wife of the porn star featured as the patient in this episode). Airdate: November 16, 2009

She currently plays Sister Nicci, a Sister of the Dark, in the second season of Legend of the Seeker.

Personal life

Blalock was born and raised in San Diego, California, with three siblings.[2] She spent her childhood developing surfing and artistic skills.[1] She said of her childhood:

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 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.[4]

Blalock's nickname is Leno.[5] She currently lives in Los Angeles. She is known as "a favourite on the Tinseltown party circuit",[4] and told an interviewer:

Living in LA, there's always a party to go to if you've got the time. The best are those that Hugh throws at the Playboy mansion. The last one I went to was great fun because it was packed with beautiful girls. It was a pyjama party so I wore a long trenchcoat and nothing underneath except clingy white lingerie.[4]

Blalock told Loaded magazine, "I love sex. But check the equipment before you fall in love. Anyone who says size doesn't count is a liar."[11] She said she likes men who are so "brilliant they are almost insane", adding, "I also like men who have hands with big masculine veins that you can squish and move."[12]

She dated Terminator 2 star Edward Furlong for several months in 2001,[1][5][11][12][13] and was originally best known as his "hell-raising girlfriend".[3][4] On 25 September 2001 Furlong was stopped twice in the space of hours by Hollywood police.[14] After being pulled over in the afternoon, he was allowed to go but his car was impounded by police.[14] Hours later, he and Blalock were driving away from a hotel on Sunset Strip when they were involved in a minor accident.[14] He was breathalyzed, arrested for drunk-driving, handcuffed and bundled into a squad car.[14] Blalock was arrested with him in connection with the same traffic-related incident.[1]

Blalock split from Furlong and later went out with London-based Canadian Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, whom she had previously met when he booked her for a beer commercial in Los Angeles.[2] Nearly all her time was taken up with work.[4] He lived in England and while working on Enterprise she found conducting a long-distance relationship difficult, running up an "astronomical" phone bill.[2] The two married in Negril, Jamaica, on 22 April 2003. Breaking with tradition, she proposed to him.[13][15][16][17][18][19]

Blalock is a passionate dog-lover and appeared on the cover of popular British dog publication K9 Magazine.[20] She took her Rottweiler Sheila and pit bull Harrah to instructor Heather Stevens's canine "Ruff Yoga" at Runyon Canyon dog park, Los Angeles.[21]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Star Profile: Jolene Blalock", Evening Times (Glasgow, 4 September 2002), p. 23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nick Fiaca, "Starship trouper; Sci-fi; Television", The Sun (30 March 2002), The TV Mag 24.
  3. ^ a b c Marshall Julius, "Why I'm boldly going ... in a skintight catsuit", The Express on Sunday (6 January 2002).
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Vulcan gorgeous!!", Daily Star (26 October 2002), p. 32.
  5. ^ a b c d David Chater, "Television choice – Television – Wednesday 31 July 2002. CV Jolene Blalock", The Times (London, 27 July 2002).
  6. ^ Blalock Calls 'Enterprise' Finale Appalling Trektoday.com
  7. ^ The sawyer's centric you'll never see, Lyly Ford Blog.
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491145/releaseinfo IMDB.com
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ a b "Jo sizes 'em up", Daily Star (7 June 2003), p. 24.
  12. ^ a b "Big IS best says Jolene", Daily Star (8 June 2003), p. 14.
  13. ^ a b "Small Talk", mX (Australia, 24 June 2003), p. 22.
  14. ^ a b c d "Drunk-driving encore", mX (Australia, 10 October 2001), p. 3
  15. ^ Michael Starr, "Starr Report", New York Post (9 May 2003), p. 135.
  16. ^ "Actress Blalock Sets Up Surprise Wedding", AP Online (10 May 2003).
  17. ^ Katherine Dillinger, "Newsmakers", Austin American-Statesman (11 May 2003), p. A2.
  18. ^ Olivia Abel, "Passages", People Magazine (26 May 2003), p. 113.
  19. ^ Dinah Eng, "Even a Vulcan has to question arranged marriage", Gannett News Service (14 October 2004).
  20. ^ K9 Magazine, Issue 17 (Summer 2006).
  21. ^ Norma Meyer, "Karma for canines. Classes put meditative masters and their pooches in spiritual poses", The San Diego Union-Tribune (1 December 2003), pp. D-1.

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Jolene Blalock (born March 5, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her role in the science-fiction TV series Star Trek: Enterprise.

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  • We're all interconnected, we're all essential parts of this story here we call reality. Remember, have an open mind. Throw pessimism out the door. Anything is possible. And be attached to nothing. Things come and they go. And they come again. It has been my pleasure being here with you. I hope to see each and every one of you again. I take your hearts with me. I leave my heart with you. Live long, and prosper!
    • Concluding her first Star Trek Convention at Grand Slam XIII, Pasadena, 2005

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  • I don't know where to begin with that one. The final episode is… appalling.
    • On the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise:
  • It's diamonds in your pockets one week, macaroni and cheese the next.

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