Biography

Naturally blonde, innocent-looking Jessica Cauffiel has drawn comparisons to Heather Graham in appearance, only with curlier ringlets. Her fresh-faced look has earned her a succession of supporting roles, often playing the sweet ditz. This character type runs contrary to her real-world intelligence -- among her other accomplishments, Cauffiel became fluent in the local language after a two-month stay in Indonesia. The daughter of a domestic violence police investigator and true crime novelist Lowell Cauffiel, the actress was born in Detroit, MI. Cauffiel attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater before working briefly as an entertainment director on a cruise ship. An accomplished jazz singer, Cauffiel first gained television recognition on Guiding Light, then with two 1999 guest appearances on Frasier, where she played a vacant wild girl who gets stuffy Niles to wear leather jackets and party till dawn. Her first notable film role came as the wrong Tiffany in Road Trip (2000), in which she angrily batters her boyfriend's sports car after being mistakenly told he is cheating on her. Cauffiel then worked in a duo of obligatory teen slasher movies, Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) (in which she plays the femme fatale) and Valentine (2001), before appearing as one of Reese Witherspoon's cheery sorority sisters in the 2001 summer hit Legally Blonde. She followed that with You Stupid Man (2001), the directorial debut of Edward Burns' brother Brian. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi