Austin, Texas native Jessica Polsky grew up with her sights set on Broadway, and began her triple-threat training while still in diapers. She graduated on full scholarship from the University of Arizona’s prestigious Performing Arts Department with a BFA, magna cum laude, all while taking a break to study abroad in Florence, Italy. This time overseas allowed her to add a second degree, in Italian, on to her credentials as well, also magna cum laude. Her subsequent move to NYC to begin her professional career was met with almost instant success. There were years of international touring (such as with the Broadway musicals West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies, Grease) as well as numerous NYC-based projects (Jeffrey with Bryan Batt at Lincoln Center, Pirates of Penzance Off-Broadway, and much more). During these first years Jessica also spent a fair amount of time “on the other side of the table” assisting some of the business’s most well-known directors and choreographers, and even directing some, herself. Then came the unexpected offer from Italian network TV: a starring role on the hot, new prime-time sitcom, “Camera Cafè”. Jessica accepted this offer and the rest, as they say, is history…
“Camera Cafè” was an explosive hit and created a fanatical following that can only be compared to that of “Friends” or “Seinfeld”. Jessica’s character, which they left named “Jessica”, was one of the lead elements of this sitcom set among the disgruntled employees of a corporate office. The show’s stellar popularity took Jessica right along with it: the first season she won recognition from Italy’s Accademia dei Telefilm (Best Lead Actress of the Television Season), and has been one of the most in-demand, young, A-list celebrities in the country ever since.
She has moved on and up within the industry in Italy and has starred in a steady stream of highly visible and successful projects dedicated to her. The next vehicle for her came in the form of “Piloti” (“Pilots”): an original sitcom which takes place in an airplane, based on the daily lives and adventures of the crew. Jessica stars in it as the adorable but bumbling stewardess: “Josephine”. “Piloti”, now in syndication, has been on the air daily (RAI network tv) and uninterrupted since 2007–a response to unprecedented demand for her beloved character, who has quickly become an entertainment industry icon.
Although primarily known for her formidable acting work, along the way Europe also discovered in Jessica a talented host. Her larger than life personality, warmth, humor, quick instinct, and affinity for the camera make her a natural at the helm of televised events, interviews, and more. This was evident in any number of ratings-winning, primetime network specials: “Festivalbar”, “Robbie Williams Live in Berlin”, “Masters of Magic”, “New Year’s Eve Live From Venice’s St.Mark’s Square”, “Volo in Diretta”, as well as the cult hit of her co-creation, “Sputnik”: a weekly “Saturday Night Live”-inspired sketch comedy series of which Jessica was both the permanent host and lead cast member.
In addition to these projects, Jessica is a favorite of the press and of all corners of the industry. She can be seen constantly featured in cameos in every genre of tv project, as a special guest on talk shows, in magazines, on the radio, on the red carpet, in large-scale celebrity endorsement ad campaigns, and as a participant in promotional and charity events. Jessica was also the recipient of the Italian Parliament’s prestigious “Italy-USA Cultural Ambassadorship” in recognition of her bi-continental acting career, and for the rare positive role-model celebrity she has become. This distinguished award is reserved for opinion leaders whose professional and philanthropic endeavors promote friendly ties between the two nations.
She currently divides her time between the USA and Europe, and in America has been most recently seen as the lead in a Lifetime Network movie, as well as in the title role of the new Off-Broadway drama, Ghost Wife Radio.