The Hollywood actress Jennifer Esposito was born on April 11, 1973, in New York City as the daughter of an interior designer Phyllis and her music producer husband Robert Esposito, and chose a path for herself at an early age. After graduating from Moore Catholic High School, Staten Island, New York, the beautiful woman of Italian descent decided to pursue an acting career, and more than two decades later she has remained true to her convictions and dreams.
Esposito has been in Hollywood since 1996, and during these years she has graced our screen not only with her breathtaking beauty but also with her outstanding roles and performances, which have become better with every screen appearance. Between 1996 and 2018 Jennifer Esposito has starred in well over fifty films and television series, some of her feature films include Summer of Sam, Welcome to Collinwood, Don’t Say a Word, Crash, A Brother’s Kiss, Just One Time, The Bachelor, The Proposal, Taxi, The Conspiracy, She is Funny That Way, Bending the Rules.
The actress has also appeared in several notable television series, including Spin City, Samantha Who? relatives, Mistresses, The City, Law & Order, Rescue Me, Mercy, and many others. In 2010, Jennifer began playing the role of detective Jackie Curatola in the CBS series Blue Bloods but left the series in 2012, and in 2016 she began playing the role of special agent Alexandra Quinn in another CBS series NCIS and also left the series after a season, which makes people wonder why the beautiful actress had to leave in the middle of two great series on the same channel. Below are the real reasons why Jennifer Esposito left NCIS and Blue Bloods.
Why Did Jennifer Esposito Leave NCIS and Blue Bloods?
When Esposito left Blue Bloods in 2012, CBS told fans that the actress had told the station that she would only be available for a very limited part-time schedule and that she would therefore not be able to meet the requirements of her role, so they had to give her character a leave of absence.
This was now her version of the story, the actress later told her own side of the story on Twitter, accusing Esposito and accusing the network of leaving her on unpaid leave and further preventing her from working elsewhere. According to her, she had struggled with celiac disease and collapsed on the set. Her doctor said she needed “a reduced schedule” because of her condition, but the network did not listen to her doctor but rather hinted that she was not really sick, but was just acting in such a way that she would get a raise.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to wheat proteins. It affects the small intestine and its symptoms include fatigue, and those affected must follow a gluten-free diet. In addition, in 2013, Jennifer Esposito opened a bakery in the West Village of Manhattan called Jennifer’s Way, where only celiac disease-free foods are sold. She also established the Jennifer’s Way Foundation for Celiac Education with the goal of bringing this debilitating autoimmune disease into the spotlight. In 2015, she became a brand ambassador for Eclair Naturals- a gluten-free, GMO-free, and vegan body and skincare line available in all Rite Aid stores across the country.
The following year (2016) she joined the NCIS as Special Agent Alexandra “Alex”. But Quinn had to leave after twenty-four episodes. This time her reason for leaving the show was different, she was simply looking for other career opportunities. Talking to Deadline about her departure, Esposito said she couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity than to work with the actors and producers of NCIS.
Where is She Now?
She may no longer be at NCIS, but the actress has certainly not left the acting profession. Shortly after she left NCIS, Jennifer got a co-starring role in the feature film Speed Kills. In 2018, it was announced that she would go on air in the first season of The Boys. The Boys is a web television series with superhero drama based on the comic strip of the same name.
Other Facts About The Actress
- Esposito was married to US actor Bradley Cooper from December 2006 until November of the following year. The couple filed for divorce in May and finalized it in November.
- In 2009, she became engaged to Mark Philippoussis, an Australian tennis player, but eventually did not marry him because they went separate ways the following year.
- In May 2014, the actress got engaged to Louis Dowler (British model), and six months later they got married.
- The actress stands at a height of 1.68 m or 5 feet 5 inches, and her body measurements for chest, waist, and hips are 34-24-35 in/86-61-89 cm each.
- At the beginning of her acting career, she worked as a waitress and trainer in addition to her acting career.
- She won the Screen Actors Guild Awards of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in 2005 and the Critics’ Choice Awards – Best Acting Ensemble in 2006.
- The actress is reported to have net assets of $4 million.