There are a number of American models who moved into the acting industry after gracing international runways and covering numerous lifestyle magazines. These are the likes of Kate Upton, Tyra Banks, Gal Gadot, Kim Basinger, Jolene Blalock, among others. The latter made her acting debut in 1997 on Veronica’s Closet, an American sitcom which aired on NBC and subsequently became popular for her roles on the science fiction series, Star Trek: Enterprise.
Before joining Hollywood, Jolene recorded significant success as a model, appearing on the cover of numerous men’s lifestyle magazines, including Maxim which featured her twice on its “Girls of Maxim” gallery. FHM also named her the 10th sexiest woman in the world in 2003 and in April 2002, she posed for a clothed fashion layout in Playboy.
To find out more about her early life, marriage, body statistics, and more, just keep reading.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
The American actress-cum-model was born on March 5, 1975, in San Diego, California, where she grew up alongside her three siblings. As a child, Jolene Blalock spent most of her time developing her surfing and artistic skills and this was possible because she had no friends. According to her, she looked awkward as a child and did not have a good childhood because she found it difficult to get along with other kids.
However, by the time she was in high school, she blossomed into a beautiful woman with the kind of body that sells in the modeling industry. Consequently, she decided to pursue a career in the industry and left home at the age of seventeen to become a model in Europe and Asia. This turned out to be a favorable choice as she landed many jobs that put her on the front line of modeling and eventually on the front page of numerous magazines.
While still modeling, Jolene Blalock decided to go into acting. To sharpen her acting skill, she attended Stella Adler Academy of Acting, Toronto’s Second City Improv, and Second City Los Angeles before debuting on the sitcom Veronica’s Closet (1998).
Later on, she appeared on the comedy series, Love Boat: The Next Wave (1999), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, JAG and Jason, and The Argonauts (2000). In 2001, she appeared in the movie On the Edge and the miniseries, The Diamond Hunters.
Jolene landed her breakthrough role in 2001 as Sub-Commander/Commander T’Pol on Star Trek: Enterprise and she was on it until 2005. The role earned her a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on television.
Jolene Blalock Family
Jolene Blalock is married to Michael Rapino, a film producer and CEO of the global entertainment company, Live Nation. The duo is said to have met in 2002 on the set of a beer commercial in Los Angeles while Jolene was working on Star Trek. Shortly after, they started dating and managed to keep their relationship alive despite their demanding careers. They both lived in different cities – Rapino was at the time living in England while Blalock was in America – but that was also not enough to tear them apart.
In April 2003, Jolene Blalock convinced that they were destined to be husband and wife, took a bold step by proposing to her husband. She had flown both of their families with them on vacation to Negril, Jamaica, and there, she went on one knee and popped the question. Of course, Rapino said yes and on the next day, being the 22nd of April, 2003, they tied the knot in a private ceremony.
Their union has produced three children, all boys. They welcomed their first son on May 25th, 2010, while the second named River Thunder Rapino was born in 2012. In December 2014, the couple welcomed their third son, Rexton Rapino.
Where Is She Now?
From the time Jolene broke into Hollywood in the late 1990s, she has held on to her modeling career even though she is now mostly known for her acting roles. In the recent past, she has appeared in different television series, including Stargate SG-1 (2003-2004), CSI: Miami (2008- Episode: “Bombshell”), House (2009), 10 Items or Less (2009), and Legend of the Seeker (2010). She also had roles in movies like Slow Burn (2005), I Dream of Murder (2006), Shadow Puppets (2007), Starship Troopers 3: Maraude (2008), One Kine Day (2011), Sinners and Saints (2012), Killing Frisco (2012) and Sex Tape (2014).
Although her acting career has been slowed down for some years now, there are words that she might be considering making a comeback. Meanwhile, Blalock currently lives with her family in Los Angeles.
Her Body Measurements
The beautiful actress is 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m) tall and weighs 58 kg (128 lb). She has a body measurement of 34, 23, and 35 inches for bust, waist, and hips, respectively. Jolene reportedly wears bra size 34D, shoe size 7 (US), and dress size 4 (US).