PROFILE
Name:
Chase Masterson
Birth Date:
February 26, 1963
Birth Place:
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role on Leeta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
BIOGRAPHY
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Background:

“Acting is such a powerful profession, and a humbling one at the same time.” Chase Masterson

Honey red haired and brown eyed American actress and producer Chase Masterson is maybe best known to television audiences for playing sexy casino girl Leeta on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” from 1995 to 1999. She won the LA Femme Film Festival Award for her producing attempt on the neo-noir film “Yesterday Was a Lie” (2008), where she also played the role of a sultry lounge singer.

Apart from acting and producing, the Colorado Springs, Colorado native is a singer of jazz/torch songs, and has received good reviews from publications like “Film Score Monthly” and “Entertainment Today” for her music. She released a jazz album called “Thrill of the Chase” in 2003, followed by “Ad Astra” in 2005.

Masterson has been working for a number of charities worldwide, including Caring for Babies With AIDS, Homeboy Industries, Iris Ministries, and Youth With a Mission, and established the G.E.N.I.U.S. charity umbrella organization which is supported by her licensed fan club. She was a national Nordic-Track spokesperson. Masterson is good friends with actor Jonathan Del Arco and Lolita Fatjo. She has been romantically involved with director James Kerwin.     


Christianne Carafano

Childhood and Family:

Chase Masterson was born Christianne Carafano on February 26, 1963, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She started performing on stage when she was five years old, and later received a BFA in Acting from the University of Texas. She is excellent in ballet, jazz, modern and tap.  

Ms. Masterson has a son named Jeremiah.


Yesterday Was a Lie

Career:

After spending many years as a professional dancer, Chase Masterson, who was also a member of the celebrated improvisational troupe The Groundlings, made her early feature film appearances in the low budget thrillers “In a Moment of Passion” (1993) and “Married People, Single Sex” (1994), where she starred as Tammy Brandon and Beth, respectively, as well as Mel Brooks' “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993), in which she was cast as the girlfriend of Richard Lewis. Her first break on television arrived when she landed the role of Ivy Lief on the daytime drama “General Hospital” in 1994.

Masterson gained popularity on the small screen when she was cast as Leeta, a Bajoran employed as a Dabo girl in Quark's bar, on the syndicated series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” a role she played between May 1995 and May 1999. Originally, Masterson auditioned for the one-time guest role of Marta, Jake Sisko's girlfriend, in a 1994 episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,”  but was unsuccessful because she was considered a bit too attractive. The role of Leeta was created with her in mind, although she still had to audition for the role.

1995 saw Masterson have a supporting role on the direct to video “Digital Man,” starring Ken Olandt, Kristen Dalton and Adam Baldwin, play the recurring role of Sheila Rydell on the UPN short lived series “Live Shot” and guest star as Mrs. Phillips in the first Emmy Award winning episode of “ER.” The actress went on to appear in episodes of “Sliders” (1996, as Kelly Welles) and “Acapulco H.E.A.T.” (1999) as well as in such films as Christine Rasmussen's “Ballerina Finale” (1997), where she played the leading role of Lori, the indie short “Marina” (1997), opposite Linda Blair, the horror “Sometimes They Come Back... for More,” which premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in November 1998 before being released on videos in the Unites States in September 1999, and the Christopher Hatton directed drama “Sammyville” (1999), where she starred opposite David Drayer and Lyle Schwarz.

Entering the new millennium, Masterson appeared with Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church and Paget Brewster in “The Specials” (2000), an action/comedy film directed by Craig Mazin and written by James Gunn, and made her television movie debut opposite John Schneider, Jesse Eisenberg and Michele Greene in “Lightning: Fire from the Sky” (Pax TV), directed and penned by David Giancola. In the following year, she co-starred with Bruce Campbell and C. David Johnson in the Science Fiction Channel original TV film “Terminal Invasion” and guest starred as Caroline Franklin in an episode of “Presidio Med” called “Secrets.”

Masterson played Imogen in the direct to video “Advanced Warriors” (2003), Kat in “Creature Unknown” (2004), a horror/mystery film directed by Michael Burnett and written by Eric Mittleman, for which she also served as co-producer, and Scott Zakarin, Nicole Blu in the Seth Landau comedy “Take Out” (2005), starring Judd Omen, Daniel Roebuck and Justin Walker, Madam in Mark de Paola's drama “Chastity” (2005) and Ashley Pierce in the made for television movie “Manticore” (2005), opposite Robert Beltran and , Jeff Fahey. Besides, she appeared in three video shorts: “Dejà Vu” (2005), “Eye of the Beholder” (2006) and “CFQ: Cafe Fantastique” (2006), provided the voice of Janice in the animated movie “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles” (2006), which was a sequel to the 1985 “Robotech” television series, and played Xela in the direct to video “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” (2007).

After executive producing the documentary “Through Your Eyes”(2007), Masterson produced and starred in the James Kerwin directed/written neo-noir film “Yesterday Was a Lie” (2008), where she played a sexy lounge singer. The film earned mostly positive reviews during its festival run, and it was released theatrically in the U.S. on December 11, 2009. She took home a LA Femme Film Festival for Best Feature Producer for her producing efforts.

Masterson provided the voice of Mamiya in the animated film “Fist of the North Star: The Shin Saga” (2009), and Queen Lacet in the Japanese animated film “Starzinger” (2011), which she reprised on the sequels “Starzinger II” and “Starzinger III” (both also 2011). Her voice could also be heard on “Lun Lun the Flower Girl” and “Lun Lun the Flower Girl 2” (both 2011; various characters) as well as on “Fist of the North Star: The Ray Saga,” “Fist of the North Star: The Souther Saga” and “Fist of the North Star: The Toki Saga” (all 2011; as Mamiya).

In 2011, Masterson started working on the upcoming television series “Naught for Hire,” opposite Ben Browder and Jennifer Sky.
    

Awards:

LA Femme Film Festival: Best Feature Producer, “Yesterday Was a Lie,” 2008 Show Less
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