Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
“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.
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
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.
LA Femme Film Festival: Best Feature Producer, “Yesterday Was a Lie,” 2008