“I'm such a horror fan. My dad is a huge horror movie fanatic and my mother and my brother are not. Therefore, from the age of 4 years old, I was stuck in front of the television with him watching like every creepy movie possible and I grew up on them and I love them.” Gina Philips
American actress and producer Gina Philips is popular to horror fans as Trish Jenner on “Jeepers Creepers” (2001) and for starring in other horror films like “Dead & Breakfast” (2004), “Jennifer's Shadow” (2004) and “The Sick House” (2007). She has also acted in such movies as the musical “Rave, Dancing to a Different Beat” (1994), the dramas “Breaking Free” (1995) and “Anarchist Cookbook” (2002) as well as the comedies “Telling You” and “Living Out Loud” (both 1998). The Florida native, who was named one of Maxim Magazine's “Hot 100 of 2002,” produced the films “Something More” (2003), “Sam & Joe” (2003) and “Thanks to Gravity” (2006). She also acted in the three films.
On television, Philips is probably best remembered for her recurring roles on David E. Kelley's “Ally McBeal,” where she played Sandy Hingle from 1999 to 2000, and “Boston Public,” where she played Jenna Miller in 2005. She has made guest appearances in a number of series, including ““Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Silk Stalkings,” “ER,” “CSI,” “Medium” and “Monk,” and has had roles in many TV films, among them “Danielle Steel's 'No Greater Love'” (1996), “Born Into Exile” (1997), “The Advocate's Devil” (1997) and “My Baby Is Missing” (2007).
Philips dated actor Johnny Whitworth (born on October 31, 1975) from 1996 to 1999.
Childhood and Family:
Gina Philips was born Gina Consolo on May 10, 1975, in Miami Beach, Florida. She went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, but later quit to chase an acting career.
“I got my education. I don't need a certificate validating that. If a class comes along that I am interested in taking and will fulfill my graduation requirements, I will take it. But my degrees were simply an aside to what I always wanted to do – act.” Gina Philips (on dropping out of college)
Billed as Gina Consolo, Gina Philips debuted on television playing Gail in one episode of the Kirk Cameron comedy “Growing Pain” in 1992. She moved on to the big screen the next year when she landed a part in Michael Cohn's thriller “When the Bough Breaks,” starring Martin Sheen, Ally Walker, Ron Perlman and Tara Subkoff. She has since easily alternated between the two mediums.
Philips portrayed Gigi in the Emmy-nominated TV film “Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage” (1993), based on Rosalie Bonanno's book, “Mafia Marriage,” had the supporting role of Lorri in the indie-musical “Rave, Dancing to a Different Beat” (1994), opposite Eddie Garcia and Ray Oriel, and appeared as Alicia in the fact-based made-for-TV movie “Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg” (1994). 1995 saw her in “Crosstown Traffic,” “Breaking Free,” in which she costarred with Jeremy London, and the TV film “Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare,” along with Ryan Phillippe and Robert Hays.
In 1996, Philips was cast as Kelly Rutherford's younger sister, Alexis, in the television movie “Danielle Steel's 'No Greater Love.’” Her subsequent TV movie credits include “Unforgivable” (1996, starred John Ritter), “Her Costly Affair” (1996, opposite Bonnie Bedelia), “Born Into Exile” (1997, starred as Holly Nolan), Jeff Bleckner's legal drama, “The Advocate's Devil” (1997, opposite Ken Olin) and David Greene's “Bella Mafia” (1997, with Vanessa Redgrave, Dennis Farina, Nastassja Kinski, Jennifer Tilly, Illeana Douglas and James Marsden). By this time, Philips had also landed guest spots in shows like “Blossom,” “Star Trek:Deep Space Nine,” “Silk Stalkings” (all 1993) and “Strange Luck” (1995). She also appeared in episodes of “Dark Skies,” “Sliders” (both 1996), Michael Hayes’s “Seven Days” (both 1998) and “Buddy Faro.”
Philips portrayed Kristen Barrett in the teen film “Telling You” (1998), whose cast also included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Matthew Lillard and Dash Mihok. Debuting at the Hollywood Film Festival in August 1998, “Telling You” received a limited theatrical release in March 1999. Also in 1998, she was cast as the dying daughter of Danny DeVito, Lisa, on director/writer Richard LaGravenese's award-nominated drama, “Living Out Loud.” In addition to DeVito, the film also starred Holly Hunter, Queen Latifah and Martin Donovan.
A frequent guest star, Philips landed a recurring role on the David E. Kelley hit series “Ally McBeal,” starring Calista Flockhart. She played Sandy Hingle in 13 episodes from November 1999 to April 2000. She next appeared in a reoccurring role on the Fox drama series “Boston Public.” Portraying Jenna Miller, she was on the show from February to May 2001.
Philips also supported Harvey Keitel in Joel Silverman's independent film “Nailed” (2001), but it was not until she got a lead role in “Jeepers Creepers” (2001) that the actress embarked on the mainstream horror genre. Directed by Victor Salva, the film was largely noted as one of the more genuinely fearsome films of the few years preceding it. She starred as Patricia 'Trish' Jenner, opposite Justin Long as Darry Jenner, and later was invited to reprise her role for a 2003 sequel, an offer which she subsequently declined. She said, “’Jeepers Creepers’ is nothing like ‘SCREAM’ or any of those films. It’s just scary as hell. You’ll hear a lot of screams in the movie, but those were real. I was horrified.”
In 2002, Philips found herself costarring with Devon Gummersal and Dylan Bruno in “Anarchist Cookbook,” an amusing drama about a young man's attraction toward anarchism. She also guest starred in such popular series as “ER” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and joined Tony Shalhoub and Adam Scott for the short “Something More” (2003). She then played Lisa in the Jason Ruscio directed drama “Sam & Joe” (2003), was cast as Melody on the horror “Dead & Breakfast” (2004), opposite David Carradine and Jeremy Sisto, and starred as Jennifer in another horror, “Jennifer's Shadow” (2004), which also starred Faye Dunaway. In addition to acting, she also served as producer or co-producer for “Something More” and “Sam & Joe.” Also in 2004, Philips returned to series TV to play Harper Woods on the NBC short-lived action/crime show “Hawaii.”
2006 saw Philips star with Sean Astin in Jessica Kavana's “Thanks to Gravity,” which she also produced. The next year, she headlined the British horror “The Sick House,” playing Anna, and starred in the made-for-TV film “My Baby Is Missing.” Also that year, she guest starred in the CBS series “Medium” and the drama series “Monk,” starring Tony Shalhoub as brilliant San Francisco detective Adrian Monk.
“To me, acting is like a breath of fresh air. I'm not saying it's easy, but for me it's wonderful.” Gina Philips