Canadian actress/singer Gloria Reuben is best known for her role as the attention-grabbing physical therapist Jeanie Boulet in the NBC hit medical series “ER” (1995-1999), a role that garnered her multiple Emmy nods and a Golden Globe nomination. The intense, intelligent Reuben made her way back to series TV with the CBS drama “The Agency” (2001-2002) and then starred in the dramatic series “1-800-Missing” (2003-2004). In addition, Reuben also made many television films, including Indiscreet (1998) and Deep in My Heart (1999), and guest starred in numerous shows.
As a movie actress, Reuben, who made her debut in Immediate Family (1989), has dotted her resume with such vehicles as the box-office hit Timecop (1994), the independent film Macbeth in Manhattan (1999) and Michael Almereyda’s Happy Here and Now (2002). Recently appearing with Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland in The Sentinel (2006), she is scheduled to star in actor-director Paul James Palmer’s forthcoming The Hard Place.
“Music has always been my first love, and I feel very lucky that I’m finally able to express my artistry. I’m eager to get out there and perform, so that people can see another side of me.” Gloria Reuben
Multi-talented Reuben has now added recording artist to her respect with the release of her debut album, Just For You. Before, the daughter of Gospel singer appeared as Tina Turner’s backup vocalist, performed the Canadian national anthem at the 1998 and 2003 basketball All-Star game, as well as sang and co-wrote the themed song of 2003’s TV series “1-800-Missing,” “This Dream Is Real.”
Off camera, Reuben was named People magazine’s one of”50 most beautiful people in the world” in 1996. Ten years before, she won the title of “Miss Black Ontario,” but it was diminished when many people issued her racial background and declared she did not truly represent the “black” experience. The wife of Wayne Isaak claims that she is Jamaican-Canadian, and not African-American.
Childhood and Family:
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Gloria Reuben was born on June 9, 1964. She is the second youngest of six children to a white Jamaican father (died in 1976) and a black Jamaican gospel singer mother. Influenced by her mother and her oldest brother, Broadway actor Denis Simpson, young Gloria started learning piano, and later studied music technique and theory, ballet and jazz at the Canadian Royal Conservatory. The girl cultivated her acting career by modeling briefly and appearing in TV commercials. Later, she quit to fully focus on acting.
Gloria married Wayne Isaak (previously worked for VH-1) in fall 1999. They remain a couple until now.
Just For You
A native of Canadian, Gloria Reuben learned dance and music as a youngster and relocated to Los Angeles following an early appearance in the CBS Schoolbreak Special, The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (1987). Prior to the movement, she managed to squeeze in a short-lived fling as a model, made several TV ads and co-hosted with singer/actor brother Denis Simpson in the Canadian pre-schooler television program “Polka Dot Door” (1985).
Reuben made her feature acting debut with a minor role as maternity nurse in the drama film Immediate Family (1989), starring Glenn Close and James Woods. She did not appear in another movie until 1992’s Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue, which was followed by The Waiter (1993) and the hit futuristic Timecop (1994, starred Jean-Claude Van Damme). Meanwhile, she appeared in television films, guest starred in several TV series as well as scored recurring roles in such series as “The Flash” (1990-1991) and “Silk Stalkings” (1993). Reuben’s noticeable performance in Timecop led to her being cast as Theresa Walker, a sex-crimes detective in three early episodes of NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1995).
However, Reuben did not receive major breakthrough until 1995 with the role of Jeanie Boulet, the eye-catching health care professional who traumatically struggled HIV/AIDS in the NBC popular series “ER.” She nabbed many Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nod during her stints from 1995 to 1999. The same year, she also appeared opposite Johnny Depp in the little-seen thriller Nick of Time.
While co-starring in “ER,” Reuben kept on pursuing other projects on both sides of camera. She teamed up with Luke Perry in the HBO television film Indiscreet (1998), starred as an actress playing Lady Macbeth in director Greg Lombardo’s indie Macbeth in Manhattan (1999) and portrayed a biracial child searching for her birth mother in the based-on-fact CBS TV-film Deep in My Heart (1999).
Then in 2000, while her acting career was on the fast track, Reuben emerged as a backup singer for Tina Turner and spent a four-month touring with the legendary singer in her “24/7”concert tour. After the tour, she began taking guitar lessons, and decided to demo a few songs.
The following years saw Reuben co-star as Cecile Ste. Marie on the Showtime-premiered miniseries “Feast of All Saints” (2001), before returning to series TV as Lisa Fabrizzi in the CBS drama “The Agency” (2001-2002). She starred opposite Vig Rhames in television film Little John (2002), had supporting role in writer/director Michael Almereyda’s Happy Here and Now (2002, with Ally Sheedy and David Arquette) and joined Kirstie Alley for the miniseries history/thriller “Salem Witch Trials” (2002).
Next up, Reuben took on a starring role in the Lions Gate/Life Time Television dramatic series “1-800-Missing,” where she played no-nonsense FBI agent Brooke Haslett from 2003 until 2004. In addition to acting, she also served as an associate producer and performed the show’s theme song, “This Dream Is Real,” which she co-wrote with veteran songwriter Andy Chase. Also in 2003, she sang the Canadian National Anthem at the NBA All-Star game.
Recently, Reuben was featured in the Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland starring vehicle The Sentinel (2006), a crime/thriller directed by Clark Johnson. She is also set to play Billie in actor-director Paul James Palmer’s upcoming project The Hard Place.
“Making the record is a dream come. It was pretty scary at first, but I was very passionate about the material, and working with Barry and a cast of great musicians helped me gain more confidence with each song.” Gloria Reuben
The actress/singer now has completed her debut album, Just For You. The record is produced by Grammy-Award winning songwriter/producer Barry Eastmond. With Eastmond, she also joined forces for two original tracks, including the title song and “Walk Away.” It also contains outstanding covers of some of Reuben’s personal favorites, like Bonnie Raitt’s tear-jerker, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Chaka Khan’s sexy, “Sweet Thing,” Ella Fitzgerald’s timeless, “Angel Eyes,” and Sheryl Crow’s wrenching “Difficult Kind.”