The Lost World
American professional and talented actress of TV and film Jennifer O'Dell reached prominence for her portrayal of the jungle-dressed Veronica on the popular television series “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World'” (KTLA, 1999-2002). Stepping to the world of entertainment in commercials when she was a young, the multi-talented performer continued to appear in a string of TV shows as a guest star and now has collected credits in “The Profiler,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,”“Charmed,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Out of Practice,” “CSI: Miami,” “Shark” and “CSI: NY,” among others. O'Dell also has had roles in such movies as Point Doom (2001), Window Theory (2004), Slayer (2006, TV), Nevermore (2007), Saving Sarah (2007) and The Man Who Came Back (2008).
Off camera, O'Dell is a certified spin bike instructor and loves being fit. She is good in water and jet skiing, kick boxing, horseback riding, and also practices yoga and tossing footballs. O'Dell is a happy single mother of a-two-year-old boy, Logan.
Childhood and Family:
Jennifer O'Dell was born on November 27, 1974, in Ridgecrest, California. Her father worked for Anheuser-Busch and so did her grandfather. She grew up in Hawaii until age 8, when her parents moved the family to Southern California. It was around that period that the girl began her training in dancing, acting and singing in order to full fill her dreams of becoming an actress. Thanks to the support of her mother, young Jennifer was able to make a start in commercials, but later, through high school, put acting on the back burner to enjoy her youth. She resumed her career soon after graduation.
In 2004, Jennifer announced on “Lost World Convention” that she was pregnant. Her son, Logan Michael, was born on March 10, 2005.
The Man Who Came Back
Jennifer O'Dell wanted to become an actress when she was 8. Her first professional job arrived later that same year with a gig for a national candy commercial, but after some other principal parts, she decided to leave acting in favor of enjoying her youth. She did not make her return to the industry until after graduating from high school. O'Dell subsequently landed episodic roles in such TV shows as “Renegade” (1995-96), “Silk Stalkings” (1995-97), “Profiler” (1998), “Pacific Blue” (1998), “Diagnosis Murder” (1998) and “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1998-99).
O'Dell's career entered a new phase when she landed her first series regular on the action/sci-fi series “The Lost World.” She played the jungle-clad Veronica in 15 episodes from 1999 to 2002, a role that made her famous and opened doors to auditions on most well-liked TV shows today. O'Dell spent three years in Australia filming the popular TV series.
While working on the series, O'Dell made her first film appearance in 1999's comedy/romance Molly, which starred Elizabeth Shue in the title role, as well as acted in the direct-to-video release Sometimes They Come Back...for More (also 1999). In 2001, she made her feature film debut in the supporting role of Stephanie in the indie-action Point Room, opposite Ice-T, Richard Grieco and Andrew Dice Clay. O'Dell went on to star along side Corey Large on the the comedy film Window Theory (2004), directed by Andrew Putschoegl, and guested in numerous TV series, including “Scrubs”(2003), “Charmed” (2004), “She Spies” (2004), “Nip/Tuck” (2004), “The Closer” (2005), “Out of Practice” (2005), “CSI: Miami” (2006). O'Dell had her first taste of acting on made-for-TV film in 2006, when she was cast as Dr. Laurie Williams in Slayer, costarring with Casper Van Dien.
More recently, in February 2007, O'Dell appeared as Sonja Crawford in an episode of “Shark” and as Miss Di Martino in the “CSI: NY” episode “The Ride In.” The actress now has completed filming two movies. In the independent psychological thriller Nevermore (2007), directed and written by Thomas Zambeck, she plays the lead role of Lydia Usher, opposite Judd Nelson and Vincent Spano, while in the Michael London Jr.-helmed Saving Sarah (2007), starring Lisa Pepper in the titular character, she heats up the screen as the evil and pompous Madison Miller. She also has one more project still in-post-production called The Man Who Came Back (2008), a period piece shot in Texas. Among her costars in the movie are Armande Asante, George Kennedy, Billy Zane, Sean Young and James Patrick Stuart.
In addition to television and film, O'Dell, who idolizes Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci also collected some credits on the stage, including the San Diego Repertory Theatre's productions of “Grease” and “The Good Doctor,” as well as Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night.” Moreover, she has modeled and dances in music videos for David Charvee and Backstreet Boys.