Actress and singer Jessica Cauffiel’s film credits include “Road Trip” (2000), “Urban Legends: Final Cut” (2000), “Valentine” (2001), “You Stupid Man” (2002), “Stuck on You” (2003), “D.E.B.S.,” (2004) “White Chicks” (2004), “Guess Who” (2005) and “Hoot” (2006). However, she is perhaps best known for playing one of Reese Witherspoon's sorority sisters in the box office hit ”Legally Blonde” (2001) and its sequel “Legally Blonde 2” (2003). On the small screen, she has had recurring roles in “Frasier” (1999), “The Drew Carey Show” (2002-2003) and “My Name is Earl” (2006-2007). She also acted in the short film “Bed Ridden” and starred in the television movie “Ice Dream” (2009). In addition, she has appeared on stage in such productions as “Baby,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Amtigone.”
Childhood and Family:
Jessica Cauffiel was born on March 30, 1976, in Detroit, Michigan. She is the daughter of novelist and producer Lowell Cauffiel and holds a BFA degree in musical theater from the University of Michigan. Before establishing herself as an actress, Jessica, whose nickname is Kada, served as an entertainment director on a cruise ship. She is a trained singer.
Jessica Cauffiel made her television acting debut in an episode of the CBS daytime soap “Guiding Light.” It was followed by two 1999 guest appearances in NBC's “Frasier” and a supporting role in the remake of “The Out-of-Towners” (also 1999), which starred Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. She also appeared in commercials for such companies as Wendy's, Maybelline Cosmetics, Conseco, Pizza Hut, Sony and Ford.
Entering the new millennium, Cauffiel received a role in the teen comedy “Road Trip” (2000). She was next seen in a role in the teen slasher flick “Urban Legends: Final Cut” (2000) and as Lily in the horror film “Valentine” (2001), opposite Denise Richards, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton and Jessica Capshaw. The actress then experienced a blockbuster hit with the 2001 Reese Witherspoon starring vehicle “Legally Blonde.” 2001 also found Cauffiel performing off-Broadway in “Jesus Hopped the A Train.”
Cauffiel next supported Mila Jovovich and David Krumholtz for the independent film “You Stupid Man” (2001), the feature directorial debut of Edward Burns' brother Brian. She then reprised her role of Morgot in the sequel “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (2003). She returned to the small screen as Milan Mercer in several episodes of the acclaimed sitcom “The Drew Carey Show,” a post she held from 2002 to 2003. After leaving the show, Cauffiel was featured alongside Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear and Eva Mendes in the Farrelly brother’s comedy “Stuck on You” (2003) and portrayed a Russian nemesis named Ninotchka Kaprova in Angela Robinson's film “D.E.B.S.” (2004). Still in 2004, she portrayed Tori in the Keenen Ivory Wayans directed comedy “White Chicks.”
Cauffiel next played a small role in the comedy “Guess Who” (2005). The same year, she also appeared in Roger Donaldson's adventure “The World's Fastest Indian,” starring Anthony Hopkins. She then made a guest appearance in an episode of “Cuts,” as Missy Drubman. In the 2006 comedy “Hoot,” the actress was cast with Luke Wilson and Tim Blake Nelson. She was also featured as a mail order bride named Tatiana in three episodes of the Fox comedy series “My Name Is Earl” (2006-2007), starring Jason Lee. In 2009, she appeared in Jonathan Heap’s short film “Bed Ridden” and starred with Shelly Long in the television movie “Ice Dream.”