Gina Gershon has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in entertainment, earning acclaim as a film, television and stage actor, as a singer/songwriter/musician and most recently as an author.
Gina recently was seen in the dark comedy independent film, Killer Joe, directed by William Friedkin. Her performance in Killer Joe garnered Gina the Best Supporting Actress Award at The Toronto Film Critics Association. Gina is currently filming the indie The Lookalike in New Orleans with Justin Long and recently shot an episode of the new Mark Maron series for IFC.
Gina’s prolific film career began when she landed her first speaking role with a memorable turn in John Hughes’ box office hit Pretty in Pink. In addition to her breakout roles in Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls and the Wachowskis’ Bound, Gina has appeared in such films as Red Heat opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cocktail opposite Tom Cruise, John Sayles’s City of Hope, Robert Altman’s The Player, the John Woo blockbuster Face/Off opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and Michael Mann’s Oscar®-nominated The Insider with Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer. She was also in Richard LaGravenese’s P.S. I Love You opposite Hillary Swank and Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch opposite Helen Mirren.
On television, Gina has appeared in three different series for HBO: How to Make it in America, Danny McBride’s Eastbound & Down, and Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Other notable credits include Denis Leary’s FX series Rescue Me, a three episode arc on ABC’s Ugly Betty, the CBS mini-series Sinatra, the TNT original movie Legalese, David E. Kelley’s action detective drama Snoops, and the Lifetime miniseries Everything She Ever Wanted.
Gina made a huge splash on Broadway, receiving rave reviews as the Italian flight attendant ‘Gabriella’ in the 2008 Tony Award-winning revival of Boeing Boeing. She returned to the stage starring in the first-ever Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Additional stage credits include a 2001 starring role as ‘Sally Bowles’ in Sam Mendes’s Broadway revival of Cabaret, the stage plays Camille opposite Kathleen Turner and Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire (both at the Long Wharf Theatre). As a founding member of the New York-based theater company Naked Angels, Gina has appeared in numerous productions with the company. She also appeared in the original production of William Mastrosimone’s Nanawatai, which opened the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Having always enjoyed singing and songwriting, Gina’s musical career blossomed with the independent film Prey for Rock & Roll, receiving critical acclaim for her role as singer/guitarist ‘Jacki.’ Gina sang live and wrote for the soundtrack. Her powerful turn as a rock performer in this project led her to star in the IFC documentary Rocked, which followed her on the road touring with the indie rock band Girls Against Boys. Gina’s musical career continues to thrive with her latest CD “In Search of Cleo,” a compilation of original songs with a unique sound that mixes country, rock and jazz. Additionally, Gina has played Jew’s harp on recordings for Herbie Hancock, the Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright and Christian McBride. Gina’s book In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind was released in October 2012, whose audio book includes music by Gina and Christian McBride. Her previous book Camp Creepy Time, co-written with her brother Dann, was optioned by Dreamworks.