Early life, family, educational background
American actress Rosa Blasi was born on 19 December 1972, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to Joyce and Rocco Blasi; they are of Hispanic, Italian, and Irish descent. She has two sisters, Tasha and Marina, and two brothers, Rocky and Michael. She took dancing and piano classes for five years and vocal training for 13 years.
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Rosa is best known for her roles in “Strong Medicine” as Dr. Luisa Delgado and “The Thundermans” as Barb Thunderman. She is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and has participated in theatre from the age of eight.
Thus far, over the course of her career, she has performed in over 40 productions; her professional theater debut was in the titular role “Annie”. She has also toured with singer Kenny Rogers and even sang on his 1995 Christmas concert tour, on which she also befriended Sean Hayes, singer, and actor famous for his role as Jack McFarland in “Will & Grace.”
When Teen’s Weekly Insider asked her why she decided to leave music and pursue acting, Rosa responded ‘I was very young when I knew I was going to do this for the rest of my life, and I didn’t have anyone telling me I couldn’t, or it would be difficult.’ She credited her parents as the reason she followed her dream, for giving her the confidence to do so and never telling her the odds were against her.
She subsequently earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2019, and registered as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in recovery and addiction.
In 1996 she played the recurring role of Shelly in the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which role was her television debut. The following year she starred as April Beane in “Hitz,” an MTV/UPN sitcom.
She then appeared in single episodes of several series, including “Frasier” and “Caroline in the City” both in 1998, and “V.I.P.” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” in 2000.
Rosa’s breakout role was in “Strong Medicine”, a Lifetime medical drama aired from 2000-2006 starring as Dr. Luisa “Lu” Delgado alongside Patricia Richardson and Janine Turner.
The show focuses on class conflict, feminist politics, and health issues. Whoopi Goldberg co-created and produced the show with Tammy Ader, and also occasionally cameoed in the show. In 2001, the show was rated the best original drama, particularly on basic cable.
In 2005 Rosa appeared in an episode of “CSI: Miami” entitled “Shootout,” from 2009-2012 she played Ronnie Cruz in “Make It or Break It,” and from 2013-2018, she played a lead role in “The Thundermans” as Barb Thunderman/Electress.
In 2000, Rosa played Vicky Amador in the drama “Noriega: God’s Favorite,” directed by Roger Spottiswoode, co-starring Bob Hoskins. Her first significant film role was in “The Grudge” as Bill Pullman’s character’s wife, starring alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar.
On stage, Rosa performed at the Apollo Theater, Chicago in “The Vagina Monologues”, and consistently performs at the “What a Pair” benefit concert in support of breast cancer research. Rosa has also voiced several television characters in shows such as “American Dad!”, and recorded radio voice-overs. She has also written articles for noted websites and printed media, including “The Huffington Post.”
Rosa was a regular guest on “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” – in one episode she was being interviewed along with Rev. Jerry Falwell, and when asked if her boobs are real, she exclaimed, ‘No. My boobs aren’t real – they’re real paid for, though! No debt collectors trying to repo my boobs!’
In 2011 HarperCollins published Rosa’s comedic memoir entitled “Jock Itch: Misadventures of a Retired Jersey Chaser.” In the book, she discusses her 10 years of being in serious relationships with athletes, and why she eventually chose to seek ‘athlete sobriety.’ She hilariously details the various aspects of their relationships, including their bedroom history, even though she [purposely] does a poor job of masking their identities.
She has performed stand-up comedy in Los Angeles at the Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store, and during 2017 and ‘18 she co-hosted “The Chick Show” podcast with fellow actress and comedian Lisa Ann Walter.
In 1993 Rosa won Miss Rockford, and Miss Chicago in 1994 singing “I’d give my life for you” from the musical “Miss Saigon”, and in both years she was in the Miss Illinois pageant and reached the finals without winning.
On 14 February 2004, she married Jim Finn, a New York Giants American Football fullback, in Maui, Hawaii, and gave birth to their first child, daughter Kaia Finn, on 20 September 2006, 2 weeks prematurely, but Rosa and Jim divorced two years later.
In a 2011 interview with RadarOnline.com, she spoke about her memoir in which she very obviously wrote about her ex-husband and baby-daddy, giving him the alias ‘Jim Fish’ in the book.
She said that the former Indianapolis Colts fullback was upset about the memoir – ‘I knew he was into prescription drugs and gambling when we were together,’ Rosa continued, and shockingly added that there were other problems she didn’t know about. Such issues included, ‘… his Craigslist hookers… he also slept with my best friend on our wedding day. That was news to me too.’ She claimed that what she wrote ‘It’s all fair game,’ and even though she changed the names, it does not take a genius to figure out who she wrote about; she also included photos of Jim, only blacking out his eyes. Rosa added that she has received hate for blatantly including him in her book, ‘… but at the end of the day the joke is on me.’
She said that it is a ‘self-deprecating read’, and anybody who reads the book will realize that it details instances of getting herself into stupid situations by making bad mistakes and choices. She wanted to laugh at them by writing a book. Rosa agreed that Jim was not happy, but ‘Nothing surprises me with him. This guy will sue a parakeet for squawking. But I have proof of all the things I claim, and he isn’t saying that any of this stuff isn’t true.’
Rosa said she learned her lesson, and will never date another athlete, but she still dished on some memorable hook-ups. She called A-Rod an ‘A-hole’ and claimed that she mistook a hockey player’s body part for a rolling pin.
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She married mortgage broker Todd William Harris on 3 May 2014, after meeting on Match.com and dating for 16 months. She is the stepmother to Ryan’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Rosa is close friends with fellow actors Lisa Vidal, Lisa Ann Walters and Sean Hayes, who attended her wedding to Jim.
In her free time, she interns at Miriam’s House, a sober living house for single mothers and their children.
She has dark brown hair, brown eyes, is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, and weighs about 120lbs (54kgs).
Net worth and salary
As of late 2020, Rosa’s net worth is authoritatively estimated at $1.5 million.