Who is Vanessa Ferlito, star of the TV series “NCIS New Orleans”? Wiki Bio
Vanessa Ferlito was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 28 December 1980 – her zodiac sign is Capricorn and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who became famous in the US after portraying Detective Aiden Bur in the police procedural TV series “CSI: NY” and Tammy Gregorio in the action crime police procedural series “NCIS: New Orleans”.
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Early life and education
Vanessa’s maternal grandparents came to New York from Italy before her mother was born. Vanessa had a rather rough early childhood, as her father was a drug addict who overdosed on heroin when Vanessa was two years old.
Her mother went on to marry a hairdresser, and the two opened their own hair salon.
Vanessa grew up being interested in the film industry, and wanted to become a model and an actress. While she was attending a local high school, she was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in most of the school plays. Upon matriculation, she decided to focus on her career rather than to enroll at a college.
Roles in movies
Vanessa launched her career as a model while still attending high school, and signed her first contract with Wilhelmina International Inc., one of the most popular modelling agencies in the US.
She made her debut film appearance in 2002, portraying Jordan Nash in the drama “On Line” followed by her role in “25th Hour”, while the role that helped her career the most was of Lizette Sanchez in the movie “Undefeated” in 2003, which won her a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People nomination for an Outstanding Actress in a TV movie. The year 2004 saw her portray Louise in “Spider-Man 2”, and Gina in “The Tollbooth”, followed by her appearances in “Man of the House” and “Shadowboxer” in 2005.
Vanessa was invited to portray Lisa Gonzales in the sports drama “Gridiron Gang” in 2006, which starred Dwayne Johnson and Xzibit, and she then appeared in “Death Proof” and “Descent” in 2007. She was praised for her performance in the family movie “Nothing Like the Holidays” in 2008, and was then invited to star in “Madea Goes to Jail” and “Julie & Julia” in 2009. Some of her latest appearances in films have been in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” in 2010, “Stand Up Guys” in 2012, and “All Mistakes Buried” in 2015.
Appearances in TV series
Vanessa made her debut TV series appearance in 2001 in the popular “The Sopranos”, followed by her role as Val in the episode “Blackout” of the crime drama series “Third Watch” in 2002. She appeared in a single episode of “Law & Order” in 2003, before being cast to portray her first recurring character, Claudia Hernandez in the action drama series “24” from early 2003 to late 2004.
Vanessa played Aiden Burn in a single episode of “CSI: Miami” in 2004, and after being praised for her performance, she was chosen reprise Aiden, but this time as the lead character in the police procedural series “CSI: NY” from 2004 to 2006.
She was supposed to portray the lead character Georgia Fields in the crime series “Drift” in 2006, but the pilot episode wasn’t picked up by any network, while she had the experience with the series “Cooper and Stone” in 2011.
Vanessa starred as Catherine ‘Charlie’ DeMarco in the drama series “Graceland” from 2013 to 2015, which also starred Daniel Sunjata and Aaron Tveit, and follows an new FBI agent being trained by a legendary FBI agent. Her latest role in a TV series has been in “NCIS: New Orleans”, in which she has been portraying the lead character Tammy Gregorio since the show’s third season, which began airing in 2016.
Love life and relationships
Vanessa began dating a mysterious man at the age of 25, and on 21 September 2007 she gave birth to their son Vince, while it is believed that the man left her as soon as he found out that she was pregnant – some of her fans have stated how Vanessa did not want to stay with him anyway, and chose to raise the child on her own.
Several sources on the internet state how the popular actress is now a married woman who exchanged vows with her other half in 2019. The man is allegedly 18 years younger than her making him 21, and according to Vanessa’s fans, the two have been seen together walking hand in hand in the streets of New York City.
It is believed that Vanessa is hiding her husband because it might negatively influence her career, and although she is active on Instagram, she hasn’t uploaded a single picture with him.
Hobbies and other interests
Vanessa’s main hobby is travelling, and she has been all around the US to shoot for her movies and TV series, while she has also been to several countries in Europe and enjoys spending her summers in either Italy or Miami in Florida. She is keen on firing guns, and is physically active having several training sessions at the gym each week, while she is also careful about what she eats as her figure and stamina are important for her detective roles.
She likes to read books in her spare time, and some of her favorite writers are Guillaume Musso and Agatha Christie and their books “Call from an Angel”, “Will you be there?”, and “Murder of Roger Ackroyd”. Vanessa also enjoys watching films – some of her favorite actors and actresses are Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Angelina Jolie, while some of her favorite movies are “Shutter Island”, “Inception”, and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”.
Appearance and net worth
Vanessa is 39 years old. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $6 million.