Zoe McLellan is an American actress who is best recognized for her roles in the small screen. She has acted in numerous TV shows including JAG where she portrayed Petty Officer Jennifer Coates, Dirty Sexy Money, NCIS: New Orleans where she played the female lead, and the ABC political drama Designated Survivor, where she plays White House Counsel Kendra Daynes. The series stars Keifer Sutherland as the President of the United States. Let’s get to know Zoe McLellan beyond her career.
Bio – Who Is Zoe McLellan?
Zoe McLellan was born on the 6th of November, 1974 in La Jolla, California. She grew up in Washington in a closely knitted family. Her childhood included visits to the San Juan Islands during the summer where they would go kayaking and host big family meals by the beach. McLellan has Irish roots and a good number of her family now reside in New Orleans.
From a very young age, McLellan knew she wanted to become an actress. Post-fame, she recalled telling one of her aunties as a kid that she “wanted to be inside the TV.” From the age of 7, she had begun taking acting classes and soon started auditioning for roles. She attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington, where she was the homecoming queen in 1992.
At the age of 21 in 1995, McLellan began her acting career professionally. She began by doing commercials and auditioning for parts in TV and film in Seattle. She would spend the first few years of her career honing her craft in Seattle, preparing herself for the big scene – Hollywood.
Five years into her career, Zoe McLellan got her first major role in the fantasy film, Dungeons & Dragons. The following year. she got her first major television role in the legal drama, JAG. She joined the show as a recurring character in the 7th season but was promoted to a main character by the 10th season.
From then on, McLellan seemed to focus more on television. More notable role soon followed in the ABC primetime series, Dirty Sexy Money, which was sadly short-lived. Mclellan has revealed that the role was one she wished would have lasted a little longer. Zoe’s next major television role was that of Agent Meredith Brody in NCIS which graduated to the main role in NCIS: New Orleans.
The series premiered in September 2014 and is still running, however, McLellan left the show for another gig. She has had guest parts in successful shows like Suits, House, The Mentalist, and Royal Pains. Also, she has acted in films like Conversations with God, One Fall, as well as short films like Person, Place or Thing, and Inside Out.
Apart from acting, Zoe McLellan is passionate about inspirational speaking. She has once had the opportunity to address the Messenger Summit. A huge fan of pop star Katy Perry, McLellan also enjoys singing and songwriting. She once performed her own song at the King King Club in Hollywood.
What Is She Doing Now?
Zoe McLellan continues to act to this day, however, her career looked a bit threatened after it was reported that ABC had canceled Designated Survivor. Nonetheless, four months later, Netflix and Entertainment One which both handled distribution for the series, picked up the series for another season.
It would have been a big hit on McLellan if the show remained canceled as she had to forgo her role in NCIS and relocate to Toronto, Canada, where Designated Survivor was shot.
The relocation also landed her in a court case as she was sued by her ex-husband, actor Jean-Pierre Guy Gillain who accused her of abducting their child to Canada. Fortunately for McLellan, the court ruled in her favor, stating that relocating because of work didn’t mean she was abducting their kid. Gillain had thought it was her way of distancing the kid from him. He pays child support of about $4,000 monthly.
McLellan and Gillain married in February 2012 and separated two years later in 2014 with the divorce being finalized in 2016.
Zoe McLellan stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches, which is about 1.7 m. She weighs an estimated 60 kg and her breast-waist-hips measurements are 36-25-35 (inches).