Deborah Ann Woll is Best Known For Being cast in the role of Jessica Hamby in the dark horror TV series, True Blood (2008-2014). Having played important roles in series like The Punisher, The Defenders, and Daredevil.
Having made appearances in movies such as Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Catch .44, Ruby Sparks, and Meet Me in Montenegro.
Born Name Deborah Ann Woll
Born: February 7, 1985, 33 years and 10 months, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Sun Sign Aquarius
Years active 2007–present
Hair Color Blonde (Natural), She often tends to dye her hair ‘red’ or ‘strawberry blonde’.
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
Measurements 37-25-37 inches (94-64-94 cm)
Bra size 34C
Ethnicity She has German and Irish ancestry.
Distinctive Features Prominent nose, High cheekbones, Blue eyes
Deborah Ann Woll went to the Packer Collegiate Institute. She completed her high school education from Packer as well. She then got enrolled at the USC School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California and graduated from the university in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Later, she joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London to hone her acting skills. She has also attended the pre-college intensive program in theater at Carnegie Mellon University.
Father – He is an architect.
Mother – Cathy Woll (Teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School)
Deborah Ann Woll is represented by Los Angles-based Publicist Shelter PR, LLC.
In 2010, Deborah made her first theatrical film appearance in the psychological horror movie, Mother’s Day.
First TV Show
In 2007, Deborah Ann Woll made her TV show debut in the Powerless episode of the crime drama TV series, Life.
Deborah Ann Woll was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 7, 1985. Her father is an architect and her mother, Cathy Woll, is a teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School. She is of German and Irish descent. She attended the Packer Collegiate Institute for high school, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2007. She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Woll began her career with guest starring roles in several television series, including Life (2007), ER (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008), My Name Is Earl (2008), and The Mentalist (2008), and had a supporting role in the Western action-adventure television film Aces ‘N’ Eights (2008).
In 2008, Woll landed her breakout role as Bill Compton’s vampire progeny, Jessica Hamby, in the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. She originally joined as a recurring character in the first season, but was promoted to a regular cast member for the second season onwards. In 2009, she and her True Blood co-stars won the Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series at the 14th annual ceremony. Woll maintained the role of Jessica until the series’ ending in 2014. In 2009, she made a guest appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portraying a young woman who is found alive after being reported missing by her boyfriend.
In 2010, Woll made her feature film debut in the psychological horror Mother’s Day. In 2011, she starred in the supernatural thriller Little Murder, the sports drama Seven Days in Utopia, the action film Catch .44, and the comedy-drama Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. The following year, she co-starred in the romantic comedy-drama film Ruby Sparks. In 2013, she performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the play Parfumerie. That same year, she joined the cast of the drama film The Automatic Hate.
In 2015, she starred in the independent romantic drama film Forever. Since 2015, Woll has portrayed Karen Page in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series for Netflix, as the female lead and main love interest of Matt Murdock in Daredevil, and as a recurring character in The Punisher and The Defenders.
Woll has been cast in the upcoming comedy film Silver Lake. She will also appear in the action thriller film The Maze.
Deborah’s boyfriend Scott has choroideremia, a condition that ultimately results in blindness; Woll uses her celebrity status to help raise awareness of the disease. She has said that Scott’s bravery in fighting his disability has inspired courage in her own battle with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten.
Deborah Ann Woll regularly trains with her personal trainer Ronnie Loaiza to keep herself in shape and to prepare for her physically demanding roles. Her workout session revolves around big lifts and other conditioning exercises.
When it comes to diet, she likes to start her day fueling on protein. Her breakfast comprises of eggs, ham, spinach or beans, and stewed tomato. This heavy breakfast keeps her going throughout the day. She usually keeps her lunch very light with a vegetable soup or simple salad. She has also made it a point to drink a lot of water throughout the day.
Deborah Ann Woll Favorite Things
Food – Steak
Tea Brand – Kusmi Tea
Beverage – Tea
Hair Product – Suave Conditioner
Restaurants – Bob’s in South Dakota, Charlie the Butcher in Buffalo
Deborah Ann Woll Facts
As an infant, she was diagnosed with celiac disease, which is a hereditary condition that results in body rejecting gluten.
In her first season in True Blood, she was cast in a guest role. However, her role was made a part of the main cast by the end of the season after show producers were impressed by the potential of her character.
By the time she made her acting debut in Life, she had been working in various stage productions for 10 years. She has also done extensive work with New York theatre company.
To completely get into her role in True Blood, she watched the videos of wild animals attacking other animals. She felt stalking, attacking, and killing skills of animals have been lost in humans, so she tried to learn it on her own by watching videos.
Due to her boyfriend’s choroideremia condition, she has done extensive activism work to raise awareness about it.