Jill Hennessy Luck

January 7, 2012 by staff 

Jill Hennessy LuckJill Hennessy Luck, One thing that makes Jill Hennessy such a joy to watch is the way she speaks her lines. The flow of her words are rich with texture, and deep with a clean timbre. She has spoken those lines through a myriad of characters in film and on television. From Law & Order (1993-1996), Las Vegas (2004-2006), and Crossing Jordan (2001-2007), to characters in feature-length films of various genres, Hennessy has acquired enough solid acting credits to out-talk anyone … or out-sing them. Her performing experience extends beyond the screen. In 2009, Hennessy released an album titled “Ghost In My Head”, which she wrote and recorded herself. Hennessy has been a singer/songwriter for many years, performing shows in between her many acting gigs, and was even invited to perform at the 2010 revival of the illustrious Lilith Fair.

That’s why Roadie, opening in theatres on January 6th, is such a delicate surprise of a film. While it’s about middle-aged, ex-roadie Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard), who suddenly finds himself forced to go back to his hometown and deal with his arrested development all in the scope of twenty-four hours, it is often Jill Hennessy who steals the spotlight as Jimmy’s high school sweetheart and small-town amateur singer/songwriter, Nikki Stevens. When Nikki picks up her guitar and her voice transitions into a controlled Natalie Merchant-esque wail, the story picks up on the movie’s theme of music as sanctuary, music as a time capsule of emotion. Indeed, the characters in the movie are propelled by the idea that music is bigger than the sum of its parts, and that music can save them or help save them from themselves.

I recently had a chance to speak with Jill Hennessy about her role as Nikki Stevens in Roadie. Refreshingly laidback and thoughtful, she relayed her feelings about working with Ron Eldard (Super 8), how she got director Michael Cuesta to incorporate one of her songs in the film, and her excitement over her role in HBO’s new series, Luck.

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