|Vancouver's Jessica Lucas is adding to her impressive acting resume with a stint on CSI.
Jessica Lucas is a nice-looking woman. You don't need CSI training to see that.
But Lucas is the first to acknowledge there are a lot of nice-looking women vying for roles on TV and in movies.
So why is this particular Canadian actress racking up such an extensive resume -- including CSI and the mysterious new J.J. Abrams movie -- at the tender age of 22?
What is it that makes the native of Vancouver stand out?
"Maybe it's because I don't look like a lot of other people," said Lucas, offering a theory. "I'm half black and half white. So maybe not a lot of people quite have the same look that I do.
"I don't know, really," concluded Lucas, who also has appeared in such projects as Life As We Know It, She's The Man, The Covenant and Edgemont, among others. "But whatever it is, I'm sure not going to question it. That's the last thing you want to do when things are going well."
Tonight on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Lucas will continue her four-episode arc as Ronnie Lake, a sought-after young hot-shot investigator. The character allegedly received multiple job offers -- much like the actress who is bringing the role to life -- but chose to go to Las Vegas because of the increase in crime rates there.
In last week's episode, Ronnie Lake uttered the morbid but exuberant line, "My first mob hit ... cool!" There's nothing like enjoying your work, no matter what it is.
"It all happened really fast -- in one day, actually," Lucas said when asked about the process for being cast on CSI.
"I went in and read for it, then they asked if I wanted to come back and read again that afternoon. By the end of the day, I had the part."
Venerable CSI continues to be one of the most-watched shows on Canadian TV. It racked up 2.661 million viewers last week (and that was not a simulcast with CBS, by the way).
"The whole CSI experience has been so great for me," said Lucas, who will appear in the third of her four CSI episodes tonight.
Just prior to taping her CSI arc, however, Lucas spent several months working on the Abrams movie which has been dubbed Cloverfield in common parlance, but whose name has not officially been revealed. Abrams is the creator of TV series Lost, Alias and Felicity, and was the director of Mission Impossible III.
First publicized prior to theatre screenings of Transformers, Cloverfield is scheduled to be released on Jan. 18, 2008. Plot rumours have centred on monsters attacking New York City, but Lucas wouldn't shed any light on the specifics. You know, sworn to secrecy and all that.
"It really is kind of crazy, isn't it?" Lucas said of the Cloverfield buzz. "The hype has been unbelievable. And it doesn't even have a name yet. The trailer created such a stir.
"When they first explained to us what they were going to do in terms of marketing, it sounded pretty weird. But obviously it has worked. And there are going to be more trailers coming out very soon, so that will give people even more reason to get excited."
Lucas plans to spend the next couple of months helping to promote the movie.
"The CSI thing just wrapped up so I'm going to have a little bit of down time right now, although it won't be for long," said Lucas, who splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver. "We already are planning all the promotion we're going to be doing for Cloverfield, or whatever you want to call it. So that's going to be my focus."
If her current accomplishments are any indication, more and more people soon will be focusing their CS-eyes on Jessica Lucas.