Jessica Cauffiel was born on March 30, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Legally Blonde (2001), Road Trip (2000) and White Chicks (2004).
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre at The University of Michigan School of Music.
Father is bestselling true-crime author, writer and producer, Lowell Cauffiel. They are also occasional writing partners.
Plays a redhead for the first time in the movie White Chicks (2004).
Is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor.
Sings (credited) on World Music Grammy Finalist album, "Shanti," by Snatam Kaur Khalsa.
Loves to travel the world and study its many cultures, traditions and mythologies. She has traveled several times to India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Peru as well as throughout Europe and the Americas. She has spent extensive time in the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas and the Andes, as well as the Amazon Basin. She speaks several languages, including Hindi, French, Indonesian and Thai. She is active in several non-profit, NGOs that serve the many cultures and spiritual orientations of the world.
She and the renowned Bollywood percussionist from Slumdog Millionaire (2008) who is also a composer, Sivamani, performed live in Dharamsala, India for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and approximately 20,000 other monks and visitors from around the world, on occasion of the March 10th, 2004 anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. This was the first time in the 45 year history of this event, that any musicians or entertainers had performed.
She is a trained singer, who has studied for over 14 years in Western Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and Eastern Devotional vocal mediums.
She is writing an album with Indian percussionist and composer, "The Wizard," Sivamani, who is best known as the right hand man of internationally acclaimed Bollywood virtuoso and two time Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008) composer A.R. Rahman. Sivamani has composed and played on hundreds of pop and hit film soundtracks, including the entire Oscar-winning score and songs from the mega-hit Slumdog Millionaire (2008). He has played with thousands of diverse artists, ranging from Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z and jazz great John McLaughlin - to revered Indian Maestros Zakir Hussein, tabla; mandolin Maestro U. Srinivasan; El Shankar, and Shankar Mahadevan of the famous Shankar/Ehsaan/Loy Bollywood writing team.
Is a healer and consultant who practices and teaches earth-based energy medicine traditions of the Americas interwoven with indigenous modalities of India and East Asia.
She began her career Off-Broadway starring in the critically acclaimed musical "1001 Nights", written and composed by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Robert Lopez, best known for his Broadway smash hit "Avenue Q".
In the original pilot episode, auditions and tests for My Name Is Earl (2005), the maid character was Russian, named "Tatiana." It was later changed to the Latin-American "Catalina" (played by Nadine Velazquez), but Creator/Producers Greg Garcia and Jason Lee remembered Jessica and loved the Russian character so much that they brought her back as Tatiana - the suspicious, unscrupulous mail-order bride with a giant mole - in a recurring role on the show.
Figure skated as a youth in Michigan, and trained for several weeks with International Figure Skating Champion and choreographer Sharon Wissel, in preparation for her turn as a former Olympian in Ice Dreams.
She is also a writer. She sings, plays piano and guitar.
She performed in several bands including Jazodity and Tribe of Zoe. Before graduating college, she sang on a cruise ship and in jazz and blues clubs throughout the country.
Jessica's paternal grandmother, Ursula Irene Zulka, who was of Polish descent, was a Polish-American community leader. Jessica's other ancestry is English, along with German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish).