Terese Cilluffo is an actress, dancer, singer and model. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 21, 1985. Her mother was a former dancer and introduced Terese to the world of the performing arts very early on. Growing up, she worked as an actress and model, appearing in multiple ad campaigns and commercials. She also trained for 6-8 hours a day at the national award-winning dance studio, Dance Connection, in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as attending Ballet Arizona five days a week. Other alum from Dance Connection whom Terese grew up with include Heather Morris from Glee and Lauren Froderman, winner of SYTYCD season 7. She attended competitions and conventions on the weekends, receiving various awards, scholarships and titles.
Terese re-located to Los Angeles at age 16 to further her performing career. She has performed as a dancer in music videos, commercials, in live shows and on television. Starting at age 17, Terese spent two years performing for Norwegian Cruise Lines in production shows all over the world where she was featured as a soloist. During her time performing with NCL, she was lucky enough to perform in Cameron Mackintosh's "Hey Mr. Producer!," straight from London's West End, as Tessie Tura (Gypsy), Oliver (Oliver!), Ado Annie (Oklahoma), as well as understudy the part of Christine (Phantom). The greatest honor was that Sir Cameron Mackintosh himself approved the casting. She later moved to Las Vegas to pursue another one of her goals, being a Vegas Showgirl. She performed in three shows during her time there, and was chosen as the lead dancer in two of them. Terese was also appointed as dance captain and asked to create choreography for new numbers added to the shows. While performing in Vegas, she was featured on the cover of Las Vegas Magazine, as well as in many internal articles, and in several additions of Robin Leach's "Vegas Popular" Blog. She was also highlighted in a segment on "Entertainment Tonight" as a lead Las Vegas dancer. While in Las Vegas she was also cast in her first feature film, the action-comedy "Crazy Girls Undercover," where she played 'Suzy,' a Vegas Showgirl moonlighting as an undercover crime fighter.
In recent years, she appeared on ABC's short-lived Pan Am and MTV's 'I Just Want My Pants Back,' (for which she was also star Kim Shaw's regular season 1 stand-in), as well as in multiple films such as 'Six Bullets' starring Jean Claude Van Damme and 'The Package' starring Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren. In 2012, Terese was hand-picked by up-and-coming writer/director Kyle Lavore to star in his award-winning short film, 'Up A Hill,' in which she played 'Loretta Devoue,' a violent, bipolar international litigator living in NYC. Lavore was chosen as one of SHOOT magazine's new directors to watch for 2013 because of the film.
In 2014, Terese traveled to China to film 'Pound of Flesh,' her second movie with Jean Claude Van Damme, which will be released on May 20th, 2015.