The amazing American actress Emily Procter has been making waves in the Hollywood entertainment industry, all thanks to her exceptional acting style. The iconic actress is most popular for her roles in blockbuster movies and television series, including the crime and political drama series White Collar, CSI: Miami, as well as The West Wing. She is equally famous for being the wife of the Grammy Award-winning music star named Paul Bryan. The lovely couple has been together for over a decade now, and even though they are yet to tie the knot, they are currently regarded as one of Hollywood’s iconic couples.
In recent times, Emily Procter has slowed down the rate at which she appears in movies, thus raising several eyebrows regarding her whereabouts and what she has been up to. Has she retired from acting or just taking a break? Well, let’s find out more about the actress below.
Did You Know Emily Procter is An Adopted Child?
Emily Procter first came into this world on the 8th day of October 1968; she spent her childhood days in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the United States. Three years after her birth, her parents divorced, and it became challenging for her mother to raise the young Emily and her older brother named Whit. The pair was later adopted by William Procter and his wife, Barbara Procter. Will is a medical doctor while his wife Barbara served as a volunteer worker.
Growing up in the Raleigh neighborhood of North Carolina, Emily completed her basic education at Ravenscroft School. Upon graduation, she enrolled at East Carolina University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in dance and journalism. While she was in the University, Emily was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and she also worked as a weather reporter for WNCT-TV situated in the Greenville City of North Carolina.
Details of Her Acting Career & Rise to Stardom
Soon after she graduated from East Carolina University, Emily Procter relocated to Los Angeles, where she enrolled in acting classes for two years. While she was there, the outstanding actress was able to kick off her acting career. At first, Emily played small roles in the 1995 television series, including Friends, Platypus Man, and Renegade. She equally featured in two films titled Leaving Las Vegas and Fast Company, in the same year.
The following year, along with Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr., the fast-rising actress portrayed the role of Jerry’s former girlfriend in the comedy-drama, Jerry Maguire. After that, she played the character of Lang Lang in the popular superhero TV film Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, in the same year. In 1997, Emily guest-starred in a good number of TV series, including Just Shoot Me, Early Edition, and The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion, as well as movies such as Breast Men, Family Plan, and The Girl Gets Moe.
Emily rose to prominence in the year 2000 when she joined the cast of NBC’s political drama series, The West Wing. Playing the recurring role of Ainsley Hayes in the series helped catapult Emily into the limelight. While the series was ongoing, Emily also became one of the stars of the CBS series CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). She played the recurring role of Detective Calleigh from 2002 to 2012. In 2013, she starred in a few episodes of White Collar.
Some of her other movies include The Big Tease, Barry Munday, Love Everlasting, Submerged, and Big Momma’s House, among others. Asides from films and TV series, Emily Procter featured in the environmental awareness program titled Live Earth in 2007.
Her Other Exploits Outside Acting
To be fair, athleticism is not the first word that comes to mind when we think about Hollywood actresses. But Emily Procter has proven to be more than the stereotype. The actress has trained and competed in triathlons and marathons. But that is just one of the few ways she is more than an actress.
Emily is also a poker enthusiast and has competed in high stake games, including the celebrity poker tournament. She regularly volunteers for the Young Storytellers Program and is a talented interior decorator. For the latter, Procter designed her home and has done the same for a friend. Additionally, she was a guest judge on HGTV’s Summer Showdown. Finally, although the CSI: Miami actress’s partner is a professional musician, Emily is also a singer and was a part of the 1980s cover band, Motion.
Emily Procter Has Been Dating Paul Bryan Since 2008
Not only has Emily Procter enjoyed a successful acting career, she equally has a successful personal life. She has been in a relationship with an American musician named Paul Bryan since 2008. The award-winning music star was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
He began his music career in 1990 and built an impressive career with his ability to play multiple musical instruments, as well as singing. Paul Bryan has collaborated with several artists, including Norah Jones, Billy Preston, Ann Peebles, Aimee Mann, and Nick Lowe, among others. Paul is also a Grammy award winner, making their relationship a pairing of successful creatives.
The fantastic couple met themselves several years ago, and their relationship became official in 2008. The duo welcomed their symbol of love, a daughter named Phillippa Frances Bryan in 2010. They have been experiencing an excellent relationship, and there is no sign of break up between them. Whether the couple will one day walk the aisle and become husband and wife remains unknown. One thing is, however, for sure, they are already one of Hollywood’s most successful couples.
She Might Be Taking a Break from Acting
Since Emily Procter appeared in the movie Love Everlasting, in 2016, she hasn’t added any credit to her name, whether on television or in film. There are speculations about the reason, but the actress has confirmed none of them. One thing that seems sure is that she hasn’t retired from acting. The most popular theory is that she’s taking a break from acting, a move that is not uncommon among Hollywood stars.
In the meantime, Emily appears to be enjoying a quiet life outside of media attention. Her most recent public appearance was in 2019 when she gave the commencement speech to her alma mater, East Carolina University, 2019 graduation class. Beyond that, and the fact she started the company, Pippa+Pail, that offers low waste, grab-n-go lunches for children, her current whereabouts remain a mystery.