Hollywood continues to maintain its place as the leading film industry in the world for a variety of reasons, one of which is the diversity in its genre of films, catering to the interests of diverse audiences. One of these popular genres is horror and in recent years, it has boasted a number of talented actresses who have made their name as Scream Queens (a name given to an actress who stars in a lot of horror films), and among them is Gina Philips.
Gina Philips made her debut in the industry in the early ’90s and has since attained fame while starring in an array of horror movies like Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare, Jeepers Creepers, and several others. A look at her career journey and other interesting tidbits are surely worth knowing.
She Nursed An Early Desire For The Performing Arts
Gina Philips was born on the 10th of May, 1970 in Miami Beach, located in Florida. Much of her background details remain unknown but Gina, who always had a passion for acting led her early life with a desire to one day become an actress.
After high school, she went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania. Notwithstanding the course she was studying, Gina never lost her passion for acting and the burning desire soon took charge and she just had to do something about it. With just one class away from completing her degree, Gina, who could no longer wait to get her acting career started, dropped out of school. The school allowed her to join her class for graduation since she only had one class to go.
Gina Philips Started From The Bottom And Worked Her Way Up
No longer burdened by the responsibilities of her academics, Gina Philips headed to Los Angeles and after a couple of auditions, earned her first role as Gail in an episode of Growing Pains in 1992. In the same year, she was cast as Margie in Great Scott!. The year after her debut, Gina Philips starred in productions like Rave, Dancing to a Different Beat, Blossom, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and a couple of others.
The early days of her career saw her star in minor roles until 1995 when she got her first supporting role in the film, Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare. Coincidentally, it was also her first horror movie and her experience in it birthed a career-long interest in the genre, which has lasted till date. Her transition into Scream Queen status did not happen immediately, as Gina still starred in other projects like No Greater Love, Breaking Free, Strange Luck, and a few more.
Her Major Career Achievements And Reaching Scream Queen Status
Starting with guest roles on TV shows, Gina Philips has also appeared in independent and made-for-tv movies to rave reviews. Her biggest role on the small screen so far is as Sandy Hingle in Ally McBeal (1999-2000). She appeared in 13 episodes of the American legal comedy and also played Jenna Miller in 5 episodes of Boston Public.
In 2001, she began to appear in the horror franchise, Jeepers Creepers as Trish and has starred in two installments of the franchise. She also appeared in Dead & Breakfast, Jennifer’s Shadow, and a couple of other horror movies. Playing those roles made her a renowned scream queen among horror movie lovers.
But, as she took on a substantial amount of horror projects, she also starred in comedies and dramas, including her acclaimed role in Ally McBeal, and as Harper Woods in Hawaii.
While Gina is yet to win any significant award for her career endeavors, she has now branched off to establish herself as a producer. In this capacity, she worked on Love and Debate (2006) while also playing the role of Jordan Landa in the drama/romance film.
Gina Philips’ Net Worth Proves Her Success As An Actress
As at 2017, Gina Philips has starred in over 45 movies and TV shows, plenty of which were commercially successful horror movies and lucrative appearances on TV shows like CSI: NY and Hawaii. As a result, the Miami Beach-born actress has been able to amass a net worth in the region of $3 million.
Considering she is still active in the entertainment industry, that amount is expected to increase in the coming years. She was last heard as the voice of daisy in Doom: Annihilation (2019).
Inside Her Marriage To American Director, Lee Nelson
Gina Philips has been married to Lee Nelson since 2009. Her husband, Lee Nelson is a known producer and assistant director in Hollywood. As the case is with most people who work behind the cameras, no intimate details about Nelson has been made public.
Although details about the timeline of their relationship remain unknown, we know they have maintained a marital life without scandal ever since they got married on the 24th of October, 2009. The two have since welcomed a child into their growing family.
She Is The First Of Her Family To Venture Into Hollywood
Gina Philips did not grow up in a well-populated home. She was born as one of two children, with her only sibling being brother – Bobby Consolo. Philips’ father Robert Consolo, is of Italian descent while her mother Fredi Consolo is Ashkenazi Jewish.
Nothing can be confirmed at this time concerning the kind of work her folks were involved in but be rest assured it’s not in the spotlight. Thus, Gina Philips didn’t have what she has today handed down from famous parents.
Gina’s brother was previously married to WPLG Local 10 Miami reporter – Jacey Birch. The two got married on an unspecified date and put an end to their marriage after a divorce in 2013.
Gina Philips’ Primary Focus Now Is On Her Family
Although much hasn’t been heard from Gina Philips since she made her appearance in the third installment of Jeepers Creepers in 2017, Gina Philips is still an active actress and only appears to be taking a break for her family. After all, she is now a mom.
She is poised to return for the fourth installment of Jeepers Creepers, having been cast to return to a more major role in the horror franchise.