Vancouver, also known as Hollywood North thanks to the multitude of American TV shows and movies (like Twilight) that are filmed there, has sent many of its denizens to the to the big and small screens. Such was the case for Jessica Lowndes, who got her first major break in 2005 with a guest spot on the series Masters of Horror, which was filmed in her hometown.
When she finished high school, Jessica Lowndes booked a one-way ticket to L.A. with plans to make it big in Hollywood. After a recurring role on Greek and Ryan Murphy’s Pretty Handsome, the actress landed a recurring role on the reboot of 90210, a show that promised to bring rich kids problems to the next generation.
Lowndes surprisingly genuine portrayal of a rich teen starlet hooked on drugs became an audience favorite. Despite the overall fluffiness of the show, Lowndes’ performance was particularly engaging, thanks to her preparation for the role. “I talked to real addicts actually going through it,” said Lowndes. “I was in touch with a rehab center up in Vancouver. I talked to other addicts, other friends of mine who recovered from certain things. I wrote down little details of what they did when they were high, like tapping their fingers, and I added that into a scene. As much as I researched it, I was still scared every scene before, because I didn’t want to look stupid, and I didn’t want to make a mockery of it, because it’s such a serious issue.”
Thanks to the popularity of her character, producers decided to sign Lowndes on as a regular cast member, and she’s been making the show more bearable for boyfriends to sit through ever since.
Jessica Lowndes seems to be following in the footsteps of Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester who is trying to balance her career on a hit show with a burgeoning music career. Lowndes performs her own material on 90210, independently producing her own tracks and licensing them to the show, most prominently, with the song “Goodbye.” While she’s currently working with music producers around the world, there’s no news yet on whether or not she has plans to release an album.
Up until now, Jessica Lowndes was best known by the teen set, along with all the 20- and 30-something women out there who claim to watch the reboot of 90210 for the sake of nostalgia. But her cover photo on the July issue of FHM in the UK is about to change all that. In the photo, the actress shows off her curves in a skimpy metallic gold bathing suit, and inside doesn’t disappoint other, with photos of the starlet sprawled out in different swimsuits and lingerie.”I have a lingerie addiction,” Lowndes told the magazine. “I have three drawers full of lingerie at home, and I have already been lingerie shopping in London even though I should be going out and buying more practical clothes… I just can’t help myself; it makes me feel pretty and sexy.” We see absolutely nothing wrong with that.