Rising Star Jessy Schram: ‘Last Resort’ Keeping the Bar High

What a year for Jessy Schram!  The actress has  been flying back and forth between Hawaii, where she’s playing the wife of Scott Speedman’s character on ABC’s crackerjack new “Last Resort” — and Vancouver, where she’s among the humans coping with a space alien occupation of earth on TNT’s “Falling Skies.”  Oh, and she’s also known to fans of the popular ABC “Once Upon a Time” as Ella/Cinderella.

There is, of course, one drawback to her new role.

“The good news is, you get to play Scott Speedman’s wife.  The bad news is, you never get to see him,” says Schram with a laugh, referring to the fact her series husband on a nuclear submarine that’s gone rogue after being issued spurious orders to launch.  However, “There will be moments you’ll see the relationship, the depth of it.  You’ll see we’ve loved each other, and there was tension about his putting his job ahead of me.”

The big question raised about “Last Resort” is whether the show can maintain the level of riveting entertainment of its opening episode.  Not surprisingly, Schram admits, “That’s the concern even people on the show have.  The cast is huge, and there is so much to play, so many emotions and extraordinary story lines.  There is so much going on in so many worlds, between the submarine, the Seals, the islanders, and the Washington world.”  With five episodes completed, she says that “none of the story lines has been dropped.  It’s not confusing, but you have to pay attention to the scripts.  It’s so much fun to be part of creating something new and out of the norm, something really exciting.”

Given the intensely traumatic nature of her “Last Resort” storyline, Schram’s spent much of her time in a stressed state, to say the least.  “She’s alienated from people around her because of decisions her husband has made and what he’s involved in.  She’s holding on to her integrity.  She’s in love.  And she’s torn. Will she keep the life that’s become an illusion, or walk away?”

As they say, stay tuned.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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