American actress Kam Heskin got her start in the showbiz as a model before landing her first acting job in 1998. She is probably best recalled for portraying Caitlin Deschanel on the acclaimed, but short-lived soap opera “Sunset Beach” during 1998-1999. She revisited TV as a regular seven years later in 2006, when she substituted actress Mackenzie Westmore in the role of Sheridan Crane on the drama “Passions.” The blonde beauty has appeared as a guest star in several TV series such as “7th Heaven,” “Charmed” and “CSI: NY.” A frequent supporting part in movies, Heskin landed her first starring role in the movie version of “Pride and Prejudice” in 2003, playing Elizabeth Bennet. Other film credits include Gregory Poirier's “Tomcats” (2001), Tim Burton's “Planet of the Apes” (2001), Steven Spielberg's “Catch Me If You Can” (2002), “This Girl's Life” (2003), “Dirty Love” (2005) and “Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding” (2006). She will have an important part in the forthcoming thriller “Howl” (2008).
Heskin was once married to restaurant owner Jonathan Cheriff. She is friends with Krissy Carlson, her costar in “Sunset Beach.” A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Heskin currently resides in Los Angeles, near UCLA. She occasionally does work as a substitute teacher.
Childhood and Family:
Kam Erika Heskin was born on May 8, 1973, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is the eldest child of Karen and Daryl Heskin. Her father is an architect and her mother was an actress before starting a family. Kam praises her mother for inspiring her to become an actress. She has two brothers, but none of them pursue acting career. Kam attended Grand Junction High School and graduated in 1991. She later received a double major in political science and broadcast journalism from the Concordia College in Minnesota.
On August 1, 1998, Kam tied the knot with Jonathan Cheriff, but the marriage was later annulled. Her former husband owns a restaurant in New York.
Pride and Prejudice
Kam Heskin caught by the acting bug in high school, but despite directly pursued it as a career she focused more on becoming a newscaster. By the time she had gotten into college, she had done some theater and after realizing her true calling, she decided to follow her dream. After college, Heskin moved to Chicago and netted her first professional job as a model for a Montgomery Ward catalogue. Within a couple of months, she headed to New York to find more work.
Once living in New York, Heskin landed a contract with the Willhemenia Modeling Agency, and appeared in billboards throughout the city. A few months later, she made her professional acting debut as Cinder James in director John Woo's TV pilot, “Blackjack” (1998). She followed it up later that same year with a bit part in the horror film “Henry: A Portrait of a Serial Killer 2, appearing as a survivor named Amy.
Shortly thereafter, Heskin scored a big breakthrough when she landed the role of Caitlin Richards-Deschanel on the NBC award-winning daytime drama “Sunset Beach.” She memorably played the role from 1998 until 1999, when the show came to an end.
Following the cancellation of the show, Heskin took on the supporting role of Jesse M. on the independent film “Held for Ransome” in 2000, the same year she also made a guest appearance in the “7th Heaven” episode of “Losers.” She next supported Jerry O'Connell, Shannon Elizabeth and Jake Busey in the comedy “Tomcats” (2001), directed and written by Gregory Poirier. She continued to have small parts in big movies like Tim Burton's “Planet of the Apes” (2001), with Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter, and Steven Spielberg's “Catch Me If You Can” (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Heskin had a bigger part in the following year's horror horror/thriller, “Vlad” (2003), costarring with Billy Zane and Paul Popowich, and returned to a small supporting part in the James Woods drama “This Girl's Life” (also 2003). Still in 2003, she enjoyed her first leading role when director Andrew Black cast her as the hard-working, brainy Elizabeth Bennet on the movie adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice.” After guesting in the popular TV series “Charmed” (2004), as Robin, the actress acted in a short film called “The Ecology of Love” (2004) and teamed up with Jenny McCarthy, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Carmen Electra and Victor Webster for the comedy film “Dirty Love” (2005).
The 5' 7” tall performer portrayed Paige Morgan, opposite Luke Mably as Prince Edvard, in the direct-to-video sequel “Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding” (2006) before returning to series TV as a regular in the James E. Reilly-created drama “Passions.” She portrayed Sheridan Crane when actress Mackenzie Westmore was on a leave of absence during 2006.
In October 2007, Heskin appeared as a Suspect X on an episode of “CSI: NY,” and is currently working on the new drama series “Coastal Dreams” (2007), starring as April. She stated, “Television is always a fun place to be, but I think that the dot com stuff is where a lot of programming is going. It's fun to be involved in one of the first projects ('Coastal Dreams'), especially with a network that is really behind it.”
Heskin is set to play Penny Sutherland on the comedy/thriller “Howl” (2008), written by Clint Morris. The upcoming movie will also star Eric Stoltz, Stephen Tobolowsky, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Powers Boothe.