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Chris Messina was recently seen onscreen opposite Amy Adams in Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia. He is currently filming Devil, for Universal Pictures, starring in the lead role for directors John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle.
The native New Yorker also recently appeared in another Focus Features movie, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go; and was directed by his fellow Away We Go actor John Krasinski in the independent feature Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Mr. Messina’s other films include Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, with Rebecca Hall and Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz; Robert Cary’s award-winning Ira and Abby, as one-half of the titular duo, opposite screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt; Paul Weiland’s Made of Honor; Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs’ Humboldt County; J.J. Abrams’ soon-to-air telefilm Anatomy of Hope; and Alan Ball’s Towelhead.
Mr. Messina first worked with the latter writer/director in a guest-starring arc on the acclaimed series Six Feet Under. The actor’s other guest appearances on TV shows include ones on Medium and Law & Order.
Among his many stage appearances are ones in Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, opposite Frances McDormand for director Stephen Daldry at the New York Theatre Workshop; Oscar Wilde’s Salome opposite Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei, in Estelle Parsons’ Broadway production; Adam Rapp’s Faster; This Thing of Darkness, for Craig Lucas at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Melanie Marnich’s Blur, at Manhattan Theatre Club; Jessica Goldberg’s Good Thing directed by Jo Bonney, at The New Group; and Frank Pugliese’s Late Night, Early Morning, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Theatre Festival and won the Jury Award for Best Theater at the 2005 Aspen Comedy Festival.
Mr. Messina will next be seen onscreen in Dana Adam Shapiro’s Monogamy, opposite Rashida Jones; and Marilyn Agrelo’s An Invisible Sign of My Own, opposite Jessica Alba.