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Birth date: August 9, 1976

Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.

Height: 5'5"


Daughter of Kate Capshaw (a special education teacher, actress, producer) and Robert Capshaw (a high school principal, sales manager, marketing director, and business executive).   Stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg (director, writer, producer, studio executive).

Jessica's parents divorced when she was 3 and she moved to New York with her mother, where Kate pursued her modeling career. When Jessica was 15, Kate remarried Steven Spielberg. She has 8 biological or adopted siblings, including 3 younger half-sisters (Sasha, Destry, and Mikaela), 2 younger half-brothers (Sawyer and Theo), and younger stepbrother (Max Spielberg).


Jessica married Christopher Gavigan, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, on September 22, 2004.  The couple had their first son on September 8, 2007. Their daughter, Eve Augusta, was born on October 20, 2010. In January 2012, Jessica and Christopher announced that they were expecting their third child, due in the summer.



Graduated from Harvard-Westlake High School in 1994.

Graduated from Brown University with an English degree in 1998.

Attended classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.


After appearing in several student productions during high school and college, Jessica's first feature film was "The Locusts" in 1997, a drama set in the 1960's starring Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Ashley Judd, and her mother.  This was followed by a series of guest appearances on TV shows and minor roles in movies.  Jessica's next major role was in "Valentine" in 2001, a horror flick with David Boreanaz and Denise Richards, followed by a small part in Spielberg's Minority Report in 2002.

Jessica's big television break came in 2002 when she was cast as Jamie Stringer on "The Practice", an ambitious new Harvard graduate, until the show ended its run in 2004. After that, Jessica appeared in Spielberg's miniseries "Into The West" in 2005, an epic story about life in the American West in the 19th century.  She then had a supporting role in the comedy "The Groomsmen" (2006).

Jessica returned to TV to guest star on two episodes of Bones in 2006 as Booth's (David Boreanaz) ex-girlfriend and mother of his son.  She then landed a starring role on the sitcom "Thick and Thin" that same year, but the show had a short run.  Jessica then guest starred on three episodes of "The L Word" in 2007 as Bette Porter's (Jennifer Beals) love interest, Nadia Karella.

Jessica joined "Grey's Anatomy" as a guest star in January 2009 as pediatric surgeon, Dr. Arizona Robbins, and has since signed on as a series regular.

For Jessica's complete list of work, please visit the Filmography page.


Did You Know?

Jessica's mom, Kate, and her stepdad, Steven Spielberg, along with Jessica, agreed that it was important for her to try to make it on her own in the business instead of leaning on her parents' connections.  Kate wants her to be hungry and ambitious, which can only be achieved without a safety net.


Jessica initially considered bypassing college and pursuing acting directly after high school, but her stepdad, who did not complete college himself, encouraged her to finish it for him.  In the end, Jessica was really glad that she decided to attend college and grateful for her stepdad's insistence.


"Tom [Hanks] and Rita [Wilson] are like my second set of parents," said Jessica. "Rita's my mom's best friend and we take family vacations together".


Appeared with her mother in the movies "The Locusts" and "The Love Letter".


While Christopher is a vegetarian, Jessica does eat meat (mostly chicken and fish) and the occasional cheeseburger.

Purchased her 2nd Prius around July 2009.


Jessica wrote an essay for Christopher's book "Healthy Child Healthy World", in which she discusses being a "differ ent shade of green" from her spouse.

Jessica has previously worked with Katherine Heigl (who plays Izzie on Grey's) in "Valentine" and Chyler Leigh (who plays Lexie) in "The Practice".


To write to Jessica:


Grey's Set:

Grey's Anatomy Production Office
Los Feliz Tower, 4th Floor,

4151 Prospect Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Jessica's Agency:

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

9601 Wilshire Blvd.
3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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