Paula Jean has had in recurring roles on Quantico (ABC) and Rogue (DirectTV), playing a counter-intel agent and a U.S. marshall, respectively. Her inquisitive nature has come through in many a detective role, including turns in Stealing Paradise and My Nanny’s Secret (Lifetime), and Cyberbully (ABC Family). Her softer side has been shown in more nurturing characters such as a dysfunctional mother on Being Human (Syfy), an unlikely drug source in The High Cost of Living (Tribeca Films) and the troubled yet devoted Mae Gleason in Gleason (CBS). Her latest role is one of an arbitrator in the TV thriller The Sisterhood, set to be released in 2019.
Her love of storytelling in all its many forms has led to Paula’s recent foray into screenwriting. In addition to co-writing a pilot for a historical drama series, she wrote, produced, and co-starred in the award-winning action-comedy short film Are You My Mommy, which premiered at the 2018 Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. It will be screening at the Vancouver International Women In Film Festival in March 2019, and at the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA, in April 2019.
Born in Seattle and raised in Portland, OR, Paula Jean moved to Montreal, Canada when she was barely out of her teens. After a brief stint in the fashion industry, she returned to school, getting her BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University. She then had the great privilege of working on stages big and small, indoor and outdoor, from dynamic children’s theatre (The Jungle Book, Brahm and the Angel), to the comedy of Norm Foster (The Melville Boys, Drinking Alone, Maggie’s Getting Married), to Shakespeare (Henry V, The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale), and everything in between.
Moving into film and television, Paula began working as a voice artist in commercials, narration, and the ever-expanding world of video games, in which she has also done motion and performance capture. She is best known as the voice of heli-jet pilot Faridah Malik in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and she loved the challenge of speaking a primitive yet complex early human language in Far Cry Primal.
Curiosity is the driving force in Paula Jean’s work and life. Whether it’s a character, a story, a piece of clothing, or a piece of equipment, she relishes in taking things apart and figuring out how they work. She can often be found in her sewing room making a pattern from a deconstructed shirt, learning how to build a staircase, or catching up on the newest discoveries about the human mind. Yoga, meditation, and hiking in the natural splendour of southern California are some of her favourite ways to connect and decompress. Travel is her greatest source of inspiration.
Paula Jean is a dual citizen of the US and Canada and is currently based in Los Angeles.