Katrina Bowden

Born on September 19, 1988, Katrina Bowden was raised in Wyckoff, NJ. She was discovered at the age of 14, when a family friend, whose own children had modeling careers, suggested that Bowden's parents send pictures of their daughter to a talent manager. The manager, who previously guided the careers of child stars Christina Ricci and Keshia Knight Pulliam, recognized Bowden's potential and sent her off to acting lessons. In no time, Bowden started appearing in catalogs and print advertisements, and soon after, in television commercials for J.C. Penney and Dr. Pepper. She started appearing in music videos for Jewel and Fall Out Boy. All the while, Bowden squeezed auditions and acting gigs in between attending a private Catholic school in NJ. Bowden landed her first break in series television with a guest spot on the venerable "Law & Order" franchise, playing the friend of a missing girl in a 2006 episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). She also accepted a recurring role on the daytime drama, "One Life to Live," (ABC, 1968-2013), playing the role of bad girl, Britney. However, after accepting the daytime gig, Bowden was offered a spot on "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-13). Dropping plans to attend college at Marymount Manhattan at the last minute, Bowden jumped and said yes to the role - one she considered to be a one in a million opportunity. Although she did not appear in the show's unseen original pilot - where the part was played by a different actress - Bowden did appear in the pilot that eventually aired, having turned 18 just around the time of filming. Bowden held her own among powerhouse comic performers Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan, both formerly of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ); comedian Judah Friedlander and A-list feature film actor, Alec Baldwin, who went on to win an Emmy Award for his hilarious portrayal of domineering network executive Jack Donaghy. She has since been in films such as "Scary Movie 5" (2013), "Hunter's Moon" (2020), "Senior Moment" (2021) and has several projects in the works.