Born Theresa Elizabeth Polo, but known professionally as Teri Polo, she's an actress with credits that include “Meet the Parents,” and the TV series “The Fosters.” Her measurements are 34B-25-34.
Teri Polo is a mix of Italian, German, English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. She grew up in Dover, Delaware and spent her summers at the Delaware Shore. She was a straight-A student at Holy Cross Elementary School and an honors student at Dover High School.
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Teri Polo studied ballet for 12 years, where she danced for the Delaware Regional Ballet. She moved to New York between her junior and senior year of high school “to see what it was like, to go to a modeling agency and see how to get representation.” As for seguing from dance to acting, she said, “I became disillusioned with dance when I was 16 and started focusing on acting.”
Her acting debut was in "TV 101." She made her big-screen debut in “Dead Poet’s Society.” Her career, she said, began “as a model doing television commercials.”
In 2005, Teri Polo appeared on the cover and posed nude for Playboy. She said in 2010 that she would totally pose again. “It was one of the best experiences in my life. I’m very proud. We shouldn’t be ashamed of the human body. The human body is beautiful, and it’s a shame we put such a taboo on certain things. Why be ashamed?”
As for her role on “The Fosters” and learning more about LGBT rights, she said, “It has changed my life...I get stopped on a daily basis by people who are crying, who hug me, saying ‘Thank you so much for what you are doing'…it’s made me more aware of compassion. And caring that there needs to be a lot more love.” As for her same sex kissing scenes, she said, “I have more chemistry with Sherri Saum than I’ve ever had with any male counterpart.”
In June 2014, Teri Polo filed for bankruptcy, as she is more than $700,000 in debt to the IRS.
Teri Polo has two children, daughter Bailey, born in 2007 with her partner Jamie Wollam; and son Griffin, in 2002, from her former husband Anthony Moore.