Launching a prolific acting career off the heels of ten years as a professional dancer, Chelsea Field is constantly demonstrating her versatility. Her roles in such feature films as MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN, ANDRE and FLIPPER have offered her the opportunity to shine in a variety of roles ranging from girlfriends, mistresses, wives and mothers.
Field is currently recurring on CBS’ hit show “NCIS: New Orleans” as Rita Devereaux the love interest of series star Scott Bakula’.
Born and raised in Glendale, California, Field recalls spending more of her childhood at her family's barn than at home. She took up riding horses at a young age because her father was a horse trainer. A natural athlete, her youth was filled with ice skating, trick riding, gymnastics and track. It was jazz classes at the age of 17, however, that inspired her to dance professionally.
"I was a gypsy for ten years," she recalls of the decade in which she danced in television commercials and live stage shows. It was her two year stint as a "Solid Gold" dancer, however that impresses fans of the current retro craze. "People remember me as the girl with the long legs and the long hair." Although Field says she enjoyed dancing on the show, life of the "super-high heels and next-to-nothing outfits" became tiresome after a few years. Some nights, she says, "They were literally sewing me into the costume as the music started."
Using her success dancing in commercials as a stepping stone, Field soon earned acting work as well. Her first big break was a role in the fantastical film MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE in which she played 'He-Man's sidekick, 'Teela.' "It was a great physical part which was perfect for me."
Her role as Bruce Willis' neglected wife in THE LAST BOY SCOUT marked a big turn in her career. Working with producer Joel Silver and director Tony Scott was a "wonderful experience" and led to her working steadily in high profile studio features with such renowned directors as Renny Harlin, Blake Edwards, James L. Brooks and Simon Wincer. Having enjoyed playing "the wife/girlfriend to all the 'bad boys' for a while," Field revelled in the sexy, quiet role of 'Virginia Slim' opposite Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke in HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN.
The James L. Brooks comedy I'LL DO ANYTHING, initially filmed as a musical, was the perfect opportunity for Field to combine her singing and dancing experience with her acting career. Unfortunately, in an ironic turn, this comedic commentary on the film industry didn't test well with audiences as a musical and every song ended up on the cutting room floor. In the released version, Field laughs, "If you blinked, you missed me."
Field's television work includes the James A. Michener's "Texas" miniseries, the award-winning HBO telefilm "Indictment: The McMartin Trial," Showtime's "The Birds II: Land's End" and the CBS movie-of-the-week "The Bachelor's Baby," in which she starred opposite Scott Bakula. She also starred on the short-lived CBS series "Angel Falls” and guest-starred in CBS’ hit drama “Cold Case” and ABC’s “Secrets and Lies.”
She appeared in the Paramount family film ANDRE, starring opposite a smart, sensitive seal, as well as Universal Pictures' FLIPPER, with Paul Hogan and Elijah Wood, in which she played a marine biologist. She is starting to notice a shift in the roles now being offered her, seguing from playing 'the girlfriend' to more 'moms.' Field can also be seen in the short film, SLEEPING DOGS LIE, starring opposite Ed Asner.
Field currently lives in the Hollywood Hills with her family and enjoys rigorous dance classes and horseback riding whenever possible. For future challenges, she admits, "I would love to do a film that combines my dancing, singing and acting. She reflects, "As a kid, I remember never enjoying where I was and always being anxious to get to the next stage: high school, college, a professional career. I think I'm finally starting to slow down now and appreciate where I am."