Theresa Elizabeth "Teri" Polo (born June 1, 1969) is an American actress known for her role of Pam Focker in the film Meet the Parents (2000) and its two sequels, Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010). She was one of the stars in the sitcom I'm with Her, as well as the political drama series The West Wing.
Polo was born Theresa Elizabeth Polo in Dover, Delaware. Her mother, Jane (née Gentry), is a homemaker, and her father, Vincent Polo, is a stereo systems designer. She studied ballet for 12 years beginning at age five. By age 13, she was attending New York's School of American Ballet. After winning a modeling contest, she moved to New York City at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career. In April 1997, Polo married photographer Anthony Moore. In 2005, Polo and Moore were divorced. In 2006, while on the set of a video, she met drummer Jamie Wollam (of the bands Avion, Venice and recently Drake Bell). She has two children: a son with Moore, and a daughter with Wollam.
Polo's primetime debut was in TV 101. She also starred in the 1990 miniseries The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daae. Polo played Detective Ash on the TV series Brimstone and became a regular cast member on the last season of Northern Exposure. She appeared in a recurring guest role in the sixth and seventh seasons of The West Wing playing the role of Helen Santos, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits).
In February 2005, Polo appeared on the cover, as well as posed nude for, Playboy. The appearance was linked to the release of Meet the Fockers, with cover text that made similar plays on words such as “She's one hot Focker”. She was ranked #42 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. She was also featured in InStyle. She also starred in the Lifetime Movie Network 2006 movie, Legacy of Fear. In 2007, she starred in a Hallmark Channel movie "Love Is A Four Letter Word". In 2009, she starred in the feature film 2:13 and the Hallmark Channel TV movie Expecting a Miracle with Jason Priestley and Cheech Marin. That same year she also starred in The Beacon (2009).
She was in the 2009 television pilot for Washington Field. The show was about the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBI composed of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that concern American interest. In 2010, Polo reprised her role as Pam Focker in Little Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). She appeared in the 1980s-styled horror fantasy film, The Hole.
Polo has guest-starred on many TV shows, including The Practice, Felicity, Chicago Hope, Numb3rs, Sports Night, Frasier, Medium, Law & Order: LA, Castle, and Criminal Minds.
|1991||Born to Ride||Beryl Ann Devers|
|1991||Mystery Date||Geena Matthews|
|1992||Passed Away||Rachel Scanlan|
|1993||Aspen Extreme||Robin Hand|
|1993||The House of the Spirits||Rosa del Valle|
|2000||Meet the Parents||Pam Byrnes|
|2001||The Unsaid||Barbara Lonigan|
|2003||Straight From the Heart||Jordan Donovan|
|2003||Beyond Borders||Charlotte Jordan|
|2004||Meet the Fockers||Pam Byrnes|
|2007||Full of It||Mrs. Moran|
|2009||The Beacon||Bryn Shaw|
|2010||Little Fockers||Pam Focker|
|2012||Climbing Life||Beth (rumored)||Pre-production|
|1986||Loving||Kristin Larsen||TV series|
|1988-1989||TV 101||Amanda Hampton||13 episodes|
|1990||The Phantom of the Opera||Christine Daee||TV movie|
|1990||People Like Us||Justine Altemus Slatkin||TV movie|
|1994||Due South||Stephanie Cabot||Episode: "They Eat Horses, Don't They?"|
|1994||Tales from the Crypt||Sheila||Episode: "Revenge Is the Nuts"|
|1994-1995||Northern Exposure||Michelle Schodowski Capra||15 episodes|
|1995||Chicago Hope||Nurse Sarah Jane Petty||Episode: "Heartbreak"|
|1996||Full Circle||Tana Roberts||TV movie|
|1997||Van Helsing Chronicles||Helena Harker||TV movie|
|1997||A Prayer in the Dark||Janet Hayworth||TV movie|
|1997||House of Frankenstein 1997||Grace Dawkins||TV movie|
|1998||A Father for Brittany||Kim Lussier||TV movie|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Sally McCoy||Episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|1998||The Marriage Fool (Love After Death)||Susan Prescot||TV movie|
|1998-1999||Brimstone||Det. Sgt. Delilah Ash / Ashur Badaktu||6 episodes|
|1999||Sugar Hill||TV series|
|1999||Felicity||Maggie Sherwood||5 episodes|
|1999-2000||Sports Night||Rebecca Wells||8 episodes|
|2000||Frasier||Abby Michaels||Episode: "Legal Tender Love and Care"|
|2002||Second String||Connie Heller||TV movie|
|2003||Straight from the Heart||Jordan Donovan||TV movie|
|2003||L.A. Dragnet||Jessie Ross||Episode: "All That Glitters"|
|2003||The Practice||Sarah Barker||5 episodes|
|2003-2004||I'm with Her||Alex Young||22 episodes|
|2005-2006||The West Wing||Helen Santos||18 episodes|
|2006||Welcome to the Jungle Gym||TV movie|
|2006||For the Love of a Child||Yvonne||TV movie|
|2006||Legacy of Fear||Det. Jeanne 'JJ' Joyce||TV movie|
|2007||Numb3rs||Rachel Willons||Episode: "Nine Wives"|
|2007||Love Is a Four Letter Word||Emily Bennett||TV movie|
|2007||The Wedding Bells||Jane Bell||4 episodes|
|2008||Finnegan||Det. Erin Finnegan||TV movie|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dana Kelley||Episode: "Confession"|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Jill Walsh||Episode: "Gone Baby Gone"|
|2009||Expecting a Miracle||Donna Stanhope||TV movie|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Nikki||Episode: "This Joint's Haunted"
Episode: "Body of Water"
|2009||The Storm||Danni Nelson||Episode: "The Storm: Part 1"|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Jillian Ford||Episode: "The Magic Bullet"|
|2009||Monk||Stephanie Briggs||Episode: "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man"|
|2009||Washington Field||SA Amanda Diaz||TV movie|
|2010||Medium||Mary-Louise Graff||Episode: "It's a Wonderful Death"|
|2010||Glory Daze||Prof. Larsen||Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Fake Me Home Tonight"
|2010-2011||Law & Order: LA||Casey Winters||Episode: "Echo Park"
Episode: "Zuma Canyon" Episode: "Hayden Tract"
|2011||Castle||Kayla Baron||Episode: "Pretty Dead"|
|2011||We Have Your Husband||Jayne Valseca||TV movie|
|2011||Man Up!||Theresa Hayden Keen||10 episodes|
|2012||A Taste of Romance||Sara Westbrook||TV movie|
|2012||Criminal Minds||Maggie Hallman||Episode: "I Love You, Tommy Brown" as a Spree Killer|
|2013-2018||The Fosters||Stef Adams Foster||Lead role|
|2019-present||Good Trouble||Stef Adams Foster||Guest role|
- She Grew up in Dover, Delaware.
- Daughter of Jane Polo and Vince Polo
- Straight 'A' student at Holy Cross Elementary School.
- Honors student at Dover High School, Dover DE.
- She and Anthony Moore eloped in Las Vegas one day after becoming engaged in a Sears store.
- Dropped out of Dover High School (Dover, DE) at age 17 to move to NYC and pursue acting.
- Signed by the Petite modeling agency at age 17.
- Studied ballet from age 6 - 17.
- Gave birth to her first child, a boy named Griffin (born summer 2002).
- Her former husband, Anthony Moore, is a photographer.
- Posed in the February 2005 issue of Playboy.
- Has 3 dogs.
- Was featured as #42 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
- Daughter Bayley, with boyfriend Jamie Wollam, born December 20th 2007 in Los Angeles.
- Her boyfriend Jamie Wollam has a son named Carter Wollam.
- Teri and her musician boyfriend, Jamie Wollam, became the parents of a girl, Bailey, on December 20. 2007 in Los Angeles. Bailey weighed in at 7 pounds.
- Took a substantial loss ($550,000) selling her five-bedroom, 3,077-square-foot, Asian-inspired house in Manhattan Beach, California for $1.95 million. She originally paid $2.5 million for it in 2006.
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Jamie McShane • Yvette Monreal • Mary Mouser• Rosie O'Donnell
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Marla Sokoloff • Lorraine Toussaint • Izabela Vidovic • Anne Winters