If you are a fan of “Fringe” or “Blindspot”, then you know Trieste Kelly, the actress playing Valerie Boone and Allison Knight, respectively. With her talent, iconic dimples and kind voice, she has built an ascending acting career in the USA. It evolved from teenage movies to great NBC productions, having both leading and recurring roles.
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Not much information is known about Trieste’s childhood and early years. Born on 14 January 1981, in Provo, Utah, she is of Caucasian ethnicity and has American citizenship. She grew up in her hometown but the identity of neither her parents nor her siblings, if any, is revealed. Regarding her studies, she has a Bachelor’s degree in theatre obtained at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. According to some sources, but without being confirmed, she also studied psychology at Arizona State University, and completed her postgraduate studies at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, from where she has an M.A in Counseling.
Her interest in acting is a big one even from childhood, and her first projects were some teenage movies, including the mini-series “Marriage” (1995), playing Miho, with colleagues such as Zach Clark, Aaron Katz, and Brendan McFadden. Despite not being credited, she was also part of the cast in “Mysterious Skin” in 2004.
Ascending career – filmography, and television
Gradually she became more known in the industry, which helped her secure more roles of greater importance. Her performances in “United 93” (2006), “Cold Weather” (2010), “The New Year” (2010), and “Vacation” (2010) was highly acclaimed by fans and by critics as well. Her activity is appreciable in the television industry, too. Starting with “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2006, in which she played Gloria Kulhane in a single episode, she got to be in the main cast in a legal drama television series two years after; we’re talking about ‘Canterbury’s Law”, aired on Fox and produced by Sony Pictures Television. Among the stars she worked with were Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Ben Shenkman.
She could also be seen in ‘Cupid” (2009), “Fringe” (2009), “Bored to Death” (2009), ”Brothers & Sisters” (2011) as a guest in one episode of each production. Between 2013 and 2015 she was part of the main cast of ‘Banshee”, portraying Siobhan Kelly. Among her latest projects are “Royal Pains” (2016), “Bull” (2016), “Manhunt: Unabomber” (2018), and she is currently portraying Allison Knight in the drama TV series “Blindspot” (2015-present), a former FBI agent and Kurt’s girlfriend.
Having such a rich portfolio, she was frequently noticed by academics and specialists. Therefore, she has been nominated for and won three great awards. The first was for Best Actress – Short Film for her appearance in “The Push” (2016). After receiving this prize at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, the Northeast Film Festival from the same year gave her a similar prize – Best Actress in a Short Film. Two years later, in 2018 she was named Best Actress at the Sidewalk Film Festival for her part in “The Misogynists” (2017). These prizes made her even more appreciated in the industry, and engaged her in many other successful projects.
Talking about misogyny, Trieste has frequently faced the struggle of working with different kinds of men, who treated woman as if they strictly needed to fit into some limits: ‘As a female, you are often being asked by directors to be warmer, softer, flirt more, smile more etc… None of those things are bad, and obviously we are capable of a variety of human behavior, but it gets really old having to play into somebody’s stereotype or ideal.’
— Trieste Kelly Dunn (@TriesteKDunn) March 17, 2019
Trieste’s Net Worth
Kelly began her career back in 2004 and during this 15 year acting career she has amassed over $1 million, an impressive amount resulting from her numerous projects. At the same time, she might have had several advertising collaborations, which of course, brought some more money to her account.
Kelly’s virtual presence
Conscious about the importance once virtual presence has on their general success, Trieste is very active both on Instagram and Twitter. Her almost 40,000 followers enjoy her posts about her everyday life, public events she attends, moments spent with her family and friends. Some of the posts give interesting details from her personal life. For example, on 19 June 2019 she posted a drawing with the caption: ‘I don’t have kids but my movie daughter drew this portrait of me and it melted my heart. Thanks @alexaswintonofficial you’re the coolest! For: Tree’.
Judging by the big number of posts with her dad, we can assume that they have a really strong bond and a close relationship.
On Twitter, she has around 33,000 followers, and more than 40,000 likes on her posts.