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Erica Cerra

Erica CerraErica Cerra, born on October 31st, 1979) is a Canadian actress, best known for her portrayal of Deputy Jo Lupo on the Syfy series Eureka, and artificial intelligence A.L.I.E. and her creator Becca on The 100.

Cerra was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, of Italian descent. Totally enthralled by acting from an early age, she first appeared in the Canadian show KidZone then in several commercials as a child. She had discovered her love of acting by her 8th birthday

She then took a break from acting, because, in her own words; "it was about wanting to be 14 - I just wanted to be a 14 year-old with no responsibility but I always knew I wanted to act again."

Returning to the business at 22, she decided to dedicate herself whole-heartedly to living as a professional actor. She has since committed herself to extensive study with people like Matthew Harrison and top acting coaches Larry Moss and Gina Chiarelli.

Erica has worked alongside actors such as Lolita Davidovich, Luis Guzman, and Hank Azaria. Her most recent credits include: New Line Cinema's Blade III; Showtime's The L Word; Adam Druxman's The Condemned; and MGM's Dead Like Me. In addition to appearances on Jake 2.0, The Collector, Dead Zone and Long Weekend.

Between 2001 and 2006, Cerra had guest roles on several popular and critically acclaimed TV shows including Battlestar Galactica, The L Word and Smallville.

Erica CerraHer other roles included parts in The 4400, The Dead Zone, Reaper, Huff and Dead Like Me, as well as the Canadian police procedural Cold Squad, the monster-hunting action series Special Unit 2, and the supernatural thriller series The Collector.

She also appeared in major cinematic movie releases Man About Town with Ben Affleck and Rebecca Romijn, and Blade:Trinity with Wesley Snipes.

In 2006, she starred in the music video for the Michael Bublé song "Save the Last Dance for Me". That year also saw her land her most successful role to date, when she was cast as Deputy Jo Lupo in Eureka, a Syfy series which was broadcast between 2006 and 2012.

Cerra was one of the stars of the ensemble cast, with her character playing an integral role throughout the series' five seasons.

She has since appeared in various guest roles in series such as Warehouse 13, Sanctuary, Supernatural and Motive. She had a recurring role in the 2014 USA Network series Rush and appeared in the CW series iZombie in 2015.

Erica appeared in the second season finale of the CW series The 100 which aired on March 11th, 2015, as a mysterious A.I. called A.L.I.E.

She played the main antagonist during the third season and reprised the role in an episode of the fourth season. Cerra also played Becca, the creator of A.L.I.E., in a flashback storyline.

Erica CerraShe's a science fiction & fantasy fan. Her favorite shows include Quantum Leap from 1989 and Xena: Warrior Princess in 1995.

She gave birth to her first child at age 32, a daughter named Talia Serafina Fiore on May 14, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Raffaele Fiore.

Cerra has been a popular supporting player on several hit television series. Viewers of the SCI FI Channel might recognize her as Maya, the mother who adopted the human-Cylon hybrid child of Sharon Valerii at the end of Battlestar Galactica's second season.

Fans of the acclaimed Showtime series The L Word know her as Alice's seductive vampire lover, Uta Refson. Cerra's other guest-starring roles include turns on Smallville, such USA Network hit shows as The 4400 and The Dead Zone, and the Showtime series Huff and Dead Like Me.

Other series on her résumé includes the Canadian police procedurals Cold Squad and Special Unit 2, and the supernatural thriller series The Collector.

Her feature-film work includes roles in Man About Town, The Long Weekend, and Blade: Trinity. Erica now plays detective Jo Lupo in Eureka.

"I was in L.A. at the time. I live in Vancouver and I was in L.A. for the pilot season and it was kind of a funny thing, I had just signed on with a new agency and they were sending me out for a lot of comedy, which is wonderful because I love to do comedy."

Erica Cerra"My manager in Vancouver emailed me the script for “Eureka” and she was like “you know, Erica, I think you ‘d really be good in this role” and I was like OK, let’s get me in for this."

"Then when I got back to Vancouver - and it was actually quite quick after I got to Vancouver, say on a Friday and I auditioned for it on Monday and I got the call back, what was it, I think it was on a Saturday and I ended up booking it at like two days later."

"It was just one of those things where my agent and I both felt it was the right right character for me because I am I think deep down inside a "tom boy" and she knew that about me and she was like 'this would be good for you' so I ended up booking it."

Erica's character “Jo Lupo”, is quite dedicated to the job of deputy. She is strict and an expert in weaponry, but has also displayed her feminine side on occasion.

"I get such interesting reactions from people. There’s one reaction like who is this tough chick, who the heck does she think she is kind of thing. I think with “Jo” it’s kind of a love or hate relationship kind I find that a lot of women admire her because she’s strong and the men, I think tend to veer towards the other side of things, like she’s a little too tough for my liking.

In “Purple Haze”, I think people liked to see that different side of her, when she went a little crazy and I think people enjoyed that, to see there was a softer side to “Jo”. But no there wasn’t a whole lot of reaction from the couple of episodes that my character dressed up.

Erica Cerra"There’s definitely some severe weaponry on the show. The thing that’s really neat though is filming with them. In the first season, a lot of the guns I used were real but they were just kind of filmed up and made them look a little more exciting, I suppose."

"And they’re heavy, I’m not going to lie, I fake that there not, but they’re a bit heavy. I have to learn to take the guns apart and put them back together. We had an armory man come in to teach me more about the guns."

"I’m still supposed to go to a shooting range and actually experience a bit more of the fire power. There’s one scene where I actually got to shoot a gun - of course there were no bullets in it. But, I still got the kickback from the bigger gun."

"Yeah, they've got real some power. Its fun because I’m definitely a “tom boy” but I’m not someone, who has any real experience with any sort of guns at all so it was an interesting learning process."

Whenever I’m using any of the guns, it’s really important to me that it appears to be real because I really want there to be some truth to it. I don’t want it to be all glitz and pretty and stuff, I really want to be good if I’m taking someone down I want to do it properly."

"If I’m holding a specific gun, I want to hold it.properly so there’s a lot of questions to be asked and the instructor is really great about volunteering the information and showing me how to hold it and the actual kickback that you would actually endure if you were shooting off the gun so yeah, it’s really quite neat."

Erica CerraThere’s so many things that amuse me about the character I play. Her severity, her severe interest in the weapons, obviously. It’s so fun and so much fun to play, there’s no room for mistakes or for any screw ups, but I also like to play the softer roles and the goofier roles."

"I’m a goofball in real life, so any opportunity I get to play that is a lot of fun for me as well. “Purple Haze” was, by far, my favorite episode. The director that we had at the time was great because he told me to go to the extreme and we’ll take it down from there. So that was a lot of fun."

A lot of my characters characteristics are similar to mine. I grew up around my brother and my dad and we were really close so we used to always play sports and compete. I was very competitive with my brother."

"My dad was really into weight training and I took up weight training when I was really young and when I was probably about 14, I wanted to be a body builder. I think that ended fairly soon, but I really wanted to be this big kind of bulky girl."

"I think I was this really small girl who thought I was this huge massive girl so that’s really fun to play with the character because there’s a sense of that in me! I’m a strong woman, I respect myself - if I believe in something, I give it everything that I have but I’m also, like I said, a goofball - I’m not necessarily the most feminine character."

"I can be feminine, of course, but I’m silly, I’m probably like a 5 year old dropped in a 20 something year old - so it’s fun, it’s definitely like there’s a lot of stuff about the character that’s definitely me."

Erica CerraOn set there’s too many fun times to remember. “Purple Haze” was the most fun because the cast is so great, they’re such characters in their real lives and that is always fun. The crew is amazing. Our cast and crew, together are really great. It’s really a light hearted set on most days, so it’s always fun; there is always something funny happening.

Well, I think the fun part about the writers, from the writers point of view for “Eureka” is there’s not too many boundaries so that’s one really great aspect of the show, there are not too many things you cannot do.

The writers have the opportunity to have a lot of fun with the show and there are not too many boundaries. So that part I think is wonderful. All the characters are so unique and interesting. The “Carter” [Colin Ferguson] character is just so much fun to watch because he’s still kind of learning and everything is still new and bizarre.

He’s still shocked and surprised. Yeah, again, it would be hard to specify but I enjoy all the characters they are so strong. You know in some shows there is just one tone, each character has the same tone and when they’re all together, they all have similar qualities. In this show, everybody’s so different that when they get together, there is always room for surprise.

"You never know what to expect from episode to episode, that’s what I enjoy. That is definitely one of the great qualities about Eureka."

"Well, when talking about the writing aspect of the show, I would describe the show to someone who was not familiar with the series as an “X-Files” meets ”Desperate Housewives.” - I think that’s the best description. It’s a town full of quirky, interesting and sometimes crazy characters all with a sci-fi twist."

"As for her role of Maya in 'Battlestar Galactica' she says is definitely a different tone, it’s obviously a more serious drama. The people are all really wonderful and I enjoyed working with all of them. Mostly, it’s a different tone."

Erica Cerra"It’s a lot more intense. The scenes that I was doing and the character Maya was in the middle of a war and I don’t think she quite understood the severity of the situation. It was fun to be a part of this really intense kind of environment."

"I used to watch 'Battlestar' when I was a kid. I watched it with my Dad - my Dad and I are both little sci-fi people. He loves sci-fi and I used to watch everything with him."

"The new show I hadn’t watched as much but once I got the role, I definitely caught up on the show and I really enjoyed it. It’s a really great show. And its’ not just sci-fi, its’ a sci-fi drama, it’s a soap opera in space. I really quite enjoyed it."

Erica was in the movie 'Man about Town' with Ben Affleck and Erica found Ben to be a pleasure to work with. "He’s really kind and, very funny. I don’t think I actually realized how funny he was! One of my very favorite movies is “Good Will Hunting.

"I started acting when I think I was, I don’t even know 6 or 7 years old and I remember thinking 'I want to be in the movies' so it was something I’d always wanted and I’ve always loved to make people laugh and I’ve always been the one that would do a dance if you asked me to, you know, Erica do that thing that you do! Ok and I’ll stand in the middle of the crowd and I’ll do my silly dance to make people laugh."

Erica Cerra"I was on a show called “Kid Zone” and I loved it and had fun and I was enjoying myself, but then I did some commercials and then I wasn’t working as much. I think more for me it was about wanting to be 14."

"I wasn’t going to school properly, I was schooled on set, so I wasn’t in elementary school as much. I didn’t necessarily like all that and so it wasn’t the acting that I didn’t want to do, it was just the other living I wanted to do."

"The only thing I’ve ever enjoyed doing was entertaining. I bumped into my agent and then she and I sort of hit it off. She said you know what, you should really join my agency and I said OK."

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Year Title Role Notes
2004 Adam and Evil Yvonne
2004 Blade: Trinity Goth Vixen Wannabe
2006 Man About Town Sela
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Hera
2010 The Stranger Grace Bishop Direct-to-video film
2011 Rise of the Damned Brit
2015 Shark Killer Jasmine
2017 Power Rangers Mrs. Kwan
2019 The Intruder Jillian Richards


Year Title Role Notes
1994 No Adults Allowed Molly
2001 Special Unit 2 Pretty girl Episode: "The Rocks"
2003 Black Sash Driver Episode: "Date Night"
2003 Dead Like Me M.J. Bowers' sister Episode: "Reaping Havoc"
2003 Jake 2.0 Sam Episode: "Last Man Standing"
2004 Naughty Bits Performer Episode: "The Eyes"
2004 The L Word Dancer Episode: "L'Ennui"
2004 The Collector Vonnie Episode: "The Supermodel"
2004 The Dead Zone Eager student Episode: "Instinct"
2004 Huff Beautiful waitress Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Young Blades Giselle Episode: "Rub-a-Dub Sub"
2005 Smallville Lex's aid Episode: "Lucy"
2005 Cold Squad Stephanie Johnston Episode: "C'mon I Tip Waitresses"
2005 The 4400 Molly Caldicott Episode: "Lockdown"
2005 Smallville Sorority girl Episode: "Thirst"
2006 The L Word Uta Refson 2 episodes (season 3)
2006 Battlestar Galactica Maya 4 episodes (seasons 2–3)
2006–2012 Eureka Jo Lupo Recurring role (seasons 1–2); main role (seasons 3–5)
2008 Reaper Nicole Manders Episode: "Acid Queen"
2009 Warehouse 13 Jillian Whitman Episode: "Duped"
2009 Sanctuary Emma Correia Episode: "Veritas"
2010 Smallville Adrianna Tomaz Episode: "Isis"
2011 Supernatural Robin Episode: "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
2012 Mega Cyclone Carolyn Television film
2012 The Wishing Tree Clarissa Television film
2014 Motive Diane Torrance Episode: "Deception"
2014 Rush Laurel Burke Recurring role
2014 Package Deal Emma Episode: "Sex Sex Sex"
2015–2019 The 100 A.L.I.E. / Becca Guest star (seasons 2, 5–6); recurring role (seasons 3–4)
2015 iZombie Sasha Arconi Episode: "Dead Air"
2015 Welcome Home Cynthia Television film
2017 Lucifer Athena Burns Episode: "Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith"
2017–present Supernatural Dumah Recurring role (season 13–present)
2019 Deadly Class Miss De Luca Recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Eureka: Hide and Seek Jo Lupo 4 episodes
2011 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Action Star Episode: "Johnny Cage"


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