Chris Messina is currently shooting the Nora Ephron film, JULIE AND JULIA, in which he stars opposite Amy Adams. The film also stars Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci based on Julia Child's memoir "My Life in France."
Messina has just signed on to star in the upcoming untitled Sam Mendes comedy film about a couple who decide to travel around the US trying to find the perfect place to start their family. The film features comedic stars Toni Collette, John Krasinski, Cherly Hines, Allison Janney and Maya Rudolph.
Messina can also be seen in the romantic comedy MADE OF HONOR opposite Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. Comedy arises when a man falls in love his best friend who is engaged and tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor. Messina will soon be seen in Alan Ball's feature film directorial debut TOWELHEAD, in which he co-stars as the boyfriend to Maria Bello's character, a man with a limited sense of propriety and responsibility.
TOWELHEAD premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.
He previously shot J.J. Abrams' HOPE AGAINST HOPE for HBO, based on the book "The Anatomy of Hope" by Jerome Groopman. In this extraordinary new pilot set in the oncology ward of a hospital, Messina plays an experienced oncologist whose life is affected by the fates of his patients. He was seen in 2007 starring as Ira in the "divorce comedy" IRA & ABBY opposite Jennifer Westfeldt, Fred Willard, Robert Klein, Judith Light, and Frances Conroy. The film won the audience award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2006.
Other upcoming films include HUMBOLDT COUNTY, in which he stars opposite Brad Dourif and Fairuza Balk, set in the world of pot growers in Northern California, and a cameo appearance opposite Julianne Nicholson in BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, John Krasinski's directorial debut based on the acclaimed David Foster Wallace novel.
Messina first came to national attention for his performance in HBO's hit series SIX FEET UNDER's final season as Ted, the love interest to Claire played by Lauren Ambrose. Among his many stage appearances, he starred opposite Frances McDormand in Caryl Churchhill's "Far Away" at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Stephen Daldry, and on Broadway appeared in "Salome" opposite Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei. Other notable plays include Adam Rapp's "Faster, This Thing of Darkness" for Craig Lucas at the Atlantic Theatre Company, "Blur" at Manhattan Theatre Club, and "Good Thing" for director Jo Bonney at The New Group, and Frank Pugliese's "Late Night, Early Morning," which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Theatre Festival and won the Jury Award for Best Theater at the 2005 Aspen Comedy Festival.
Messina currently resides in New York City.