Jessi Cruickshank became a household name as a face of MTV Canada and the co-host of MTV’s international smash hit The Hills After Show. Following The Hills with her biting commentary and sharp wit, The Hills After Show became a cult phenomenon, nominated for 3 Gemini Awards, syndicated in over 10 countries and generating record-breaking ratings in Canada and the US.
With the success of The Hills After Show, Jessi went on to co-host, produce and write the spin-off prime time pop culture series The After Show where she provided her quick-witted commentary and refreshing perspective on the day’s entertainment news. Jessi’s self-deprecating humor, irreverent interview style and eclectic flair for fashion quickly made her a fan-favorite on MTV. Jessi has recently re-located to Los Angeles to pursue a new job opportunity.
Born in an A&W restaurant, Jessi grew up in Vancouver B.C and honed her comedy skills as the only girl on an all-male improv troupe alongside Seth Rogen. She then went on to study theatre in London, England and graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious University of Toronto Drama Program. Soon after Jessi was discovered in MTV’s nation-wide search and has gone on to interview the likes of Tom Cruise, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, the cast of Twilight, Chris Brown, Will Ferrell, Drake, Rhianna and Bill Gates, to name a few. Often pushing the boundaries, Jessi’s daring and hilarious interviews with Taylor Lautner, Adam Lambert, Heidi and Spencer and her “date” with Bradley Cooper quickly became online sensations, garnering over a million views worldwide.
When not hosting her live daily talk-show for MTV, Jessi has been a celebrity guest on E!’s The Soup, co-hosted the 2009 MTV Movie Awards Pre-Show, acted as a panelist on Canada’s Next Top Model and made guest appearances on Entertainment Tonight, E! True Hollywood Story and NBC News. Most recently she was hand picked from journalists across the country to cover the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games as the co-host of Olympic Morning on Canada’s national network, CTV.
Jessi’s ability to connect to her audience has also allowed her to tackle global issues in a refreshingly relatable way. As the ambassador for charity organization Free the Children, Jessi traveled to India in 2008 for the critically acclaimed documentary MTV Presents: Jessi in India, where she encountered child labor, hunger and poverty first hand. In 2009 she produced the much-anticipated follow-up MTV Presents: Jessi in Kenya that documented her experiences living in a mud hut for 10 days with a traditional Massai family. Jessi’s social activism has made her a renowned keynote speaker, appearing at national conferences along side The Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall and Mia Farrow. Last year she teamed up with the cast of the Hills to auction off her designer dresses, raising over 12,000 dollars for charity.
Known for her unique and eclectic sense of style, Jessi has been named TV guide’s Best Dressed Host and appeared in top fashion publications Elle, Flare, Fashion and Verve Girl Magazines. In 2008 Lauren Conrad famously named “The Jessi Dress” in her holiday collection, after the fashionable host. That same year Jessi launched her own line of T-shirts for Me to We style which sold out within weeks, her second collection is due out this fall.
Next up, Jessi will act as L.A correspondent for Etalk Daily, and make her big screen debut as a lead in the Degrassi: The Next Generation movie. Jessi currently resides in Los Angeles.