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• Cassidy Freeman is an American actress and musician born in 1982.
• She is best known for her portrayal of Tess Mercer in Smallville (2001-2011).
• She has appeared in numerous short films and feature films, and in various TV series.
• She is married to Justin Carpenter and has a pet dog called Shasta.
• Her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.
Who is Cassidy Freeman?
Cassidy Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 22 April 1982 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and a musician, probably still known best for her portrayal of Tess Mercer in the romantic adventure series “Smallville”, created by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, and which starred Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum and Allison Mack. It follows Clark Kent who is still learning to control his powers while living in Smallville in Kansas as a teenager; the series aired from 2001 to 2011, and won 34 awards including three Primetime Emmys while it was nominated for 155 other awards.
Early life and education
Cassidy was raised in Chicago alongside her two biological and one adoptive brother, by their parents Lee and Glynna Freeman, both of whom were lawyers and owners of a cattle ranch in Montana. Cassidy’s brother Clark is a musician, while her other biological brother Crispin is a voice actor.
She studied at The Latin School of Chicago, at which she was interested in various activities such as acting, dancing and running track, and Cassidy was urged by her parents to focus on her education and obtain a college degree. Upon matriculating in 2001, she enrolled at Middlebury College from which she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre in 2005.
Roles in movies
Cassidy made her debut film appearance in the 2006 short action “Razor Sharp”, and she then went on to appear in several short movies, such as “Clock”, “Once Upon a Time” and “Starlet”.
Her first feature movie was the 2007 comedy “Finishing the Game”, written and directed by Justin Lu, and which starred Roger Fan, Dustin Nguyen and Sung Kang. It’s about the film directors who, after Bruce Lee dies suddenly, have to find someone to replace him for the final 12 minutes of a movie they are making. In the same year, Cassidy appeared in the romantic family comedy “An Accidental Christmas”.
The following years saw her star in various shorts, such as “Austin Golden Hour”, “Shades of Gray”, and “You’ve Reached Richarde & Gribbeen”.
2010 saw her portray the supporting character Erin Luger in the horror thriller “YellowBrickRoad”, written and directed by Andy Mitton and Jesse Holland, and which starred Michael Laurino, Anessa Ramsey and Alex Draper. It follows the expedition organized in 2008 to find the missing people of Friar, New Hampshire who abandoned their city in 1940 and climbed up the mountain.
Perhaps the most popular film in which Cassidy has appeared is the 2016 horror thriller “We Go On”, which starred Annette O’Toole, Clark Freeman and John Glover, and follows Mike Grissom who has offered $30,000 to the person who proves that we go on living in another form after death. The movie won three of the six awards it was nominated for.
Three of Cassidy’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2016 horror thriller “Fender Bender”, the 2017 romantic comedy “Cortez”, and the 2018 short drama “Jesse’s Girl”.
She has recently been cast to portray Emma Kate in the upcoming action science fiction horror “The Forever Purge”, set for release on 9 July 2021.
Roles in TV series
Cassidy made her debut TV series appearance in the 2009 episode “Coup de Grace” of the mystery crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. The year 2011 saw her portray the supporting character Frances Dunhill in the crime drama “The Playboy Club”, which starred Randy Steinmeyer and Eddie Cibrian, and follows the bunnies of the Playboy Club which existed in Chicago in the ‘60s.
Cassidy went on to make a guest appearance in an episode or two of various series, such as the action crime drama “CSI: Miami”, the fantasy horror “The Vampire Diaries”, and the romantic fantasy adventure “Once Upon a Time”.
From 2012 to 2017, she played the supporting character Cady Longmire in the action crime drama “Longmire”, created by Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, and which starred Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips. It follows the single father Walt Longmire who is the sheriff of Absaroka County, and the series won four out of the nine awards it was nominated for.
Cassidy’s following notable performance was in the 2017 drama “Doubt”, which starred Katherine Heigl, Dule Hill and Laverne Cox, and follows a defense lawyer who falls in love with a client who could be guilty of a horrible crime.
Her most recent role in a TV series has been in eight 2019 episodes of the comedy “The Righteous Gemstones”, created by Danny McBride who is also starring in it alongside John Goodman and Adam Devine.
It follows a televangelist family who are greedy and deviant but also philanthropists; the series has won one award out of the seven it has been nominated for.
Cassidy has two producing credits: the 2010 movie “YellowBrickRoad”, and the 2017 romantic comedy film “Cortez” which won two and was nominated for two other awards.
She sang the song “How Do You Do!” in the 2011 episode “Fortune” of the series “Smallville”.
Cassidy was a member of the production staff of the 2002 documentary series “Music in High Places”.
She has received special thanks for the 2009 short video “In the Director’s Chair: Behind the Lens and Calling the Shots with Allison Mack”, the 2009 short film “Simulacrum®” and the 2019 short movie “Taos”.
Cassidy has made a guest appearance in several talk-shows, including “Last Call with Carson Daly”, “That’s My Entertainment” and “Ujokes”.
Awards and nominations
She has been nominated for only one award: a 2019 IGN Summer Movie Award for Best TV Ensemble for her and her colleagues’ performance in the series “The Righteous Gemstones”.
Love life and husband
Cassidy prefers to keep the details of her personal life to herself, but it’s known that she has been married to her other half, Justin Carpenter since 23 September 2012. The two haven’t disclosed how and when they met, but it’s believed that they had been dating for two years prior to exchanging vows. They don’t have children, as they seem to want to focus on their careers.
Justin prefers to stay away from the media’s attention, and only a little is known about his career: in 2016, he portrayed Miles’ Dad in the horror thriller movie “We Go On”, and in 2017, he produced the short movie “Swimming with Sharks”.
Cassidy hasn’t spoken about any other men she has perhaps been with, and as of March 2021, she’s married to Justin Carpenter and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Cassidy has been interested in music since she was four, and was five when she started taking piano lessons. She is today singing and playing the piano in the band The Real D’Coy, for which her brother Clark is playing the drums.
She is physically very active as she plays various sports, including water-polo and volleyball, and she also enjoys going hiking high up in the mountains, skiing and snowboarding.
Cassidy Freeman at the 2009 PRISM Awards
Cassidy is a philanthropist who has mostly been focused on working with the organization Heal the Bay.
She’s a lover of animals, and has a pet dog called Shasta which weighs around 50lbs (22kgs).
In her spare time which is most often late at night, Cassidy likes to watch movies starring her favorite actor and actress Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, such as the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands”.
Age, height and net worth
Cassidy’s age is 38. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and she weighs around 135lbs (62kgs).
As of March 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.