Jessica Collins is an American television and film actress. She is known primarily for her role as Avery Bailey Clark on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless."
Jessica Lynn Capogna was born in Schenectady, New York on April 1, 1971, where she went on to attend nearby Amsterdam High School. Putting her natural good looks to use at an early age, by 1988 she was crowned Miss New York Teen USA. She would wind up finishing first runner-up in the Miss Teen USA pageant that year. With such success already under her belt, she went on to attend London's Royal National Theatre Studio before moving back to the U.S. to study at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles.
Such natural talents as Jessica don't usually take long to begin landing roles in Los Angeles. Sure enough, by 1991 she was starring on her very first television series "Loving," an ABC soap opera. While short-lived, the role served as a perfect jumping off point for Jessica's television career. Soon, she was guest-starring on series like "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," which were all the while paving the way for series regular roles she would hold on series such as "Tru Calling" and the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless."
As for Jessica's film career, it got off to a bit more of a rocky start. She first starred in the 1996 horror sequel "Leprechaun 4: In Space" before playing minor roles in little-known films like 2000's "Beautiful." Fortunately, in 2002 she was able to land a small part in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can," providing much needed credibility to her resume.
Along with acting, Jessica has embraced her love of cooking through the years, as well. Along with running her own cooking website, she also managed to graduated with honors from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2009.