Jenette Goldstein

Jenette Goldstein
Jenette Goldstein is a true chameleon. She is so effective as an actress, it is nearly impossible to recognize her from role to role.


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Jenette Goldstein is a true chameleon. She is so effective as an actress, it is nearly impossible to recognize her from role to role. Her work has been the highlight of major films, including Aliens, Titanic, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Jenette spent most of her childhood in Los Angeles. Born to theater-loving parents, she attended fine arts-oriented schools, and was the young star of the drama classes. She often competed in citywide drama competitions with soon-to-be famous peers Val Kilmer, Gina Gershon, Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham.

To hone her craft after high school, Jenette studied at London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and at Circle in the Square Theater in New York City, mastering drama theory, physicality, dialects and the classics. It was in London, while performing in local theater productions, where Jenette answered an audition request for American actors with British Equity cards. Thinking it was another play or a small film, she read for a tough, macho Latina character, named 'Vasquez' And shot to fame in James Cameron's iconic film, Aliens. Cameron was so pleased with Jenette's creativity and strong work ethic, he recast her as the loving 'Irish Mother' in the epic, Titanic, and as 'Janelle' in Terminator 2.

Her resume is testament to her range and versatility: Living Out Loud, Senseless, Near Dark, Clockstoppers, Lethal Weapon 2, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The edgy comedy of Jenetteÿs scene with Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, her deep compassion in Titanic, intensity in Terminator 2, and vampy allure in Near Dark illustrate her broad talent. Her characters run the gamut of style and social class, emotion and intellect. In addition to film, Jenette has made several appearances on the small screen. She was a Guest Star on such award-winning shows as Six Feet Under, ER, LA Law, and Strong Medicine. She is the only performer ever cast twice on ER, a show whose policy is never to recast the same actor for a different role.

She guest-sarred on the 100th anniversary show as a grieving mother, and in a separate episode opposite Anthony Edwards, as a heroic flight nurse. It was only after Jenette was hired for the second role that ER's producers realized she had done the show before. Jenette has continued working in theater throughout her career, appearing plays in New York, London and Los Angeles. She has performed the classics, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, to more contemporary pieces, such as Arthur Miller's After The Fall, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Production. Currently, Jenette is excited about her latest creation: a one-woman show she is writing herself.

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36 Things We Learned From the 'Aliens' Commentary | Film School ... This caused some extreme reactions with the actors, particularly Jenette Goldstein. “I don't remember what we did about that, probably just kept shooting,” says Cameron. “He's one of those characters where I felt, my God, the ...

Strange Shapes: Interview with Jenette Goldstein, 1987 Somewhere, beneath the makeup, sweat, ferocity and courage that made up Private Vasquez, the rippling heroine of Aliens, there's a soft-spoken, freckled, 5'2" woman named Jenette Goldstein. Goldstein, to her credit as a ...

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