Katherine Bailess

Katherine Bailess (born April 24, 1980) is an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for playing the role of Erica Marsh on the CW's hit show One Tree Hill, Life and Death Brigade member Stephanie on Gilmore Girls, and Kyle Hart on the VH1 series Hit the Floor.

Katherine Bailess
Born (1980-04-24) April 24, 1980 (age 39)
EducationSt. Aloysius Catholic High School
Alma materMarymount Manhattan College
OccupationActress, dancer, singer-songwriter
Parent(s)Bobby Bailess
Natalie Bailess

Early lifeEdit

Bailess was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Natalie and Bobby Bailess. Her father is an attorney and was a former linebacker for the Ole Miss Rebels football team at the University of Mississippi and was a teammate with Archie Manning. She began training classically in dance at age 4. She also participated in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading throughout her childhood. At age 11, Bailess performed on the televised Miss Mississippi Pageant as a dancer, and continued to perform for the pageant for 7 years. She won scholarships to study dance at both the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project in Florida. She was a debutante.[1] She attended St. Francis Xavier Convent School and later St. Aloysius Catholic High School, from which she graduated in 1998[2] before going on to attend Marymount Manhattan College where she studied musical theatre and dance.[citation needed] After college, Bailess went on to study at the William Esper Studio's two-year intensive program.


Bailess starred in the 2003 film From Justin to Kelly, playing the role of Alexa, and Universal’s Bring It On Again playing the role of Colleen Lipman. Her TV credits include recurring roles on the popular WB shows Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. Kat also recurred on Fox’s The Loop, Sordid Lives the Series and guest starred on NCIS. Bailess starred in the YouTube comedic series Shit Southern Women Say written and directed by Julia Fowler.[3]

She co-produced the film Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale. Bailess was also featured on the soundtrack for From Justin to Kelly on the tracks "The Luv' (The Bounce)", "Wish Upon a Star", "That's the Way I Like It", and "Brighter Star".[4]

Bailess played the role of Kyle Hart in the VH1 scripted series Hit the Floor.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Bootlegger Angie Short
Yoga/Pilates Workout System Herself Video
2003 From Justin to Kelly Alexa
2004 Bring It On Again Colleen Lipman Video
2006 Jackass Number Two Dancer Uncredited
Sea of Fear Kate
2010 Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale Stephanie Also Producer
Below The Beltway Hope P.
2012 Stone Markers Newscaster
Macedo: Caught Dancer Short
Prick Hot Blonde
2013 2 Dead 2 Kill Anna Falactic
2017 A Very Sordid Wedding Greta Waring
2019 The Naughty List Keegan Collier completed


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Gilmore Girls Girl 1 Episode
2005 One Tree Hill Erica Marsh 6 Episodes
2006 NCIS Madison 1 Episode
2007 The Loop Wende 2 Episodes
The 15th Annual Movieguide Awards Herself Television movie
2008 New Now Next Awards Television special
Sordid Lives: The Series Nurse Waring 3 Episodes
2012 Class with Chadwick Chubb Sexy Female Detective Television movie
2013–2018 Hit the Floor Kyle Hart Main
2013 Do Something Awards Herself Television special
AfterBuzz TV Panelist
2014 Anger Management Susie 1 Episode
2015 VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Herself Television special
2016 The Playboy Morning Show 1 Episode
Noches con Platanito
TMI Hollywood Host-Various
Bones Kelsey Whitney
Home & Family Herself 2 Episodes
2016–2017 Another Blackout Marcy 2 Episodes
2018 Deadly Matrimony Sara Ross Television movie


  1. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ "Hip in the 'Sip". Hip in the 'Sip. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Sh%t Southern Women Say, Episode 1". YouTube. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Katherine Bailess". IMDb. Retrieved 1 December 2014.

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