Rebecca Wisocky

Rebecca Wisocky (born November 12, 1971) is an American film, television and stage actress.[2] She is best known for her role as Evelyn Powell in the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids.

Rebecca Wisocky
Rebecca Wisocky 2013.jpg
Wisocky in 2013
Born (1971-11-12) November 12, 1971 (age 48)[1]
Years active1995–present
Lap Chi Chu
(m. 2015)

Early lifeEdit

Wisocky was born in York, Pennsylvania.[3] She began her acting career in York at York Little Theatre, a community theater, where she said she spent most of her childhood.[3] She also attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts.[4] Wisocky later moved to New York City, and graduated from the New York University Experimental Theatre Wing.[5]


Wisocky began work in the theatre, appearing on Broadway in 1995 in The Play's the Thing. Wisocky later performed in many stage productions, primarily playing strong women, like Lady Macbeth and Medea.[3] In 2008, she won the Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress for her role as Nazi-era German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in Jordan Harrison's Amazons and Their Men.[5][6][7] She also acted in several other Off-Broadway plays, including Don Juan Comes Back from the War, The Tooth of Crime, and Hot 'N Throbbing.[8]

Wisocky had supporting roles in number of films, including Pollock (2000), Funny Money (2006), and Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011). She made her television debut in 2000, on an episode of HBO comedy Sex and the City. In later years, she also guest starred on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, NCIS, Bones, Emma Smith in Big Love, and as Queen Mab on True Blood.[9][10] Wisocky had a recurring roles in the CW series 90210 from 2010 to 2011, CBS's The Mentalist (2010-2013) as Brenda Shettrick, and in the first season of FX series American Horror Story as Lorraine Harvey.[11]

In early 2012, Marc Cherry cast Wisocky in his comedy-drama television pilot Devious Maids as Evelyn Powell, the main antagonist of the show.[11][12] Previously, she played Bree's Mother on Desperate Housewives (episode "Women and Death"). The series was originally in development to air on ABC, but not picked. In June 2012, Lifetime picked up the pilot with a thirteen-episode order to air in early 2013.[13] Wisocky received positive reviews from critics for her performance in the series.[14][15] In 2014, Wisocky had guest-starring roles in the ABC dramas Castle and Once Upon a Time.[16][17] In 2015, she appeared opposite Sally Field in the comedy-drama film, Hello, My Name Is Doris, directed by Michael Showalter.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

On January 5, 2015, Wisocky became engaged to Lap Chi Chu, a theatrical lighting designer, on the Pont de la Tournelle in Paris.[19] They married in Boston on October 10, 2015.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Fountain of Death Ashley
2000 It Had to Be You Waitress
2000 Pollock Dorothy Seiberling
2005 Flightless Birds DeAnn Short film
2005 Escape Artists Rachel
2006 Funny Money MM. Virginia
2007 The Picture of Dorian Gray Ursula Wooten
2008 Henry May Long Mary
2009 My Two Fans Patricia
2011 Circling the Drain Elise Fama
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Lillian Rearden
2014 Swallow Dr. Nagle Short film
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris Anne
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet eBay Elayne Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Sex and the City Stephanie Episode: "Frenemies"
2002, 2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dede McCann Episodes: "Crazy" and "Diamond Dogs"
2003 Law & Order Louise Episode: "Star Crossed"
2003, 2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Paula Greenfield / Marcy Cochran Episodes: "Serendipity" and "Fault"
2004 Third Watch Wanda Episode: "Obsession"
2006 Untitled Patricia Heaton Project Heike Gaert TV pilot
2006 The Sopranos Renee Cabot Moskowitz Episode: "Moe n' Joe"
2006 NCIS Jody Carvell Episode: "Dead and Unburied"
2006 Without a Trace Cara Nelson Episode: "The Thing with Feathers"
2007 Medium Janice Episode: "Apocalypse, Push"
2007 Cold Case Alice B. Harris - 1919 Episode: "Torn"
2007 Ugly Betty Marsha Stein Episode: "Grin and Bear It"
2009 Bones Dr. Maura Bailey Episode: "The Doctor in the Den"
2009 Samantha Who? Lindsey Episode: "The Amazing Racist"
2009 Saving Grace Millie Holm Episodes: "Looks Like a Lesbian Attack to Me" and "Am I Gonna Die Today?"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shirley Episode: "Appendicitement"
2010 Ghosts/Aliens Deb Hamburger TV pilot
2010–13 The Mentalist Brenda Shettrick Recurring role, 9 episodes
2010 Miami Medical Jennifer Seaver Episode: "Like a Hurricane"
2010 Svetlana Dr. Veronica Episode: "Eco-Shlong"
2010–11 90210 Principal Nowack Recurring role, 4 episodes
2011 Big Love Emma Smith Episodes: "The Oath" and "Where Men and Mountains Meet"
2011 Swallow Dr. Nagle TV pilot
2011 True Blood Queen Mab Episode: "She's Not There"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Lorraine Harvey Recurring role, 3 episodes
2012 In Plain Sight Professor Lynn Gunter Episode: "The Anti-Social Network"
2012 Desperate Housewives Bree's Mother Episode: "Women and Death"
2012 Longmire Rachel Clausen Episode: "The Dark Road"
2012 Criminal Minds Sheriff Colwin Episode: "The Good Earth"
2013 1600 Penn Bianca Episode: "Meet the Parent"
2013–16 Devious Maids Evelyn Powell Series regular
2013 Major Crimes Madeline Morgan Episode: "All In"
2014 Castle Dr. Elena Sarkov Episode: "Clear and Present Danger"
2014 Once Upon a Time Madam Faustina Episode: "Shattered Sight"
2015 The Exes Victoria Episodes: "Holly Franklin Goes to Washington" and "A Bride Too Far"
2015 Grimm Lily Hinkley Episode: "Death Do Us Part"
2016 The X-Files Jackie Goldman Episode: "Founder's Mutation"
2017 The Sinner Margaret Lacey Episodes: "Part II" and "Part III"
2017 Modern Family Mrs. Graham Episode: "No Small Feet"
2018 Heathers Martha Chandler Recurring role
2018 NCIS: New Orleans Bernadine Caldwell Episode: "Sheepdogs"
2019 For All Mankind Marge Slayton Recurring role
2020 Star Trek: Picard Ramdha TBA


  • God's Ear as Lenora (Vineyard Theatre)
  • Amazons and Their Men as Leni Riefenstahl (Clubbed Thumb)
  • Hot'n'Throbbing as VO (Signature)
  • Medea in Jerusalem as Medea (Rattlestick)
  • Tatjana in Color as Wally (Culture Project)
  • Antigone as Creon (Classic Stage Company)
  • The Squirrel as Jessica (SPF)
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant as Petra (Henry Miller Theatre)
  • Sueno as Estrella (MCC)
  • Middle Finger as Myrna (Ma-Yi)
  • A Tale of Two Cities as Madame Defarge (Culture Project)
  • Hot Keys as Calitha (P.S. 122)
  • Tooth of Crime as Becky Lou (Second Stage/Signature)
  • 36 Views as Elizabeth (NYSF/The Public)


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  2. ^ Reviews, New York Times Theater (2001-12-21). The New York Times Theatre Reviews 1999-2000. Taylor & Francis. pp. 183–. ISBN 9780415936972. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Central PA (2013-08-11). "York actress Rebecca Wisocky brings experience as a villain to Lifetime's 'Devious Maids'". Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  4. ^ "Rebecca Wisocky Biography". Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  5. ^ a b "Rebecca Wisocky as Evelyn Powell". Lifetime. Archived from the original on 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  6. ^ Andrew Gans (May 18, 2008). "Foote, Hwang, Cromer, Hamilton, Mulgrew and Stew Among 2008 Obie Award Winners". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  7. ^ BWW News Desk. "2008 Obie Awards Winners Announced". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Lortel Archives-The Internet Off-Broadway Database". Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  9. ^ *HS* (2010-12-15). "Dane DeHaan and Rebecca Wisocky Join Cast of True Blood". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  10. ^ "Dane DeHaan, Rebecca Wisocky for 'Blood' - True Blood News - Cult". Digital Spy. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  11. ^ a b "Rebecca Wisocky joins 'Devious Maids' pilot". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  12. ^ ""Devious Maids" star Rebecca Wisocky born to play bad | The Highlighter". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  13. ^ "Official: Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' going to Lifetime". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  14. ^ The Women Who Really Run the House
  15. ^ Lori Acken (June 25, 2014). "We talk Devious Maids with the show's own Evelyn Powell, Rebecca Wisocky". ChannelGuideMag. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  16. ^ "'Once Upon a Time' Season 4 — Rebecca Wisocky Cast as Charlatan - TVLine". TVLine. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Once Upon a Time casts Devious Maids star Rebecca Wisocky". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  18. ^ Daniel Falconer (August 5, 2014). "Rebecca Wisocky exclusive interview - Devious Maids, cookery shows and more". Femalefirst. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  19. ^ Rebecca Wisocky (4 February 2015). "I'm a very lucky lady". Twitter. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  20. ^ Emily Strohm (10 October 2015). "Inside Devious Maids Star Rebecca Wisocky's Wedding at a Turn-of-the-Century Mansion". Retrieved 10 October 2015.

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