Born September 16, 1983 in Hartford, Connecticut, actress and model Michelle Helen Lombardo is of Italian and Irish descent. An athlete at heart, she enjoys different sports like softball, volleyball and soccer. She was team captain for her high school's volleyball team. She competed in games not only in school, but also in local organizations. She studied at the University of Connecticut for one year and is a member of the Kappa Gamma sorority. Living the independent life, Lombardo moved to Los Angeles, rented an apartment and worked as a hostess. She came to L.A. to pursue a career in acting.
In 2004, she became the first winner of the Sports Illustrated Fresh Face Contest. Shortly after, she modeled for other issues of the magazine and even for its calendars. She was featured in a 2006 issue of Playboy Magazine. She was also chosen to endorse Suzuki Forenza. On its TV advertisement, Lombardo took off her work clothes and changed to an athletic wear in an elevator full of people. She then rode a Suzuki with a friend and then they drive away.
In 2007, she played Catherine, girlfriend of director Billy Walsh, on Entourage
. She was also seen on other TV shows like Californication
and October Road
. Lombardo also worked as a host on Current TV. Lombardo invaded the big screen, too. She was Nurse Hatcher in the action film Dishdogz and Jasmine in All In. She was also part of Click, a comedy movie which starred Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale. In 2007, she was cast as Layla in the crime drama Machine, a film written and directed by Michael Lazar. She also played suicide girl in Stilleto and Tori Jensen in Calvin Marshall.
Debra Locatelli is played by Michelle Lombardo
on NBC's Quarterlife
. The show is an adaptation of an online series and social network with the same title. It centers on the lives of six twenty-something artists as they come of age. Debra deals with her anxiety problems and working in her father's appliance store. She is best friend and roommate to Dylan.
(Photo courtesy of NBC)