"I finally get to play the healthiest person in a movie,"
laughs GINA GERSHON about her character of Harry's girlfriend,
Nina. "In the two years that Harry was in prison and Nina
was on her own, I think she found herself through her sculpture
and has blossomed as a person."
Palmetto marks the second time that Gina Gershon and Elisabeth
Shue have appeared in the same film, but the first time they share
the screen together. Gershon had a featured role opposite Tom
Cruise in 1988's Cocktail, in which Shue costarred.
Gershon most recently costarred with Nicolas Cage and John
Travolta in the action hit, Face/Off, opposite Billy Zane
in This World, Then the Fireworks and in the critically
acclaimed film noir Bound with Jennifer Tilly. Her upcoming
productions include the independent films One Tough Cop with
Stephen Baldwin, a starring role in Prague Duet opposite
Rade Serbedzja and LuLu on the Bridge the directing debut
of Smoke scribe, Paul Auster, which costars Mira
Sorvino, Harvey Keitel, Jared Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Stockard
Channing and Chris Penn.
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Gershon moved to New
York, where she obtained her bachelor of arts degree at NYU. She
studied acting at Circle in the Square, American Conservatory
Theatre and with David Mamet. Her prolific stage work includes
roles in Camille, The Substance of Fire, Nanawatai and
numerous productions with the New Yorkbased theatre group,
Naked Angels, of which she is a founding member.
Gershon made her motion picture debut in Pretty in Pink, which
she followed with Cocktail and Red Heat opposite
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other film credits for Gershon include
City of Hope, The Player, Joey Breaker, Out For Justice, Touch
On television, Gershon was lauded for her portrayal of Nancy Barbato
Sinatra in the CBS miniseries Sinatra. She has appeared
in a recurring role on the series Days and Nights of Molly
Dodd, as well as roles in Love Matters for Showtime,
and the Emmywinning Hallmark Hall of Fame production Miss
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