Juliette Lewis stars in NBC's new drama "The Firm" as Tammy Hemphill, Mitch McDeere's (Josh Lucas) feisty, sexy receptionist, whose work life is made all the more tumultuous by her on-again, off-again relationship with Mitch's brother, Ray (Callum Keith Rennie.) With a personality as arresting as her ever-changing hair color, Tammy is leery when Mitch accepts a deal to partner with a top law practice, as she's not cut out for the conservative culture of a white-shoe firm.
Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as Danielle Bowden in "Cape Fear." To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone and Garry Marshall. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.
Born in Hollywood, California, Lewis knew by the age of six that she wanted to be a performer. At 12, Lewis landed her first leading role in the Showtime miniseries "Home Fires." After appearing in several TV comedies including "The Wonder Years," she made her move to film, starring with Chevy Chase in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," and with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the drama "Crooked Hearts." At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed television movie "Too Young to Die?" and caught the attention of Scorsese, who cast her in his thriller "Cape Fear." Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro captured the quiet complexities of adolescence and earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
Lewis next worked with Woody Allen in "Husbands and Wives," playing a self-assured college coed with a penchant for older men, in particular her married professor. She quickly followed suit with a succession of starring roles in a variety of blockbusters and critically acclaimed projects, including "Kalifornia," "Romeo Is Bleeding," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," and "Natural Born Killers," Stone's controversial media satire about two mass murderers who become legendary folk heroes. Lewis' other credits include the Nora Ephron comedy "Mixed Nuts," with Steve Martin and Adam Sandler; the sci-fi action film "Strange Days," with Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett; Quentin Tarantino's vampire tale "From Dusk Till Dawn," with George Clooney; "Evening Star," with Shirley MacLaine; the Gary Marshall-directed "The Other Sister"; and "Old School," co-starring opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell.
In addition to her film career, Lewis has continued to add roles to her growing list of television credits with a performance in Showtime's "My Louisiana Sky," for which she secured an Emmy nomination, and a starring role in the Mira Nair-directed HBO film "Hysterical Blindness," alongside Uma Thurman and Gena Rowlands. Lewis has also made television cameos in "My Name Is Earl" and TNT's "Memphis Beat."
After a six-year hiatus from film to pursue her burgeoning music career exclusively, Lewis announced her return to acting with five movies.
In 2009, Lewis starred alongside Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon and Eve in "Whip It," a comedy directed by Drew Barrymore. She also appeared in the romantic comedy "The Switch," opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and Patrick Wilson.
In 2010, Lewis appeared in Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut "Sympathy for Delicious," co-starring alongside Orlando Bloom, Ruffalo and Laura Linney. The film took home the Dramatic Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
During the same year, Lewis was cast in the acclaimed indie drama "Conviction," which starred Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell. Critics hailed her performance in the film. Time magazine praised Lewis' "scene-stealing moments" as a devious ex-girlfriend, while Entertainment Weekly raved, "Juliette Lewis reminds fans why we want her to run free forever." The San Francisco Chronicle also proclaimed, "her character work should be studied in schools. Just remarkable."
Lewis resides in Los Angeles and is currently recording a new studio album set for release in 2012.
Tammy is Mitch's feisty, sexy receptionist whose work life is made all the more tumultuous by her on-again, off-again relationship with Mitch's brother, Ray. With a personality as arresting as her ever-changing hair color, Tammy is leery when Mitch accepts a deal to partner with a top law practice, as she's not cut out for the conservative culture of a white-shoe firm.