Venessa Verdugo is an actress, writer and descendant of the Los Angeles founding Verdugo Family, actress Elena Verdugo , pre-Arnold California Governor Pio Pico, the Griffiths (Griffith Park), Sepulveda and Bandini Families.
A California native, she competed in gymnastics as a kid, making the State Finals in the Junior Division. After graduating from Rosary Academy she attended California State University at Fullerton as a Theatre Arts Major. but left to study acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles at the urging of actor Benicio del Toro. Her life changed a few years later when acclaimed film director Michael Mann allowed her to work as an intern and earn her Screen Actors Guild Card on his movie HEAT in 1995. The skills and experience she gained while working in the casting department with legendary casting director Bonnie Timmermann were immeasurable.; she had the privilege to go to set daily and watch legendary actors Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and other masters at work.
The daughter of a LASD homicide detective, Venessa grew up reading his murder reports and sometimes accompanied him to work. This developed an interest in character study and empathy with victims of crime. In 2010 she wrote and performed her solo show HEIRESS,'69 at the Elephant Theatre in Hollywood. It is based on the life of Manson murder victim, coffee heiress Abigail Folger as she returns from beyond to speak at her killers' parole hearing. It received rave reviews.
Her acting can be seen on stage, film, television and various mediums. She can be seen as silent screen actress Barbara LaMarr in a bio short she wrote on her life called LEST YOU FORGET...I'M BARBARA LA MARR.
Most recently she can be seens in tv episodes of of Discovery ID'S MURDER AMONG FRIENDS as the interrogating detective and as Wife/Mother on FX's YOU'RE THE WORST ; the short film version of HEIRESS,'69 can now be seen on Amazon Prime.
Venessa is a volunteer reader at the Edelmans Childrens Court through SAG-AFTRA's BOOK PALS. The organization promotes the value of reading to school age children.
On her free time she likes to volunteer at the National Cat Protection Society in Newport Beach, read, hike, meditate and do something new everyday!