Jessi Cruickshank became a household name as the face of MTV Canada and the host of MTV’s international smash hit The Hills After Show. The Hills After Show became a cult phenomenon, nominated for two Gemini Awards, syndicated in over 10 countries and generating record-breaking ratings in Canada and the US.
With the success of The Hills After Show, Jessi went on to co-host, produce and write the spin-off prime time pop culture series The After Show, where she provided her quick-witted commentary and refreshing perspective on the day’s entertainment news. Jessi’s selfdeprecating humour, irreverent interview style and eclectic flair for fashion quickly made her a fan-favorite on MTV and garnered the attention of top producers in the U.S. Jessi has recently re-located to Los Angeles to develop The Untitled Jessi Cruickshank Project with Ellen Rakieten, Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Born in an A&W restaurant, Jessi grew up in Vancouver, B.C, honing her comedic skills as the only girl on an all-male improv troupe alongside Seth Rogen. She then went on to study theatre in London, England and graduated at the top of her class with a degree in Drama and English from the University of Toronto. Soon after, Jessi was discovered in MTV’s nation-wide search, landing her a position that allowed her to interview the likes of Tom Cruise, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, the cast of Twilight, Chris Brown, Will Ferrell, Drake, Rhianna and Bill Gates, to name a few.
Often pushing the boundaries, Jessi’s daring and hilarious interviews with Taylor Lautner, Adam Lambert, Heidi and Spencer, and her “date” with Bradley Cooper quickly became online sensations, garnering over a million views worldwide.When not hosting her live daily talk-show for MTV, Jessi has been a celebrity guest on E!’s The Soup, co-hosted the 2009 MTV Movie Awards Pre-Show, acted as a judge on Canada’s Next Top Model and made guest appearances on E! True Hollywood Story, Fashion Television, Degrassi, Canada AM and NBC News. Most recently she was hand picked from journalists across the country to cover the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games as a co-host of Olympic Morning on CTV.
Jessi’s ability to connect to her audience has also allowed her to tackle global issues in a refreshingly relatable way. As the ambassador for charity organization Free the Children, Jessi traveled to India in 2008 for the critically acclaimed documentary MTV Presents: Jessi in India, where she encountered child labor, hunger and poverty first hand. In 2009, she produced the much-anticipated follow-up MTV Presents: Jessi in Kenya that documented her experiences living in a mud hut for ten days with a traditional Massai family. Jessi’s social activism has made her a renowned keynote speaker, appearing at national conferences alongside The Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall and Mia Farrow. Last year she teamed up with the cast of The Hills to auction off her designer dresses, raising over $30,000 for charity.
Known for her unique and eclectic sense of style, Jessi has been named TV Guide’s Best Dressed Host, and she has appeared in top fashion publications Elle, Flare, Fashion and Verve Girl magazines. In 2008, Jessi launched her own line of eco-friendly T-Shirts for “Me to We Style” that sold out across the country; her second collection, released this summer, was the fastest selling T-Shirt line in Me to We history. Currently, Jessi can be seen as the L.A correspondent for Canada’s number one Entertainment show, Etalk.