Chris Messina

Christopher Messina (born August 11, 1974) is an American actor and film director. He has appeared in supporting roles in films such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Argo, Julie & Julia, Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever, You've Got Mail, and Birds of Prey. He starred in the film The Giant Mechanical Man. On television, he appeared in roles as Chris Sanchez in Damages, Reese Lansing in The Newsroom and as Danny Castellano in The Mindy Project, the latter of which earned him two nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

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Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)

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Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding novelist; he, a free ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Toland Krieger
CAST:  Rashida Jones  •  Andy Samberg  •  Elijah Wood  •  Emma Roberts

Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding novelist; he, a free ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Toland Krieger
CAST:  Rashida Jones  •  Andy Samberg  •  Elijah Wood  •  Emma Roberts

Ruby Sparks (2012)

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Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Dayton  •  Valerie Faris
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Alia Shawkat  •  Paul Dano  •  Deborah Ann Woll

Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Dayton  •  Valerie Faris
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Alia Shawkat  •  Paul Dano  •  Deborah Ann Woll

Rounders (1998)

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  John Turturro  •  Gretchen Mol  •  Edward Norton

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  John Turturro  •  Gretchen Mol  •  Edward Norton

The Siege (1998)

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist from his Middle East homeland leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York. An FBI senior agent and his team attempt to locate and decommission the enemy cells, but must also deal with an Army General gone rogue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Zwick
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Annette Bening  •  Bruce Willis  •  Tony Shalhoub

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist from his Middle East homeland leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York. An FBI senior agent and his team attempt to locate and decommission the enemy cells, but must also deal with an Army General gone rogue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Zwick
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Annette Bening  •  Bruce Willis  •  Tony Shalhoub

You've Got Mail (1998)

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Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet—both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Meg Ryan  •  Katie Sagona  •  Greg Kinnear

Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet—both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Meg Ryan  •  Katie Sagona  •  Greg Kinnear

Greenberg (2010)

A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Ben Stiller  •  Chris Messina  •  Koby Rouviere

A New Yorker moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noah Baumbach
CAST:  Greta Gerwig  •  Ben Stiller  •  Chris Messina  •  Koby Rouviere

Made of Honor (2008)

Tom and Hannah have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her 'maid' of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Weiland
CAST:  Patrick Dempsey  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Kevin McKidd  •  Chris Messina

Tom and Hannah have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her 'maid' of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Weiland
CAST:  Patrick Dempsey  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Kevin McKidd  •  Chris Messina

Monogamy (2010)

Exhibitionism, voyeurism, jealousy, lust. Brooklyn wedding photographer Theo’s side business shooting surveillance-style photos of clients on the sly takes an unexpected turn—and creates a rift with his fiancée —when he’s hired by a provocative mystery woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dana Adam Shapiro
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Rashida Jones  •  Meital Dohan  •  Zak Orth

Exhibitionism, voyeurism, jealousy, lust. Brooklyn wedding photographer Theo’s side business shooting surveillance-style photos of clients on the sly takes an unexpected turn—and creates a rift with his fiancée —when he’s hired by a provocative mystery woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dana Adam Shapiro
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Rashida Jones  •  Meital Dohan  •  Zak Orth

Live by Night (2016)

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

Manglehorn (2015)

AJ Manglehorn is an aging, ordinary guy in a small town. He nurses his sick cat, squeezes out a conversation with the local bank teller every Friday, and eats at the same place every day. But there is more to Manglehorn than meets the eye: he’s an ex-con who, 40 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Gordon Green
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Chris Messina  •  Holly Hunter  •  Harmony Korine

AJ Manglehorn is an aging, ordinary guy in a small town. He nurses his sick cat, squeezes out a conversation with the local bank teller every Friday, and eats at the same place every day. But there is more to Manglehorn than meets the eye: he’s an ex-con who, 40 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Gordon Green
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Chris Messina  •  Holly Hunter  •  Harmony Korine

Palo Alto (2014)

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Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gia Coppola
CAST:  Emma Roberts  •  James Franco  •  Val Kilmer  •  Colleen Camp

Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gia Coppola
CAST:  Emma Roberts  •  James Franco  •  Val Kilmer  •  Colleen Camp

Fairhaven (2013)

Long-time friends reconnect when one returns to their small Massachusetts town for a funeral.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom O'Brien
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Sarah Paulson  •  Rich Sommer  •  Tom O'Brien

Long-time friends reconnect when one returns to their small Massachusetts town for a funeral.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom O'Brien
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Sarah Paulson  •  Rich Sommer  •  Tom O'Brien

28 Hotel Rooms (2012)

While traveling for work in a city far from their homes, a novelist and a corporate accountant find themselves in bed together. Although she’s married, and he’s seeing someone, their intense attraction turns a one-night stand into an unexpected relationship and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Ross
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Marin Ireland  •  Robert Deamer  •  Anne H. Wilson

While traveling for work in a city far from their homes, a novelist and a corporate accountant find themselves in bed together. Although she’s married, and he’s seeing someone, their intense attraction turns a one-night stand into an unexpected relationship and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Ross
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Marin Ireland  •  Robert Deamer  •  Anne H. Wilson

Showing Up (2014)

An unprecedented look at the audition, compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell and Eli Wallach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riad Galayini  •  James Morrison
CAST:  Zoe Kazan  •  Nathan Lane  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  John Slattery

An unprecedented look at the audition, compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell and Eli Wallach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riad Galayini  •  James Morrison
CAST:  Zoe Kazan  •  Nathan Lane  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  John Slattery

Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia (2009)

Behind the scenes of 'Julie & Julia'.  (more)

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CAST:  Julie Powell  •  Nora Ephron  •  Jane Lynch  •  Meryl Streep

Behind the scenes of 'Julie & Julia'.  (more)

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CAST:  Julie Powell  •  Nora Ephron  •  Jane Lynch  •  Meryl Streep

The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

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An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Kirk
CAST:  Jenna Fischer  •  Chris Messina  •  Topher Grace  •  Malin Åkerman

An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Kirk
CAST:  Jenna Fischer  •  Chris Messina  •  Topher Grace  •  Malin Åkerman

The Trouble with Bliss (2011)

35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall) is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and the premature death of his mother has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Knowles
CAST:  Michael C. Hall  •  Lucy Liu  •  Sarah Shahi  •  Brie Larson

35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall) is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and the premature death of his mother has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Knowles
CAST:  Michael C. Hall  •  Lucy Liu  •  Sarah Shahi  •  Brie Larson

Like Crazy (2011)

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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Drake Doremus
CAST:  Anton Yelchin  •  Felicity Jones  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Charlie Bewley

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Drake Doremus
CAST:  Anton Yelchin  •  Felicity Jones  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Charlie Bewley

Devil (2010)

A group of people are trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, and one of them is the devil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Erick Dowdle
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Jacob Vargas  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Logan Marshall-Green

A group of people are trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, and one of them is the devil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Erick Dowdle
CAST:  Chris Messina  •  Jacob Vargas  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Logan Marshall-Green

The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019)

Follows a young boy who runs away from home in the search of his estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Krejčí
CAST:  Chloë Sevigny  •  Jaeden Martell  •  John Turturro  •  Eve Hewson

Follows a young boy who runs away from home in the search of his estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Krejčí
CAST:  Chloë Sevigny  •  Jaeden Martell  •  John Turturro  •  Eve Hewson
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