Fast Facts

  • Studied acting in New York while in college and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London after college.
  • Was a production intern on stepfather Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Schindler's List, and had a small role in his 2002 sci-fi thriller Minority Report. 
  • Spielberg, though, once told People magazine that it is "important that she goes through the entire ordeal of suffering for a part."
  • Made her TV debut  in the 1996-97 ABC police drama High Incident (Spielberg was a cocreator) and her feature-film debut in the 1997 drama The Locusts (her mother, Kate Capshaw, was a costar).
  • First appeared as a regular on the 1999-2000 ABC sitcom Odd Man Out.
  • Was a regular on The Practice (2002-04), and played a lover of Bette (Jennifer Beals) in 2007 on The L Word.
  • Began a stint as pediatrician Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy in 2009.


  • Robert Capshaw — Father
  • Steven Spielberg — Stepfather
  • Poppy James Gavigan — Daughter
  • Max Spielberg — Stepbrother
  • Mikaela Spielberg — Half Sister
  • Eve Augusta Gavigan — Daughter
  • Destry Spielberg — Half Sister
  • Theo Spielberg — Half Brother
  • Kate Capshaw — Mother
  • Luke Gavigan — Son
  • Christopher Gavigan — Husband
  • Sasha Spielberg — Half Sister
  • Sawyer Spielberg — Half Brother


  • Brown University, Providence, RI (BA in English, 1998)


  • Birth Name: Jessica Capshaw
  • Birth Place: Columbia, MO
  • Birthday: September 9, 1976, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor
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