Marisa Sullivan is a journalist, host, actress and producer living in Downtown Los Angeles and originally hails from Chicago.
Marisa has worked as an entertainment journalist in L.A. for nearly a decade, her longest run for Us Weeklymagazine (five years on staff as a Senior Reporter and now freelance) where she has also hosted on-camera for the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and Grammys carpets to name a few. She covered the 2017 MTV VMAs for Variety magazine, where her byline can also be found, and she even graced the TMZ newsroom last summer as a Senior Producer, covering hard-hitting breaking news stories like the tragic Manchester bombing.
Prior to her run at Us Weekly, Sullivan worked for Bauer Media (In Touch Weekly and Life & Stylemagazines) as a Senior Reporter and Assignment Editor, climbing up quickly from an entry level position.
The spunky Chicagoan has interviewed everyone from Kate Winslet to Meryl Streep throughout her career and a highlight was getting flown to Monaco last summer just to interview Kevin Hart at a Pokerstars tournament, where she was helicoptered in, 007-style. She has also traveled to Panama, Mexico, Vegas, Dallas, Oregon, Chicago and Iowa for stories and events, including a few Super Bowls and Comic-cons. She was recently accepted into the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Marisa serves as an on-camera correspondent/pop culture expert for the REELZ network’s latest entertainment news shows, Us Weekly’s Famous Feuds and Broke & Famous, where she has appeared on multiple episodes discussing artists like Johnny Depp, 50 Cent, Axl Rose, Dave Grohl and the late Kurt Cobain.
Not a stranger to REELZ, Marisa also co-starred in the glamorous docu-series Mansion Hunters on the network. The 9-episode series — which Sullivan also helped cast and produce — revolved around the agency IMAGE LOCATIONS, INC. who represent the swanky mansions used in TV, film and photo shoots. Sullivan, who has worked as a booking agent, location manager and PR Director for the company over the years, has managed countless high profile locations for publications/clients such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Dior, where she observed many world-renown photographers like Mario Testino and Ellen von Unwerth, who most certainly helped shape Sullivan’s artistic eye.
Marisa has appeared on many other TV networks, for shows like The Soup on E! and Showtime’s The Real L Word. Marisa even got kicked off of The Howard Stern Show back in the day. Yes, she is the female Hunter S. Thompson … or at least thinks she is!
The one-woman entertainment machine received her first film producer credit on the soon-to-be released documentary Twilight: The Story of Hope which tackles the terrifying reality of human trafficking. The film features music from Faith Evans, Brian McKnight, Matt Goss, Eric Benet and many others who aim to educate people worldwide on this horrific epidemic. Artists like Justin Bieber and Nikki Sixx have lent their support to help promote the film, thanks to Marisa’s PR finesse.
Marisa studied Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa after having performed in plays since the age of 13 in the suburbs of Chicago. Her first big TV stint while in college was the MTV Wanna Be A VJ contest where she beat out 8,000 hopefuls across the nation to compete and guest host at TRL’s studios in New York City’s Times Square. After a taste of the Big Apple, she then headed to France to study French and Theatre at the College International de Cannes for six months, where she performed plays in fluent French.
After soaking in the glitz and the glamour of the French Riviera during the Cannes Film Festival, it was more than abundantly clear that she could NOT go back to the Midwest. Her mother gave in to her California dreamin’ and reluctantly bought her a one-way ticket to L.A. With only a hundred bucks in her pocket, she set out to make her way in Hollywood without a car, job or home lined up. Marisa slowly but surely trekked along juggling acting gigs and bar jobs while living in West Hollywood. She completed the Meisner program at the Baron/Brown Studio in Santa Monica and has been expanding her entertainment career ever since (thankfully no longer on a couch tour).
Marisa has played everything from a nun to a hooker on the stage and screen. She starred in the award-winning indie feature comedy Come Together and shared a scene with the legendary Peter Fondain Japan, starring Shane Brolly. Sullivan just got cast in the rock film I’ll Be Around, playing a punk rocker named Rita. The indie feature shoots later this summer (2018). Backstage magazine featured Marisa as their actor of the week in the June 29, 2018 issue, where she discusses the film.
On stage in L.A., Marisa has played Madonna in a live music video showcase, Sharon Stone’s role in Casinoand she was a lead in the performance art piece to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon which received rave reviews in the L.A. Times, with Sullivan having been featured. The stage show went on for years to follow.
For voiceover work, Marisa played a White House Intern in the animated short Punky Pets: Playing Party Politics which screened at Cannes several years back. She also recently announced that she will be joining the cast of the audio courtroom drama, Deliberations: Season 3, a top-rated podcast on Audioboom.
Marisa is a music fanatic, has managed many artists, and when she’s not hustling she spends her free time traveling and hobnobbing backstage at rock shows, leaving a memorable impression wherever she may roam.