Chris Messina stars in USA Network’s hit limited series, "The Sinner", as Nick Haas, a college friend to Jamie (previously announced, Matt Bomer). A surprise visit, years later, unexpectedly alters the course of their friendship and their lives.
Most recently, Messina can be seen in “Sharp Objects” opposite Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson and the upcoming revenge thriller “Birds of Prey.” Additionally, he has signed on to star in the revenge thriller “The Secrets We Keep” alongside Noomi Rapace, Ben Stiller’s thriller, “Dark Cargo,” and Gia Coppola’s sophomore film, “Mainstream.” Previously, Messina has starred opposite Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia,” Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go,” and “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”
On the small screen, Messina starred alongside Mindy Kaling in the hit series, “The Mindy Project” and recurred in Emmy winning series “The Newsroom” opposite Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, and Jane Fonda. He also recurred on the fourth and fifth season of “Damages.” Film credits include “Manglehorn,” “Palo Alto,” “Greenberg,” “Ira and Abby,” “Made of Honor,” “Anatomy of Hope,” “Towelhead,” “Devil,” “Monogamy,” and “An Invisible Sign” amongst others.
In 2014, Messina made his directorial debut with “Alex of Venice,” and in that same year he also starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the critically-acclaimed “Cake.” Messina can also be seen in the Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award winning film “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck, which earned him a SAG Award for “Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture Drama.” In 2012, Messina co-wrote and starred in “Fairhaven” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also starred in “Ruby Sparks” opposite actress/writer Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, and the romantic comedy “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” opposite Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg.
Messina is represented by Management 360, CAA and Gender Kelly.