Paul Adelstein


Paul Adelstein stars as Jake in Bravo’s first original scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” This season, he also serves as a producer on the show and penned episode #204, “Rule #605: You CAN Go Home Again.” In addition, Adelstein is writing and executive producing the dark comedy pilot “My So Called Wife” for Bravo.

A mainstay on television screens, Adelstein recurs on the hit drama “Scandal” as ruthless political consultant Leo Bergen. His previous series regular roles include six seasons as Dr. Cooper Freedman on Shonda Rhimes’ drama “Private Practice,” two episodes of which he directed, and two seasons as Secret Service Agent Paul Kellerman on “Prison Break.”

Adelstein is an equally prolific film actor and most recently starred opposite Minnie Driver in “Return to Zero.” He has played a wide range of roles including George Clooney's loyal sidekick, Wrigley, in the Coen brothers' "Intolerable Cruelty," the fast-talking record producer, Hy Gordon, opposite John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Elmore Leonard’s "Be Cool," Lt. Hutchins in the critically-acclaimed "Memoirs of a Geisha," and five distinct characters in Harold Ramis' "Bedazzled."

Adelstein began his professional acting career in theater at the age of 20 when he joined John Cusack's commedia dell'arte troupe, New Crime Productions in his native Chicago.  After appearing in commedia versions of “Marat/Sade,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and “The Balcony,” among others, he began working with the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he appeared in numerous productions, including “A Clockwork Orange,” “Morning Star” and “A Soldier’s Tale.”  

In addition to his acting career, Adelstein is the songwriter/singer in the Los Angeles-based band Doris. One of Adelstein's songs can be heard in the Coen brothers' film “Burn After Reading.”

Adelstein attended Bowdoin College where he majored in English, minored in Music and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He currently resides in Los Angeles with wife Liza Weil and their daughter.