Tess LarsonPlayed by Emily Kinney
The CIU's paralegal and Innocence Project alum, Tess Larson is the youngest member of the team. That is not to say she's naïve, as Tess has first-hand experience with wrongful convictions. As a child, her faulty eyewitness testimony sent an innocent man to jail. This is her secret cross to bear and she is now committed to correcting these life-changing wrongs at the CIU. Caring and empathic, Tess can truly relate not only to clients, but her new teammates and Frankie. The two share a unique bond and despite their many differences, their friendship is a glimmer of hope in their difficult and taxing job.
Emily Kinney a rising actress and acclaimed singer/songwriter. She was last seen on season two of Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed series "The Knick," opposite Clive Owen. Additional television credits include a recurring role opposite Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and a series regular role on AMC's hit "The Walking Dead." Her film credits include Universal's "It's Complicated," directed by Nancy Meyers, and the independent film "Concussion," directed by Stacie Passon. Upon arriving in New York, she immediately made her Off-Broadway debut in "Iphigenia 2.0" at the Signature Theatre, directed by Tina Landau. On Broadway, Kinney was seen as "Anna" in the Tony Award-winning production of "Spring Awakening" and starred opposite Estelle Parsons as Jean Fordham in the first national tour of "August: Osage County." Kinney is also a singer/songwriter whose debut full-length album, "This Is War," was released in October 2015.