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Stef Foster

played by Teri Polo

character

A strong, attractive police officer, Stef Foster is tough but kind, even if she’s not what would normally be described as “maternal.” A divorcee now in a happy lesbian relationship with Lena, her soulmate and very significant other, Stef is the biological mother of Brandon and the adoptive mother of two kids out of the foster system. A loving but stern disciplinarian, Stef has an agreement with Lena that they won’t foster any more kids until Brandon has left home. When Lena opens their home to the abused, defiant Callie, Stef is initially upset. But she soon realizes that Callie is a broken girl who needs mending – and she and Lena may have no choice but to take her in.

actor

Teri Polo is best known for her role as Robert De Niro’s daughter, ‘Pam Byrnes,’ in the Meet the Parents theatricals. She recently starred in The Little Fockers, the third installment of the movie franchise. She can also be seen in the films Beyond, opposite Jon Voight, A Bit of Bad Luck, Scribble, A Christmas Story, and the Hallmark movie Taste of Romance. Polo held a recent recurring role on Law & Order: Los Angeles, in which she played the character of Casey Winters, wife of Det. Rex Winters, played by Skeet Ulrich. Polo’s other recent credits include the feature film The Hole, directed by Joe Dante, and the NBC miniseries The Storm.

Polo’s other film credits include Beyond Borders co-starring Angelina Jolie, the suspense thriller The Unsaid opposite Andy Garcia and Domestic Disturbance opposite John Travolta and Vince Vaughn. She co-starred opposite De Niro and Stiller in Meet the Parents, for which she won a People’s Choice Award, and its sequel Meet the Fockers.

Originally from Dover, Delaware, Polo began her performing career as a dancer. By thirteen, she was attending New York’s School of Ballet. The summer before her senior year, she was signed to a modeling contract, which led to a role as ‘Kristin’ on the daytime drama Loving. Polo made her primetime debut in the dramatic series TV 101. Television audiences may remember her as ‘Michelle Capra,’ the doctor’s wife who was determined to master the strange surroundings (and even stranger characters) of Cicely, Alaska, in Northern Exposure. She also starred in the comedy series I’m with Her as well as David E. Kelley’s The Wedding Bells. Other television credits include Hallmark’s Love Is a Four-Letter Word, the original film Second String opposite Jon Voight, and the television movie Straight from the Heart. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role opposite Jimmy Smits on The West Wing.

Polo currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with her family.