Three years ago, she stole scenes in Ben Affleck's South Boston-based movie "Gone Baby Gone." Now, Jill Quigg is accused of stealing a 32-inch flat-screen TV.
Quigg, the Southie native who played Dottie, Amy Ryan's foul-mouthed friend in Affleck's directorial debut, was arraigned in Quincy District Court this week, accused of breaking into an apartment and stealing the TV and a computer printer. She has pleaded not guilty.
"I know she's not guilty. She had nothing on her," Quigg's longtime boyfriend, Larry Schwindt, told us today outside the couple's basement apartment on South Street in Quincy. "She's just a gullible, kind-hearted person who trusts everyone. She didn't do this."
Quigg, 35, and Georgios Keskinidis, 28, were picked up by police after neighbors reported seeing the pair carrying the items from a house on South Street. Confronted by cops, Quigg told them a black man had broken into the apartment, and when she and Keskinidis chased him, he dropped the stolen items and ran off.
The police report lists Quigg's occupation as actress, though she landed the role in "Gone Baby Gone" by accident. While Affleck was filming scenes in the Old Colony housing project in South Boston, Quigg wandered into the crowd with her son. When a pit bull menaced the boy, she turned and threatened the dog's owner with a profanity.
"Someone in the crew heard me screaming and I guess they liked it," Quigg told the Globe in 2007.
Critics called her performance "remarkable" and "startling," and she was paid $8,000 for her work. (That apparently didn't last long because a few months after the film was released, Quigg called us to say she was broke and wanted Affleck's number.) Schwindt, her boyfriend, said today Quigg didn't get a role in "The Town," but does have a part in "The Fighter," playing one of Micky Ward's sisters. Her name isn't in the film's credits on the Internet Movie Database, so it's not clear if she is, in fact, in "The Fighter," which comes out Dec. 10.
Schwindt told us Quigg, who has two children, ages 8 and 19 months, is addicted to heroin. He said she's at the CAB Boston Treatment Center doing a seven-day detox.
"She has a problem and, hopefully, she'll get help," he said.
(Globe file photo by David L. Ryan)
Here's Quigg's mugshot from her arrest Friday: