Elizabeth Gillies

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Gillies in July 2015
Born
Elizabeth Egan Gillies

(1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 25)
Other namesLiz Gillies
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2005–present

Elizabeth Egan Gillies [1] (born July 26, 1993 [2] [3] ) is an American actress and singer.

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Her first television appearance was in The Black Donnellys (2007). From 2010 to 2013, she played Jade West in the Nickelodeon series Victorious . She had a main role in the FX comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015–2016). Since 2017, Gillies has starred as Fallon Carrington in The CW's series Dynasty , a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. [4]

<i>The Black Donnellys</i> American television drama

The Black Donnellys is an American television drama that debuted on NBC on February 26, 2007 and last aired on April 2, 2007. Thereafter, NBC began releasing new episodes weekly on NBC.com until the series was cancelled. The Black Donnellys was created by Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco featured in the cast Jonathan Tucker, Olivia Wilde, Billy Lush, Tom Guiry, Kirk Acevedo, and relative newcomers Michael Stahl-David and Keith Nobbs.

Nickelodeon is an American pay television network which was launched on December 1, 1977 as the first cable channel for children. It is owned by Viacom through its Viacom Media Networks division's Nickelodeon Group unit and is based in New York City. It broadcasts usually from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. It is primarily aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17.

Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 to February 2, 2013. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her older sister Trina's place in a showcase while getting into screwball situations on a daily basis. On her first day at Hollywood Arts, she meets Andre Harris, Robbie Shapiro, Rex Powers, Jade West, Cat Valentine, and Beck Oliver. The series premiered after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. The series won for Favorite TV Show award at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards and 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, beating out iCarly. Victorious earned four Emmy nominations.

Gillies made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13 , playing the character of Lucy. [5] She has also appeared in feature films, including the horror film Animal (2014) and the comedy film Vacation (2015).

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

<i>13</i> (musical) musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish with Robert Horn

13 is an original musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Horror film film genre

A horror film is a film that seeks to elicit fear. Initially inspired by literature from authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, horror has existed as a film genre for more than a century. The macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes. Horror may also overlap with the fantasy, supernatural fiction, and thriller genres.

Life and career

1993–2007: Early life and career

Gillies was born in Haworth, New Jersey. She has one younger brother, born 1996. [6] Gillies has stated that she is Irish and has an Italian grandmother and great-grandmother. [3] [7]

Haworth, New Jersey Borough in New Jersey

Haworth is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 3,382, reflecting a decline of 8 (-0.2%) from the 3,390 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 6 (+0.2%) from the 3,384 counted in the 1990 Census.

Gillies' acting career began at age 12, when she started going to local open casting calls. She quickly began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile. [8]

Virgin Mobile cell phone providers from Richard Bransons conglomerate

Virgin Mobile is a wireless communications brand used by eight independent brand-licensees worldwide. Virgin Mobile branded wireless communications services are available in Australia, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Chile, Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, South Africa, México, and the United States. Virgin Mobile branded services used to be offered in Singapore, India and Qatar.

Her first television role was as a recurring character in The Black Donnellys . She has stated that she was not allowed to watch the finished show in its entirety because her parents felt it was not appropriate for her at the time. She appeared in three episodes.

In 2008, she played small roles in The Clique , Harold , and Locker 514. That year she was also cast as Lucy in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical 13 , alongside her future Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande. Later that year, 13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers. [9]

Gillies remained with the production until its closure on January 4, 2009. [10]

2010–2014: Breakthrough

The cast of Victorious at the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. Victorious Cast.jpg
The cast of Victorious at the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

In 2010, Gillies was cast as bad girl and occasional antagonist Jade West in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious , a sitcom revolving around teenagers at a performing arts high school in Hollywood. This marked her second time working alongside 13 co-star Ariana Grande. Regarding her Victorious character, Gillies said "It's wonderful. I love playing Jade. I always say she's not so much the 'mean' girl, but the 'bad' girl in so many ways. She has a lot of human qualities to her – she's not just completely sociopathic. She's sweet with her boyfriend. It's nice to play a character with some depth." [11] The show premiered on March 27, 2010. During her time on Victorious, Gillies was featured in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious and Victorious 2.0, including "Give It Up" (duet with Ariana Grande), and "Take a Hint" (duet with Victoria Justice). She also wrote and recorded the song "You Don't Know Me" for an episode of Victorious, [12] and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0. [13] [14]

She lent her talents to other Nickelodeon shows, voicing the character of Daphne on the animated series Winx Club and recording Winx Club's official song, "We Are Believix." She also appeared in an episode of Big Time Rush and as a contestant on BrainSurge and Figure It Out .

Beginning in 2012, Gillies began playing small guest roles outside Nickelodeon. Notable appearances include White Collar and The Exes . In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an alternative rock album. [15] [16] Victorious ended on February 2, 2013, after four seasons. Following the cancellation of the series, Gillies took some time off from acting.

In 2013, she was cast as Courtney in the musical adaptation of Jawbreaker and participated in a reading of the show in Manhattan. [17] The musical did not end up being taken to Broadway. On December 10, 2013, Gillies recorded a duet with Ariana Grande called "Santa Baby" for Grande's Christmas EP Christmas Kisses . [18]

In 2014, Gillies appeared in the horror film Animal as Mandy and the Lifetime movie Killing Daddy , playing Callie Ross. Animal was filmed in the summer of 2013 in Manchester, Connecticut, and was produced by Drew Barrymore. The film also features Gillies' former Winx Club co-star Keke Palmer and was released on iTunes June 17, 2014. [19]

2015–present: Further acting

In 2015, Gillies was cast as Heather in the remake of Vacation . The film received a wide release on July 29, 2015. She was then cast in the comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll as Gigi, an aspiring singer and daughter of a former rock star named Johnny Rock (portrayed by the show's creator Denis Leary). [20] The show premiered July 16, 2015 to mixed reviews, but Gillies' performance as Gigi was well received. The show ran for two seasons, with the second-season finale airing on September 1, 2016. On September 9, 2016, FX declined to renew the show for a third season, effectively canceling the series. [21]

In 2017, Gillies was cast as Fallon Carrington in The CW television series Dynasty , a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. [4] [22] [23] After Nicollette Sheridan who portrays the role of Alexis Colby (the mother of Gillies’character) departed the cast, during the seventeenth episode of the second season it was revealed that Gillies would be taking over the role of Alexis, as well as continuing to portray Fallon. [24]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor
2008 The Clique Shelby WexlerDirect-to-video film
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Eradicator folksShort film
2012 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Daphne Voice role (English dub)
2014 Animal Mandy
2015 Vacation Heather
2018 Arizona Kelsey [25]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007 The Black Donnellys Young Jenny3 episodes
2009The Battery's DownBat Mitzvah guestEpisode: "Bad Bad News"
2010–2013 Victorious Jade West Main role
2011 iCarly Jade WestCrossover special: "iParty with Victorious"
2011 Big Time Rush Heather FoxEpisode: "Big Time Secret"
2011–2015 Winx Club DaphneVoice role; 24 episodes
2012 White Collar Chloe WoodsEpisode: "Upper West Side Story"
2013 The Exes Tracy CooperEpisode: "Prelude to a Kiss"
2014 Sam & Cat Jade WestEpisode: "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie"
2014 Killing Daddy Callie RossTelevision film
2015–2016 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll GigiMain role
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar SingerVoice role; episode: "The Penguin Who Loved Me"
American Dad! Lena HorneVoice role; episode: "A Star Is Reborn"
2017–present Dynasty Fallon Carrington Main role (season 1-present)
2019–present Alexis Carrington Main role (season 2-present)
2018 Robot Chicken N/AVoice role; episode: "Gimme That Chocolate Milk"

Music videos

YearTitleArtist
2010"Freak the Freak Out" Victoria Justice
2011"Beggin' on Your Knees"Victoria Justice
2011"All I Want Is Everything"Victoria Justice
2011"Take a Hint"Victoria Justice and herself
2011"Time in the Day"Mikey Deleasa
2012"Time of Our Life" Big Time Rush
2012"Make It in America"Victoria Justice
2012"We Are Believix"Herself
2012"You Don't Know Me"Herself
2013"Right There" Ariana Grande
2015"Die Trying"Herself
2016"Bang Bang"Herself
2018"Thank U, Next" [26] Ariana Grande

Theater

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008–2009 13 LucyOriginal Broadway cast
2013Jawbreaker: The MusicalCourtneyWorkshop reading

Discography

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