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Jamia Suzette Mays

(1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 39)
Alma mater Radford University
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2004–present
Adam Campbell (m. 2007)

Jamia Suzette "Jayma" Mays (born July 16, 1979) [1] is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Emma Pillsbury on the Fox musical series Glee , her recurring role as Charlie Andrews on the NBC sci-fi serial Heroes , and for starring in the films Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Smurfs . From October 2013 until November 2014, she played the role of Debbie on the sitcom The Millers . Most recently she starred as prosecutor Carol Anne Keane in the NBC sitcom Trial & Error , which ran for two seasons before being canceled in 2018.

Emma Pillsbury

Emma Pillsbury Schuester is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. Portrayed by actress Jayma Mays, Emma has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. Emma was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. She is a guidance counselor at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio where the series is set. Emma suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and has romantic feelings for glee club director Will Schuester, but becomes engaged to football coach Ken Tanaka as Will is married. Ken ultimately breaks up with her on their wedding day because of her feelings for Will, and when Will leaves his wife Terri, he and Emma share a kiss. Their relationship is short-lived, and in the second season, Emma and her dentist boyfriend Carl Howell marry in Las Vegas. The wedding is later annulled as it was unconsummated. At the beginning of the third season, she and Will are living together; they become engaged shortly after New Years, and consummate their relationship near the end of the school year. Emma leaves Will at the altar midway through the fourth season, but the two later reconcile and marry in the season finale. She becomes pregnant during the middle of the fifth season.

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<i>Glee</i> (TV series) American musical comedy-drama television series

Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, the New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate members deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality, race, relationships, and teamwork. The initial twelve-member cast included Matthew Morrison as club director and Spanish teacher Will Schuester, Jane Lynch as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, Jayma Mays as guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury, Jessalyn Gilsig as Will's wife Terri, and Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, and Jenna Ushkowitz as eight club members. The main cast was altered throughout the series.


Early life

Mays was born in Bristol, Tennessee [1] and raised in Grundy, Virginia, the daughter of Susan Paulette (née Norris) and James Edwin Mays, a high school teacher who also worked in the coal mining industry. [1] [2] At age 15, she was offered a job working on the local radio station reading the obituaries. After graduating from Grundy High School, she earned an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. Mays then attended Virginia Tech for a year before transferring to Radford University. [1]

Bristol, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

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Grundy, Virginia Town in Virginia, United States

Grundy is a town in Buchanan County, Virginia, United States, an area of the Appalachian Mountains. The population was 1,105 at the 2000 census and 1,021 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Buchanan County. The town is noted for two educational institutions established since the late 20th century: Appalachian School of Law and Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Southwest Virginia Community College

Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) is located outside of Richlands, Virginia, United States, on the border of Tazewell and Russell counties, and is one of the 23 schools in the Virginia Community College System. SWCC was opened in 1968 to serve the residents of Buchanan, Russell and Tazewell counties, as well as portions of Dickenson County.


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Mays in 2009

In 2004, Mays made her first television appearance on Joey . The following year, she made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Red Eye . Mays' other credits include Six Feet Under , Stacked , How I Met Your Mother , Heroes , Pushing Daisies , The Comeback , Entourage , Ghost Whisperer , and Ugly Betty . [3]

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Mays appeared in other movies, such as Bar Starz, Flags of Our Fathers and Blind Guy Driving . She starred in the spoof film Epic Movie and as Amy in Paul Blart: Mall Cop . She was a patient on House in the episode "Sleeping Dogs Lie" in 2006. [3]

<i>Flags of Our Fathers</i> (film) 2006 American war drama movie directed by Clint Eastwood

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<i>Epic Movie</i> 2007 film by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

Epic Movie is a 2007 American parody comedy film directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and produced by Paul Schiff. It was made in a similar style to Date Movie, Friedberg and Seltzer's previous film, but as a spoof of the "Epic" style of films, hence the name. The film mostly references The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Harry Potter films, Tim Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pirates of the Caribbean, and X-Men: The Last Stand. The song "Ms. New Booty" by Bubba Sparxxx gained commercial attention for being featured in Epic Movie.

<i>Paul Blart: Mall Cop</i> 2009 film by Steve Carr

Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Steve Carr, written by Kevin James and Nick Bakay, and starring James as the titular mall cop Paul Blart. Additional cast includes Jayma Mays, Keir O'Donnell, Bobby Cannavale, and Stephen Rannazzisi. Filming began in February 2008 with most of the shooting taking place at the Burlington Mall in Burlington, Massachusetts. The film opened in the United States on January 16, 2009, distributed by Columbia Pictures. Against a budget of $26 million, it grossed $31.8 million in its opening weekend and finished with a gross of more than $146 million in North America and a worldwide total of $183 million. A sequel, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, was released in 2015.

Mays has played the love interest of a character played by Masi Oka in two different roles: Charlie Andrews on Heroes and Nina in the direct-to-DVD film Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control . She has also been cast as a love interest twice for Glee co-star Matthew Morrison; in an unaired TV show called Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, and as mysophobic guidance counsellor Emma Pillsbury on the Fox show Glee , which premiered on May 19, 2009. She was part of the main cast of Glee for the first three seasons, then was made a guest star in seasons four, five, and six. She has also performed musical numbers on Glee including her solo performance of "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" from The Rocky Horror Show during the themed episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"; which was also the song she had sung for her audition for the role. In March 2010, Mays played Grace Winslow, the female lead in the live-action/animated film adaptation of The Smurfs . [3] [4] She also played the role of Charlotte, Henry Grubstick's ex-girlfriend on Ugly Betty. [3] In August 2014, Mays helped to raise awareness of the disease ALS by participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. [5] She also appeared in the music video for Switchfoot's single "Awakening".

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Matthew Morrison American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter

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From 2017-2018, Mays starred in the NBC crime anthology comedy Trial & Error as prosecutor Carol Anne Keane. She also appeared in a 2018 episode of Great News as Cat, the girlfriend of Greg, played by Mays’s husband Adam Campbell.

<i>Trial & Error</i> (TV series) American sitcom television series

Trial & Error is an American sitcom television series created by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller for NBC and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. It stars Nicholas D'Agosto, Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, and Sherri Shepherd. The series, which spoofs documentaries and reality legal shows, follows New York City lawyer Josh Segal and his eccentric local associates in a fictional small town in South Carolina called East Peck as he represents accused local citizens. Season 1 recurring guests were Krysta Rodriguez and John Lithgow, and Kristin Chenoweth and Amanda Payton in season 2.

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Adam Campbell is an English actor. He has appeared in films such as Date Movie and Epic Movie, and portrayed Cal Vandeusen in the horror miniseries Harper's Island. He also appeared in the sitcom Great News as Greg Walsh.

Personal life

Mays met her husband Adam Campbell on the set of Epic Movie in 2006. She gave birth to their son in November 2016. [6]



2005 Red Eye Cynthia
2006 Blind Dating Mandyalso known as Blind Guy Driving
Flags of Our Fathers Nurse in Hawaii
2007 Smiley Face Actress in Waiting Room
Epic Movie Lucy
Bar StarzTiffany
2008 Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control Nina
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Amy Anderson
2011 The Smurfs Grace Winslow
2013 The Smurfs 2 Grace Winslow
2013 Last Weekend Blake Curtis
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant April Farnekowski
2017 American Made Dana Sibota


2004 Joey MollyEpisode: "Joey and the Party"
2005 The Comeback Sales GirlEpisode: "Valerie Demands Dignity"
Six Feet Under DonnaEpisode: "The Rainbow of Her Reasons"
Stacked BrendaEpisode: "Nobody Says I Love You"
2005, 2013 How I Met Your Mother Coat Check Girl2 episodes
2006If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home NowSandraUnsold television pilot
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments HerselfMiniseries
House HannahEpisode: "Sleeping Dogs Lie"
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip DaphneEpisode: "Pilot"
Entourage JenEpisode: "Sorry, Ari"
2006–2010 Heroes Charlie Andrews Recurring role; 5 episodes
2007Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner OfficeAngelaUnsold television pilot
2007–2008 Ugly Betty CharlieRecurring role; 8 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Jennifer BillingsEpisode: "The Underneath"
Pushing Daisies Elsita / ElsaEpisode: "Pigeon"
Drunk History AnnabelleEpisode: "Drunk History Vol. 2.5: Featuring Jack Black"
2008 Back to You Shelley KenEpisode: "Date Night"
2009–2015 Glee Emma Pillsbury Main role (seasons 1–3); recurring (season 4–6); 61 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2012–2014 The League Trixie Von SteinRecurring role; 6 episodes
2013–2015 The Millers DebbieMain role; 34 episodes
2014 Drunk History Abigail AdamsEpisode: "Philadelphia" (Season 2, Episode 8)
2014–2015 Getting On Suzi Sasso4 episodes
2015–2018 The Adventures of Puss in Boots DulcineaMain role; 52 episodes; voice role
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Jessica2 episodes
2017–2018 Trial & Error Carol Anne KeaneMain role; 23 episodes
2018 Great News CatEpisode: "Catfight"
2018, 2019 Drunk History Florence Schaffner/Marjory StonemanEpisodes: "Drunk Mystery"/”National Parks”

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