Elizabeth Gillies

Elizabeth Gillies

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Elizabeth Gillies
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Born Elizabeth Egan Gillies
(1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 23)
Haworth, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Liz Gillies
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2005–present

Elizabeth Egan Gillies[1] (born July 26, 1993[2]), sometimes known as Liz Gillies, is an American actress and singer. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 17th birthday, playing Jade West on the television series Victorious. She made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy.[3] She had a main role in FX’s rock ‘n’ roll comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

Life and career[edit]

1993–2007: Early life and career[edit]

Gillies was born in Haworth, New Jersey to Dave and Lorrie Gillies. She has one younger brother born in 1996.[4] She is of Irish and Italian descent.[5]

Gillies’ acting career began at age twelve, when she started going to local open casting calls. She quickly began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile.[6] 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 2007, she played small roles in The Clique, Harold, and Locker 514.[7] In the summer of 2008, Gillies was 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.[8] Gillies remained with the production until its closure on January 4, 2009.[9]

2010–14: Breakthrough[edit]

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-based 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.”[10] The show premiered on March 27, 2010. During her time on Victorious, Gillies was featured in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious (soundtrack) 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,[11] and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0.[12][13] 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 game shows BrainSurge and Figure It Out.

Beginning in 2012, Gillies began playing small guest roles outside of Nickelodeon. Notable appearances include White Collar and The Exes. In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an alternative rock album.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] Gillies reprised her role as Jade in a special episode of the iCarly and Victorious spinoff series Sam and Cat. Killing Daddy, a Lifetime original movie,[19] stars Gillies as Calista “Callie” Ross, a troubled young woman who returns to her estranged family with a plan for her recently disabled father and her inheritance. The movie aired on Lifetime on July 5, 2014.

2015–present: Further acting[edit]

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 February 2017, Gillies was cast in the role of Fallon Carrington in The CW‘s Dynasty reboot.[22][23][24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor
2008 Clique, TheThe Clique Shelby Wexler Direct-to-video
2011 Death and Return of Superman, TheThe Death and Return of Superman Eradicator folks Short film
2012 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Daphne (voice) English dub
2014 Animal Mandy
2015 Vacation Heather

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Young Jenny 3 episodes
2009 Battery’s Down, TheThe Battery’s Down Bat Mitzvah guest Episode: “Bad Bad News”
2010–2013 Victorious Jade West Main role; 57 episodes
2011 iCarly Jade West Episode: “iParty with Victorious
2011 Big Time Rush Heather Fox Episode: “Big Time Secret
2011–2015 Winx Club Daphne Voice role; 24 episodes
2012 White Collar Chloe Woods Episode: “Upper West Side Story
2013 Exes, TheThe Exes Tracy Cooper Episode: “Prelude to a Kiss”
2014 Sam & Cat Jade West Episode: “#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie”
2014 Killing Daddy Callie Ross Television film
2015 American Dad! Lena Horne Voice role; episode: “A Star is Born”; uncredited[citation needed]
2015–2016 Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Gigi Main role; 20 episodes
2015 Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Singer Voice role; episode: “The Penguin Who Loved Me”
2017 Dynasty Fallon Carrington Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
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” Mickey 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 “One Last Time” Ariana Grande
2015 “Die Trying” Herself
2016 “Bang Bang” Herself

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 13 Lucy Original Broadway cast
2013 Jawbreaker: The Musical Courtney Workshop reading
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