Agron at The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo Celebration, March 13, 2013
|Born||Dianna Elise Agron
April 30, 1986
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
Dianna Elise Agron (//;) (born April 30, 1986) is an American actress, singer, dancer, producer, writer and director, best known for her portrayal of Quinn Fabray on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. She also appeared in several episodes of Veronica Mars and Heroes. She branched out into writing and directing. The result is the short film A Fuchsia Elephant, about an 18-year-old girl played by Agron who creates an ideal birthday party. She also played roles in the films such as The Romantics, The Hunters, I Am Number Four and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
Dianna Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Mary and Ronald S. Agron, a general manager of Hyatt hotels. She has a younger brother, Jason. Agron's father's family is originally from Russia, and their original surname, Agronsky, was altered by Ellis Island officials. Her father was born to a Jewish family, while her mother converted to Judaism. Agron attended Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah.
When she was 15, she found out her dad had multiple sclerosis. In an interview for Cosmopolitan Magazine, she revealed: "Quite a bit changed after that,” she says. "At that age, you don't see mortality in your parents." The disease caused her parents' relationship to fall apart, and they decided to separate, which was devastating for her and her younger brother. "I had to play therapist to my family... be the glue." She pauses, then says, "Those kinds of things I'm not ready to speak about yet."
Agron attended Burlingame Intermediate School, and then Burlingame High School in Burlingame, California, where she was in the Homecoming Court, and played in Grease as Marty, and also involved in the set design, the costumes, painting and the whole process. She has been dancing since the age of three, focusing mainly on jazz and ballet, and she later began hip-hop dancing and fell in love with musical theater as a child, often performing in local and school productions, and she played as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz in fifth grade, and began teaching dance as a teenager. She says she was not "popular" in the stereotypical sense in high school, though she had many friends from different cliques around the school.
2006–2009: Early work
Agron has appeared on television shows such as Shark, Close to Home, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, and had a recurring role on Veronica Mars. She then appeared as Harper on a 13-episode series of short films called It's a Mall World, directed by Milo Ventimiglia, and airing on MTV, and then on the second season of Heroes as Debbie Marshall, the head cheerleader/captain of the cheer squad at Costa Verde High School. Dianna has also hosted a mini Music Festival for 826LA in Los Angeles called Chickens in Love.
In 2007, Agron appeared as Dyanna in the action drama thriller film T.K.O., directed by Declan Mulvey, alongside Samantha Alarcon, Daz Crawford and Christian Boeving. She also appeared as Megan in the independent comedy film Skid Marks. She also appeared as Kyle's Girl in the short comedy film Rushers. She also appeared in a short comedy film Dinner with Raphael, and a small role as Sadie in the independent comedy film Celebrities Anonymous, directed by Dennis Hemphill Jr., alongside Lindsay Zir and Joey Kern.
She along with Cory Monteith, Cassie Ventura, Jessica Szohr, Trevor Donovan and Alex Meraz were selected to be in Wal-Mart's Ocean Pacific spring 2010 marketing campaign. The national campaign debuted in fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazines such as Elle, Teen Vogue, Seventeen and Cosmopolitan, outdoor and online at the official Ocean Pacific website. In addition, the celebrities hosted an Ocean Pacific party in Los Angeles in late April and made personal appearances on behalf of the brand.
Agron's most notable role to date is as Quinn Fabray, a high school cheerleader, on the Fox series Glee. Agron was the last primary actor to be cast, having won the role only days before the pilot began filming. Agron said in a 2009 interview pertaining to her casting session: "I nearly bailed on my audition for the show. I was so nervous". With her wholesome good looks, Agron certainly looked the part, but the producers wondered if she appeared too innocent. Agron said in an interview: "They told me to come back with straight hair and to dress sexier. Later that week, I started work." Agron auditioned with Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon". The Glee producers said "we really lucked out in finding Agron to play Quinn". Quinn is described by Agron as Rachel Berry's (Lea Michele) enemy, and "terrible, the meanest girl". Agron said that her favorite part of Quinn is that "she's smart. But she's also human, and through her tough exterior, she's often a little girl lost." Quinn was originally conceived as the antagonistic queen bee head cheerleader, a departure from Agron's actual high school experience.
Quinn's role as head cheerleader is central to understanding her character. Agron said that she had never had any prior cheer experience before the Pilot. "If I had been [a cheerleader], I would've ended up on crutches," she told Emmy magazine. The role saw Agron nominated for the Teen Choice Award for "Female Breakout Star" star in 2009. She and the other cast members were awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2010, and nominated in the same category the following year. Agron was praised for her dramatic acting during the confrontation scene with Quinn's parents in "Ballad". Gerrick D. Kennedy, writing for the Los Angeles Times, was critical of the ongoing Quinn's pregnancy plot in the episode "Hairography", and noted that he cringed whenever Quinn appeared on screen. Conversely, Bobby Hankinson of the Houston Chronicle enjoyed Quinn in the episode, and wrote: "I love that she can keep her Mean Girls edge while being heartbreakingly sad or as joyful as she was singing "Papa Don't Preach". The A.V. Club writer Todd VanDerWerff suggested that Quinn's season three reinvention hinged on the fact the producers no longer knew how to utilize Agron. On July 23, 2012, it was reported that Agron was going to appear less frequently in Glee's fourth season. Agron's character, Quinn, only appeared on three episodes: "Thanksgiving", "Naked", and "I Do"
Several songs performed by Agron as Quinn have been released as singles, available for digital download, also featured on the show's soundtrack albums. Agron made her musical debut at the end of the episode "Showmance", performing Dionne Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer". Quinn's next solo was in the episode "Throwdown", performing The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On". The song was released on Glee: The Music, Volume 1. The Wall Street Journal editor Raymund Flandez was critical of Quinn's cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On", which he called "thin and jarring". She performed a rendition of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" in the episode "Funk". In season three, Quinn sings her first solo number since the first season, "Never Can Say Goodbye" by The Jackson 5, which received mostly positive reviews. Jen Chaney of The Washington Post gave the song a "B−", and said it "worked much better than every track that preceded it" because it adapted the song to the show "instead of trying to out-Jackson Jackson". Entertainment Weekly's Joseph Brannigan Lynch called it "a nice summation of her character's journey, but not vocally impressive enough to justify listening to outside of the episode" and gave it a "B". Crystal Bell of HuffPost TV described it as a "blah performance", but Kate Stanhope of TV Guide said it was "sweet and reflective". Erica Futterman of Rolling Stone wrote that it was "a tune well-suited for Quinn's sultry voice and the flipped meaning she gives the lyrics", and TVLine's Michael Slezak had a similar take: he gave it an "A" and called it a "remarkably lovely fit" for her voice.
In 2009, Agron wrote, starred in, directed and executive-produced the short comedy film A Fuchsia Elephant. The plot revolves around Agron's character. On the day before her eighteenth birthday, Charlotte Hill makes a decision to change. Not wanting to follow in the footsteps of her alcoholic mother, she enlists a sober partner named Michael (Dave Franco) to help guide her. It was shot during the Glee hiatus in the summer of 2009. In 2010, Agron directed the music video for "Body" by Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. Also in 2010, Agron appeared as Minnow, the younger sister of Lila Hayes, in the romantic comedy The Romantics. She also played the small role of Natalie, fiancée to main character Ali's love interest Jack, in the film Burlesque. The actress also appeared in Bold Native, a film about animal liberation.
In 2011, Agron appeared as Alice in the horror thriller The Hunters and in the science-fiction action thriller I Am Number Four. Agron hosted the GLAAD Media Award on June 2, 2012 in San Francisco.
In March 2012, it was announced that Agron is set to appear in the upcoming film Famous. In July 2012, Agron confirmed reports of her role as Belle Blake in the upcoming film Malavita. In 2012 and 2013, Agron appeared in the "Play As You Are" Nintendo campaign, ads for Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, and in spots for the puzzle-solving adventure Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. In February 2013, Agron hosted and performed "Dreams" and "What's Love Got to Do with It" featuring A House For Lions to the 1st "You, Me and Charlie" concert in Los Angeles. Agron spoke at the 18th San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade – 40 years of Choice! on March 7, 2013 in San Francisco, and attended The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo 2nd Annual 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon on March 13, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
Agron worked with The Trevor Project in 2012 to raise money in honor of her birthday. After promising to match donations, she and her fans raised over $26,000. She has also been known to use her Tumblr account to encourage fans to donate to several organizations, such as 826LA and the Wildlife Waystation.
Agron and her Glee co-star Lea Michele decided to rent an apartment together in downtown Los Angeles in early 2009. "We have these smack downs at work and come home and are like, "Wasn't it so funny when we were fighting today? Let's make cookies!" said Michele to New York Magazine. Agron dated I Am Number Four co-star Alex Pettyfer for a year. Agron is a vegetarian, and has supported PETA and gay rights. In 2011, she underwent nose surgery to repair her deviated septum which was the result of a blow to the nose when she was fourteen.
Using her Tumblr account as a starting point, Agron released her website You Me & Charlie on December 12, 2011. Along with help from several other contributors, she writes and collects posts, which subjects vary from music, art, fashion, and daily inspiration. Vanity Fair has complimented the site, stating that the site is "full of sunshine, optimism, and pretty people". Agron's Twitter account was hacked on December 18, 2011 and had started many trending topics. The hacker also got into her personal email and started leaking songs, scripts and episodes. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 3 on its list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world."
|2005||Talkers Are No Good Doers||Jen||Film debut|
|2006||After Midnight: Life Behind Bars||Kelly||TV movie|
|2006||When a Stranger Calls||Cheerleader||Cameo (uncredited)|
|2007||Rushers||Dianna Agron||Short film|
|2007||Skid Marks||Megan||Main role|
|2009||Dinner with Raphael||Dianna||Funny or Die short film|
|2009||A Fuchsia Elephant||Charlotte Hill||Short film|
|2009||Celebrities Anonymous||Sadie||TV movie|
|2010||Bold Native||Samantha||Supporting role|
|2010||The Romantics||Minnow Hayes||Supporting role|
|2011||The Hunters||Alice||Main role|
|2011||I Am Number Four||Sarah Hart||Main role|
|2011||Glee: The 3D Concert Movie||Quinn Fabray||Main cast|
|2013||The Family||Belle Blake||Completed|
|2006||Close To Home||Drunk Girl||Episode: "Homecoming"|
|2006||CSI: NY||Jessica Grant||Episode: "Murder Sings the Blues"|
|2006||Drake & Josh||Lexi||Episode: "The Great Doheny"|
|2006||Shark||Gia Mellon||Episode: "Love Triangle"|
|2006–07||Veronica Mars||Jenny Budosh||3 Episodes|
|2007||Heroes||Debbie Marshall||4 Episodes|
|2007||It's a Mall World||Harper||Main cast|
|2008||Heroes Unmasked||Debbie Marshall||TV series documentary|
|2008||Numb3rs||Kelly Rand||Episode: "Jack of All Trades"|
|2009–present||Glee||Quinn Fabray||Main cast (seasons 1-3)
Recurring guest star (season 4-present)
|2010||The X Factor (UK)||Herself||Season 7, Week 9|
|2012||Punk'd||Herself||Episode: "Hayden Panettiere"|
|2012||The Glee Project||Herself||Guest Mentor, Episode: "Actability"|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Glee||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Breakout Star||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast)||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Of The Year Awards||Breakthrough Newcomer||Herself||Won|
|Lesbian/Bi People's Choice Awards||Favorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast)||Glee||Nominated|
|Gay People's Choice Awards||Favorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast)||Won|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast)||Nominated|
|Victoria's Secret: What's Sexy List||Sexiest Smile||Herself||Won|
|Grammy Awards||Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals||"Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)"||Nominated|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Glee||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer||Nominated|
|Giffoni Film Festival||Giffoni Award||Herself||Won|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Glee||Nominated|
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- Official Website of Bold Native
- Full Cast of Bold Native Actors/Actresses
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- 18th San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon prochoiceamerica.org
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- "Hey guys, can you help?" Tumblr. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
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