Emily Kinney

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Emily Kinney
Emily Kinney by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Emily Rebecca Kinney
(1985-08-15) August 15, 1985 (age 29)[1]
Wayne, Nebraska, U.S.
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Occupation Musician, model, singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for Playing Beth Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Scrumptious, Em-K, Thirty Tigers
Website
emilykinneymusic.com

Emily Rebecca Kinney (born August 15, 1985) is an American actress and recording artist.[2] She rose to prominence after portraying Beth Greene on AMC's serial drama and horror television series The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Kinney was born in Wayne, Nebraska[1] to Vaughn and Jean Kinney.[3] She and her family frequently moved during her youth, including to Nevada, Oregon, other parts of Nebraska.[4] In 2006, she graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University[5] with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre.[6] Kinney then moved to New York City, where she pursued a Broadway and acting career.

Career[edit]

Kinney performing at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on February 13, 2014

Kinney worked in coffee shops where she began to meet people from the acting and music industries.[7] She appeared in 20 plays during her four years of college[8] and began her professional acting career at age 23, when she was cast in the play Spring Awakening[9] as Anna, a smart and carefree resident in a tough city. The following year, Kinney costarred as Jean Fordham in the play August: Osage County.[10] She was then cast as Emily on Showtime's The Big C. Later, Kinney appeared on NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where she guest starred as Jeannie Richmonds. Kinney made her film debut with Aunt Tigress playing Aunt Gina. Kinney continued acting in a variety of recurring guest and cameo roles in various films and television shows.[5]

In 2011, Kinney was cast as the recurring character Beth Greene on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama. Although Kinney was actually 25 at the start of production, her character Beth was the 16-year-old[11] sister of Maggie in Season 2. After two years on the program, Kinney received a promotion to series regular, as did Chad Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green.[12] Kinney then released her first extended play recording, Blue Toothbrush. She contributed to The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1, in which she collaborated with Lauren Cohan on the single, "The Parting Glass". For her work on the show, she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2015.[13]

Kinney returned to the Law & Order franchise in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the role of Haley Cole.[5] She released her second extended play recording, Expired Love in 2013. It was re-released in 2014 with two additional tracks. In an interview with AMC, Kinney talks about the story of the album: 'Expired Love' is about my story. But I do think that with my acting career, my style seeps into my career a lot. My songs are similar to Tom Waits' in that they're little stories. Sometimes I write songs based on one word or feeling that keeps popping up for me. And I do feel like, because I've never played a character for so long, that it can't help but seep its way into things. It's like, maybe this is why a particular idea keeps coming up for me, because this is something that we keep dealing with on the show!"[14]

Kinney's new single, Rockstar, was released December 9, 2014.[15] Her new studio album 'This Is War', will be released in summer 2015. After Kinney's departure from The Walking Dead, she made guest appearances on several television shows including a starring role in the sixteenth episode of ABC's Forever titled "Memories of Murder"[16] as well as a co-starring spot in the eighteenth episode of The CW's The Flash titled "All-Star Team-Up".[17] Kinney starred in Train's music video "Bulletproof Picasso", which debuted January 23, 2015 on Youtube.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Kinney maintained a blog about her experiences in Hollywood,[20] in which she stated that she is a vegetarian.[21] She discontinued the blog in late 2012.[20] Kinney has a tattoo of a heart with a music note inside on her shoulder. She considers herself a chronic list-maker[22] and is addicted to coffee.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Aunt Tigress Gina Film debut
2009 It's Complicated Waitress Cameo appearance
2013 Concussion The Girl Character secondary
2015 Stages Herself Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot for Teacher Tamara Bailey TV short
The Gamekillers The Swarm TV special
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jeannie Richmonds Episode: "Contract"
2009 The Unusuals Amanda Maint Episode: "The Apology Line"
2010 The Good Wife Milla Burchfield Episode: "Bad Girls"
2011 The Big C Emily Episode: "Musical Chairs"
Episode: "Sexual Healing"
Episode: "Boo!"
2011–15 The Walking Dead Beth Greene Recurring role (Season 2-3; 24 episodes)
Main role (Season 4-5; 13 episodes)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Haley Cole Episode: "Hunting Ground"
2014 The Following Mallory Hodge Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2015 Forever Jennifer Schroeder Episode: "Memories of Murder"
The Flash Brie Larvan / Bug-Eyed Bandit Episode: "All Star Team Up"
The Knick N/A Season 2

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Spring Awakening Anna[24] Replacement for Anna
Understudy for Wendla
2009 August: Osage County Jean Fordham[24] National Tour of 2009

Discography[edit]

  • Blue Toothbrush (2011)
  • Expired Love (2013)
  • Expired Love (Re-release) (2014)
  • Rockstar (2014)
  • This Is War (2015)

Tours[edit]

  • This Is War Tour[25] (2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2015 The Walking Dead Saturn Awards - Best Supporting Actress Pending[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emily Kinney Biography". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Emily Kinney". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Emily Kinney". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Emily Kinney". whatculture.com/. What Culture. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Korbelik, Jeff (February 8, 2011). "NWU graduate enjoying TV, stage and music success". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Emily Kinney". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Emily Kinney". whatculture.com/. What Culture. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Emily Kinney". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Emily Kinney". whatculture.com/. What Culture. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Laurence Lau and Emily Kinney". Playbill. 
  11. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Emily Kinney". whatculture.com/. What Culture. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ Slezak, Michael (April 3, 2013). "The Walking Dead's Season 4 Cast – Tyreese, Sasha, Beth Upgraded To Series Regulars". TVLine. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/captain-america-the-walking-dead-lead-2015-saturn-awards-nominations
  14. ^ Rosenberg, Eli (March 9, 2013). "Q&A – Emily Kinney (Beth Greene)". AMC. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ Ross, Dalton (January 17, 2015). "Watch 'Walking Dead' star Emily Kinney in her new 'Rockstar' music video". Entertainment Weekly. 
  16. ^ "The Walking Dead's Emily Kinney Signs on For ABC's Forever". 
  17. ^ "'Walking Dead' Star Emily Kinney to Menace 'The Flash'". 
  18. ^ "Train". youtube.com. TrainVEVO. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  19. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Emily Kinney". whatculture.com/. What Culture. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Hansen, BreAna (February 9, 2013). "An Interview with The Walking Dead's Emily Kinney". The Daily Quirk. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Backstage Resources – Call Sheet Database for Agents, Casting Directors & More". Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Emily Kinney". tvguide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  23. ^ "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Emily Kinney". whatculture.com/. What Culture. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Emily Kinney Theatre Credits". Broadwayworld. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney Opens Fire On 2015 This Is War Tour". Popdust. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  26. ^ "The 41st Annual Saturn Awards Nominations 2015". Burbank, California: Saturn Awards. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 

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