Mays at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards
|Born||Jamia Suzette Mays
July 16, 1979
Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||Radford University|
|Spouse(s)||Adam Campbell (m. 2007)|
Jamia Suzette Mays, better known as Jayma Mays (born July 16, 1979), 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. Since October 2013, she has been portraying the role of Debbie on the sitcom The Millers.
Mays was born in Bristol, Tennessee 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. Mays' interests as a child ranged from singing to mathematics. At the age of 15, Mays was offered a job working on the local radio station reading the obituaries. After graduating from Grundy High School, she earned an associate's degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. Mays then attended Virginia Tech for a year before transferring to Radford University.
In 2004, she made her first television appearance on Joey. The following year, she made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Red Eye. Mays's other credits include Six Feet Under, The Comeback, Entourage, Stacked, How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, Pushing Daisies where she played both Elsita and her mother Elsa in episode four, Ghost Whisperer, and Ugly Betty. Mays was 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.
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, where Mays landed the lead role and she stars as Emma Pillsbury on the Fox show Glee, which premiered on May 19, 2009. She was part of the main cast for the first three seasons, then was made a guest in seasons four and five. In March 2010, Mays played the female lead in a live action/animation hybrid film version of The Smurfs. She is also cast as a character named "Charlie" twice: Charlie Andrews on Heroes; Charlotte, Henry Grubstick's ex-girlfriend on Ugly Betty.
|2006||Blind Dating||Mandy||also known as "Blind Guy Driving"|
|Flags of Our Fathers||Nurse in Hawaii|
|2007||Smiley Face||Actress in Waiting Room|
|Epic Movie||Lucy||Main character|
|2008||Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control||Nina|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Amy Anderson||Main character|
|2011||The Smurfs||Grace Winslow||Main character|
|2013||The Smurfs 2|
|Last Weekend||Blake Curtis|
|2015||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||Amy Blart||Main character|
|2004||Joey||Molly||Episode: "Joey and the Party"|
|2005||Comeback, TheThe Comeback||Sales Girl||Episode: "Valerie Demands Dignity"|
|Six Feet Under||Donna||Episode: "The Rainbow of Her Reasons"|
|Stacked||Brenda||Episode: "Nobody Says I Love You"|
|How I Met Your Mother||Coat Check Girl||Episodes: "Okay Awesome",
"The Time Travelers"
|2006||If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now||Sandra||Series pilot|
|30 Even Scarier Movie Moments||Herself||Miniseries|
|House||Hannah||Episode: "Sleeping Dogs Lie"|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Daphne||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Entourage||Jen||Episode: "Sorry, Ari"|
|Heroes||Charlie Andrews||5 episodes|
|2007||Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office||Angela||Series pilot|
|2007–08||Ugly Betty||Charlie||8 episodes|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Jennifer Billings||Episode: "The Underneath"|
|Pushing Daisies||Elsita / Elsa||Episode: "Pigeon"|
|Drunk History||Annabelle||Episode: "Drunk History Vol. 2.5: Featuring Jack Black"|
|2008||Back to You||Shelley Ken||Episode: "Date Night"|
|2009–present||Glee||Emma Pillsbury||Main cast (seasons 1–3); recurring cast (seasons 4-present)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2012–13||The League||Trixie Von Stein||5 Episodes|
|The Millers||Debbie||Main character|
- Tennis, Joe (2009-03-02). "Living A Hollywood Dream". Bristol Herald Courier, A! Magazine for the Arts. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- Kit, Borys (17 March 2010). "Glee's Jayma Mays cast in 'Smurfs'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2010.