Jenn Proske

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Jenn Proske
Born (1987-08-08) August 8, 1987 (age 27)[1][2]
Toronto, Canada
Years active 2008–present
Spouse(s) Stephen Schneider (m. 2013)
Website
www.jennproske.com

Jennifer "Jenn" Proske (pronounced /ˈprɒsk/,[3] born August 8, 1987) is a Canadian American actress, best known for portraying Becca Crane in Vampires Suck.

Early life[edit]

Jenn Proske was born in Toronto, Canada, to an American ex-professional dancer and a Canadian advertising creative director[4][5][6] born in Slovenia,[7] who owns a sandwich shop.[8] She has a younger sister named Becca.[9][10][11] Her family moved to Orange County, California when she was four. There she became involved in stage shows for children: at six, she portrayed Ticklish the Dwarf in a new version of Snow White.[9] She kept on acting while attending Tesoro High School.[12] She spent six months in Australia studying and working at the Sydney Theatre Company, led by Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton. In May 2009 she graduated cum laude[13] in Acting and Theatre Arts from the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Then, she left her job as a floral designer[3] at the Saint Regis resort of Orange County[14] and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress.[6][8]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Proske was engaged to actor Stephen Schneider. The wedding took place on May 26, 2013.[15]

Career[edit]

After acting in several shows while in high school and college, Proske was hired for her first professional role in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, in 2008. She portrayed Shelby. In 2009, she portrayed Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Mysterium Theater of Santa Ana and had the role of Mariah in an Off-Broadway production of Pope Joan.

She was hired for her first movie role in 2010, as Becca Crane — a parody of Bella Swan from the Twilight saga— in Vampires Suck. She had originally been called for the role of Iris, the parody of Alice Cullen.[16] Vampires Suck received almost universally negative reviews,[17] but Proske's performance was praised by several critics.[18][19][20]

In 2011 she joined the short film The Infamous Exploits of Jack West and the pilot of the TV series Home Game.[21] In November, she was Serena, the raped daughter of a senator, in the eight and ninth episodes of the eight season of CSI: NY.[22][23]

In 2012, she was hired for the roles of Beth in the TV series House of Lies,[24] of Dina Van Cleve in the TV movie Sexting in Suburbia, directed by John Stimpson,[25] and of Meghan Weller, a stage actress, in the episode Theatre Tricks of the thirteenth season of Law & Order: SVU.[26] She also portrayed Amanda Martino in the second episode of Major Crimes. In August, she filmed the fourth episode of The CW series Beauty & the Beast.[27]

In 2013, Proske will portray Abby, an East Coast girl who falls in love with FBI Special Agent Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit), in the TV series Graceland.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Vampires Suck Becca Crane Featured movie, lead role
2011 The Infamous Exploits of Jack West Cambria West Short
2011 Home Game Tess TV series, unaired pilot
2011 CSI: NY Serena Matthews TV series, guest
Episodes 8x08-8x09
2012 House of Lies Beth TV series, guest
Episode 1x08, "Veritas"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Meghan Weller TV series, guest
Episode 13x11, "Theatre Tricks"
2012 Sexting in Suburbia Dina Van Cleve TV movie
2012 Major Crimes Amanda Martino TV series, guest
Episode 1x02, "Before and After"
2012 Beauty & the Beast Clarissa Withworth TV series, guest
Episode 1x04, "Basic Instinct"
2013 Graceland Abby TV series, recurring role
2014 Rizzoli & Isles Lily Green TV series, guest
Episode 5x02, "...Goodbye"

Theatre[edit]

Theatre
Year Title Role Theatre
2003 Stage Door Terry Randall Tesoro High School theatre[29]
2004 Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice Tesoro High School theatre[30]
- Aurora Borealis Choreographer, dancer Boston University theatre
- In This Body Lead Ensemble Piven Theatre, Chicago[31]
2008 Lizzie Stranton Gertrude Boston University theatre[32]
2008 Steel Magnolias Shelby Huntington Beach Playhouse[33]
2009 A Midsummer Night's Dream The Girl Mysterium Theater, Santa Ana[34]
2009 Pope Joan Mariah Off-Broadway[35]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Beverly Hills Film and TV Festival Best New Actress[8] Vampires Suck Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jenn Proske@Twitter - Birthday post". 8 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jenn Proske@Twitter - My 25th birthday is in a few months". 18 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Introducing Jenn Proske From Vampires Suck". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Jenn Proske". Savvy Magazine. November 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2011. Both of my parents are very artsy. My mom was a professional dancer and my dad is an artist. 
  5. ^ "Meet the new Bella Jenn Proske". Eliza. Retrieved 3 October 2011. Her father an artist, her mother a dancer. 
  6. ^ a b Spangler, Donna. "Jenn Proske: Luck of the Draw". Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jenn Proske: Slovenian Spokeswoman". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Jenn Proske Bio". Official website. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Jenn Proske: Fun Facts". 
  10. ^ "Jenn Proske@Twitter - Off to help my sister with her math homework". 16 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jenn Proske@Twitter - Happy birthday, Becca". 4 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tesoro Alumn Jenn Proske - Celebrates Blu-ray & DVD Release Of Her Summer Hit Comedy Vampires Suck!". "Tesoro High School" website. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jenn Proske Resume". Official website. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jenn Proske: Flower Girl". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "JENN PROSKE and STEPHEN SCHNEIDER Wedding". Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Riding Twilight". 14 August 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Vampires Suck Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  18. ^ Persall, Steve (August 19, 2010). "Review: 'Vampires Suck' aims stake at heart of 'Twilight' fans". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  19. ^ Scheck, Frank (August 18, 2010). "Vampires Suck -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  20. ^ Rabin, Nathan (August 18, 2010). "Vampires Suck". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Jenn Proske lands lead role on CBS’s HOME GAME". 9 March 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "CSI: NY - Season 8 - Casting News - Jeffrey Nordling to Guest". 21 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "CSI: NY Exclusive: Michael Weston to Play Jo's Former Partner". 29 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "Sceneami: What Are You Watching? - House of Lies". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Sexting in Suburbia". Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "Law & Order SVU "Theatre Tricks" Recap & Review". 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  27. ^ "Jenn Proske books BEAUTY & THE BEAST on CW!". August 29, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  28. ^ Drusilla Moorhouse (9 November 2012). ""Graceland" casting scoop: Jenn Proske and Chris Redman guesting on upcoming USA drama". Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  29. ^ "Tesoro Theatre Arts - 2003/2004". Retrieved 21 July 2011.  Via Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ "Tesoro Theatre Arts - 2004/2005". Retrieved 21 July 2011.  Via Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ "Piven Theatre Performance Lab". Piven Theatre Official website. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  32. ^ "The Boston University School of Theatre presents Lizzie Stranton by Lydia R. Diamond". BU website. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  33. ^ "Steel Magnolias By Robert Harling". 17 April 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  34. ^ "Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from Mysterium". Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  35. ^ "Pope Joan Tickets and Information". Retrieved 24 July 2011. 

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