|Jill Michele Meleán|
June 29, 1979 |
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Jill-Michele Meleán, “Jilly” was born and raised in Miami, Florida (aka Cuba). She declared at a young age that she wanted to be like Betty Davis, Joan Crawford and Benny Hill. Jilly started in Theatre and toured with The Coconut Grove Playhouse (which is the Broadway of Miami). In 2000, she moved Los Angeles and needed to be on stage. She took her natural comedic timing to the Standup Stage, headlining across the country while continuing her Acting career. After many years of hard work, she’s made a name for herself in the Comedy Television world with memorable performances on FOX’s “MadTV” and Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”. However, her first love is her dramatic acting career. As she continues her theatrical Film and Television career, she’ll never stop making people laugh.
Meleán joined the cast of MADtv in 2002, as a feature performer, for the seventh season. She was the third Hispanic MADtv cast member (The first was feature player Pablo Francisco, who is Chilean and the second was Cuban-born Nelson Ascencio in 1999) and the first Latin female to join the show. However, unlike Ascencio, it was not her portrayal of famous Latin stars that got her her big break on the show. Her first skit, a parody of Britney Spears' "Not a Girl" video (showing visual sexual metaphors), quickly gained her fans and notoriety. As a result, Meleán was promoted to repertory status for the following season.
While on MADtv, Britney Spears was not the only celebrity that Meleán lampooned. She also impersonated Kelly Osbourne, Jenna Bush, Asia Argento, Jennifer Lopez, and Drew Barrymore. Meleán also replaced Kathryn Fiore's character in the Kappa Kappa Kappa Sorority sisters sketch. Behind the scenes, Meleán bonded very well with the other cast members. In particular, Meleán was especially close to Debra Wilson who she said, on her first day, "she greeted me with open arms and made me feel part of the MADtv family."
Other entertainment projects
After leaving, she toured with Luke Torres and Carlos Oscar on the Latinos Locos tour and had a role in the film Hunting of Man (2003), which won an ALMA award. After her tour ended, Meleán made numerous television appearances on shows like The Parkers and she is the host of the documentary styled show, Inside Joke on SiTV.
Meleán has performed in Washington, D.C. for Congress and honorably interviewed congress members on-air for SiTV. Outside the world of comedy, Meleán served as the host of the 2006 Annual Latina conference in Ontario, California and she is active in numerous charity events.
Meleán's biggest role since leaving MADtv has been a recurring role on Comedy Central's Reno 911! as Deputy Garcia's sister, Maria Garcia. In the 2009 season of the series, with Deputy Garcia no longer on the show, she now plays Gloria, mistress to Mayor Hernandez (played by George Lopez).
- Meleán has a black belt in TaeKwonDo.
- Meleán has been featured in Latina magazine and has the 2005 May cover for Hispanic Lifestyle magazine.
- Meleán was engaged to actor/model Keith Collins in 2006-2008.
|2009||Reno 911:Miami||Jenna Bush||On the bonus scenes DVD|
|2009||Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen||Writer/Actress/Producer|
|2003||Hunting of Man||Ingrid|
|2007||'Til Death||Hockey Girl|
|2005||Reno 911!||Maria Garcia|
|2002–2003||MADtv||Various Characters||Sketch Comedy|
|2000||Manhattan, AZ||Miss Vega|
|2011||Big Time Rush||Sylvia Garcia, Carlos' Mom||Guest Star|