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Elizabeth Gillies
Elizabeth Gillies by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Gillies in July 2015
Born Elizabeth Egan Gillies
(1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 25)
Haworth, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Liz Gillies
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2005–present

Elizabeth Egan Gillies[1] (born July 26, 1993[2][3]), sometimes known as Liz Gillies, is an American actress and singer. She began her career in commercials.

Her first television appearance was in The Black Donnellys (2007). From 2010 to 2013, she played Jade West in the Nickelodeon series Victorious. She had a main role in the FX comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015–2016). Since 2017, Gillies has starred as Fallon Carrington in The CW's series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name.[4]

Gillies made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy.[5] She has also appeared in feature films, including the horror film Animal (2014) and the comedy film Vacation (2015).

Life and career[edit]

1993–2007: Early life and career[edit]

Gillies was born in Haworth, New Jersey. She has one younger brother, born 1996.[6] Gillies has stated that she is Irish and has an Italian grandmother and great-grandmother.[3][7]

Gillies' acting career began at age 12, when she started going to local open casting calls. She quickly began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile.[8]

Her first television role was as a recurring character in The Black Donnellys. She has stated that she was not allowed to watch the finished show in its entirety because her parents felt it was not appropriate for her at the time. She appeared in three episodes.

In 2008, she played small roles in The Clique, Harold, and Locker 514. That year she was also cast as Lucy in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical 13, alongside her future Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande. Later that year, 13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers.[9]

Gillies remained with the production until its closure on January 4, 2009.[10]

2010–2014: Breakthrough[edit]

The cast of Victorious at the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

In 2010, Gillies was cast as bad girl and occasional antagonist Jade West in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, a sitcom revolving around teenagers at a performing arts high school in Hollywood. This marked her second time working alongside 13 co-star Ariana Grande. Regarding her Victorious character, Gillies said "It's wonderful. I love playing Jade. I always say she's not so much the 'mean' girl, but the 'bad' girl in so many ways. She has a lot of human qualities to her – she's not just completely sociopathic. She's sweet with her boyfriend. It's nice to play a character with some depth."[11] The show premiered on March 27, 2010. During her time on Victorious, Gillies was featured in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious and Victorious 2.0, including "Give It Up" (duet with Ariana Grande), and "Take a Hint" (duet with Victoria Justice). She also wrote and recorded the song "You Don't Know Me" for an episode of Victorious,[12] and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0.[13][14]

She lent her talents to other Nickelodeon shows, voicing the character of Daphne on the animated series Winx Club and recording Winx Club's official song, "We Are Believix." She also appeared in an episode of Big Time Rush and as a contestant on BrainSurge and Figure It Out.

Beginning in 2012, Gillies began playing small guest roles outside Nickelodeon. Notable appearances include White Collar and The Exes. In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an alternative rock album.[15][16] Victorious ended on February 2, 2013, after four seasons. Following the cancellation of the series, Gillies took some time off from acting.

In 2013, she was cast as Courtney in the musical adaptation of Jawbreaker and participated in a reading of the show in Manhattan.[17] The musical did not end up being taken to Broadway. On December 10, 2013, Gillies recorded a duet with Ariana Grande called "Santa Baby" for Grande's Christmas EP Christmas Kisses.[18]

In 2014, Gillies appeared in the horror film Animal as Mandy and the Lifetime movie Killing Daddy, playing Callie Ross. Animal was filmed in the summer of 2013 in Manchester, Connecticut, and was produced by Drew Barrymore. The film also features Gillies' former Winx Club co-star Keke Palmer and was released on iTunes June 17, 2014.[19]

2015–present: Further acting[edit]

In 2015, Gillies was cast as Heather in the remake of Vacation. The film received a wide release on July 29, 2015. She was then cast in the comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll as Gigi, an aspiring singer and daughter of a former rock star named Johnny Rock (portrayed by the show's creator Denis Leary).[20] The show premiered July 16, 2015 to mixed reviews, but Gillies' performance as Gigi was well received. The show ran for two seasons, with the second-season finale airing on September 1, 2016. On September 9, 2016, FX declined to renew the show for a third season, effectively canceling the series.[21]

In 2017, Gillies was cast as Fallon Carrington in The CW television series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name.[4][22][23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor
2008 The Clique Shelby Wexler Direct-to-video film
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Eradicator folks Short film
2012 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Daphne Voice role (English dub)
2014 Animal Mandy
2015 Vacation Heather
2018 Arizona Kelsey [24]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Black Donnellys Young Jenny 3 episodes
2009 The Battery's Down Bat Mitzvah guest Episode: "Bad Bad News"
2010–2013 Victorious Jade West Main role
2011 iCarly Jade West Crossover special: "iParty with Victorious"
2011 Big Time Rush Heather Fox Episode: "Big Time Secret"
2011–2015 Winx Club Daphne Voice role; 24 episodes
2012 White Collar Chloe Woods Episode: "Upper West Side Story"
2013 The Exes Tracy Cooper Episode: "Prelude to a Kiss"
2014 Sam & Cat Jade West Episode: "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie"
2014 Killing Daddy Callie Ross Television film
2015–2016 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Gigi Main role
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Singer Voice role; episode: "The Penguin Who Loved Me"
2017–present Dynasty Fallon Carrington Main role
2018 Robot Chicken N/A Voice role; episode: "Gimme That Chocolate Milk"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 "Freak the Freak Out" Victoria Justice
2011 "Beggin' on Your Knees" Victoria Justice
2011 "All I Want Is Everything" Victoria Justice
2011 "Take a Hint" Victoria Justice and herself
2011 "Time in the Day" Mikey Deleasa
2012 "Time of Our Life" Big Time Rush
2012 "Make It in America" Victoria Justice
2012 "We Are Believix" Herself
2012 "You Don't Know Me" Herself
2013 "Right There" Ariana Grande
2015 "Die Trying" Herself
2016 "Bang Bang" Herself

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 13 Lucy Original Broadway cast
2013 Jawbreaker: The Musical Courtney Workshop reading

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brantley, Ben (October 6, 2008). "Stranger in Strange Land: The Acne Years". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth [@LizGillies] (July 25, 2011). "Enjoying the last few hours of my childhood! Tomorrow I am a legal adult!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ a b Zutter, Natalie (March 13, 2011). "Interview: Broadway Star and 'Victorious' Mean Girl Elizabeth Gillies Couldn't Handle Bieber Fans". Alloy. Retrieved August 21, 2018. But my Italian grandmother and great-grandmother weren't having any of it; they have their traditional Italian meal, and I had to watch this gorgeous food be consumed by my family. Lasagna, meatballs, and I'm just sitting there... 
  4. ^ a b Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 10, 2017). "CW's Dynasty Reboot Casts Elizabeth Gillies in Starring Role". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "13 A New Musical Announces Its Teenage Cast and Band". Broadwayworld.com. August 14, 2008. 
  6. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth [@LizGillies] (April 23, 2016). "My platinum blonde, bowl-cut-haired little brother is now a fully grown TWENTY YEAR OLD MAN. Can't believe it. Happy Bday @GeorgeGillies3 :)" (Tweet). Retrieved January 22, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth [@LizGillies] (March 17, 2015). "I'm Irish AF btw" (Tweet). Retrieved June 11, 2018 – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ Rohan, Virginia (July 20, 2011). "TV Mean Girl: Haworth's Elizabeth Gillies talks iParty with Victorious". Bergen.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2015. Elizabeth Gillies is not a diva. She just plays one on TV. The Haworth teen is nothing but charming as she chats on the phone about Jade, the gifted character with attitude she plays on Nickelodeon's Victorious. 
  9. ^ "13, A New Musical Announces Its Teenage Cast and Band". Broadway World. August 14, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Gans, A.; Jones, K. (November 21, 2008). "New Musical 13 to Close on Broadway in January 2009". Playbill. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ Orenstein, H. (July 27, 2012). "Elizabeth Gillies, 'Victorious' Star, On Playing The Bad Girl And Being The Nice Girl". HuffPost. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ Mulvaney, Nicole. "J-14 Exclusive: Liz Gillies Talks the End of 'Victorious' and New Music". J-14.com. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Victorious 3.0 Track List". Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gillies, Liz [@LizGillies] (October 16, 2012). "Everyone make sure to pre-order the Victorious3.0 soundtrack! Excited to have a song I wrote on there" (Tweet). Retrieved October 16, 2012 – via Twitter. 
  15. ^ Gillies, Liz [@LizGillies] (March 6, 2012). "@LizGOnline I know! I've been crazy busy writing original music so I haven't had any time do covers, but I promise I'll do one very soon :)" (Tweet). Retrieved July 27, 2012 – via Twitter. 
  16. ^ Orenstein, Hannah (July 27, 2012). "Liz Gillies Interview". HuffPost. 
  17. ^ Gans, A. (September 26, 2013). "MadBromance Productions hosts a 29-hour reading of Jawbreaker: The Musical, based on the 1999 film "Jawbreaker," Sept. 26–27 at 3 PM in Manhattan". Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  18. ^ Boardman, Madeline (December 10, 2013). "Ariana Grande Does 'Santa Baby' With Liz Gillies". HuffPost. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  19. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 25, 2013). "Drew Barrymore's 'Animal' Sets Ensemble Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ Patten, Dominic (June 30, 2014). "FX Orders Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. 
  21. ^ Ausiello, M. (September 9, 2016). "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Cancelled at FX". TVLine. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (February 10, 2017). "Elizabeth Gillies Joins The CW's Dynasty Reboot; William Miller Cast In Searchers". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  23. ^ Holloway, Daniel (May 10, 2017). "Dynasty Reboot, Military Drama Valor Land Series Orders at CW". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  24. ^ https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/arizona-review-1202679212/

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