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Jane Levy
Jane Levy WonderCon 2013.jpg
Levy at the 2013 WonderCon
Born (1989-12-29) December 29, 1989 (age 31)
Alma materStella Adler Studio of Acting
OccupationActress
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)
Jaime Freitas
(m. 2011; div. 2013)

Jane Colburn Levy (/ˈlvi/ LEE-vee;[1] born (1989-12-29)December 29, 1989)[2] is an American actress.

She currently stars in the titular role of Zoey Clarke in the NBC Primetime Emmy Award winning musical dramedy Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[3] Levy learned how to sing and dance for the role. [4]

She rose to prominence portraying the lead role on the television series Suburgatory before earning further recognition for her roles in Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, both directed by Fede Álvarez.

Born in Los Angeles, Levy was raised in northern California, and attended Goucher College for one year before dropping out and enrolling at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to pursue a career in acting. She made her screen debut in a recurring role on the series Shameless in 2011. She was subsequently cast as Tessa Altman in Suburgatory in 2012, in which she starred through its 2014 cancellation.

Levy made her feature film debut in Nobody Walks (2011) and had a supporting role in the comedy Fun Size (2012) before being cast in the lead of Fede Álvarez's Evil Dead (2013), a reboot of the 1981 film. She then appeared in the drama About Alex (2014), before reuniting with Álvarez for his second feature, the thriller Don't Breathe (2016). Her roles in Evil Dead and Don't Breathe have since earned her scream queen status.[5]

She has since starred in the comedy I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017), and the horror comedy film Office Uprising (2018). In 2018, Levy starred as Diane "Jackie" Torrance on the Hulu horror series Castle Rock. She was subsequently cast in a lead role on the Netflix thriller series What/If in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Jane Colburn Levy was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Mary Tilbury, an artist and florist, and Lester Levy, a mediator. When Levy was an infant, her family relocated from Los Angeles to northern California, settling in the city of San Anselmo, where she was raised.[6] Her father is Jewish, whereas her mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.[7] Levy attended Sir Francis Drake High School, where she was on the hip hop dancing team and was captain of the soccer team; she began playing soccer at age five.[8]

Levy attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland for one year, where she played on the Division III varsity women's soccer team.[8] She subsequently transferred to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City where she graduated from the Conservatory.[9]

Career[edit]

2010–2015[edit]

Levy in 2013

Levy moved to Los Angeles after two years in New York City.[10] She played the recurring character Mandy Milkovich, her first TV role, during the first season of the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless in early 2011. In March 2011, she landed the first lead role of her career on the sitcom Suburgatory, with Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines, forcing Emma Greenwell to replace Levy in her Shameless role for season 2 onward.[11][12] On May 9, 2014, Suburgatory was canceled by ABC after three seasons.

Levy was named by both TV Guide and TheInsider.com as one of the breakout stars of 2011,[13][14] and was included on the top eleven list of funniest women compiled by AOL.[15] Forbes named her as one of the handful of entertainment stars on their list of 30 under 30 who are "reinventing the world" (a list of the brightest stars of the future).[16][17] Noting that Suburgatory was "one of the big hits of the new [TV] season" and that Levy would be seen in two upcoming films, Forbes called her "one to watch".[18]

Levy appeared in two films in 2012, Fun Size, the first feature from Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz, and Nobody Walks directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Lena Dunham.[19] Levy later starred in the 2013 remake of the horror classic The Evil Dead,[20] as the drug-dependent Mia, replacing Lily Collins, who had originally been cast.[21] The following year, she starred in two independent films, About Alex and Bang Bang Baby.[22][23] In 2015, Levy co-starred opposite Rene Russo and Oliver Platt in Frank and Cindy.[24]

2016–present[edit]

In 2016, Levy teamed up again with Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez, starring in horror film Don't Breathe, which tells the story of three friends breaking into the house of a wealthy blind man.[25] A sleeper hit, Don't Breathe received critical acclaim[26] and grossed over $156 million.[27] That same year, she starred with Lucas Till in Monster Trucks, Paramount Animation's first live-action/CGI film, directed by Ice Age's Chris Wedge.[28][29]

In 2017, Levy appeared as Dez in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore directed by Macon Blair,[30] and as Elizabeth in an episode of Showtime series Twin Peaks.[31] In November 2017, Levy starred in Hulu's There's...Johnny! as Joy Greenfield, the female lead.[32] That year Levy also co-starred with Glenn Close in the Amazon pilot Sea Oak, written by George Saunders and directed by Hiro Murai.[33]

In 2018, Levy appeared in Sony Crackle's zombie comedy Office Uprising,[34] and starred as Jackie Torrance, niece of Stephen King's Jack Torrance, in Hulu's critically acclaimed Castle Rock, also inspired by King's work.[35][36] Levy starred in Mike Kelley's Netflix thriller miniseries What/If alongside Renée Zellweger and Blake Jenner.[37] She appeared in James Franco's romantic drama The Pretenders as Catherine, the female lead.[38] Since 2020, she has starred as the titular character in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist from NBC, now in its second season.[39]

Personal life[edit]

On March 3, 2011, Levy married actor Jaime Freitas. According to court documents, the couple separated on October 31, 2011. In April 2013, Levy filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[40][41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
2012 Nobody Walks Caroline Ry Russo-Young [42]
2012 Fun Size April Martin-Danzinger-Ross Josh Schwartz [42]
2013 Evil Dead Mia Allen Fede Álvarez [42]
2014 About Alex Kate Jesse Zwick [42]
2014 Bang Bang Baby Stepphy Holiday Jeffrey St. Jules [42]
2015 Nicholas & Hillary Hillary Elizabeth Orr Short film [43]
2015 Here Now Mel Gregg Araki Short film [44]
2015 Frank and Cindy Kate G.J. Echternkamp [42]
2016 Don't Breathe Rocky Fede Álvarez [42]
2016 Monster Trucks Meredith Chris Wedge [42]
2017 I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Dez Macon Blair [42]
2018 Office Uprising Samantha Lin Oeding [45]
2018 The Pretenders Catherine James Franco [42]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Shameless Mandy Milkovich 5 episodes [46]
2011–2014 Suburgatory Tessa Altman Main role; 57 episodes [47]
2014 Kroll Show Madison Episode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown" [48]
2016 Swedish Dicks Taylor Slow / Ruth Episode: "Episode 5" [49]
2017 Twin Peaks Elizabeth Episode: "Part 5" [50]
2017 Sea Oak Min Television film [51]
2017 There's... Johnny! Joy Greenfield Main cast; 7 episodes [47]
2018 Castle Rock Diane "Jackie" Torrance Main cast; 10 episodes [47]
2019 What/If Lisa Donovan Main role; 10 episodes [47]
2020–present Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Zoey Clarke Main role [52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levy says her own name near the end of an interview on Today, broadcast on January 4, 2021. Asked about any relationship to the actors Dan and Eugene Levy, she says "My last name is LEE-vee, theirs is LEV-ee; unfortunately, we're not related."
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