Jasmine Cephas Jones

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Jasmine Cephas Jones
Jasmine Cephas Jones.jpg
Jones in 2021
Born (1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 33)[1][2]
London, United Kingdom
EducationBerklee College of Music
Occupations
  • Actress
  • Singer
  • Producer
Years active2013–present
Parent

Jasmine Cephas Jones (born July 21, 1989) is an American-British actress, singer, and producer, who originated the dual roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the Broadway stage musical Hamilton.[3] In 2020, Cephas Jones won a Primetime Emmy for portraying Tyisha in #freerayshawn.

Early life[edit]

Jones is the daughter of actor Ron Cephas Jones[4] and British-born rock and roll singer Kim Lesley. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and Berklee College of Music,[5] and graduated from Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 2011.[6] Jones was born in London, England[7] but grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, where she still lived as of 2015.[1]

Career[edit]

Jones has made small appearances in multiple independent films, including Titus (2013) and Fairfield (2014). She has also appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods, Unforgettable,[8] and Mrs. Fletcher.

In 2015, she originated the roles of Maria Reynolds and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer in the original Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. When the show moved to Broadway, she continued in those roles, and remained with that production until December 8, 2016.[9] In 2016, she won a Grammy Award for her work as one of the principal soloists on the Hamilton cast album.[10] Jasmine has solos in 'Schuyler Sisters' and 'Say No To This'.

At Super Bowl LI, she, along with fellow Hamilton stars Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo, sang "America the Beautiful".[11]

Jones also appears in the 2015 film Mistress America,[12] the 2018 film Dog Days, and the critically acclaimed 2018 film Blindspotting. In 2020, she appeared as a secondary character in the short series #Freerayshawn, winning an Emmy for her performance as Tyisha. Jones' 2020 Emmy win made history both alongside her father Ron Cephas Jones for being the first father-daughter duo to win Emmy Awards in the same year, and as the first-ever Black woman to win in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category.[13]

Following the positive response to the Blindspotting film, cable and streaming network STARZ along with Lionsgate Television, Snoot Entertainment, and Dreams With Friends Inc., ordered a spin-off series following the events of the film.[14] The series had Jones set to lead the cast, reviving her role as Ashley for the series as it surrounds her character. The series also had Jones set to serve as producer for the season, awarding her a first producing credit.[15] Blindspotting (TV) premiered on June 13, 2021 and was renewed for a second season by STARZ on October 14, 2021.[16]

On July 13, 2021, Jones and her father Ron Cephas Jones announced the 2021 Primetime Emmy nominees on behalf of the Television Academy.[17] On October 25, 2021, it was announced that Jones had signed with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) Representation.[18]

Personal life[edit]

On December 24, 2018, Cephas Jones became engaged to fellow Hamilton original Broadway cast member Anthony Ramos, whom she met and began dating in 2014 during rehearsals for the original, Off-Broadway, production of Hamilton at The Public Theatre.[19] It was reported that the couple split in November 2021.[20]

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Role Type
2014 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Kenisha Off-Broadway
2015 Hamilton Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds
2015–2016 Broadway
2019 Cyrano Roxanne Off-Broadway
Jones attending the 74th Tony Awards in New York City.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2013 Titus Jessica
2014 Fairfield Lindsey
2015 Mistress America Nicolette
2018 Blindspotting Ashley
Monsters and Men Marisol Ortega
Dog Days Lola
2019 Marriage Story Theater Actor
2020 The Photograph Rachel Miller
Hamilton Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds
Honest Thief Beth Hall
2022 Erax Auntie Opal
TBA Caste

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Other Credits
2013 Blue Bloods Shania Costa Season 4 Episode 8: "Justice Served"
2014 Unforgettable Ellen Season 2 Episode 11: "East of Islip"
2016 Odd Mom Out TKTS Seller Season 2 Episode 3: "Hamming It Up"
2017 Girls Shopgirl Season 6 Episodes 6 & 7: "Full Disclosure", "The Bounce"
2018 Midnight, Texas Addie Wigget Season 2 Episodes 8 & 9: “Patience is a Virtue”, “Yasss, Queen”
2019 Mrs. Fletcher Chloe 5 episodes
2020 #FreeRayshawn Tyisha 15 episodes
2021 Blindspotting Ashley Rose 8 episodes Producer

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2019 "Mind Over Matter" Anthony Ramos
2019 "Moonlight" Jasmine Cephas Jones
2020 "Little Bird" Jasmine Cephas Jones

Discography[edit]

Jones performing at the Million Man Mosh in 2012

Extended plays[edit]

Title Year
Blue Bird 2020

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album/EP
"Moonlight" 2019 Blue Bird
"Wild Thing" 2020
"Little Bird"
"Wild Thing Remix ft. Daveed Diggs" 2021 Non-Album Single

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Freedom" 2018 Anthony Ramos, Broken Luxury The Freedom EP
"What's Going On" 2020 Devon Gilfillian What's Going On

Soundtrack and Cast album appearances[edit]

Album Year Role
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 2015 Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds
Blindspotting (Music from the STARZ Original Series, Season 1) 2021 Ashley Rose

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Date of ceremony Category Work Result Ref(s)
2016 Broadway.com Audience Awards May 10, 2016 Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical Hamilton Nominated [21]
Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Grammy Awards February 15, 2016 Best Musical Theater Album Won [10]
2019 Imagen Awards August 10, 2019 Best Actress – Feature Film Monsters and Men Nominated [22]
2020 Antonyo Awards June 19, 2020 Best Featured Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway Cyrano Won [23]
Primetime Emmy Awards September 17, 2020 Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series #FreeRayshawn Won [24]
2021 NAACP Image Awards March 27, 2021 Outstanding Performance in a Short-Form Series Nominated [25]
Women's Image Awards October 14, 2021 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Blindspotting Nominated [26]
Film Independent Spirit Awards March 6, 2022 Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series Nominated [27]
2022 NAMIC Vision Awards April 27, 2022 Best Performance – Comedy Nominated [28]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards August 14, 2022 Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy Nominated [29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Kathy (September 3, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton". Broadway Buzz. Broadway.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Jasmine Cephas Jones [@JasCephasJones] (July 21, 2015). "Sang some Stevie wonder with my momma on my Birthday for the #ham4ham lotto! #bestbirthdayever @HamiltonMusical" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Mistress America: Jasmine Cephas-Jones on Her Character. The New York Times (video). August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.[dead link]
  4. ^ Morales, Wilson (August 11, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Talks Noah Baumbach's Mistress America & Broadway's Hamilton". Black Film. Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hamilton's Helpers | Berklee". www.berklee.edu. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "Bravo to Mackenzie Davis and Jasmine Cephas Jones, NP Class of 2011!". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (June 11, 2021). "Jasmine Cephas Jones: 'We don't see female perspective enough'". inews.co.uk. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  8. ^ "Unforgettable" East of Islip (TV Episode 2014) - IMDb, retrieved September 30, 2021
  9. ^ Schulman, Michael (August 6, 2015). "The Women of Hamilton". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "58th Annual Grammy Awards". The Recording Academy. November 28, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Lee, Ashley (January 27, 2017). "Super Bowl: Hamilton Stars to Perform". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Brody, Richard (August 24, 2015). "Mistress America and the Art of Making a Living as an Artist". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "The (Shockingly Short) List of Black Women Who Have Won Primetime Emmy Awards". Essence. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (September 10, 2020). "'Blindspotting' Series Based on Movie a Go at Starz". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  15. ^ LeGardye, Quinci (July 26, 2021). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Shows Her True Star Power in 'Blindspotting'". Elle. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  16. ^ Porter, Rick (October 14, 2021). "'Blindspotting' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  17. ^ "73rd Emmy Nominations Announcement". Television Academy. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  18. ^ Cordero, Rosy (October 25, 2021). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Signs With CAA". Deadline. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  19. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy. "A Hamilton Love Story: Anthony Ramos & Jasmine Cephas Jones Are Engaged". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  20. ^ Fernández, Alexia (November 30, 2021). "Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones End Their Engagement After 6 Years Together: Source". people.com. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  21. ^ "Vote Now! Hamilton Breaks Record for Most Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations". Broadway.com. April 26, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  22. ^ "Nominations Announced for the 34th Annual Imagen Awards". Imagen Foundation. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  23. ^ Appler, Michael (June 20, 2020). "Audra McDonald, LaChanze & Celia Rose Gooding Win at Broadway Black's Inaugural Antonyo Awards". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  24. ^ "Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series Nominees / Winners 2020". Television Academy. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  25. ^ "2021 Nominees". NAACP Image Awards. Archived from the original on February 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  26. ^ "The WIN Awards – 23 Winners Nomis". The WIN Awards. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  27. ^ "These are the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees". Film Independent. December 14, 2021. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  28. ^ "NAMIC Vision Awards » NAMIC » Multi-ethnic Diversity in the Communications Industry". NAMIC. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  29. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (July 7, 2022). "'This Is Us,' 'Succession,' 'Severance' Lead 2022 HCA TV Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2022.

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