Mays at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards
|Born||Jamia Suzette Mays
July 16, 1979
Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||Radford University|
|Spouse(s)||Adam Campbell (m. 2007)|
Jamia Suzette "Jayma" Mays (born July 16, 1979) is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Emma Pillsbury on the Fox musical series Glee, her recurring role as Charlie Andrews on the NBC sci-fi serial Heroes, and for starring in the films Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Smurfs. From October 2013 until November 2014, she played the role of Debbie on the sitcom The Millers.
Mays was born in Bristol, Tennessee and raised in Grundy, Virginia, the daughter of Susan Paulette (née Norris) and James Edwin Mays, a high school teacher who also worked in the coal mining industry. At age 15, she was offered a job working on the local radio station reading the obituaries. After graduating from Grundy High School, she earned an associate's degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. Mays then attended Virginia Tech for a year before transferring to Radford University.
In 2004, she made her first television appearance on Joey. The following year, she made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Red Eye. Mays' other credits include Six Feet Under, Stacked, How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, Pushing Daisies, The Comeback, Entourage, Ghost Whisperer, and Ugly Betty.
Mays was in other movies, such as Bar Starz, Flags of Our Fathers and Blind Guy Driving. She starred in the spoof film Epic Movie and as Amy in Paul Blart: Mall Cop. She was a patient on House in the episode "Sleeping Dogs Lie" in 2006.
Mays has played the love interest of a character played by Masi Oka in two different roles: Charlie Andrews on Heroes and Nina in the direct-to-DVD film Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control. She has also been cast as a love interest twice for Glee co-star Matthew Morrison; in an unaired TV show called Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, where Mays landed the lead role and she starred as Emma Pillsbury on the Fox show Glee, which premiered on May 19, 2009. She was part of the main cast for the first three seasons, then was made a guest in seasons four, five, and six. In March 2010, Mays played the female lead in a live action/animation hybrid film version of The Smurfs. She is also cast as a character named "Charlie" twice: Charlie Andrews on Heroes; Charlotte, Henry Grubstick's ex-girlfriend on Ugly Betty. In August 2014, Mays helped to raise awareness of the disease ALS by participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge.
|2006||Blind Dating||Mandy||also known as "Blind Guy Driving"|
|Flags of Our Fathers||Nurse in Hawaii|
|2007||Smiley Face||Actress in Waiting Room|
|Epic Movie||Lucy||Main character|
|2008||Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control||Nina||Direct to video|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Amy Anderson||Main character|
|2011||The Smurfs||Grace Winslow|
|2013||The Smurfs 2|
|2013||Last Weekend||Blake Curtis|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||April Farnekowski|
|Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||Amy Anderson||Cameo|
|2017||American Made||Dana Sibota||Filming|
|2004||Joey||Molly||Episode: "Joey and the Party"|
|2005||The Comeback||Sales Girl||Episode: "Valerie Demands Dignity"|
|Six Feet Under||Donna||Episode: "The Rainbow of Her Reasons"|
|Stacked||Brenda||Episode: "Nobody Says I Love You"|
|2005, 2013||How I Met Your Mother||Coat Check Girl||2 episodes|
|2006||If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now||Sandra||Series pilot|
|30 Even Scarier Movie Moments||Herself||Miniseries|
|House||Hannah||Episode: "Sleeping Dogs Lie"|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Daphne||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Entourage||Jen||Episode: "Sorry, Ari"|
|2006–10||Heroes||Charlie Andrews||5 episodes|
|2007||Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office||Angela||Series pilot|
|2007–08||Ugly Betty||Charlie||8 episodes|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Jennifer Billings||Episode: "The Underneath"|
|Pushing Daisies||Elsita / Elsa||Episode: "Pigeon"|
|Drunk History||Annabelle||Episode: "Drunk History Vol. 2.5: Featuring Jack Black"|
|2008||Back to You||Shelley Ken||Episode: "Date Night"|
|2009–15||Glee||Emma Pillsbury||Main role (seasons 1–3); recurring (season 4–6); 61 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2012–14||The League||Trixie Von Stein||6 episodes|
|2013–15||The Millers||Debbie||Main character|
|2014||Drunk History||Abigail Adams||Episode: "Philadelphia"|
|2014–2015||Getting On||Suzi Sasso||4 episodes|
|2015–present||The Adventures of Puss in Boots||Dulcinea||Main character; voice role|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Jessica||2 episodes|
- Tennis, Joe (March 2, 2009). "Living A Hollywood Dream". Bristol Herald Courier, A! Magazine for the Arts. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
- Mays' family genealogy site, accessed August 19, 2014.
- Jayma Mays at the Internet Movie Database
- Kit, Borys (March 17, 2010). "Glee's Jayma Mays cast in 'Smurfs'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2010.