Mays at the 67th Golden Globe Awards
Jamia Suzette Mays|
July 16, 1979
Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||Radford University|
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. Since March 2017 she has been starring as prosecutor Carol Anne Keane in the NBC sitcom Trial & Error.
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 degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. Mays then attended Virginia Tech for a year before transferring to Radford University.
In 2004, Mays 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 appeared 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, and as mysophobic guidance counsellor Emma Pillsbury on the Fox show Glee, which premiered on May 19, 2009. She was part of the main cast of Glee for the first three seasons, then was made a guest star in seasons four, five, and six. She has also performed musical numbers on Glee including her solo performance of "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" from The Rocky Horror Show during the themed episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"; which was also the song she had sung for her audition for the role. In March 2010, Mays played Grace Winslow, the female lead in the live-action/animated film adaptation of The Smurfs. She also played the role of 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. She also appeared in the music video for Switchfoot's single "Awakening".
|2006||Blind Dating||Mandy||also known as Blind Guy Driving|
|Flags of Our Fathers||Nurse in Hawaii|
|2007||Smiley Face||Actress in Waiting Room|
|2008||Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control||Nina|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Amy Anderson|
|2011||The Smurfs||Grace Winslow|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Grace Winslow|
|2013||Last Weekend||Blake Curtis|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||April Farnekowski|
|2017||American Made||Dana Sibota|
|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||Unsold television 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"|
|2006–2010||Heroes||Charlie Andrews||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2007||Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office||Angela||Unsold television pilot|
|2007–2008||Ugly Betty||Charlie||Recurring role; 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"|
|2009–2015||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
|2012–2014||The League||Trixie Von Stein||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2013–2015||The Millers||Debbie||Main role; 34 episodes|
|2014, 2018||Drunk History||Various||2 episodes|
|2014–2015||Getting On||Suzi Sasso||4 episodes|
|2015–2018||The Adventures of Puss in Boots||Dulcinea||Main role; 52 episodes; voice role|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Jessica||2 episodes|
|2017–present||Trial & Error||Carol Anne Keane||Main role; 13 episodes|
|2018||Great News||Cat||Episode: "Catfight"|
- 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[permanent dead link], accessed August 19, 2014.
- Jayma Mays on IMDb
- Kit, Borys (March 17, 2010). "Glee's Jayma Mays cast in 'Smurfs'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2010.