Jessica Stroup

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Jessica Stroup
Jessica Stroup SDCC 2014.jpg
Stroup at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born Jessica Leigh Stroup
(1986-10-23) October 23, 1986 (age 29)
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2005–present

Jessica Leigh Stroup (born October 23, 1986) is an American actress and comedian, best known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210 and Max Hardy on The Following. She is regarded as a scream queen for starring in the horror films Prom Night, Vampire Bats, Left in Darkness, and The Hills Have Eyes 2.

Early life[edit]

Stroup was born in Anderson, South Carolina to Judith and Don Stroup, a senior vice president at Wachovia.[1] She spent her childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Providence High School in 2004. Stroup received a full scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, but declined in order to pursue an acting career.


Stroup's first acting role was a guest appearance on Unfabulous. Stroup has since appeared in a number of TV shows, such as Grey's Anatomy, October Road, and True Blood. In 2007, Stroup appeared in 4 episodes of Reaper, in which she played the protagonist's ex-girlfriend. She appeared in a number of small independent movie productions, such as Left in Darkness, Pray for Morning, Vampire Bats, and Southern Comfort.

In March 2007, Stroup starred as the female lead in The Hills Have Eyes 2. Stroup played the role of a national guard named Amber who fights for survival with her peers against a group of mutant people. The film was a fast-forward sequel to The Hills Have Eyes a remake of the 1977 movie of the same name. Despite negative reviews from critics the film went on to gross over $67 million worldwide. That same year Jessica had a supporting role in This Christmas.

In April 2008, Stroup was cast as a series regular on 90210, a reboot of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series Beverly Hills, 90210. Stroup played the role of high school student Erin Silver, the younger sister of David Silver and Kelly Taylor from Beverly Hills, 90210. The pilot premiered on September 2, 2008 to a high 4.65 million viewers despite mixed reviews from critics. In 2010 Stroup was awarded the "Sparkling Performance" award at the Young Hollywood Awards.

Also in April 2008, Stroup played the role of Claire in Screen Gems remake Prom Night. In December 2007, announced that Stroup was cast in another horror film titled Homecoming, which follows a young woman being kidnapped by her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. Despite the film completing production in February 2008, it was not released until July 2009 for a limited release in selected cinemas.[2] In 2008, Stroup played Rachel in the ensemble film The Informers.

In 2011, Stroup guest-appeared on Family Guy, in which she voiced a number of characters over the course of two episodes. Stroup reunited with Seth MacFarlane in his directorial debut Ted, in which she played Tracy, Lori's (played by Mila Kunis) friend at work.

On August 20, 2013 it was announced that Stroup would join The Following in season 2 as a series regular. Her character, Max, is "the niece of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). She’s an NYPD cop, currently working in the Intel Division. Max reconnects with Ryan and she becomes a valuable ally."[3]

Personal life[edit]

Stroup currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[4] Jessica dated former 90210 co-star Dustin Milligan from July 2008 to August 2010.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Vampire Bats Eden Television film
2006 Pray for Morning Ashley
2006 Left in Darkness Justine Direct-to-video
2006 School for Scoundrels Eli's wife
2006 Broken Sara
2007 Hills Have Eyes 2, TheThe Hills Have Eyes 2 Amber
2007 This Christmas Sandi Whitfield
2007 Structure H Telepathic Allie Short film
2008 Prom Night Claire
2008 Informers, TheThe Informers Rachel
2009 Homecoming Elizabeth Mitchum
2012 Ted Tracy
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Unfabulous Fredericka Episode: "The Road Trip"
2006 Southern Comfort Lindy Unsold Fox pilot
2006 Girlfriends Riley Episode: "Oh, Hell Yes: The Seminar"
2006 Zoey 101 Girl Episode: "Lola Likes Chase"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Jillian Miller Episode: "Great Expectations"
2007–08 Reaper Cady Hanson 4 episodes
2007 October Road Taylor Episode: "Once Around the Block"
2008–13 90210 Erin Silver Main cast; 114 episodes
2008 True Blood Sorority girl Kelly Episode: "Strange Love"
2011–13 Family Guy Crowd member (voice)
Episode: "Friends of Peter G."
2 episodes
2014–15 The Following Max Hardy Main cast; 28 episodes


  1. ^ Aarthun, Sarah (2008-09-08). "From Q.C. to ‘90210' | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper". Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  2. ^ Matt Mitovich (17 July 2009). "90210's Jessica Stroup Braves One Hell of a Homecoming". Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (August 20, 2013). "'The Following' casts '90210' star as series regular -- EXCLUSIVE". 
  4. ^ "Jessica Stroup Biography",, retrieved 2011-03-04 
  5. ^ Jessica Stroup Love Life 

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