Jessica Stroup

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Jessica Stroup
Jessica Stroup SDCC 2014.jpg
Stroup at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born (1986-10-23) October 23, 1986 (age 34)
Years active2005–2019

Jessica Leigh Stroup (born October 23, 1986) is an American former actress, best known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210 (2008–2013), Max Hardy on The Following (2014–2015) and Joy Meachum on Iron Fist (2017–2018), which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). She is regarded as a scream queen for starring in the horror films Vampire Bats (2005), Left in Darkness (2006), The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007), Prom Night (2008) and Homecoming (2009).

Early life[edit]

Stroup was born in Anderson, South Carolina, the daughter of Judith and Don Stroup, a senior vice president at MUFG Union Bank.[1] She spent her childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Providence High School in 2004.[2] 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 a 2005 episode of Unfabulous. Stroup has since appeared in a number of other 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.

In March 2007, Stroup starred as the female lead in The Hills Have Eyes 2. Stroup played the role of a US Army National Guard soldier 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 the film 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.[3] 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 in 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."[4]

In March 2017, she joined the cast of Iron Fist as Joy Meachum.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Stroup currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[6]


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 The Hills Have Eyes 2 Amber
2007 This Christmas Sandi Whitfield
2007 Structure H Telepathic Allie Short film
2008 Prom Night Claire
2008 The Informers Rachel
2009 Homecoming Elizabeth Mitchum
2012 Ted Tracy
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Lt. Sullivan
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 "Jilly" Miller Episode: "Great Expectations"
2007–2008 Reaper Cady Hansen 4 episodes
2007 October Road Taylor Episode: "Once Around the Block"
2008–2013 90210 Erin Silver Main cast; 114 episodes
2008 True Blood Sorority girl Kelly Episode: "Strange Love"
2011 Family Guy Crowd member (voice)
Denise (voice)
2 episodes
2014–2015 The Following Max Hardy Main cast; 28 episodes
2017 You're the Worst Young Faye 2 episodes
2017–2018 Iron Fist Joy Meachum Main cast
2019 Heart of Life Alexandra Reid TV movie


  1. ^ Aarthun, Sarah (2008-09-08). "From Q.C. to '90210' | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper". Archived from the original on 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  2. ^ Aarthun, Sarah. "From Q.C. to '90210'". Charlotte Observer. Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  3. ^ Matt Mitovich (17 July 2009). "90210's Jessica Stroup Braves One Hell of a Homecoming". Archived from the original on 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (August 20, 2013). "'The Following' casts '90210' star as series regular – EXCLUSIVE".
  5. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "'90210' Alum Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey Join Netflix's 'Marvel's Iron Fist' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  6. ^ "Jessica Stroup Biography",, retrieved 2011-03-04

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