Morgese, an alumna of the Fashion Institute of Technology who had determined to pursue an acting career, was singled out by Whedon as she was performing as an extra, a waitress reacting in fear and horror, then fleeing the scene, in The Avengers.
Whedon refers to Morgese as having 'a quality which is undeniable'.
- IMDB: Jillian Morgese
- Beckerman, Jim. "Fair Lawn actress gets starring role in Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2013. Accessed July 19, 2016. "Morgese (pronounced 'More-Jesse'), now a California resident, found her way into the movies almost by accident. She had dreamed of being an Olympic athlete in school (Fair Lawn High School, class of 2007), and then studied merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology."
- Buzzfeed: The Fairy-Tale Story Of An “Avengers” Extra Who Became Joss Whedon’s Big New Star
- Indiewire: Joss Whedon on What 'Much Ado About Nothing' Has in Common With 'The Avengers
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