Elizabeth Gillies

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Elizabeth Gillies
Elizabeth Gillies 2012.jpg
Gillies attending the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2012
BornElizabeth Egan Gillies
(1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 20)
Haworth, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Other namesLiz Gillies
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active2007–present
Notable work(s)TV works
Victorious

Animated works
Winx Club
Musical career
GenresAlternative rock, experimental rock, pop rock
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsColumbia Records
Sony Music Entertainment
 
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Elizabeth Gillies
Elizabeth Gillies 2012.jpg
Gillies attending the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2012
BornElizabeth Egan Gillies
(1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 20)
Haworth, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Other namesLiz Gillies
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active2007–present
Notable work(s)TV works
Victorious

Animated works
Winx Club
Musical career
GenresAlternative rock, experimental rock, pop rock
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsColumbia Records
Sony Music Entertainment

Elizabeth Egan "Liz" Gillies[2] (born July 26, 1993)[3] is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for playing the role of Jade West on Victorious. She made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy.[4] She also voices the character Daphne on the animated series Winx Club.[5]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Elizabeth Gillies started her acting career at age twelve when she went to a local open casting call and began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile.[6] Her first television role was as a recurring character in The Black Donnellys. She appeared in three episodes. She later starred in The Clique as Shelby Wexler and had a supporting role in Harold. In the summer of 2008, she was cast as Lucy in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical about growing up, 13, with her future Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande. Later that year, 13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have a cast and band entirely made up of teenagers.[7] She received two big numbers, "Opportunity" and "It Can't Be True", along with smaller parts in other songs, including the title song, "Hey Kendra", and "Getting Ready". 13 ran through January 4, 2009.[8]

Gillies starred in the successful Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious as Jade West. The show premiered on March 27, 2010, and ended on February 2, 2013. A doll of her character was released in 2012. Gillies also currently voices Daphne on the animated series Winx Club, and recorded Winx Club's official song, "We Are Believix." She has guest starred in White Collar and Big Time Rush, and was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game shows BrainSurge and Figure It Out. In October 2013,[9] it was announced that Gillies will reprise her role as Jade West in an upcoming one-hour episode special of the spin-off series of Victorious, Sam and Cat,[10] scheduled to air in January 2014.

Gillies will appear in the horror film Animal, which was filmed in Manchester, Connecticut and is currently in post-production. Produced by Drew Barrymore, the film co-stars her Winx Club co-star, Keke Palmer, and is scheduled for a limited release in 2014.[11] As of December 2013,[12] Gillies is in the process of working on another film entitled "Killing Daddy".[13]

Music[edit]

Gillies has appeared in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious (soundtrack) and Victorious 2.0, including Give It Up (A duet with Ariana Grande), and Take a Hint (A duet with Victoria Justice). She also wrote and recorded the song You Don't Know Me for an episode of Victorious,[14] and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0.[15][16]

Gillies has a YouTube account called LizGilliesOfficial, where she uploads covers of popular songs including: "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones, "You and I" by Lady Gaga, "For No One" by The Beatles, "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon, "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens and "One and Only" by Adele.[17] She has also covered songs with Max Schneider (Somewhere Only We Know) and Ariana Grande (The Christmas Song).

In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an album with alternative rock music.[18][19]

On December 10, 2013, Gillies recorded a duet with Ariana Grande called Santa Baby for Grande's Christmas EP Christmas Kisses.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008HaroldEvelyn Taylor
2008The CliqueShelby Wexler
2011The Death and Return of SupermanEradicator FolksShort film
2014AnimalMandyPost-production
2014Killing DaddyCalliePost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007The Black DonnellysYoung Jenny3 episodes
2009The Battery's DownBat Mitzvah RifferBad Bad News
2010–2013VictoriousJade WestMain Role
2011–presentWinx ClubPrincess/Nymph DaphneVoice Role
2011Big Time RushHeather Fox"Big Time Secret" (Season 2: Episode 27)
2011BrainSurgeHerself1 episode, contestant
2012White CollarChloe Woods"Upper West Side Story" (Season 3: Episode 12)
2012Figure It OutHerself7 episodes, panelist
2013The ExesTracy Cooper"Prelude to a Kiss" (Season 3: Episode 8)
2014Sam & CatJade West"#The Great Tuna Jump: Reunion Special" (Season 1: Episode 23)
Broadway
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008–200913LucyOriginal Broadway cast
2013Jawbreaker The MusicalCourtney
Music videos
YearMain artistSongNotes
2010Victoria Justice"Freak the Freak Out"Cameo
2011Victoria Justice"Beggin' on Your Knees"Cameo
2011Victoria Justice"All I Want Is Everything"Cameo
2011Mickey Deleasa"Time in the Day"Cameo
2012Big Time Rush"Time of Our Life"Cameo
2012Victoria Justice"Make It in America"Cameo
2012Herself"We Are Believix"Lead singer
2012Herself"You Don't Know Me"Lead singer
2013Ariana Grande"Right There"Cameo

Discography[edit]

YearSongAlbumNotes
2011"Give It Up" (with Ariana Grande)VictoriousLead vocalist
"I Want You Back" (with the Victorious cast)Backing vocals/additional vocals
"All I Want Is Everything" (with the Victorious cast)Backing vocals
"Leave It All To Shine" (with the Victorious cast and iCarly cast)Backing vocals/additional vocals
2012"Don't You (Forget About Me)" (with the Victorious cast)Victorious 2.0Backing vocals
"Take a Hint" (with Victoria Justice)Lead vocalist
"Shut Up 'N Dance" (with the Victorious cast)Backing vocals/additional vocals
"Five Fingaz to the Face" (with the Victorious cast)Additional vocals
"We Are Believix"[21]Winx Club Deluxe Version (single)Lead vocalist
"You Don't Know Me"[15]Victorious 3.0Lead vocalist
2013"Santa Baby" (with Ariana Grande)Christmas KissesFeatured artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elizabeth Gillies's Biography". HairBoutique.com. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brantley, Ben (October 6, 2008). "Stranger in Strange Land: The Acne Years". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth (July 25, 2011). "Twitter: Elizabeth Gillies (verified account)". Retrieved August 29, 2011. "Enjoying the last few hours of my childhood! Tomorrow I am a legal adult!" 
  4. ^ "13 Cast". 
  5. ^ Rohan, Virginia (June 7, 2011). "TV Mean Girl: Haworth's Elizabeth Gillies talks iParty with Victorious". (201) magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2011. "Elizabeth Gillies is not a diva. She just plays one on TV. The Haworth teen is nothing but charming as she chats on the phone about Jade, the gifted character with attitude she plays on Nickelodeon’s Victorious.... Although Victorious shoots in Hollywood, whenever possible, she is back home in Haworth. 'We refuse to move. I’m an East Coast person,' says Gillies, who does her studies online. 'Right now, I’m taking some time, I’m finishing up school, chilling with my family.'" 
  6. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "TV Mean Girl: Haworth's Elizabeth Gillies talks "iParty with Victorious"". Bergen.com. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "13, A New Musical Announces Its Teenage Cast and Band". Broadway World. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 12/6/2013. 
  8. ^ "13 The Musical". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  9. ^ "Liz Gillies is Coming to 'Sam & Cat!'". Fanlala.com. Retrieved 12/6/2013. 
  10. ^ Sam and Cat special one hour episode preview
  11. ^ Ng, Philiana (July 25, 2013). "Drew Barrymore's 'Animal' Sets Ensemble Cast (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth. "Liz Gillies Tweet". Twitter (Verified Account). Retrieved 12/6/2013. 
  13. ^ Gillies, Elizabeth. "Liz Gillies Tweet". Twitter (Verified Account). Retrieved 12/6/2013. 
  14. ^ Mulvaney, Nicole. "J-14 Exclusive: Liz Gillies Talks the End of 'Victorious' and New Music". J-14.com. Retrieved 12/6/2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Victorious 3.0 Track List". 
  16. ^ Gillies, Liz. "Liz Gillies Tweet". Twitter (Verified Account). Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  17. ^ "LizGillies Official YouTube". 
  18. ^ "Twitter / LizGillies: @LizGOnline". Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ Orenstein, Hannah (July 27, 2012). "Liz Gillies Interview". Huffington Post. 
  20. ^ Boardman, Madeline (December 10, 2013). "Ariana Grande Does 'Santa Baby' With Liz Gill". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Winx Club - Kids Music - Online Songs". Retrieved July 27, 2012. 

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