Jayma Mays

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Jayma Mays
Jayma Mays (GLEE).jpg
BornJamia Suzette Mays
(1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 35)
Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma materRadford University
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Adam Campbell (m. 2007)
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Jayma Mays
Jayma Mays (GLEE).jpg
BornJamia Suzette Mays
(1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 35)
Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma materRadford University
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Adam Campbell (m. 2007)

Jamia Suzette Mays, better known as Jayma Mays (born July 16, 1979),[1] 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. Since October 2013, she has been portraying the role of Debbie on the sitcom The Millers.

Early life[edit]

Jamia Suzette Mays (forename later changed to Jayma) was born in Bristol, Tennessee[1] 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.[1][2] 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's degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. Mays then attended Virginia Tech for a year before transferring to Radford University.[1]


Mays in 2009

In 2004, she 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.[3]

Mays was 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.[3]

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, where Mays landed the lead role and she stars as Emma Pillsbury on the Fox show Glee, which premiered on May 19, 2009. She was part of the main cast for the first three seasons, then was made a guest in seasons four and five. In March 2010, Mays played the female lead in a live action/animation hybrid film version of The Smurfs.[3][4] She is also cast as a character named "Charlie" twice: Charlie Andrews on Heroes; Charlotte, Henry Grubstick's ex-girlfriend on Ugly Betty.[3]



2005Red EyeCynthia
2006Blind DatingMandyalso known as "Blind Guy Driving"
2006Flags of Our FathersNurse in Hawaii
2007Smiley FaceActress in Waiting Room
2007Epic MovieLucyMain character
2007Bar StarzTiffany
2008Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of ControlNina
2009Paul Blart: Mall CopAmy AndersonMain character
2011The SmurfsGrace WinslowMain character
2013The Smurfs 2Grace WinslowMain character
2013Last WeekendBlake Curtis
2015Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2Amy BlartMain character


2004JoeyMollyEpisode: "Joey and the Party"
2005Comeback, TheThe ComebackSales GirlEpisode: "Valerie Demands Dignity"
2005Six Feet UnderDonnaEpisode: "The Rainbow of Her Reasons"
2005StackedBrendaEpisode: "Nobody Says I Love You"
How I Met Your MotherCoat Check GirlEpisodes: "Okay Awesome",
"The Time Travelers"
2006If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home NowSandraSeries pilot
200630 Even Scarier Movie MomentsHerselfMiniseries
2006HouseHannahEpisode: "Sleeping Dogs Lie"
2006Studio 60 on the Sunset StripDaphneEpisode: "Pilot"
2006EntourageJenEpisode: "Sorry, Ari"
2006HeroesCharlie Andrews5 episodes
2007Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner OfficeAngelaSeries pilot
2007–08Ugly BettyCharlie8 episodes
2007Ghost WhispererJennifer BillingsEpisode: "The Underneath"
2007Pushing DaisiesElsita / ElsaEpisode: "Pigeon"
2007Drunk HistoryAnnabelleEpisode: "Drunk History Vol. 2.5: Featuring Jack Black"
2008Back to YouShelley KenEpisode: "Date Night"
2009–presentGleeEmma PillsburyMain cast (seasons 1–3); recurring cast (seasons 4-present)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2012–13The LeagueTrixie Von Stein5 Episodes
The MillersDebbieMain character
2014Drunk HistoryAbigail AdamsEpisode: "Philadelphia"


  1. ^ a b c d Tennis, Joe (2009-03-02). "Living A Hollywood Dream". Bristol Herald Courier, A! Magazine for the Arts. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ Mays' family genealogy site, accessed August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Jayma Mays at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (17 March 2010). "Glee's Jayma Mays cast in 'Smurfs'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 

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