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Jayma Mays’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroActress
A.K.A.Jayma Suzette Mays
Is Actor 
Singer 
Musician 
Film actor 
Television actor 
From United States of America 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Music 
Genderfemale
Birth 16 July 1979, Bristol
Age:41 years
Star sign Cancer
Family
Spouse: Adam Campbell
Stats
Height: 1.6256 m

Jamia Suzette “Jayma” Mays (born July 16, 1979) 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. From October 2013 until November 2014, she played the role of Debbie on the sitcom The Millers.

Early life

Mays was born in Bristol, Tennessee 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. 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.

Career

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.

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.

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 starred 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, five, and six. In March 2010, Mays played the female lead in a live action/animation hybrid film version of The Smurfs. She is also cast as a character named “Charlie” twice: Charlie Andrews on Heroes; Charlotte, Henry Grubstick’s ex-girlfriend on Ugly Betty. In August 2014, Mays helped to raise awareness of the disease ALS by participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Personal life

She met her husband Adam Campbell on the set of Epic Movie in 2007. In April 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. In August 2016, they welcomed their son Jude.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Red EyeCynthia
2006Blind DatingMandyalso known as “Blind Guy Driving”
Flags of Our FathersNurse in Hawaii
2007Smiley FaceActress in Waiting Room
Epic MovieLucyMain character
Bar StarzTiffany
2008Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of ControlNinaDirect to video
2009Paul Blart: Mall CopAmy AndersonMain character
2011The SmurfsGrace Winslow
2013The Smurfs 2
2013Last WeekendBlake Curtis
2015Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight AttendantApril Farnekowski
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2Amy AndersonCameo
2017American MadeDana SibotaFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004JoeyMollyEpisode: “Joey and the Party”
2005The ComebackSales GirlEpisode: “Valerie Demands Dignity”
Six Feet UnderDonnaEpisode: “The Rainbow of Her Reasons”
StackedBrendaEpisode: “Nobody Says I Love You”
2005, 2013How I Met Your MotherCoat Check Girl2 episodes
2006If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home NowSandraSeries pilot
30 Even Scarier Movie MomentsHerselfMiniseries
HouseHannahEpisode: “Sleeping Dogs Lie”
Studio 60 on the Sunset StripDaphneEpisode: “Pilot”
EntourageJenEpisode: “Sorry, Ari”
2006–10HeroesCharlie Andrews5 episodes
2007Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner OfficeAngelaSeries pilot
2007–08Ugly BettyCharlie8 episodes
2007Ghost WhispererJennifer BillingsEpisode: “The Underneath”
Pushing DaisiesElsita / ElsaEpisode: “Pigeon”
Drunk HistoryAnnabelleEpisode: “Drunk History Vol. 2.5: Featuring Jack Black”
2008Back to YouShelley KenEpisode: “Date Night”
2009–15GleeEmma PillsburyMain role (seasons 1–3); recurring (season 4–6); 61 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2012–14The LeagueTrixie Von Stein6 episodes
2013–15The MillersDebbieMain character
2014Drunk HistoryAbigail AdamsEpisode: “Philadelphia”
2014–2015Getting OnSuzi Sasso4 episodes
2015–presentThe Adventures of Puss in BootsDulcineaMain character; voice role
2015Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of CampJessica2 episodes