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Elizabeth "Liz" Egan Gillies[1] (Born July 26th, 1993) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role as Jade West on the hit Nickelodeon show, Victorious, (2010–2013), and as Fallon Carrington on The CW revival of Dynasty (2017–2022).

In Big Time Rush, Gillies portrays Heather Fox, a model who went to Camp Wonky Donkey with Carlos and James when they all were younger.

In an interview, Liz says she is "really funny" and that she "makes up characters" who she might pretend to be while conversing with someone. She also says she is "very weird". Her co-actress and best friend Ariana Grande also noted that Liz loves photography, and is frequently taking photographs of herself and everyone on the set.

Background[]

  • Full name: Elizabeth Egan Gillies[2]
  • Birthdate: July 26th, 1993
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    Liz at driving test

  • Hair Color: Brown (Naturally); Black (Dyed); Brown/Black (Dyed)
  • Eye Color: Blue-Green
  • Star sign: Leo

Early life[]

Elizabeth Egan Gillies was born in Haworth, New Jersey, on July 26, 1993, to Dave and Lorrie Gillies. She has one younger brother, born 1996. Gillies has stated that she has Irish ancestry, and an Italian grandmother and great-grandmother. She left high school in her freshman year to pursue acting and participated in an online high school program.

Career[]

1995-2005[]

Gillies started to appear in commercials with cell phones and made one appearance on 1990s Nickelodeon Show 6 to 8 Frozen Zone as Melissa.

2005–2009: Early work[]

Gillies' acting career began at age 12 when she started going to local open casting calls. She quickly began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile. Gillies' first television role was as a recurring character in three episodes of The Black Donnellys. She has stated that she was not allowed to watch the finished show in its entirety because her parents felt it was not appropriate for her at the time.[citation needed]

In 2008, she played small roles in The Clique, Harold, and Locker 514. In summer of that year, she was also cast as Lucy in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical 13, alongside 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. She received the two big numbers "Opportunity" and "It Can't Be True" along with smaller parts in other songs, such as the title song, "Hey Kendra" and "Getting Ready". Gillies remained with the production until its closure on January 4, 2009.

2010–2014: Victorious and breakthrough[]

In 2010, Gillies was cast as bad girl and occasional antagonist Jade West in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, a sitcom revolving around teenagers at a performing arts high school in Hollywood, which marked her second time working alongside 13 co-star Grande. Regarding her Victorious character, Gillies said "It's wonderful. I love playing Jade. I always say she's not so much the 'mean' girl, but the 'bad' girl in so many ways. She has a lot of human qualities to her – she's not just completely sociopathic. She's sweet with her boyfriend. It's nice to play a character with some depth." The show premiered on March 27, 2010. During her time on Victorious, Gillies was featured in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious and Victorious 2.0, including "Give It Up" (duet with Grande), and "Take a Hint" (duet with Victoria Justice). She also wrote and recorded the song "You Don't Know Me" for an episode of Victorious, and it was later featured in Victorious 3.0.

She lent her talents to other Nick shows, voicing the character of Daphne on the Nickelodeon revival of Winx Club and recording Winx Club's official song, "We Are Believix." She also appeared in an episode of Big Time Rush and as a contestant on BrainSurge and Figure It Out. Beginning in 2012, Gillies began playing small guest roles outside Nickelodeon. Notable appearances include White Collar in the episode 'Upper West Side Story' with former '13' co-star Graham Phillips, playing a teenage private school student whose father is suspected of embezzlement, and also in The Exes. Elizabeth is featured in Mikey Deleasa's music video for "Time In A Day"; her character is the vocalist's girlfriend.

In July 2012, it was reported that Gillies was working on an alternative rock album. On January 2, 2012, she tweeted "Off to the studio to do some writing" and mentioned in a Teen.com interview "I am working on some stuff right now, nothing I can really talk about, but I definitely am working on my music, and I'm moving along that path a little further on, so hopefully there'll be something to show in the next year or so." On March 6, 2012, she mentioned in a tweet "I've been crazy busy writing original music so I haven't had any time do covers..."

Victorious ended on February 2, 2013, after four seasons. Following the cancellation of the series, Gillies took some time off from acting.

In 2013, she was cast as Courtney in the musical adaptation of Jawbreaker and participated in a reading of the show in Manhattan. The musical did not end up being taken to Broadway. On December 10, 2013, Gillies recorded a duet of "Santa Baby" with Grande for the latter's Christmas Kisses EP. In 2014, Gillies appeared in the horror film Animal as Mandy and the Lifetime movie Killing Daddy, playing Callie Ross. Animal was filmed in the summer of 2013 in Manchester, Connecticut, and was produced by Drew Barrymore. The film also features Gillies' former Winx Club co-star Keke Palmer and was released on iTunes June 17, 2014.

2015–present: Further acting[]

In 2015, Gillies was cast as Heather in the remake of Vacation. The film received a wide release on July 29, 2015. She was then cast in the comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll as Gigi, an aspiring singer and daughter of a former rock star named Johnny Rock (portrayed by the show's creator, Denis Leary). The show premiered on July 16, 2015, to mixed reviews, but Gillies' performance as Gigi was well received. On September 9, 2016, FX declined to renew the show for a third season, effectively canceling the series.

In 2017, Gillies was cast as Fallon Carrington in The CW television series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. After Nicollette Sheridan left the role of Fallon's mother, Alexis Carrington, near the end of the second season, Gillies began playing the character temporarily, as well as continuing to portray Fallon. In 2018, Gillies starred in the dark-comedy thriller film Arizona as Kelsey. It was first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and later attained a theatrical release, as well as being released direct-to-video.

In 2019, Gillies, alongside Matt Bennett, made a surprise appearance during the November 19 show of her Victorious co-star Grande's Sweetener World Tour in Atlanta, in which Grande and Bennett performed "I Think You're Swell", while Grande and Gillies performed "Give It Up", both songs from Victorious. In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Gillies collaborated with Seth MacFarlane on a series of songs, eight in total, on a playlist entitled, Songs from Home on Spotify. In 2021, it was announced Gillies would voice the titular character in the upcoming superhero feature Catwoman: Hunted.

Personal life[]

On August 8, 2020, Gillies married American music producer Michael Corcoran at a private ceremony in Chesterfield Township, New Jersey. They reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biography[]

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Liz in White Collar

Elizabeth Egan Gillies (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress and singer. She gained prominence for her starring roles as Jade West in the Nickelodeon series Victorious (2010–2013), and as Fallon Carrington on The CW revival of Dynasty (2017–2022).

Gillies made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy. She made her first television appearance in The Black Donnellys (2007), later starring as Jade West in the Nickelodeon series Victorious (2010–2013). From 2011 to 2014, she provided the voice of Daphne in Nickelodeon's Winx Club, and she had a main role in the FX comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015–2016). Since 2017, Gillies has starred as billionaire heiress and energy executive Fallon Carrington in The CW's series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. She has also appeared in various feature and television films, including the horror film Animal (2014), the television film Killing Daddy (2014), the comedy film Vacation (2015), and the black comedy thriller film Arizona (2018).

Gillies made her debut as a singer on Victorious with the song "Give It Up" in 2011, singing alongside Ariana Grande. She released other songs while on the show, including "You Don't Know Me" and "Take a Hint", singing alongside Victoria Justice, both songs being part of the Victorious soundtrack. During the Covid-19 pandemic she collaborated with Seth MacFarlane releasing an album entitled, Songs from Home (2020) on Spotify.

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor
2008 The Clique Shelby Wexler Direct-to-video film
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Eradicator folks Short film
2012 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Daphne Voice role (English dub)
2014 Animal Mandy
2015 Vacation Heather
2018 Arizona Kelsey
2022 Catwoman: Hunted Catwoman Voice role

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Black Donnellys Young Jenny 3 episodes
2009 The Battery's Down Bat Mitzvah Guest Episode: "Bad Bad News"
2010–2013 Victorious Jade West Main role
2011 iCarly Jade West Crossover special: "iParty with Victorious"
2011 Big Time Rush Heather Fox Episode: "Big Time Secret"
2011–2014 Winx Club Daphne Voice role; 24 episodes
2012 White Collar Chloe Woods Episode: "Upper West Side Story"
2013 The Exes Tracy Cooper Episode: "Prelude to a Kiss"
2014 Sam & Cat Jade West Episode: "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie"
2014 Killing Daddy Callie Ross Television film
2015–2016 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Gigi Main role
2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Singer Voice role; episode: "The Penguin Who Loved Me"
2015 American Dad! Lena Horne Voice role; episode: "A Star Is Reborn"
2017–present Dynasty Fallon Carrington / Alexis Carrington (2019) Main role; director, 2 episodes
2018 Robot Chicken Sun Baby, Marie "Slim" Browning Voice role; episode: "Gimme That Chocolate Milk"
2019 Welcome to the Wayne Parana Sycamore Voice role; episode: "That's Squidjit Bowling"
2020 Make It Work! Herself Television special
2022 Family Guy Alana Voice role; episode: "All About Alana"
2022 The Orville Dinal Episode: "Mortality Paradox"

Music videos[]

Year Title Artist
2010 "Freak the Freak Out" Victoria Justice
2011 "Beggin' on Your Knees" Victoria Justice
2011 "All I Want Is Everything" Victoria Justice
2011 "Take a Hint" Victoria Justice and herself
2011 "Time in the Day" Mikey Deleasa
2012 "Time of Our Life" Big Time Rush
2012 "Make It in America" Victoria Justice
2012 "We Are Believix" Herself
2012 "You Don't Know Me" Herself
2013 "Right There" Ariana Grande
2015 "Die Trying" Herself
2016 "Bang Bang" Herself
2018 "Thank U, Next" Ariana Grande
2020 "Stuck With U" Ariana Grande featuring Justin Bieber

Theater[]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 13 Lucy Original Broadway cast
2013 Jawbreaker: The Musical Courtney Workshop reading

Discography[]

Main article: Elizabeth Gillies discography

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Trivia[]

  • She was born in Haworth, New Jersey.
  • She is a vegan, but not by choice, as she is allergic to most foods (including bread and kiwi) and that is why she doesn't eat animal products. She is also allergic to gluten. She has "a vegan/gluten free english muffin with bananas & agave every morning" and she could not eat the food prepared by her Italian Great Grandmother.[3][4]
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  • She and Ariana Grande both passed their driving test on June 13, 2012.
  • She played the role of Lucy in the Broadway musical 13 along with Ariana Grande whom played Charlotte.[5]
  • Her height is said to be about 5'7 (1.70 m).[6]
  • Even though she mostly works in Los Angeles, she still lives in Haworth, New Jersey.
  • Liz says that her dream role would be to play Alice Ripley's character Diana in Next To Normal.
  • She said in an interview that she likes playing Jade because she is constantly changing, saying "I could never play a monotonous mean girl" and "I would just die if I had to play a one dimensional....mean girl."
  • She says on formspring that if she could live in any time period, it would be the 70's.
  • Her favorite dessert is her grandmother's apple pie.
  • She said in an interview that a celebrity she would love to be caught kissing is Johnny Depp.
  • She says she'd like to have two or three kids someday and is really good with them.
  • Her worst fear is getting stuck in an elevator.
  • She is double-jointed.
  • She has never drank a cup of coffee (on set, the prop department dyes water brown and has her drink that for her scenes as Jade drinking coffee).
  • She loves llamas.
  • She considers Avan Jogia a flirt.
  • She is the only one of the main cast who has ever been to a school prom.
  • When she was younger, she auditioned for America's Got Talent, but was rejected.
  • She is afraid of wasps (go to the Eliella page for a funny incident concerning her, Daniella, David Archuleta, and a wasp!).
  • Her favorite character from the musical Rent is Angel.
  • Her dad owns a band.
  • On Twitter, Liz posted that her dream is to win an Oscar.
  • She can play piano/keyboard.
  • Liz currently voices the character of Daphne on Nickelodeon's show, Winx Club.
  • Her first on-screen kiss was when she was 10 years old, and she says for every major job she has obtained her character has had to kiss another character.
  • When she was 14 years old, she played the character of young Jenny on The Black Donnelly's in 3 episodes.
  • Liz appeared on Nickelodeon's BrainSurge, but she was eliminated from the game after the first round.
  • She dated Eric Nelsen (who played the role of Brett Sampson, her character's love interest in 13 The Musical on Broadway with her and Ariana Grande) for 2 years. They broke up after 13 ended its run.
  • She loves Jim Carrey.
  • According to Dan Schneider, she is a very good baker.
  • Liz frequently, whenever she flies somewhere via air-plane, asks her fans via Twitter to wish her a safe flight. (i.e.) >>Off to London/NY/LA! Wish me a safe flight!! :)
  • Liz has a younger brother named George. This was confirmed on her Twitter.
  • The important things she look for in a guy are maturity, confidence, and sense of humor.
  • She and Victoria Justice are Victorious actresses that appeared on Big Time Rush.

Commercials/Voiceovers[]

  • Bubblicious
  • Iz by Zizzle
  • Wassup
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Verizon FIOS
  • Gardasil
  • Huntington Learning Centers
  • Ginger Fox
  • Freri d'ortographe

On YouTube[]

She has covered a few of her favorite songs and posted them on her YouTube account, "One and Only" by Adele, "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens, part of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette, "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon, "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones, 13 seconds of "Oh Darling" by The Beatles, "You And I" by Lady Gaga, "Just Like Heaven" by Katie Melua, "Fast Car " by Tracy Chapman and "For No One" by The Beatles. On YouTube, one can find other videos of her singing as well, such as a goofy duet with Leon Thomas of "Chocolate In My Veins", one of her singing the first verse and the chorus of "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison also "Can't Be Tamed" by Miley Cyrus as an imatation. Dan Schneider posted a short video of her singing the Beatles "Come Together". She also did a duet with Ariana Grande called "Chesnuts".

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