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Fink at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Struck by Lightning
Ashley Rae Fink
November 20, 1986
Fink was born in Houston, Texas, and has an older sister, Stephanie, and two younger sisters, Amanda and Amy. Her career was kickstarted when she played the role of Lauren Zizes on Glee, Zizes was a major character. She began acting at the age of four after playing the lead role in her school's holiday play. After moving to Los Angeles with her family, Ashley immersed herself in acting and began attending an arts high school, where she began performing for larger audiences as lead characters in adaptations including The Wizard of Oz (as the Lion) and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (as Lucy). Fink has said that she was bullied in high school, but that she did not let it get to her.
Ashley came to Hollywood when she starred in the Tribeca Film Festival hit Fat Girls. She has made multiple TV appearances; she has appeared on Make It or Break It, is the recurring character Lauren Zizes on Fox's Glee and starred as Carter McMahon on the ABC Family show Huge. She also appeared in the Walt Disney Pictures film You Again starring Betty White, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver, and in her indie horror cult hit All About Evil appearing beside Mink Stole, Cassandra Peterson, Natasha Lyonne and Thomas Dekker. Ashley has also recently broke into filmmaking herself by producing her first short starring Camille Winbush titled "Olivia", which just had its premiere at the Frameline film festival in San Francisco.
Fink was cast as Lauren Zizes on the Fox television series Glee, making her initial appearance in the first season episode "Wheels" as a champion high school wrestler and cheerleader tryout candidate. She made irregular appearances until the ninth episode of the second season, "Special Education", when she was tapped to become the glee club's twelfth member after Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) transferred to another school. Fink has said that "I was obsessed with Glee before I was a big part of it and I’ve steadily been on it for a while. When I got the script [where I joined the glee club] I texted Chris Colfer and said, 'I think I just joined the Glee club?' I didn’t quite believe it at first, I thought I was getting 'Punk'd.'" She remained in the glee club for the rest of the season, and was given storylines of her own. Critics have responded well to her portrayal of Lauren. Robert Canning of IGN praised Fink's performance as Lauren, and said of the "Silly Love Songs" episode where Puck (Mark Salling) falls in love with her, "I can't decide if I want to root for this couple, but I certainly know I'm going to be rooting for Lauren." Fink received several positive reviews for her performance in "Comeback", in which she sang her first—and only—solo on the show, a cover of "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses. The song was released as a single, but it did not chart, nor was it included on a Glee soundtrack album. While Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club found Lauren's relationship with Puck in "Comeback" "a lot less assured" than in the previous episode, "Silly Love Songs", Sandra Gonzalez of Entertainment Weekly deemed their scenes "as endearing as they are unrealistic". CNN's Lisa Respers France commented that she was beginning to really like Lauren, and noted that "for me Lauren represents how Ryan Murphy is able to take the concept of the outcast, flip it on its ear and shove it back in our faces with a side order of fabulousness." Despite the positive critical response, Fink's character quit the glee club in the series season 3 premiere, "The Purple Piano Project". While she appeared in a non-speaking capacity in the Season 3 episode "Asian F" and series creator Murphy alluded to her character's reentry into the plot through interactions with Kurt Hummel, Fink confirmed later that season that she would not be returning to the series. However, she subsequently reprised her role in the season 4 episode "Sadie Hawkins".
|2004||The Wedding Video||Cinnamon|
|2006||Fat Girls||Sabrina Thomas||Main role|
|2010||All About Evil||Lolita|
|2011||Glee: The 3D Concert Movie||Lauren Zizes||Main Role|
|2005||ER||Margo||Guest role; Episode: "Wake Up"|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Artsy Girl||Uncredited; Episode: "'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous"|
|2007||Blue||Beatrice||Guest role; 1 episode|
|2009||Make It or Break It||Herself||Cameo role; 1 episode|
|2009–2010||Warren the Great||Ashley, the Barista||Recurring role; 2 episodes|
|2010||Huge||Carter McMahon||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|Glee||Lauren Zizes||Recurring role; 25 episodes|
|2011||The Glee Project||Herself||Guest role; 1 episode|
|2012–2014||Austin & Ally||Mindy||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2013||Anger Management||Donna||Guest role; Episode: "Charlie and Kate's Dirty Pictures"|
|2015||K.C. Undercover||Reena||Guest role; Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015||Criminal Minds||Dana Seavers||Guest role; Episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part"|
|2004||Stacie Orrico||"I Could Be the One"||Background Girl|
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"I Know What Boys Like"||2011||—||—||—||—||—||Glee: The Music, Dance Party|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- According to the State of Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1926-1995. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/txbirths
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- "I Could Be The One Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved February 22, 2011.