Grace Phipps

Gracie Gillam (born May 4, 1992[1]), formerly credited as Grace Phipps, is an American actress, singer, and dancer.

Gracie Gillam
Grace Phipps Emmy 2011.jpg
Gillam in 2011
Born (1992-05-04) May 4, 1992 (age 29)
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active2010–present

Gillam is well known for starring in the Disney Channel movies Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2. In 2011, soon after graduating from high school, Gillam starred in the prime role as Bee in the 2011 movie remake of the 1985 horror film Fright Night, a DreamWorks movie. That year, they also originated the role of Amy in The Nine Lives of Chloe King, an ABC Family series. They were cast as edgy beauty April Young in The Vampire Diaries in 2012, appearing in 10 episodes in season four.[2]

In 2013, they starred as Lela in Teen Beach Movie, the second-highest rated cable movie in television history, and a Disney Channel Original Movie. Their song "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'", with Ross Lynch and Jason Evigan, reached number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. In 2015, she starred, again as Lela, in teen musical Teen Beach 2, which premiered as the most-watched cable movie of 2015.

Gillam has also appeared in the comedy series Baby Daddy, in the fantasy-horror TV series Supernatural, and in teen sitcom Austin & Ally. She has also acted in comedy-horror TV series Scream Queens, in horror comedy Tales of Halloween, in the police procedural drama TV series CSI: Cyber and Hawaii Five-0, and on the cover of the June/July 2015 issue of Girls' Life.

Early lifeEdit

Gillam was born in Austin, Texas to Kate and Gil Phipps.[3] She has a younger brother named Liam.[3]

She was raised in Boerne, Texas and San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School's North East School of the Arts, where she majored in musical theater and graduated summa cum laude.[3][4] She is currently an undergraduate student at Columbia University.[5]

In 2010, she won the Las Casas Performing Arts Scholarship Competition.[6] A Los Angeles agent signed Phipps after seeing her star as Rizzo in a theater production of the musical Grease.[7][8][9]

CareerEdit

ActingEdit

Following her 2010 high school graduation, Gillam moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. After seven days there, she landed the prime role as Bee in the DreamWorks 2011 major movie remake of the 1985 comedy horror film Fright Night. That year, she also originated the regular role of Amy in the ABC Family fantasy drama series The Nine Lives of Chloe King.[7][10][11] The series was cancelled after one season.[12]

In 2012 through 2013, Gillam was cast as April Young, a recurring character who plays an edgy natural beauty in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries,[13][14] and appeared in 10 episodes of the fourth season.

In 2013, Gillam appeared as cute biker girl Lela, in an Annette Funicello impression, in Teen Beach Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie, singing and dancing along with Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell.[15][16][17] The movie, with an audience of 13.5 million viewers, was the second-highest rated cable movie in television history.[18][19] Phipps had a number of featured solos, including the song "Falling for Ya".[20]

Also in 2013, Gillam appeared in three episodes of the ABC TV comedy series Baby Daddy as Megan, the love interest of Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), in the fantasy-horror TV series Supernatural as Hael, and in the short The Signal as Zoe.[21][22] The following year, Phipps appeared in Disney's teen sitcom Austin & Ally episode "Directors & Divas", as diva movie star Brandy Braxton.[23][24]

In 2015, Gillam starred and reprised her role as fiercely independent and brassy biker chick Lela in a sequel teen musical, Teen Beach 2, along with Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, and John DeLuca.[25][26][27] It premiered with 5.8 million viewers, as the most-watched cable movie of 2015.[28]

Also in 2015, Gillam starred in the horror movie Dark Summer, playing the part of Mona Wilson. She also played the lead role of a troubled teen cheerleader named Kaitlin in the emotional horror/slasher film Some Kind of Hate, which was featured in the 2015 Stanley Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and FrightFest.[29][30][31][16][32][33]

That year, she also appeared in three episodes of the black comedy-horror TV series Scream Queens on Fox as Mandy, and was a beauty gangleader named Alice in Paul Solet's punk rock revenge segment of horror comedy Tales of Halloween.[32][34][35] In addition, she appeared in the police procedural drama TV series CSI: Cyber as Vanessa Gillerman, and in the police procedural TV series Hawaii Five-0 as Erica Young.[36][37] She was also featured on the cover of the June/July 2015 issue of Girls' Life.[38][39]

She appeared on the Syfy TV series Z Nation as Sgt. Lilly from 2017 to 2018.[40]

MusicEdit

The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack, which entered the Billboard 200 chart at number eight in July 2013, was released featuring songs performed by Gillam, including her as a main artist in the song "Falling for Ya" and featured in the songs "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'", "Like Me", "Meant to Be", and "Coolest Cats in Town".[41] "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'" and "Falling for Ya" topped Billboard's Kid Digital charts for weeks, with "Falling for Ya" reaching number 25 on the Heatseekers Songs chart and number 66 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.[41][42] In 2014, Phipps appeared in the Austin & Ally episode "Directors & Divas"[23][24] and performed "The Pilot and the Mermaid" with Ross Lynch.

In 2015, her song "Gotta Be Me" from Teen Beach 2 was nominated in the Teen Choice Awards as the Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show; she sang the song with Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, John Deluca, and Jordan Fisher.[43]

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fright Night Bee
2013 The Signal Zoe Short
2015 Dark Summer Mona Wilson
Some Kind of Hate Kaitlin
Tales of Halloween Alice
2019 The Lost Weekend Maggie Mae Short
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Nine Lives of Chloe King Amy Tiffany Martin Main role
2012–13 The Vampire Diaries April Young Recurring role
2013–15 Baby Daddy Megan Recurring role
2013 Teen Beach Movie Lela TV film; Disney Channel Original Movie
Supernatural Hael Episode: "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"
2014 Austin & Ally Brandy Braxton Episode: "Directors & Divas"
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Erica Young Episode: "Wawahi moeʻuhane (Broken Dreams)"
2015 CSI: Cyber Vanessa Gillerman Episode: "Selfie 2.0"
Teen Beach 2 Lela TV film; Disney Channel Original Movie
Scream Queens Young Mandy Greenwell Recurring role
2017–18 Z Nation Sgt Lilly Main cast (Season 4–5)
2020 Stolen In Plain Sight Melissa TV film: Lifetime Movie Network Original Movie

DiscographyEdit

Soundtrack albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
chart
positions
US
[44]
US
OST

[44]
BEL
[45]
CAN
[44]
FRA
[46]
NL
[47]
NZ
[48]
SPA
[49]
UK
[50]
Teen Beach Movie[51] 3 1 176 14 76 56 30 15 36
Teen Beach 2[52]
  • Released: June 23, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
10 1 129 67
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[53]
US
Heat.

[44]
IRL
[54]
UK
[55]
"Cruisin' for a Bruisin'"
(with Ross Lynch & Jason Evigan)
2013 82 6 90 117 Teen Beach Movie
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songsEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Bub.

[56]

US
Heat.

[57]
US Kid

[58]

US
Holiday

[59]
UK
[55]
"Like Me"
(with Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, & Spencer Lee)
2013 1 10 3 177 Teen Beach Movie
"Falling For Ya" 23 25 2
"Meant To Be"
(with Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Spencer Lee and Garrett Clayton)
5
"Coolest Cats In Town"
(with Spencer Lee and Jason Evigan
20
"Gotta Be Me"
(with Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell,Garrett Clayton, John DeLuca & Jordan Fisher)
2015 23 3 Teen Beach 2
"Best Summer Ever"
(with Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Jordan Fisher, John DeLuca and Chrissie Fit)
5
"That's How We Do"
(with Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton, Jordan Fisher and John DeLuca)
4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

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