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Jane Colburn Levy (born December 29, 1989)[1] is an American film and television actress. She rose to prominence portraying the lead role on the television series Suburgatory (2011–2014) Melissa (1997-) and Melissa,Micheal,Bella,Amy and Amadaeus (2000-)before earning further recognition for her roles in two horror films directed by Fede Álvarez.

Jane Levy
Jane Levy (2013).jpg
Levy at the 2013 WonderCon in Anaheim, California
Born
Jane Colburn Levy

(1989-12-29) December 29, 1989 (age 29)
Alma materStella Adler Studio of Acting
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present
Home townSan Anselmo, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Jaime Freitas
(m. 2011; div. 2013)

Born in Los Angeles, Levy was raised in northern California, and attended Goucher College for one year before dropping out and enrolling at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to pursue a career in acting. She made her screen debut in a recurring role on the series Shameless in 2011. She was subsequently cast as Tessa Altman in Suburgatory, in which she starred through the series' three consecutive seasons before its 2014 cancellation.

Levy made her feature film debut in Nobody Walks (2011) and had a minor role in the comedy Fun Size (2012) before being cast in the lead of Fede Álvarez's Evil Dead (2013), a remake of the 1981 film. She then appeared in the drama About Alex (2014), before reuniting with Álvarez for his second feature, the thriller Don't Breathe (2016). Her roles in Evil Dead and Don't Breathe have since earned her scream queen status.[2].

She has since starred in the comedy I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017), and the horror comedy film Office Uprising (2018). Beginning in 2018, Levy starred as Diane "Jackie" Torrance in the Hulu horror series Castle Rock. She was subsequently cast in a lead role on the Netflix thriller series What/If in 2019.

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Early lifeEdit

Jane Colburn Levy was born December 29, 1989[3] in Los Angeles, California the daughter of Mary (née Tilbury), an artist, and Lester Levy, a musician.[4] Her father is Jewish, and her mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.[5]

When Levy was an infant, her family relocated from Los Angeles to northern California, settling in the city of San Anselmo, where she was raised.[6] Levy attended Sir Francis Drake High School, whereshe was on the hip hop dancing team and was captain of the soccer team,[7][8] and appeared in community theatre productions of Annie and The Wizard of Oz.[7] She describes herself at school as being a "floater",[9] someone who got along with everyone. While at high school she visited England for five months.[9] She attended Goucher College for a semester before transferring to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City where she graduated from the Conservatory.[10]

CareerEdit

2011–2015Edit

Levy moved back to Los Angeles after two years in New York City.[7] In March 2011, she landed the first lead role of her career on the sitcom Suburgatory, with Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines.[11][12] Since being in the show she has been compared to Emma Stone, due in part to her red hair.[13] On May 9, 2014, Suburgatory was canceled by ABC after three seasons.

Levy was named by both TV Guide and TheInsider.com as one of the breakout stars of 2011,[14][15] and was included on the top eleven list of funniest women compiled by AOL.[16] Forbes named her as one of the handful of entertainment stars on their list of 30 under 30 who are "reinventing the world" (a list of the brightest stars of the future).[17][18] Noting that Suburgatory was "one of the big hits of the new [TV] season" and that Levy would be seen in two upcoming films, Forbes called her "one to watch".[19]

Levy appeared in two films in 2012, Fun Size and Nobody Walks; the former was the first feature from Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz.[13] Released before Halloween, Fun Size co-starred Victoria Justice and comedian Chelsea Handler.[20] While filming it, Levy was disappointed that she failed to meet co-star Johnny Knoxville, as he was on set for the one week of shooting that she was not.[20] Levy later starred in the 2013 remake of the horror classic The Evil Dead,[21] as the drug-dependent Mia, replacing Lily Collins, who had originally been cast.[22] The following year, she starred in two independent films, About Alex and Bang Bang Baby.[23][24] In 2015, Levy co-starred opposite Rene Russo in Frank and Cindy.[25]

2016–presentEdit

In 2016, Levy teamed up again with Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez, starring in horror film Don't Breathe, which tells the story of three friends breaking into the house of a wealthy blind man.[26] A sleeper hit, Don't Breathe received critical acclaim[27] and grossed over $156 million.[28] Also that year, she starred with Lucas Till in Monster Trucks, Paramount Animation's first live-action/CGI film, directed by Ice Age's Chris Wedge.[29][30] In an interview, Levy explained that she had taken the role and had always wanted to work with Chris Wedge because Ice Age was a 'really important movie to [her]' as a child.[31]

In 2017, Levy appeared as Dez in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore directed by Macon Blair,[32] and as Elizabeth in an episode of Showtime series Twin Peaks.[33] In November 2017, Levy starred in Hulu's There's...Johnny! as Joy Greenfield, the female lead.[34] That year Levy also co-starred with Glenn Close in the Amazon pilot Sea Oak, written by George Saunders and directed by Hiro Murai.[35]

In 2018, Levy appeared in Sony Crackle's zombie comedy Office Uprising,[36] and currently stars as Jackie Torrance, niece of Stephen King's Jack Torrance, in Hulu's critically acclaimed Castle Rock.[37][38] Levy starred in Mike Kelley's Netflix anthology thriller What/If alongside Renee Zellweger and Blake Jenner.[39] She is slated to appear in James Franco's romantic drama Pretenders as Catherine, the female lead.[40]

Personal lifeEdit

On March 3, 2011, Levy married actor Jaime Freitas. According to court documents, the couple separated on October 31, 2011. In April 2013, Levy filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[41][42]

Filmography and ShowographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes 1999

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"The Melissa Movie" Melissa
2012 Nobody Walks Caroline Ry Russo-Young [3]
2012 Fun Size April Martin-Danzinger-Ross Josh Schwartz [3]
2013 Evil Dead Mia Allen Fede Álvarez [3]
2014 About Alex Kate Jesse Zwick [3]
2014 Bang Bang Baby Stepphy Jeffrey St. Jules [3]
2015 Nicholas & Hillary Hillary Elizabeth Orr Short film [43]
2015 Here Now Mel Gregg Araki Short film [44]
2015 Frank and Cindy Kate G.J. Echternkamp [3]
2016 Don't Breathe Rocky Fede Álvarez [3]
2016 Monster Trucks Meredith Chris Wedge [3]
2017 I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore Dez Macon Blair [3]
2017 Sea Oak Min Hiro Murai Television film [45]
2018 Office Uprising Samantha Lin Oeding [46]
2018 The Pretenders Catherine James Franco [3]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role

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1997 "Melissa" Melissa Anderson 23 Seasons & 10,000 Episodes
2011 [47]
2011–2014 Suburgatory Tessa Altman Main cast; 75 episodes [48]
2014 Kroll Show Madison Episode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown" [49]
2016 Swedish Dicks Taylor Slow / Ruth Episode: "Episode 5" [50]
2017 Twin Peaks Elizabeth Episode: "Part 5" [51]
2017 There's...Johnny! Joy Greenfield Main cast [48]
2018 Castle Rock Jackie Main cast [48]
2019 What/If Lisa Donovan Main cast [48]

ReferencesEdit

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