Jane Colburn Levy (born December 29, 1989) 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.
Levy at the 2013 WonderCon in Anaheim, California
Jane Colburn Levy
December 29, 1989
|Alma mater||Stella Adler Studio of Acting|
|Home town||San Anselmo, California, U.S.|
(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..
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.
Jane Colburn Levy was born December 29, 1989 in Los Angeles, California the daughter of Mary (née Tilbury), an artist, and Lester Levy, a musician. Her father is Jewish, and her mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.
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. Levy attended Sir Francis Drake High School, whereshe was on the hip hop dancing team and was captain of the soccer team, and appeared in community theatre productions of Annie and The Wizard of Oz. She describes herself at school as being a "floater", someone who got along with everyone. While at high school she visited England for five months. 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.
Levy moved back to Los Angeles after two years in New York City. In March 2011, she landed the first lead role of her career on the sitcom Suburgatory, with Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines. Since being in the show she has been compared to Emma Stone, due in part to her red hair. 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, and was included on the top eleven list of funniest women compiled by AOL. 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). 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".
Levy appeared in two films in 2012, Fun Size and Nobody Walks; the former was the first feature from Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz. Released before Halloween, Fun Size co-starred Victoria Justice and comedian Chelsea Handler. 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. Levy later starred in the 2013 remake of the horror classic The Evil Dead, as the drug-dependent Mia, replacing Lily Collins, who had originally been cast. The following year, she starred in two independent films, About Alex and Bang Bang Baby. In 2015, Levy co-starred opposite Rene Russo in Frank and Cindy.
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. A sleeper hit, Don't Breathe received critical acclaim and grossed over $156 million. 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. 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.
In 2017, Levy appeared as Dez in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore directed by Macon Blair, and as Elizabeth in an episode of Showtime series Twin Peaks. In November 2017, Levy starred in Hulu's There's...Johnny! as Joy Greenfield, the female lead. That year Levy also co-starred with Glenn Close in the Amazon pilot Sea Oak, written by George Saunders and directed by Hiro Murai.
In 2018, Levy appeared in Sony Crackle's zombie comedy Office Uprising, and currently stars as Jackie Torrance, niece of Stephen King's Jack Torrance, in Hulu's critically acclaimed Castle Rock. Levy starred in Mike Kelley's Netflix anthology thriller What/If alongside Renee Zellweger and Blake Jenner. She is slated to appear in James Franco's romantic drama Pretenders as Catherine, the female lead.
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.
Filmography and ShowographyEdit
|"The Melissa Movie"||Melissa|
|2012||Nobody Walks||Caroline||Ry Russo-Young|||
|2012||Fun Size||April Martin-Danzinger-Ross||Josh Schwartz|||
|2013||Evil Dead||Mia Allen||Fede Álvarez|||
|2014||About Alex||Kate||Jesse Zwick|||
|2014||Bang Bang Baby||Stepphy||Jeffrey St. Jules|||
|2015||Nicholas & Hillary||Hillary||Elizabeth Orr||Short film|||
|2015||Here Now||Mel||Gregg Araki||Short film|||
|2015||Frank and Cindy||Kate||G.J. Echternkamp|||
|2016||Don't Breathe||Rocky||Fede Álvarez|||
|2016||Monster Trucks||Meredith||Chris Wedge|||
|2017||I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore||Dez||Macon Blair|||
|2017||Sea Oak||Min||Hiro Murai||Television film|||
|2018||Office Uprising||Samantha||Lin Oeding|||
|2018||The Pretenders||Catherine||James Franco|||
|1997||"Melissa"||Melissa Anderson||23 Seasons & 10,000 Episodes|
|2011–2014||Suburgatory||Tessa Altman||Main cast; 75 episodes|||
|2014||Kroll Show||Madison||Episode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown"|||
|2016||Swedish Dicks||Taylor Slow / Ruth||Episode: "Episode 5"|||
|2017||Twin Peaks||Elizabeth||Episode: "Part 5"|||
|2017||There's...Johnny!||Joy Greenfield||Main cast|||
|2018||Castle Rock||Jackie||Main cast|||
|2019||What/If||Lisa Donovan||Main cast|||
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