Jasmine Cephas Jones

Jasmine Cephas Jones (born July 21, 1989) is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is best known for originating the dual roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the Broadway stage musical Hamilton.[3] In 2020, Cephas Jones won a Primetime Emmy for portraying Tyisha in #freerayshawn.

Jasmine Cephas Jones
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Jones in 2019
Born (1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 32)[1][2]
New York City, New York
EducationBerklee College of Music
Occupation
  • Actress
  • Singer
  • Producer
Years active2013–present
Partner(s)Anthony Ramos (2015–present; engaged 2018)
Parent(s)Ron Cephas Jones
Kim Lesley

Early life

Jones is the daughter of actor Ron Cephas Jones[4] and British-born jazz singer Kim Lesley. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and Berklee College of Music,[citation needed] and graduated from Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in 2011.[5] She grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, where she still lived as of 2015.[1]

Career

Jones has made small appearances in multiple independent films, including Titus (2013) and Fairfield (2014). She has also appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods, Unforgettable[citation needed], and Mrs. Fletcher.

In 2015, she originated the roles of Maria Reynolds and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer in the original Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. When the show moved to Broadway, she continued in those roles, and remained with that production until December 8, 2016.[6] In 2016, she won a Grammy Award for her work as one of the principal soloists on the Hamilton cast album.[7]

At Super Bowl LI, she, along with fellow Hamilton stars Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo, sang "America the Beautiful".[8]

Jones also appears in the 2015 film Mistress America,[9] the 2018 film Dog Days, and the critically acclaimed 2018 film Blindspotting. In 2020, she appeared as a secondary character in the short series #Freerayshawn, winning an Emmy for her performance as Tyisha. Jones' 2020 Emmy win made history alongside her father Ron Cephas Jones for being the first father-daughter duo to win Emmy Awards in the same year.

Following the positive response to the Blindspotting film, cable and streaming network STARZ along with Lionsgate Television, Snoot Entertainment, and Dreams With Friends Inc., ordered a spin-off series following the events of the film.[10] The series had Jones set to lead the cast, reviving her role as Ashley for the series as it surrounds her character. The series also had Jones set to serve as producer for the season, awarding her a first producing credit.[11] Blindspotting (TV) premiered on June 13, 2021.

On July 13, 2021, Jones and her father Ron Cephas Jones announced the 2021 Primetime Emmy nominees on behalf of the Television Academy.[12]

Personal life

On December 24, 2018, Cephas Jones became engaged to fellow Hamilton original Broadway cast member Anthony Ramos, whom she met and began dating during rehearsals for the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton at The Public Theatre.[13]

Theatre

Year Production Role Type
2014 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Kenisha Off-Broadway
2015 Hamilton Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds
2015–2016 Broadway
2019 Cyrano Roxanne Off-Broadway
 
Jones in 2015

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
2013 Titus Jessica
2014 Fairfield Lindsey
2015 Mistress America Nicolette
2018 Blindspotting Ashley
Monsters and Men Marisol Ortega
Dog Days Lola
2019 Marriage Story Theater Actor
2020 The Photograph Rachel Miller
Hamilton Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds
Honest Thief Beth Hall

Television

Year Title Role Notes Other Credits
2013 Blue Bloods Shania Costa Season 4 Episode 8: "Justice Served"
2014 Unforgettable Ellen Season 2 Episode 11: "East of Islip"
2016 Odd Mom Out TKTS Seller Season 2 Episode 3: "Hamming It Up"
2017 Girls Shopgirl Season 6 Episodes 6 & 7: "Full Disclosure", "The Bounce"
2018 Midnight, Texas Addie Wigget Season 2 Episodes 8 & 9: “Patience is a Virtue”, “Yasss, Queen”
2019 Mrs. Fletcher Chloe 5 episodes
2020 #FreeRayshawn Tyisha 15 episodes
2021 Blindspotting Ashley Rose 8 episodes Producer

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2019 "Mind Over Matter" Anthony Ramos
2019 "Moonlight" Jasmine Cephas Jones
2020 "Little Bird" Jasmine Cephas Jones

Discography

 
Jones performing at the Million Man Mosh in 2012

Extended plays

Title Year
Blue Bird 2020

Singles

Title Year Album/EP
"Moonlight" 2019 Blue Bird
"Wild Thing" 2020
"Little Bird"
"Wild Thing Remix ft. Daveed Diggs" 2021 Non-Album Single

Guest appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Freedom" 2018 Anthony Ramos, Broken Luxury The Freedom EP
"What's Going On" 2020 Devon Gilfillian What's Going On

Cast album appearances

Album Year Role
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 2015 Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds

Awards and nominations

Award Date of ceremony Category Work Result Ref(s)
Broadway.com Audience Awards May 10, 2016 Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical Hamilton Nominated [14]
Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Grammy Awards February 15, 2016 Best Musical Theater Album Won [7]
Antonyo Awards June 19, 2020 Best Featured Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway Cyrano Won [15]
Primetime Emmy Awards September 17, 2020 Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series #FreeRayshawn Won [16]
NAACP Image Awards March 27, 2021 Outstanding Performance in a Short-Form Series Nominated [17]
Women's Image Awards October 14, 2021 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Blindspotting Pending [18]

References

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Kathy (September 3, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones on Learning from Philip Seymour Hoffman & Strutting Her Stuff in Hamilton". Broadway Buzz. Broadway.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Jasmine Cephas Jones [@JasCephasJones] (July 21, 2015). "Sang some Stevie wonder with my momma on my Birthday for the #ham4ham lotto! #bestbirthdayever @HamiltonMusical" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Mistress America: Jasmine Cephas-Jones on Her Character. The New York Times (video). August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.[dead link]
  4. ^ Morales, Wilson (August 11, 2015). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Talks Noah Baumbach's Mistress America & Broadway's Hamilton". Black Film. Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bravo to Mackenzie Davis and Jasmine Cephas Jones, NP Class of 2011!". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Schulman, Michael (August 6, 2015). "The Women of Hamilton". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "58th Annual GRAMMY Awards". The Recording Academy. November 28, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Lee, Ashley (January 27, 2017). "Super Bowl: Hamilton Stars to Perform". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Brody, Richard (August 24, 2015). "Mistress America and the Art of Making a Living as an Artist". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (September 10, 2020). "'Blindspotting' Series Based on Movie a Go at Starz". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  11. ^ LeGardye, Quinci (July 26, 2021). "Jasmine Cephas Jones Shows Her True Star Power in 'Blindspotting'". ELLE. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  12. ^ "73rd Emmy Nominations Announcement". Television Academy. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  13. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy. "A Hamilton Love Story: Anthony Ramos & Jasmine Cephas Jones Are Engaged". Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Vote Now! Hamilton Breaks Record for Most Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations". Broadway.com. April 26, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  15. ^ Appler, Michael (June 20, 2020). "Audra McDonald, LaChanze & Celia Rose Gooding Win at Broadway Black's Inaugural Antonyo Awards". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  16. ^ "Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series Nominees / Winners 2020". Television Academy. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  17. ^ "2021 Nominees". NAACP Image Awards. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  18. ^ "Women's Image Network ANNOUNCES its 23rd WOMEN'S IMAGE AWARDS FILM & TELEVISION NOMINEES". PRWeb. Retrieved September 14, 2021.

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