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Jenelle Lynn Riley (born September 26, 1982)[1] is an American screenwriter, actress, journalist, and producer. Riley wrote the 2015 short film Warning Labels, directed by Jennifer Morrison, and is the host of Variety's Actors on Actors, for which she has won a Daytime Emmy Award and two Los Angeles Emmy Awards. She is also an editor for Variety[2] and contributor to The Huffington Post.[3] She wrote and directed the award-winning play "A Kind of Love Story" which had its world premiere at Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles. She is the regular host of career conversations for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, where she has conducted lengthy interviews with such actors as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon Brad Pitt, and Viola Davis.[4]

Jenelle Riley
Jenelle Lynn Riley

(1982-09-26) September 26, 1982 (age 37)
Salem, Oregon, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, journalist, editor

Theater careerEdit

Riley's first play, "Just Julie," was published when she was a teenager. Her play "Heart Murmurs and Brain Matter" premiered in 2000 in Los Angeles before being staged in London and New York. She followed that with the highly acclaimed "Comfortably Numb" in 2001. Other works include "The Gemini Project," "Duct Tape and Dreams" and "Unholy Matrimony." In 2012, the world premiere of "A Kind of Love Story" took place at Sacred Fools Theatre in Hollywood, earning six L.A. Weekly Award nominations and earning a directing prize for Riley.[5] The play has been published by Stage Rights. In 2017, she wrote and directed "Jane Austen's Emma Frankenstein," also at Sacred Fools.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Auditions Writer and Bad Auditioner
2004 The Perfect Candidate Writer
2004 Crazy Love Writer Winner: Palm Springs Shortsfest
2004 An Inconvenient Affair Writer
2004 The B.P.R.D. Declassified Student Television film
2005 The Swap Writer
2005–Present SAG Foundation Conversations Host 180 episodes
2007 Manband the Movie Office Worker
2012 A Girl, a Guy, a Space Helmet Radio Host
2013 American Hustle Neighbor (Deleted Scenes Only)
2014 Firsts Writer Episode: "The Threesome"
2014–Present Actors on Actors Host/Producer Emmy Award Winner
2015 Nobody's Perfect Maya Short film
2015 Joy (film) Special Thanks
2015 Warning Labels Writer Short film
2015 Grand Gestures Writer and Director Short film


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (23 May 2014), Jenelle Lynn Riley, Residence, Culver City, California, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ Staff (September 3, 2014). "Variety Ups Jenelle Riley to Deputy Awards and Features Editor". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jenelle Riley". The Huffington Post.
  4. ^ "SAG-AFTRA Foundation on YouTube".
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