Willa Fitzgerald

Willa Fitzgerald (born January 17, 1991[1]) is an American actress. She is best known for her lead role as Emma Duval in MTV's Scream. Her other notable roles include Amazon Studios' short-lived political web series Alpha House and USA Network's drama series Royal Pains.

Willa Fitzgerald
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Fitzgerald in 2019
Born (1991-01-17) January 17, 1991 (age 30)

Life and careerEdit

Fitzgerald earned a BA in theater studies from Yale University in 2013.[2]

Between 2013 and 2014, Fitzgerald played the role of Lola Laffer in the short-lived Amazon Studios political web television series Alpha House. The series lasted two seasons before being cancelled.[3] On April 23, 2014, it was reported that Fitzgerald obtained a recurring role in USA Network's drama series Royal Pains as Emma Miller.[4] Between 2014 and 2015, she also obtained guest-starring roles in various television series such as Blue Bloods, The Following and Gotham.[5]

On August 5, 2014, Fitzgerald was cast in MTV's Scream.[6][7][8] On July 29, 2015, the series was renewed for a second season that premiered on May 30, 2016.[9][10] On April 26, 2017, MTV announced that Scream would undergo a reboot featuring a new cast.[11][12]

Fitzgerald's credits in theater include works such as Couple in the Kitchen, The Private Sector, Cow Play and The Cat and the Canary.[13][14][15] In August 2016, she joined the cast of the film Misfortune,[16] which was directed by Lucky McKee and was released in October 2017 under the title Blood Money.[17]

In January 2016, she was cast in the go90 web series Relationship Status. She portrayed the role of Beth in a two-episode arc.[18]

In March 2017, Fitzgerald was cast in a starring role in the Fox television pilot Behind Enemy Lines, playing Navy pilot Roxanne Daly,[19] though Fox passed on the pilot in May 2017.[20] In July 2017, Fitzgerald was cast to play Meg in the BBC miniseries Little Women based on the book of the same name. It premiered Boxing Day, 2017.[21][22][23]

In November 2017, Fitzgerald was cast as the lead of E!'s pilot #Fashionvictim as Anya St. Clair.[24] In March 2018, the pilot was not commissioned to go forward with E!.[25] In December 2017, she was cast to play Kitsey Barbour in The Goldfinch based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name,[26] which was released on September 13, 2019.[27]

In July 2018, Fitzgerald was cast as one of the lead roles in the USA Network drama pilot Dare Me, which was picked up to series in January 2019.[28] She is set to play Colette French, a cheerleading coach who is not hesitant to take risks.[29] In December 2018, Fitzgerald was cast in an episode of the Netflix anthology drama series, Heartstrings.[30] The series is scheduled to premiere on November 22, 2019.[31] In April 2019, it was announced that Fitzgerald would guest star in the sixth season of the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger.[32]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 For the Love of a Dog Vivian
2017 Freak Show Tiffany
2017 Blood Money Lynn Originally titled Misfortune[16]
2017 Beach House Emma
2019 The Goldfinch Kitsey Barbour
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Alpha House Lola Laffer Recurring role; 12 episodes
2014 The Novice Lucy Griego Unsold television pilot
2014 Blue Bloods Lacey Sutherland Episode: "The Bogeyman"
2014 The Following Jenny Episode: "Betrayal"
2014 Royal Pains Emma Miller Recurring role (season 6); 13 episodes
2014 Untitled Wall Street Project Tara Conklin Unsold television pilot
2015 Gotham Grace Fairchild Episode: "Beasts of Prey"
2015–2016 Scream Emma Duval Lead role (seasons 1–2)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star: Female (2015)
2017 Bull Susan Bryant Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2017 Behind Enemy Lines Roxanne Daly Unsold television pilot
2017 Little Women Meg March Main role
2018 #Fashionvictim Anya St. Clair Unsold television pilot
2018 House of Cards Twenty-Year-Old Claire Episodes: "Chapter 72", "Chapter 73"
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ava Parcell Episode: "Plastic"
2019 Younger Audrey Colbert Episodes: "The Unusual Suspect", "Merger, She Wrote"
2019 Heartstrings Maddie Hawkins Episode: "J.J. Sneed"[30]
2019–2020 Dare Me Colette French Main role
2020 Acting for a Cause Hamlet Episode: "Hamlet"
2020 Day by Day Narrator (voice) Episode: "Closed Germ Loop"
2020 Billions Jill Episode: "The Limitless Sh*t"
Web series roles
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Relationship Status Beth Episodes: "The Friends", "The Good Guy"
2016 Scream: If I Die Emma Duval Episode: "One Surprise Left"[33]


  1. ^ "It's my birthday, and I'm feeling good about it". Twitter. 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Willa Fitzgerald: Resume". WillaFitzgerald.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Alpha House Cancelled By Amazon – No Season 3". RenewCancelTV.com. August 7, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Stanhope, Kate (April 23, 2014). "Exclusive: Royal Pains Adds Alpha House Alum for Mysterious Recurring Role". TV Guide. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Scream Cast - Willa Fitzgerald". MTV.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (October 28, 2014). "MTV Orders 'Scream' TV Show to Series". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 5, 2014). "MTV's 'Scream' Adaptation Sets Cast, Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Scream' Series to Debut June 30 on MTV - Watch First Trailer". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Breaking News - MTV and Dimension TV's "Scream" Adds New Cast and Sets Premiere Date". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  10. ^ Swift, Andy (July 29, 2015). "'Scream' Renewed for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Chapman, Tom (April 26, 2017). "Scream TV Series Reboot Confirmed; New Showrunner Announced". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 19, 2017). "MTV President Unveils Scripted Slate and Explains His New Approach". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Private Sector". About The Artists. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "Cow Play". Indie Theater Now. August 13, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  15. ^ Elyse Sommer. "A CurtainUp Berkshire Review: The Cat and the Canary". CurtainUp.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (August 19, 2016). "'Scream' Star Willa Fitzgerald Joins John Cusack in Indie Drama 'Misfortune'". Variety. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  17. ^ Harvey, Dennis (October 11, 2017). "Film Review: 'Blood Money'". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  18. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (January 7, 2016). "Milo Ventimiglia, James Frey to Debut New Series on Verizon's Go90 (Exclusive)". Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 16, 2017). "'Scream' Star Willa Fitzgerald Cast in Fox's 'Behind Enemy Lines' Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 23, 2017). "Fox Update: Network Passes On All Remaining Pilots". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  21. ^ "The cast of BBC's new version of Little Women will feature four rising stars alongside acting royalty". July 6, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  22. ^ Roxborough, Scott (October 10, 2017). "'Little Women' First Look: Meet the New March Sisters". Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (December 15, 2017). "Take A First Look At Masterpiece & BBC One's adaptation of 'Little Women'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 8, 2017). "Willa Fitzgerald To Headline E!'s '#Fashionvictim' Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 20, 2018). "E! Picks Up 'Juicy Stories' Dramedy From Michael Patrick King, Amy Harris & Juicy Couture Founders To Pilot, '#Fashionvictims Dead". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  26. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 15, 2017). "'The Goldfinch' Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  27. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 22, 2019). "Warner Bros. Release Date Changes: 'The Goldfinch' Goes Earlier In Fall, 'Superintelligence' Shifts & Ben Affleck Drama Dated". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  28. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 22, 2019). "Warner Bros. Release Date Changes: 'The Goldfinch' Goes Earlier In Fall, 'Superintelligence' Shifts & Ben Affleck Drama Dated". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  29. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 25, 2018). "'Dare Me': Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola & Marlo Kelly To Star In USA Pilot". Variety. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  30. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 19, 2018). "Colin O'Donoghue & Willa Fitzgerald Among Five Cast In 'JJ Sneed' Episode Of Dolly Parton Netflix Anthology". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  31. ^ Sollosi, Mary (October 17, 2019). "First look at the glitz and glamour of Dolly Parton's Heartstrings on Netflix". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  32. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 9, 2019). "'Younger' Gets Season 6 Premiere Date On TV Land". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  33. ^ Debler, Lance (May 25, 2016). "Famous Last Words: Watch Each Scream Teen Say Goodbye...Just In Case They Die". MTV News. Retrieved June 26, 2019.

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