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Elizabeth Gillies

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General information
Nickname(s) Liz
Gender Female
Born July 26, 1993 (age 20)
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, dancer
Years active 2007-present

Elizabeth "Liz" Egan Gillies (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her role as Jade West in Victorious. In an interview, Liz says she is "really funny" and that she "makes up characters" who she might pretend to be while conversing with someone. She also says she is "very weird". Her co-actress and best friend Ariana Grande also noted that Liz loves photography, and is frequently taking photographs of herself and everyone on the set.

Biography

Acting

Elizabeth Gillies started her acting career at age twelve when she went to a local open casting call and began appearing in commercials for companies such as Virgin Mobile. She also received roles in The Black Donnellys She starred in The Clique as Shelby Wexler. She was cast in Harold, as a supporting character. In summer 2008, she was cast as Lucy Dunn in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Brown's new musical about growing up, 13: The Musical. Later that year, 13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have an all teen cast. She received the two big numbers "Opportunity" and "It Can't Be True" along with smaller parts in other songs, such as the title song, "Hey Kendra" and "Getting Ready". 13 was a huge success until its closing on January 4, 2009.

Gillies starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious as Jade West, the antagonist and frenemy to Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice). Gillies currently voices Daphne on the animated series Winx Club and recorded Winx Club's official song, "We Are Believix". She has guest starred in White Collar and Big Time Rush and was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game shows BrainSurge and Figure It Out.

On August 10, 2012, it was announced that Victorious will be ending after three seasons. Gillies wrote about the news on her Twitter, saying, "All good things must come to an end, and Victorious is no exception. Don’t be afraid that we’re all going to drop off the face of the earth, because we’re not. It might be the end of an era, but it’s the start of many new chapters for all of us."

Music

Gillies has appeared in several songs on the soundtracks Victorious and Victorious 2.0, including Give It Up (A duet with Ariana Grande), and Take A Hint (A duet with Victoria Justice that became the most popular song on the Victorious 2.0 Soundtrack.) She wrote the song You Don't Know Me which later appeared on Victorious and was featured in Victorious 3.0.

She also has a YouTube account called LizGilliesOfficial, where she uploads covers of popular songs including: Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones, You and I by Lady Gaga, For No One by The Beatles, Jealous Guy by John Lennon, Father and Son by Cat Stevens and One and Only by Adele. She has covered songs with Max Schneider (Somewhere Only We Know) and Ariana Grande (The Christmas Song).

Currently, Gillies is working on an album with alternative rock music.

Trivia

Main article: Elizabeth Gillies Trivia

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Harold Evelyn Taylor Supporting role
2008 The Clique Shelby Wexler Minor role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2010–present Victorious Jade West Main role
2011 iCarly Jade West iParty with Victorious
Winx Club Daphne 9 episodes, Voice only
Big Time Rush Heather Fox 1 episode, "Big Time Secret"
2012 White Collar Chloe Woods 1 episode, "Upper West Side Story"
Figure It Out Herself 3 episodes, Panelist
Broadway
Year Show Role Notes
2008 13 Lucy Dunn Original Broadway cast

Music videos

Year Main Artist Song Notes
2010 Victoria Justice "Freak the Freak Out" Cameo
2011 Victoria Justice "Beggin' on Your Knees" Cameo
2011 Victoria Justice All I Want Is Everything Cameo
2011 Mickey Deleasa Time In The Day Cameo
2012 Victoria Justice Make It In America Cameo
2012 Max Schneider & Elizabeth Gillies "Somewhere Only We Know" Duet
2012 Elizabeth Gillies "We Are Believix" Lead Singer

Discography

Year Song Album Notes
2011 Give It Up (with Ariana Grande) Victorious (soundtrack) Lead Vocalist
I Want You Back (With the Victorious cast) Backing Vocals/Additional Vocals
All I Want is Everything (With the Victorious cast) Backing Vocals
Leave It All To Shine (With the Victorious and iCarly cast) Backing Vocals/Additional Vocals
2012 Don't You (Forget About Me) (With the Victorious cast) Victorious 2.0 Backing Vocals
Take A Hint (With Victoria Justice) Lead Vocalist
Shut Up 'N Dance (With the Victorious Cast) Backing Vocals/Additional Vocals
Five Fingaz to the Face (With the Victorious Cast) Additional Vocals
We Are Believix None Lead Vocalist

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