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Jane Levy

Jane Levy

Jane Colburn Levy (born December 29, 1989) is an American actress. She is best known for her current role as Tessa Altman on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory. She made her TV debut on Showtime'sShameless. Levy has appeared in three films: Fun Size and Nobody Walks in 2012, and Evil Dead in 2013. She has been named by critics as one of the breakout stars of 2011, and Forbes named her on their list of 30 under 30 who are "reinventing the world" (a list of the brightest stars of the future).

Levy was born in Los Angeles County, the daughter of Mary (née Tilbury), an artist, and Lester Levy, a musician.She is of Jewish (father) and British (mother) descent.She grew up in Marin County, Northern California,where she attended high school. While in school, she 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.

Levy moved back to Los Angeles after two years in New York City. Levy was cast as Mandy Milkovich in a five-episode arc on the Showtime series Shameless within a few weeks of returning to the West Coast.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.Levy has been pleasantly surprised by the success of the show and enjoys the ability to develop a character over 22 episodes. Her favorite moment of season one was when the character Ryan Shay (played by Parker Young) confuses Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

She 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 comedian Johnny Knoxville, as he was on set for the one week of shooting that she was not.Levy starred in the 2013 remake of the horror classic The Evil Deadas the drug-dependent Mia, replacing Lily Collins who had originally been cast.In February 2013, Levy landed the lead role in Gold Circle's thriller film In a Dark Place directed by Bharat Nalluri.

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Movies Starring Jane Levy (13)

Pretenders (2017)

Pretenders (2017)

A love triangle involving a photographer, a director and an actress. ...

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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. ...

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Monster Trucks (2016)

Monster Trucks (2016)

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp, a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creatur ...

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Don't Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe (2016)

A group of teens break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. They're wrong. ...

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Ciao Lola (2016)

Ciao Lola (2016)

In Venice, Italy, both romance and bowties ask for trouble. ...

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Frank and Cindy (2015)

Frank and Cindy (2015)

G.J. Echternkamp tells the story of his relationship with his parents, his mother Cindy and his step-father, Frank. Frank used to be a member of OXO, a band from the '80s whose one hit wonder scored with the song "Whirly Girl". Cindy was the ultimate group ...

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Nicholas & Hillary (2015)

Nicholas & Hillary (2015)

Nicholas & Hillary is a short narrative filmed within a 360 degree tracking shot at Artists' Space Books and Talks in NYC. The piece portrays neoliberal superpowers Nicholas Negroponte and Hillary Clinton performed by TV and film actor Jane Levy and NY ...

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Bang Bang Baby (2014)

Bang Bang Baby (2014)

A small town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream ...

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About Alex (2014)

About Alex (2014)

A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. Yet, despite their best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an ...

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Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead, the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot and as a loose continuation of the series, features Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with a group of friends where the discovery of a ...

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Fun Size (2012)

Fun Size (2012)

Wren (Victoria Justice) is invited to a Halloween party by her crush, Aaron Riley (Thomas McDonell), but she is also forced by her mother (Chelsea Handler) to take her oddball little brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) with her when she goes out trick-or-treat ...

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Nobody Walks (2012)

Nobody Walks (2012)

A young woman's arrival sparks a surge of energy into a laid-back, artistic Los Angeles household, forcing the residents to confront their own fears and desires in an intricate dance of lust, denial and deception. ...

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