|Born:||July 16, 1979|
Jayma Suzette Mays (born July 16, 1979), is a 33-year-old American television and film actress best known for her performance as Emma Pillsbury, a guidance counsellor on the FOX musical-comedy TV show, Glee.
Mays was born in Grundy, Virginia as Jamia Suzette Mays . After graduating from Grundy Senior High School, she attended Radford University where she graduated with a degree in Performing Arts.
In 2004, she made her first television appearance on Joey. The following year, she made her feature film debut with a supporting role in Red Eye. Mays' other credits include House, Six Feet Under, The Comeback, Entourage, Stacked, How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, Ghost Whisperer and Ugly Betty. Jayma was in other movies, such as: Bar Starz, Flags of Our Fathers and Blind Dating. She also starred in the spoof film Epic Movie where she met her husband Adam Campbell.
She has played the love interest of a character played by Masi Oka in two different roles: Charlie on Heroes, and Nina in the direct-to-DVD film Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control. She also played Elsita, who lives and works in a windmill as well as her mother Elsa in episode four of Pushing Daisies. She also stars as Amy in Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
She is currently starring on the FOX TV show Glee, as Emma Pillsbury. It premiered on September 9, 2009. Jayma has been in four seasons of the series so far.
Mays played the female lead in a live action/animation hybrid film version of the Smurfs.
|Flags of Our Fathers||Nurse in Hawaii|
|2007||Smiley Face||Actress in Waiting Room|
|2008||Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control||Nina|
|2009||Paul Blart Mall Cop||Amy|
|2005||The Comeback||Sales Girl||1 episode|
|Six Feet Under||Donna||1 episode|
|How I Met Your Mother||Coat Check Girl||2 episodes|
|2005- 2006||Entourage||Jennifer||3 episodes (1 uncredited)|
|2006||If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now||Sandra||TV pilot|
|30 Even Scarier Movie Moments||Herself||TV miniseries|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Daphne||1 episode (pilot)|
|Heroes||Charlie Andrews||3 episodes|
|2007||Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office||Angela||TV pilot|
|Back to You||Shelley||1 episode|
|Ugly Betty||Charlie||8 episodes|
|Ghost Whisperer||Jennifer Billings||1 episode|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Elsita / Elsa||1 episode|
|2009||Glee||Emma||Series regular (Seasons 1-3)|
Recurring (Season 4)
|2012||The League||Trixie Von Stein||3 episodes|
- She likes cats.
- She only uses white towels.
- She loves country music.
- Has "Bambi eyes".
- Referred to by her co-stars as "Jayma-mazing ".
- Yellow is her favourite color.
- She loves Indian food.
- She eats a peanut butter sandwich every day.
- She has 2 cats called Heidi and Fräulein.
- Because her husband is English, she sometimes slips into a British accent without realizing it.
- She is best friends with Glee co-stars Jessalyn Gilsig and Matthew Morrison.
- She sang Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me for her Glee audition.
- She has dimples.
- Earlier in her television career she was a guest star on a season one episode of “How I Met Your Mother”, a show with Neil Patrick Harris apart of the cast. Year later, Harris appeared in a season one episode of “Glee”, a show with Jayma Mays apart of the cast. Then in 2011, they both stared in the screen adaption of “Smurfs”.
- She worked with Matthew on the 2007 pilot Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office, he played Angela's friend and co-worker Brody.
- She is 5'4".