|Full Name||Elizabeth Egan Gillies|
|Birthday||July 26, 1993|
|Age||30 years old|
|Born||Haworth, New Jersey, United States|
|Relationship Status||Dating Michael Corcoran|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube|
Elizabeth Gillies is an acclaimed actress and singer known for starring in the Nickelodeon series “Victorious”, originating the role of Lucy in Broadway‘s "13", and currently playing Fallon Carrington in The CW‘s revival of “Dynasty”. With her stellar acting abilities, powerful singing voice, and magnetic stage presence, Gillies has won over legions of fans across her various television, film, and theater projects.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Born in New Jersey in 1993, Gillies‘ passion for performing emerged at an early age. She began studying acting professionally at just 7 years old and landed her first Broadway role at age 12 in "The Black Donnellys".
Her big break came in 2008, when she originated the role of Lucy in the new Broadway musical "13". Despite being just 15 years old at the time, Gillies blew audiences away with her portrayal of the popular girl Lucy, showcasing her vocal range and acting skills. The New York Times raved about her "thoroughly convincing and appealing heroine" performance.
Gillies went on to appear in other theater productions like "Spring Awakening" and small TV roles before landing her defining role as the confrontational Jade West on Nickelodeon‘s "Victorious" in 2010 at age 17.
Becoming a Star on Victorious
As Jade West on “Victorious”, Gillies became a bonafide teen star. The series aired from 2010-2013 and co-starred Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, and others as students at a performing arts high school.
Gillies stood out as the quick-witted goth girl Jade, showcasing her comedic timing as well as her powerful singing voice on songs like “Give It Up”. With her portrayal of Jade – complete with iconic blue/green hair streaks – Gillies became a fan favorite and fashion icon for teens.
Critics praised her performance as well, with Jon Caramanica of the New York Times writing “Ms. Gillies has the heaviest comedic lifting to do, and she‘s deadpan brilliant at it.”
Transitioning to Mature Roles
After “Victorious” ended in 2013, Gillies began taking on more mature acting roles in her late teens and early 20s. She starred in horror films like “Animal” and “Occult”, as well as the 2015 comedy “Vacation” with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.
Gillies also began focusing seriously on music, releasing songs like “You Don’t Know Me” and “Jealousy” that highlighted her wide vocal range and belts.
In 2017, she landed her most high-profile “grown-up” role as Fallon Carrington in The CW’s revival of the 1980s drama “Dynasty”. As the stylish, headstrong daughter in the wealthy Carrington family, Gillies has earned strong praise for bringing a fresh spin to the iconic character.
Theater Star: Broadway Breakthrough
While Gillies may be best known today as a screen actress, her talents also extend to theater. Gillies actually made her Broadway debut at age 12 before reaching mainstream fame.
Her biggest theater role came at 15 when she originated the part of Lucy in the new musical “13”. Gillies wowed with her outstanding voice and multi-dimensional performance, earning raves like this from The New York Times:
“But it’s Elizabeth Gillies, who plays the popular girl Lucy, who conveys the most thoroughly convincing and appealing heroine. Ms. Gillies, who previously appeared in “The Black Donnellys” on television, smothers most of the show’s adolescent wobbles with the confidence of a genuine star.”
Gillies continues to showcase her acting and vocal talents across TV, film, and music. But her early Broadway success demonstrated the immense skillset she brought to the table even as a teenager.
Fun Facts About Elizabeth Gillies
Beyond her impressive professional accomplishments, Gillies is known for her quirky personality and sense of humor. Here are some fun facts that fans love about her:
- She loves horror films and calls herself a "scream queen".
- She‘s very close with her Victorious co-stars Ariana Grande and Daniella Monet years later.
- Her zodiac sign is Leo.
- She has two cats named Delta and Ophelia.
- Her net worth is estimated around $4 million.
- She‘s actively involved in social causes like LGBTQ rights.
- She has over 20 million followers across social media.
- She says the Victorious character Jade is most like her real personality.
- She hilariously chronicles her life on Instagram in her "Elizabeth Gillies Shit Show" stories.
Why Liz Gillies Has Such a Devoted Fanbase
Gillies has amassed a loyal fanbase over the years, thanks to qualities like:
- Her obvious talent and versatility as an actress, singer, and Broadway performer
- Her bold, experimental sense of style that inspired many teens
- Her close, genuine relationships with costars and fans
- Her down-to-earth personality and sense of humor she shares online
- Her advocacy for causes like LGBTQ rights and the environment
- The passion and charisma she brings to every performance
- Her willingness to tackle mature roles and complex characters as she‘s grown up
Elizabeth Gillies‘ dazzling triple-threat talent made her a star, but its her authenticity and integrity that makes fans adore her. Now 30 years old, her future continues to look very bright.