Who is Jessica Stroup?
Jessica Leigh Stroup was born in Anderson, South Carolina USA, on 23 October 1986 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and film producer, with more than 30 acting credits to her name, while she’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Amber, one of the main characters in the 2007 horror thriller movie “The Hills Have Eyes 2”. It was directed by Martin Weisz, also starred Daniella Alonso and Jacob Vargas, and follows several National Guard trainees who are fighting for their lives against a group of mutants in the desert.
There are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Jessica has retired from acting, however, she’s still quite active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming short action science fiction movie “Freedom H. U. D.”
Early life and education
Jessica was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina alongside her brother Dave Stroup, an American film editor, by their mother Judith who was a housewife, and their father Don Stroup who was the senior vice president of MUFG Union Bank.
Jessica became interested in acting while attending Providence High School; she was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in many plays performed both at the school and a local theatre. Jessica was also physically quite active during those four years, as she played soccer and tennis, and enjoyed running track.
Jessica matriculated in 2005, and was offered a full scholarship by the University of Georgia, however, she rejected it in favor of pursuing an acting career.
Roles in TV series
Jessica made her debut TV series appearance in the 2005 episode “The Road Trip” of the family comedy drama “Unfabulous”, and the following years saw her appear in an episode or two of various series, such as the comedy “Girlfriends”, the family comedy drama “Zoey 101”, and the romantic drama “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Jessica gained recognition in 2007, when cast to play Cady Hanson in the adventure comedy drama “Reaper”, created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, and which starred Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine and Rick Gonzales. The series follows Sam who has just turned 21, and has learned that his parents had sold his soul to the devil prior to his birth, and that he now has to work for him; it won two of the 22 awards for which it was nominated.
Jessica is also popular for her portrayal of one of the lead characters, Erin Silver, in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy drama “90210”, created by Darren Star, it also starred Shenae Grimes-Beech and Tristan Mack Wilds; it follows a family from Kansas who have moved to Beverly Hills, and aired from 2008 to 2013, winning two of the 19 awards for which it was nominated.
Jessica was then invited to star as Max Hardy in the 2015 crime horror drama “The Following”, and her most recent TV series role has been her portrayal of the supporting character Joy Meachum in the 2018 action crime adventure “Iron Fist”.
Roles in movies
Jessica made her debut film appearance in the 2005 action adventure horror “Vampire Bats”, and gained recognition in the following year when cast to play Eli’s Wife in the comedy “School for Scoundrels”.
It was written and directed by Todd Phillips, starred Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder and Jacinda Barrett, and follows a boy who’s in love with a girl, but is too shy to ask her out on a date; the movie was nominated for two awards.
A couple of Jessica’s movie roles in the remainder of the 2000s were in the romantic comedy drama “This Christmas” and the short drama “Structure H Telepathic” both in 2007, and the 2008 crime thriller drama “The Informers”.
Jessica played Tracy in the 2012 critically acclaimed comedy “Ted”, written and directed by Seth MacFarlane, who also starred in it alongside Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. It follows John Bennett who has befriended a talking teddy bear, and the movie won 13 of the 42 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.
Three of Jessica’s most recent movie roles have been in 2016 – short science fiction drama “Youth” and the action crime drama “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” – and the 2019 drama “Heart of Life”.
Jessica sang the song “When The Saints Go Marching In” in the 2008 episode “Games People Play” of the series “90210”.
Jessica received special thanks for the 2013 documentary movie “90210: 4ever”.
Jessica produced the 2018 documentary movie “Swimmer’s Ear: A Journey to the Deaflympics”, which follows the lives of the American deaf athletes Matt Klotz and Jazmin Hernandez.
Jessica has made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, such as “Up Close with Carrie Keagan”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Jay Leno Show”.
Awards and nominations
Jessica was nominated for a 2012 Prism Award for Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline, for “90210”.
Love life and husband
Jessica is highly secretive when it comes to sharing the details of her love life with her fans, and hasn’t spoken of any men (or women) whom she’s perhaps been with. This is why there are various rumors circulating the internet concerning her past and present relationships, and her sexual orientation.
Most of her fans believe that she was in a relationship with Dustin Milligan between 2008 and 2010; he’s a Canadian actor, and the two met on the set of the series “90210”.
Jessica and Dustin were apparently seen spending time together by their fans on multiple occasions, which sparked the rumors of them being in a relationship.
There are also those who claim that Jessica is lesbian, and that this is why she hasn’t spoken of the men whom she’s dated; a fan has even claimed to have seen her kissing her girlfriend, but no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Jessica addressed these rumors.
As of March 2022, she seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Jessica is quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 200,000 followers, while she’s uploaded over 200 pictures onto the network, the majority of which have been taken during her everyday life.
Jessica is physically highly active, and has multiple training sessions at the gym every week, while she has just recently run a half-marathon.
Jessica is a dog-lover, and her pet dog can be seen featured in some of her Instagram pictures.
Jessica’s favorite season is summer, as she enjoys sun tanning at the beach and going yachting.
Jessica has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Inception”, “Les Miserables” and “Mr. and Mrs Smith”.
Age, height and net worth
Jessica is 35 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.75m) and she weighs around 140lbs (65kgs).
As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $3 million.