Jessica Stroup
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Anderson, South Carolina
5' 8
Famous for:
Her portrayals in such movies as “The Hills Have Eyes II” (2007) and “Prom Night” (2008)
actress, model
Providence High School, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (graduated in 2004)
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The Hills Have Eyes II


“I am a big horror movie fan. Anything that’s gonna scare me, anything that’s gonna take me out of my own little world that I live in is just something that I’m excited about.” Jessica Stroup

American model and actress Jessica Stroup is familiar to horror fans for her portrayals in such movies as “Vampire Bats” (2005, TV), “Pray for Morning” (2006), “Left in Darkness” (2006), “The Hills Have Eyes II” (2007) and “Prom Night” (2008). She has also appeared in the romantic comedies “School for Scoundrels” (2006) and “This Christmas” (2007) and the thriller “The Informers” (2009). She will return to the horror genre with the upcoming film “Homecoming.” On the small screen, Stroup is probably best known for playing Erin Silver in the spinoff series “90210” (2008-present). She has also guest starred in television series like “Unfabulous,” “Girlfriends,” “Zoey 101,” “Grey's Anatomy,” “October Road” and “Reaper.” Recalling her experience working on ABC's medical drama “Grey's Anatomy,” she said, “It was fun. They were all very focused, all amazing people to work with. Going from the extreme blood, gore, crazy running around and screaming to very subdued drama was a great experience. I’m very thankful to have met and worked with all of them.”

Currently Stroup lives in Los Angeles, CA. She is in a relationship with Dustin Milligan, her costar in “90210.” She confessed, “One of my favorite things about Los Angeles is the music scene. There are so many venues you can check out a great band on any night of the week. The Greek Theatre is definitely a favorite of mine because it's up in the hills and set apart from the bustling Hollywood streets. They have stadium seating outside with huge screens so the group in the back row can still feel like they're a part of the show.”

Southern Girl

Childhood and Family:

“I am so proud of where I am from and I reference it whenever I can. I love the fact that people from the south are so friendly. They are about not only sports, but about rallying together and building a community and acting is a harsh world and its a lot of ups and downs, putting yourself out there and its super competitive and for me, I had to love what I was doing and being from the South and being competitive pushed me to book jobs and study for them.” Jessica Stroup (on being from the south)

Jessica Stroup was born on October 23, 1986, in Anderson, South Carolina, but grew up in Charlotte. Her mother is a former Miss North Carolina and she advised her daughter to enter modeling. Jessica has an older brother named Dave Stroup.

In 2004, Jessica graduated from Providence High School. A bright pupil, she won a scholarship to the University of Georgia, but declined it in favor of a career in Hollywood.

Jessica enjoys playing volleyball, watching movies, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family. She is best friends with fellow actress Brittany Snow and they often audition together.



Jessica Stroup began modeling when she was 15 years old and had decided to become an actress by the time she graduated high school. “I had amazing support out in California and they said, 'If this is what you want to do, if you want to focus on acting, you come to California.' And so I moved out and immediately got into classes,” she recalled.

Hardworking Stroup soon booked many national commercials for noted brands such as “Dentine,” “Velveeta” and “Honda.” She stated, “I got lucky with a couple commercials, but doing smaller things, doing student movies and films and more independents, that's what's helped me learn the most. And I think being on set and being able to actually get the experience is where you learn.”

In 2005, Stroup made her television debut in a one-episodic part in “Unfabulous,” the teen comedy series in which Emma Roberts, Malese Jow, Raja Fenske, Emma Degerstedt and Dustin Ingram were regulars. Later that same year, she got her first taste of the horror genre with the CBS made-for-television film “Vampire Bats.” She costarred in the television movie with Lucy Lawless, Dylan Neal, Brandon Henry and Arnie Pantoja.

Stroup's career received a significant boost in 2006. In addition to appearing in such hit series as CBS' “Girlfriends” and Nickelodeon's “Zoey 101,” she debuted in a feature film with the Todd Phillips-directed “School for Scoundrels,” which cast her alongside Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, renowned comic actor Ben Stiller and other big names such as Michael Clarke Duncan, Sarah Silverman and David Cross. The South Carolina native also played Ashley in Cartney Wearn's horror film “Pray for Morning,” which won the Columbine Award for Film Score at the 2007 Moondance International Film Festival, appeared with Monica Keena, David Anders and Tim Thomerson in the direct-to-video horror “Left in Darkness,” supported Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto in the thriller “Broken” and appeared in the television movie “Southern Comfort,” a drama starring Madeleine Stowe and Eric Roberts.

However, Stroup did not graduate to a leading role until she was hired to play Amber in “The Hills Have Eyes II” (2007), a sequel to the 2006 hit remake of the 1977 horror film “The Hills Have Eyes.” Helmed by German film director Martin Weisz and penned by father and son team Wes and Jonathan Craven, the film, which found a group of National Guardsmen trapped in an abandoned wasteland and victimized by a circle of predatory, murderous mutants, earned primarily negative reviews and grossed nearly $40 million worldwide, with an original budget of $15 million. Playing one of the soldiers harassed by mutants, she worked with Michael McMillian, Daniella Alonso, Lee Thompson Young, Michael Bailey Smith, Derek Mears and David Reynolds, among others. “The cast, I'd say, was absolutely the greatest people that I've ever worked with. We had so much fun and I think you've got to have a bit of a sense of humor when you're working on a horror film like this,” she said.

Still in 2007, Stroup landed a smaller role in the comedy “This Christmas,” which was directed and written by Preston A. Whitmore II and starred Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine and Chris Brown, and made guest appearances in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “October Road,” where she portrayed Jillian Miller and Taylor, respectively. She also began her recurring role as the Devil’s daughter, Cady, in four episodes of the CW Network drama series “Reaper.”

The following year, Stroup had the supporting role of Claire in the teen slasher film “Prom Night,” which starred her close friend, Brittany Snow. She then made her debut as a regular in 2008 when she was cast as Erin Silver in the highly awaited teen drama series “90210,” which premiered in the United States on The CW on September 2, 2008. “For me to step back into high school in Silver's shoes is so much fun because I was a bit of her in high school. I was a different person. I didn't stay in one clique. I loved meeting new people,” she expressed.

23-year-old Stroup was reunited with her “School for Scoundrels” costar, Billy Bob Thornton, in the thriller “The Informers,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2009. Apart from Thornton, the film also starred Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Winona Ryder. She has completed filming “Homecoming,” an independent horror movie helmed by Morgan J. Freeman and penned by Katie L. Fetting. She will play Elizabeth Mitchum, opposite Mischa Barton as Shelby and Matt Long as Mike, in the movie.

“Know that there is no limit to how high you can travel and how high you can go with whatever you want to do. If you are living in a small town, you have a huge family and you feel like you are one of many then know who you are and set yourself apart. Don't ever be pushed back by someone who doesn't believe in you. Believe in yourself. That is all that matters. Just get out there and get the knowledge for the career, for the choices that you want because you can never learn enough. That's the beauty of life, it’s changing and learning more about how the world works and how people work and if you know that then know that there is no end to what you can do.” Jessica Stroup


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