Jillian Leigh Murray is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny With a Chance, Olivia on MTV's Awkward, Gwen Adams in American High School, Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not, Brandi Cox in Wild Things: Foursome, and as the body model for Dr. Liara T'Soni for the Mass Effect video game series.
Life and career
Murray made her film debut in the independent film Deep Toad as Natashia. She was later cast in Fifty Pills as Jayne, followed by Legacy, also known as Pretty Little Devils. Her first leading role was in The Fun Park, an indie horror flick, playing a mentally unstable girl.
In 2009, Murray portrayed Gwen Adams in the romantic comedy American High School. She later played Heather in the spoof comedy An American Carol, Abby Graves in the cult horror The Graves, and Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not.
Murray starred in a recurring role on the Disney Channel original series Sonny With a Chance, playing Portlyn. She was offered a series regular role after the 4th episode but declined due to many film offers on the table. She landed the lead female role in the comedy Cougar Hunting playing Penelope (Lara Flynn Boyle's daughter), as well as the female lead in her first studio film in Wild Things: Foursome playing Brandi Cox. After wrapping that film in 2010 she was offered the lead female in her second studio film "Never Back Down 2" playing Eve. This film is where she met her long time boyfriend Dean Geyer.
Murray's face and body were used as the model for the character of Liara T'soni in the Mass Effect franchise of video games. She recently appeared in the premier episode of the 2011 revival of the reality series Fear Factor(where she came in second place and lost the first place title because her partner fell).
In 2012, Murray starred alongside Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman in the action film Bad Ass. She also produced her first film, Visible Scars, and starred in the film alongside Tom Sizemore. She landed a role on MTV's hit show Awkward playing Olivia. In 2013 she landed numerous indie flicks including Mantervention, Windsor Drive (film), and My Favorite Five. At the end of 2013, she played the female lead in a golf drama titled The Squeeze alongside Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri.
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