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Jayma Suzette Mays (born July 16, 1979) is an American television and film actress and singer, most known for her roles as Amy, the main love interest of the title character in the comedy movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop as well as her role as the mysophobic guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury, on the FOX TV show Glee.

Life and career

Mays was born in Grundy, Virginiamarker. After graduating from Grundy Senior High Schoolmarker, she attended Radford Universitymarker 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 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 Guy Driving. She also starred in the spoof film Epic Movie where she met her husband Adam Campbell. She also was a patient on "House" in the episode "Sleeping Dogs Lie" in 2006

She has played the love interest of a character played by Masi Oka in two different roles: Charlie Andrews 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 as Emma Pillsbury on the Fox show Glee, which premiered on September 9, 2009.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Red Eye Cynthia
2006 Blind Dating Mandy
Flags of Our Fathers Nurse in Hawaii
2007 Smiley Face Actress in Waiting Room
Epic Movie Lucy
Bar Starz Tiffany
2008 Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control Nina
2009 Paul Blart Mall Cop Amy


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Joey Molly 1 episode
2005 The Comeback Sales Girl 1 episode
Six Feet Under Donna 1 episode
How I Met Your Mother Coat Check Girl 1 episode
Stacked Brenda 1 episode
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)
House Hannah 1 episode
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
Heroes Charlie Andrews 5 episodes


  1. From Watch with Kristen at E! Online
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