Vanessa Lengies(born July 21, 1985) is a Canadian actress, dancer and singer. She is known for starring in the dramaAmerican Dreamsas Roxanne Bojarski . She appeared as Charge Nurse Kelly Epson on the TNT medical dramaHawthoRNe, and has appeared in the recurring role of Sugar Motta in the third, fourth, and sixth seasons of the Fox seriesGlee .
Born to a German father and an Egyptian mother, Lengies grew up in a little town called Hudson, Quebec . There she graduated from Hudson High School in 2002.
Lengies got her start in Canadian television on shows such asSponk!,Are You Afraid of the Dark?,Radio Active, andPopular Mechanics for Kids. Her voice was lent to Emily on the PBS animated seriesArthur. In 2000, she had the lead role in the Showtime filmRatz.
In 2002, she was cast as a series regular in the NBC comedy-dramaAmerican Dreams, playing teenager Roxanne Bojarski . The show was set in Philadelphia in the mid-1960s, and Roxanne becomes one of the dancers on theAmerican Bandstandtelevision show hosted by Dick Clark . The series ran for three seasons, with the final episode broadcast in March 2005.
The Perfect Man. She also plays a supporting role as the jailbait hostess , Natasha, in the 2005 American filmWaiting...,and reprised the role in the film's 2009 sequel,Still Waiting.... In 2006, she co-starred with Jeff Bridges and Missy Peregrym as a gymnast in the filmStick It.
ForThe Grudge 2, the role of Vanessa was originally written for Lengies, who eventually turned it down to filmMy Suicide; the part still bears her name. She has also appeared in CBS showGhost Whispererin an episode titled "The Vanishing" and the NBC showMediumin the episode "Apocalypse... Now?". She made another appearance in an episode of the short-lived CBS showMoonlight.
Monarch Cove. She also co-starred in the ABC online comedy,Squeegees.
Hawthornefrom 2009 through 2011. The role was a recurring one for the first season, and Lengies became a series regular for the following two seasons. The show, which ran for three seasons of ten episodes starting each June, was not renewed for a fourth summer.She appeared in the role of Loco Uno in an online mockumentary and sitcom calledMyMusic.
Mixologyafter only one season.Originally cast in a guest role, Lengies was upped to a main cast role on FOX's 2016 dramaSecond Chance(earlier titledLookinglass).
Since then, Sugar's singing has greatly improved, and she now performs with the main glee club, New Directions; she had her first solo line in the season's tenth episode, " Yes/No ".In 2013, Lengies visited her old high school, Hudson High School (now Westwood Senior High School) to see how much it had changed, and to speak to the Student Life and Drama students about her journey of how she got to be on the hit TV showGlee.
The A.V. Club'sTodd VanDerWerff concurred, and said of "I Am Unicorn", "Sugar continues to be one of my least favorite new characters in ages".The Huffington Postnamed Sugar Motta one of the "Worst TV Characters" in 2012.Respers France was entirely unimpressed with the routine. For her, Sugar's scene following it was one of the episode's few highlights, although she described Sugar as having "a horrible voice".
, citing frustration with not having the opportunity to act as she was hired per episode,though she did return for an appearance in the sixth season.
|2005||The Perfect Man||Amy Pearl|
|2006||The Substance of Things Hoped For||Daphne|
|2006||Stick It||Joanne Charis|
|2008||Foreign Exchange||Robyn||Lead role|
|2009||Archie's Final Project||Mallory|
|2015||We Are Your Friends||Mel|
|1995–96||The Little Lulu Show||Annie Inch||Voice role|
|1997||Lassie||Charity||Episode: "The Manhunt"|
|1998||Radio Active||Sarah Leigh||Main role|
|1999–2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Vange||Main role|
|2000||For Better or For Worse||Elizabeth Patterson||Main role|
|2000||Ratz||Marci Kornbalm|| TV film; Main role|
Nominated —Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actress
|2002–05||American Dreams||Roxanne Bojarski|| Main Role|
Nominated — Young Artist Awards for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
Nominated — Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress
Nominated — Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Sidekick
|2005||8 Simple Rules||Monica||Episode: "The After Party"|
|2006||Ghost Whisperer||Caitlin Emerson||Episode: "The Vanishing"|
|2006||Monarch Cove||Sophia Preston||Main role|
|2006||Split Decision||Ashley||TV film|
|2007||Moonlight||Leni Hayes||Episode: "Fever"|
|2007||The Cleaner||Lolly||Episode: "Rag Dolls"|
|2007||Untitled David Kohan/Max Mutchnick TV Project||Tessa||TV film|
|2008||Squeegees||Annie Hackett||TV film|
|2009||Medium||Zoey Lehman||Episode: "Apocalypse... Now?"|
|2009–11||Hawthorne||Kelly Epson||Recurring role (Season 1); main role (Seasons 2–3); 29 episodes|
|2010||Accidentally on Purpose||Tracy||Episode: "Back to School"|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Shea Williamson||Episode: "Reality Skills"|
|2010||Rules of Engagement||Julia||Episode: "Refusing to Budget"|
|2011||Castle||Eliza Winter||Episode: "Poof! You're Dead"|
|2011–13, 2015||Glee||Sugar Motta|| Recurring role (Seasons 3–4, 6); 26 episodes|
Nominated —Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2012–13||MyMusic||Loco Uno||Recurring role (Season 1); 7 episodes|
|2015||Resident Advisors||Marissa||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2016||Second Chance||Alexa||Main role|
|2016||Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures||Kordi Freemaker||Main role|
|2001||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actress||Ratz||Nominated|
|2003||Young Artist Awards||Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)||American Dreams||Nominated|
|2004||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actress||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Sidekick||Nominated|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Glee||Nominated|
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