Vanessa Lengies

Vanessa Lynne-Marie Lengies

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 .

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 Vanessa Lengies's Early life

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.[citation needed]

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 Vanessa Lengies's Career

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.[citation needed]

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.

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 Vanessa Lengies's Filmography

Film roles
2005 Waiting... Natasha
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
2008 Extreme Movie Carla
2009 Archie's Final Project Mallory
2009 Still Waiting... Natasha
2015 We Are Your Friends Mel
Television roles
1995–96 The Little Lulu Show Annie Inch Voice role
1996–2006 Arthur Emily Voice role
1997 Lassie Charity Episode: "The Manhunt"
1998 Radio Active Sarah Leigh Main role
1998 Caillou Boy/Girl Voice 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
2014 Mixology Kacey Main role
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

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 Vanessa Lengies's Awards and nomination

2001 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actress RatzNominated
2003 Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)American DreamsNominated
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young ActressNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV SidekickNominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series GleeNominated

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 Vanessa Lengies's Discography

Main article:Glee discography


YearSinglePeak chart
2011"Candyman" - - 158 -
"Survivor/I Will Survive" 97 78
2012"Cell Block Tango" - - 175 -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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 Vanessa Lengies's References

  1. Lengies, Vanessa (July 22, 2011). "Twitter / @littlelengies: @BubbaJM5 Oh thank you so much! I had a great birthday. Thanks for the song.". Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  2. Wortham, Jenna (February 28, 2008). "Disney, ABC Enter Online Video Arena With Squeegees". Wired. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  3. Andreeva, Nellie (September 2, 2011). "TNT Cancels TV Medical Drama 'Hawthorne'". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  4. Goldberg, Lesley (May 8, 2014). "ABC Cancels Freshman Comedies 'Trophy Wife,' 'Mixology'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  5. Slezak, Michael (September 11, 2015). "TVLine Items: Fox Drama Promotes Glee Grad, HTGAWM Trailer and More". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  6. Ausiello, Michael (August 10, 2011). "Glee Exclusive: American Dreams Girl Vanessa Lengies Enrolls at McKinley High". TV Line. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  7. "(GLE-301) "The Purple Piano Project"". The Futon Critic (Press release). Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  8. Kubicek, John (January 17, 2012). "'Glee' Recap: A Very Decent Proposal". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  9. Gonzalez, Sarah (September 21, 2011). "'Glee' newbie Vanessa Lengies on Sugar's upcoming revenge (of sorts) and her scary moment with Idina Menzel". Entertainment Weekly. Time, Inc. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  10. Zoller Seitz, Matt (September 21, 2011). ""Glee" imagines life beyond senior year". Salon. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  11. West, Abby (September 21, 2011). "'Glee' season premiere recap: Join the Club!". Entertainment Weekly. Time, Inc. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  12. Fretts, Bruce (September 28, 2011). "Cheers & Jeers: Glee's Not-So-Sweet Sugar". TV Guide. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  13. VanDerWerff, Todd (September 27, 2011). ""I Am Unicorn"". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  14. "Worst TV Characters of the Year". The Huffington Post. May 24, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  15. Respers France, Lisa (September 21, 2011). "You're right 'Glee,' you need new members". CNN. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  16. "Sugar's departure is bittersweet for Glee". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  17. Peak chart positions for season 3 singles and album tracks in the United States: "We Are Young", "Survivor / I Will Survive", "Man in the Mirror", "ABC" and "Red Solo Cup" Grein, Paul (December 14, 2011). "Week Ending Dec. 11, 2011. Songs: Mariah’s Christmas Gift". Chart Watch. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  18. "Nielsen Music: Canadian Update (December 16, 2011)" (PDF). Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved December 15, 2011. 

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