Who is Vanessa Lengies?

Canadian actress and dancer Vanessa Lengies was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, under the zodiac sign Cancer on 21 July 1985. She’s had roles in more than 50 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for her playing of one of the lead characters, Joanne Charis, in the 2006 sports comedy movie “Stick It”, written and directed by Jessica Bendinger, and which also starred Missy Peregrym and Jeff Bridges; it follows Haley Graham who’s returned to competitive gymnastics.

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Education and early life

Vanessa was raised in Montreal by her Egyptian mother and German father, and although some media outlets have written that she has two brothers, this hasn’t been confirmed by Vanessa.

She was around eight years old when she watched her first theatre play and fell in love with acting, and was 12 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Charity in the 1997 episode “The Manhunt” of the family drama “Lassie”. Vanessa’s debut film role was in the following year, when she voiced Abigail in the animated comedy “The Tale of the Great Bunny”, and she continued acting while still attending Hudson High School.

Vanessa matriculated in 2002, and then concentrated acting rather than pursuing a degree.

Roles in TV series

In 1998 and 1999, Vanessa voiced various characters in the animated adventure comedy “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures”, and from 2002 through 2005, starred as Roxanne Bojarski in the popular historical family drama “American Dreams”, which Josh Goldstein and Jonathan Prince created, and which also starred Gail O’Grady, Tom Verica and Brittany Snow. It follows the struggles of people who lived in the ‘60s, and the series won 12 of its 39 award nominations.

Some of Vanessa’s roles in the remainder of the decade were in the fantasy “Ghost Whisperer”, the animated adventure comedy “Arthur” (voice role), and the drama “Monarch Cove”.

From 2011 through 2015, she played both Sugar Motta and Quinn Fabray in the critically acclaimed musical comedy “Glee”, which Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan created, and which starred Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison. It follows a group of teenagers who’ve joined their school’s glee club, the series aired from 2009 to 2015, and won 93 of its 305 award nominations.

The year 2016 saw her play Alexa in all the 11 episodes of the science fiction “Second Chance”, created by Rand Ravich, and which starred Robert Kazinsky, Dilshad Vadsaria and Adhir Kalyan. It follows a bio-engineer, who’s managed to revive a dead police officer – the series was nominated for only a single award.

Some of Vanessa’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2018 episode “The Boredroom – “The Future Is”” of the comedy “I. R. L.”, a 2021 episode of the comedy “Made in Hollywood”, and in the same year 12 episodes of the crime comedy “Turner & Hooch”.

Roles in movies

In 2000, Vanessa played Marci Kornbalm in the fantasy comedy “Ratz”, and some of her following roles were in the romantic family comedy “The Perfect Man” and the comedy “Waiting…” both in 2005, and the 2006 drama “The Substance of Things Hoped For”.

What marked the 2000s for her was perhaps her portrayal of Mallory in the 2009 comedy “My Suicide”, written and directed by David Lee Miller, and which starred Gabriel Sunday, David Carradine and Mariel Hemingway. It follows the lives of a teenager geek and the most popular girl in school, and the film won 13 of its 14 award nominations.

Vanessa’s also known for her portrayal of Mel in the 2015 romantic musical “We Are Your Friends”, which Max Joseph wrote and directed, and which starred Emily Rajtakowski, Wes Bentley and Zac Efron. It follows the life of DJ Cole Carter, who’s struggling to balance his time between working on his career and being with his friends.

Vanessa’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2019 fantasy comedy “A Date by Christmas Eve”, the 2020 romantic drama “Heart of the Holidays”, and the 2022 romantic comedy “Christmas in Toyland”.

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Other credits

She received special thanks for the 2008 comedy movie “Squeegees”.

Vanessa produced all six episodes of the 2017 documentary mini-series “The ‘S’ Word with Vanessa Lengies”.

She provided additional voices in the 2016 movie “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, the 2017 film “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”, and the 2019 movie “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”.

Some of Vanessa’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Sidewalks Entertainment”, “Stars in the House” and “Celebrity Page”.

Awards and nominations

Vanessa’s been nominated for three Young Artist Awards, the first in 2001 for her performance in “Ratz”, and then in 2003 and 2004 for “American Dreams”.

She was also nominated for a 2004 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Sidekick, for “American Dreams”, and a 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, for “Glee” (shared with colleagues).

Love life and boyfriends

Vanessa rarely opens up about her love life in public, however, in her own 2017 documentary series “The ‘S’ Word with Vanessa Lengies”, she revealed that she identifies as both bisexual and genderfluid – being neither male nor female.

It’s known that she was in a relationship with Will Estes from 2002 through 2004, a popular American actor perhaps best known for his playing of Jameson ‘Jaime’ Reagan in the crime mystery series “Blue Bloods”.

It’s also known that Vanessa dated British retired actor Jamie Waylett for a couple of months in 2007.

She hasn’t spoken of her other relationships, and seems to be unattached as of December 2022, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Vanessa enjoys learning new languages, and is today fluent in French and English, while she can also speak basic Arabic.

She enjoys crafting things with her hands, which she then usually gifts to her friends and family members.

One of Vanessa’s best friends is American actress, producer and director Brittany Snow, alongside whom she starred in “American Dreams”.

There are more than 160,000 people following Vanessa on Instagram today, and she’s posted over 250 pictures and videos, most of which feature her travelling and spending time in nature.

Her favorite actresses are Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep, and some of her favorite films are “Blackbird”, “The Life of David Gale” and “Finding Neverland”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Vanessa’s age is 37. She has brown eyes and hair, is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall and weighs around 110lbs (49kgs).

Vanessa’s net worth’s been estimated at over $800,000, as of December 2022.

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