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Dianna Agron Bio
Dianna Agron (born April 30, 1986) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and music video director. In 2006, Agron made her television debut as Jessica Grant on CSI: NY. From 2006 to 2007, Agron had recurring roles on Veronica Mars as Jenny Budosh, and Heroes as Debbie Marshall.
In 2009, Agron was cast as Quinn Fabray on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. Agron has appeared in the films The Hunters (2011), I Am Number Four (2011), The Family (2013), Zipper (2015), and Bare (2015).
Agron has appeared on television shows such as Shark, Close to Home, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, and had a recurring role on Veronica Mars. She then appeared as Harper in a 13-episode series of short films called It’s a Mall World, directed by Milo Ventimiglia, airing on MTV. She then had a recurring role on the second season of Heroes as Debbie Marshall, the head cheerleader/captain of the cheer squad at Costa Verde High School. After this role, she was only offered horror films that included nudity, and turned them all down.
Agron’s most notable role to date is as Quinn Fabray, a high school cheerleader, on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee. Agron was the last primary actor to be cast, having won the role only days before the pilot began filming. Agron said in a 2009 interview pertaining to her casting session: “I nearly bailed on my audition for the show. I was so nervous.” Before being cast as Quinn, the show’s producers wondered if she appeared too innocent. Agron said in an interview: “They told me to come back with straight hair and to dress sexier. Later that week, I started work.” She auditioned with Frank Sinatra‘s “Fly Me to the Moon“. Quinn is described by Agron as Rachel Berry‘s (Lea Michele) enemy, and “terrible, the meanest girl.” The character was originally conceived as the antagonistic queen bee head cheerleader, a departure from Agron’s actual high school experience. The role saw Agron nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Female Breakout Star star in 2009. She and the other cast members were awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2010, and were nominated in the same category the following year.
On July 23, 2012, it was reported that Agron was going to appear less frequently in Glee‘s fourth season, being demoted to a guest star. Agron’s character only appeared on three episodes: “Thanksgiving“, “Naked“, and “I Do“. Agron returned in the fifth season for the two-part 100th episode special, “100” and “New Directions“. Agron announced she would return to Glee for its final season after the show’s music producer, Alex Anders, shared a photo of Agron recording music at Capitol Records. She featured as a main cast member in two episodes, “Homecoming” and “Jagged Little Tapestry“, and made a cameo on the series finale “Dreams Come True“.
In 2007, Agron appeared as Dyanna in the action–drama thriller film T.K.O., directed by Declan Mulvey, alongside Samantha Alarcon, Daz Crawford and Christian Boeving. She also appeared as Megan in the independent comedy film Skid Marks. She also appeared as Kyle’s Girl in the short comedy film Rushers. She also appeared in a short comedy film Dinner with Raphael, and had a small role as Sadie in the independent comedy film Celebrities Anonymous, directed by Dennis Hemphill Jr., alongside Lindsay Zir and Joey Kern. In 2010, she appeared in the supporting role of Minnow Hayes in the romantic comedy The Romantics. That same year, she played Natalie, the fiancée of the main character Ali’s love interest Jack, in the film Burlesque. She also appeared in Bold Native, a film about animal liberation. In 2010, Agron auditioned for the role of Gwen Stacy for the reboot of the Spider-Man films, The Amazing Spiderman, but lost out on the role to Emma Stone because of Agron’s schedule problems filming Glee.
In 2011, Agron appeared as Alice in the horror thriller The Hunters, and as Sarah Hart in the science-fiction action thriller I Am Number Four. Agron appeared in the concert film of Glee, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. She then played Belle Blake in the film The Family, opposite Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film was released on September 13, 2013, and received mixed to negative reviews. The Family debuted at #2 in its first weekend with $14.5 million. Critics praised Agron’s performance. Tom Medley wrote, “[Agron] gives the best performance in the film as a really sexy teenager coming of sexual age.” Writing for The Huffington Post, Zorianna Kit said, “De Niro, Pfeiffer and Jones all brought 100% to their roles. Glee actress Dianna Agron was the stand-out here, shining as the daughter who was falling in love for the first time, while defending her family from total annihilation by the mafia.”
In 2015, Agron appeared in the political thriller Zipper as Dalia, an intern at the office of a lawyer who is running for office. The film also starred Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, and John Cho. Zipper premiered on January 27, 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released on August 28, 2015, in a limited release in the United States and through video on demand. Agron then co-starred in the romantic comedy-drama film Tumbledown, alongside Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. That same year, she had her first lead role as Sarah Barton in the drama film Bare. The film, which also premiered at Tribeca, was written and directed by Natalia Leite and follows Sarah, a young girl living in a small desert town in Nevada, as she becomes romantically involved with a female drifter who leads her into a life of drugs, stripping, and psychedelic spiritual experiences. Paz de la Huerta, Chris Zylka, and Louisa Krause also starred in the film. Agron surprised with Bare, performing her first onscreen nude scene.
Agron is part of the main cast of A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, starring alongside Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Minnie Driver, and Ed Westwick, which is set for release in 2016. The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah and Aaron Becker. She will then be seen in the thriller Headlock, with Andy García, Justin Bartha, and James Frain. She next portrays the lead role on the upcoming drama film Hollow in the Land, written and directed by Scooter Corkle. The film is about a lesbian named Alison, who sets out to find her missing brother. Agron is also set to star in the film Novitiate, portraying a young nun in a convent, opposite Melissa Leo and Margaret Qualley.
Agron made her stage debut in the play McQueen, based on the life of the designer Alexander McQueen (Stephen Wight). She portrayed the female lead, Dahlia, a fan who breaks into the designer’s home to steal a dress and is caught by McQueen, The fantasy-based play was written by James Phillips for the fifth anniversary of McQueen’s death. The play ran from May 12 to June 6, 2015 at London’s St. James Theatre. Agron was unable to reprise her role as Dahlia in the West End theatre re-run due to “filming commitments”.
Several songs performed by Agron as Quinn Fabray on Glee have been released as singles, available for digital download, also featured on the show’s soundtrack albums. Agron made her musical debut at the end of the episode “Showmance“, performing Dionne Warwick‘s “I Say a Little Prayer“. “I Say a Little Prayer” charted in the UK Singles Chart at 125. Quinn’s next solo was in the episode “Throwdown“, performing The Supremes‘ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On“. The song charted in the UK Singles Chart at 166. The song was released on Glee: The Music, Volume 1. The Wall Street Journal editor Raymund Flandez was critical of Quinn’s cover of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, which he called “thin and jarring”. She performed a rendition of James Brown‘s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” in the episode “Funk“. The song charted in the Canadian Hot 100 chart at 73, UK Singles Chart at 94 and in the Billboard Hot 100 chart at 95.
In season three, Agron sang her first solo number since the first season, “Never Can Say Goodbye” by The Jackson 5, which received mostly positive reviews. Jen Chaney of The Washington Post gave the song a “B-“, and said it “worked much better than every track that preceded it” because it adapted the song to the show “instead of trying to out-Jackson Jackson.” Entertainment Weekly‘s Joseph Brannigan Lynch called it “a nice summation of her character’s journey, but not vocally impressive enough to justify listening to outside of the episode” and gave it a “B” rating. Crystal Bell of HuffPost TV described it as a “blah performance”, but Kate Stanhope of TV Guide said it was “sweet and reflective.” Erica Futterman of Rolling Stone wrote that it was “a tune well-suited for Quinn’s sultry voice and the flipped meaning she gives the lyrics”, and TVLine‘s Michael Slezak had a similar take: he gave it an “A” rating and called it a “remarkably lovely fit” for her voice. She has also sung in many cast group songs and duets.
In 2011, when asked about if she is interested in a solo album, Agron said that she is more focused on acting. But later, in December 2013, she said it is not possible. In February 2013, Agron hosted her very first You, Me and Charlie concert in Los Angeles, where she performed Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” and Tina Turner‘s “What’s Love Got to Do with It” featuring the band A House For Lions. In November 2014, Agron, among many other international artists, was featured in United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s charity single “Imagine” which was originally performed by John Lennon.
In 2010, Agron directed the music video for “Body” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. On November 25, 2013, the music video of “Just Another Girl” by The Killers was released, in which Agron portrays the lead singer. Agron starred in Sam Smith‘s “I’m Not the Only One” music video, which was released on August 1, 2014, as a scorned bride. In 2014, Agron directed the music video for “Till Sunrise” by Goldroom. Her brother, Jason, and actress Gabby Haugh star as a romantic couple.
In 2009, Agron wrote, starred in, directed, and executive-produced an unreleased short comedy film called A Fuchsia Elephant. The plot revolves around Agron’s character. On the day before her eighteenth birthday, Charlotte Hill makes a decision to change. Not wanting to follow in the footsteps of her alcoholic mother, she enlists a sober partner named Michael (Dave Franco) to help guide her. It was shot during the Glee hiatus in the summer of 2009. That same year, Agron hosted a mini music festival for 826LA called Chickens in Love. Agron hosted the GLAAD Media Awards on June 2, 2012, in San Francisco. In 2012 and 2013, Agron appeared in the “Play As You Are” Nintendo campaign, ads for Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, and in spots for the puzzle-solving adventure Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.
Agron spoke at the 18th San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade – 40 years of Choice! on March 7, 2013, in San Francisco, and attended The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo 2nd Annual 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon on March 13, 2013 in West Hollywood. For the February 2014 issue of the Galore magazine, Dianna worked as the photographer. Her brother, Jason Agron, also helped for the shoot. After directing Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s music video “Body”, and her independent unreleased film A Fuchsia Elephant, Agron stated that she would like to continue directing different projects. In May 2015, she directed a video for Tory Burch‘s Paris collection that will come out later in the year and she was later selected by Burch to represent the brand at the 2015 Met Gala.