Jillian Shea Spaeder

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Jillian Shea Spaeder

(2002-09-27) September 27, 2002 (age 19)
Paoli, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer-songwriter
Years active2015-present

Jillian Shea Spaeder (born September 27, 2002) is an American actress, singer and songwriter (where she works under the name Jillian Shea). After making her acting debut in 2015 on several segments of OMG! for DreamWorksTV and an appearance on the Nickelodeon series Nicky, Ricky, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. She was also cast as the lead role of Bailey in the Disney XD series Walk the Prank. Spaeder made guest appearances on the Netflix series No Good Nick in 2019 and Disney Channel's Just Roll With It in 2020. Later that year, Spaeder was cast as Jane in a leading role in the Disney + movie Godmothered.

Spaeder’s debut single and music video, "Story," was released in 2018. She has released several standalone singles, most notably “Runaway,” the theme song for the Brat TV show Crazy Fast and "Something Better" which has garnered more than 375,000 streams on Spotify as of December 2020.[1]

Early life

Jillian Shea Spaeder was born on September 27, 2002, in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Spaeder first started performing with her parents’ cover band at the age of nine and studied with a private acting coach before landing her first equity theater role in a 2013 holiday Panto production at People’s Light & Theatre Company in her hometown of Malvern, Pennsylvania.[2][3]

Career

2014 – 2018: Career beginnings Spaeder initially came out to Los Angeles temporarily for pilot season in early 2015, appearing in several OMG skits for DreamWorksTV and guest starring as McKenna in an episode of Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn.[4] In May 2015, Spaeder landed the role of Bailey in the Disney XD series Walk the Prank, which premiered April 1, 2016 and ran for three seasons, ending in 2018.[5] In 2017, Spaeder recorded the duet “Invisible” with Australian singer-songwriter, Ky Baldwin. Using just her first and middle names (Jillian Shea) for her musical endeavors, Spaeder debuted her first single “Story,” with a music video, in July 2018.[6][7]

2019 - present: Music, producing/directing, film debut

Spaeder released “Barely Changed," produced by musical director and producer Mike Avenaim, in January 2019.[8] In August of 2019, Spaeder appeared as Maria in the Netflix series No Good Nick.[3]

Working with producer Mikal Blue, she released “Talk Too Loud” in June 2019.[9][10] Again collaborating with Blue, Spaeder released “Something Better” in September 2019. Spaeder also co-wrote, directed, and produced a video for this track with Lilia Buckingham.[11][12][13] Later that year Spaeder released “Runaway,” which she co-composed as the theme song for the Brat TV show Crazy Fast, in November 2019. The official video premiered in December 2019.

In March 2020, she had a guest roll as Bum-Around Bobbi on Disney Channel’s Just Roll With It, and played the role of Summer in the film To the Beat!: Back 2 School.[14][15] Shortly after, Spaeder released “i don't know,” a song she wrote and recorded at home during the quarantine, with her father Bill Spaeder producing.[16] She also filmed and released a video for the track. Spaeder followed this up in May 2020 with the ballad “3:43 a.m.,” produced by David Kidd, and “Worth My Time,” produced by Avenaim and Kidd, in July 2020.[16]

In October 2020, Spaeder and Buckingham were awarded an Influence Change 2020 Influencer Innovation Fund Grant to create a short film to promote voting among young people. The two produced the film It Counts, written by Buckingham directed by Spaeder. Both performed in the film as well.[17]

In 2020 Spaeder was cast as Jane in the Disney + holiday film, Godmothered, which was released in December 2020.[18][19][20] Playing Jane, the older daughter of Mackenzie (Isla Fisher) who overcomes stage fright thanks to the help of a young fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell). In the film she performs “Rise Up (Joy to the World)” and “Hero” in the movie and on the soundtrack.[21]

Musical Style

As a singer-songwriter, Spaeder has cited Tori Kelly, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Adele, and Julia Michaels as musical influences.[22]

Discography

Singles:

  • Story (2018)
  • Barely Changed (2019)
  • Talk Too Loud (2019)
  • Something Better (2019)
  • Runaway (2019)
  • i don't know (2020)
  • 3:43 am (2020)
  • Worth My Time (2020)
  • Let It Snow (2020)
  • 2021 (2020)

Filmography

Film Roles
Year Title Role
2020 To The Beat!: Back 2 School Olivia
2020 It Counts Summer
2020 Godmothered Jane
Television Roles
Year Title Role(s)
2015 Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn McKenna
2015 OMG Rachel, Sisbot
2016-2018 Walk the Prank Bailey Shuster
2019 No Good Nick Maria
2020 Just Roll With It Bum Around Bobbi
Music Videos
Year Title
2018 Story
2019 Something Better
2020 i don't know

References

  1. Something Better, retrieved 2020-12-08
  2. Reviewer, Jean BrennerTheatre. "'Cinderella' panto a perfect family entertainment at People's Light and Theatre". Main Line Media News. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mustafa, Filiz (2020-12-07). "Who is Jillian Shea Spaeder? Age, family and Instagram of Godmothered star!". HITC. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  4. "'Godmothered's Jillian Shea Spaeder Proves There's Hope For The Next Generation Of Hollywood". Diply. 2020-11-18. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  5. "Disney XD's Walk The Prank Cast & Character Guide". ScreenRant. 2019-09-24. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  6. "Jillian Shea: "Story"". Indie Source. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  7. "Exclusive: Jillian Shea Spaeder Premieres Music Video for Debut Single 'Story' | TigerBeat". 27 July 2018. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  8. Simmonds-Ronceros, Samantha. "Jillian Shea Spaeder "Barely Changed" - NoHo Arts District". nohoartsdistrict.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  9. Golich, Jessica. "LA Superstar, Jillian Shea, Releases New Single - "Talk Too Loud"". Life Beyond The Music. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  10. Talk Too Loud, retrieved 2020-12-08
  11. "Exclusive: Jillian Shea Spaeder Premieres Music Video for Debut Single 'Story' | TigerBeat". 27 July 2018. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  12. "3rd Quarter Gold Main Category Winners". Queen Palm Film Fest. 2020-10-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "GFF Awards Winners of Monthly Competitions". gffawards. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  14. Marniemi, J.; Parkki, M. G. (1975-09-01). "Radiochemical assay of glutathione S-epoxide transferase and its enhancement by phenobarbital in rat liver in vivo". Biochemical Pharmacology. 24 (17): 1569–1572. doi:10.1016/0006-2952(75)90080-5. ISSN 0006-2952. PMID 9.
  15. "Sneak Peek: Jayden Bartels & Gabe De Guzman Share A Dance In 'To The Beat! Back 2 School'". OK! Magazine. 2020-02-28. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Exclusive Interview: Pop-Culturalist Chats with Jillian Shea Spaeder About Godmothered". Pop-Culturalist.com. 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  17. "Jillian Shea Spaeder opens up about *everything* (but first, she wants you to go vote)". www.girlslife.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  18. "'Godmothered's Jillian Shea Spaeder Proves There's Hope For The Next Generation Of Hollywood". Diply. 2020-11-18. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  19. "'Godmothered' Live-Action Movie Begins Shooting for Disney+". Movieweb. 2020-02-04. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  20. "Jillian Bell is a fairy godmother-in-training in 'Godmothered' trailer". EW.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  21. "New movie, music for Jillian Shea Spaeder". Philadelphia Weekly. 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  22. "Jillian Shea Spaeder opens up about *everything* (but first, she wants you to go vote)". www.girlslife.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.

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