Jessica Leigh Stroup is an American actress, known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210 (2008–2013), Max Hardy on The Following (2014–2015) and Joy Meachum on Iron Fist (2017–2018), which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). She is regarded as a scream queen for starring in the horror films Vampire Bats (2005), Left in Darkness (2006), The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007), Prom Night (2008) and Homecoming (2009).
Nick Name: Jstroup, Jess, scream queen
Years active: 2005–present
Born: October 23, 1986, 36 years old and 7 months, Anderson, South Carolina, U.S
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5 ft 8 in / 1.73 m
Measurements: 32-24-35 in / 81-61-89 cm
Bra size: 30B US / 65B EU
Jessica completed her schooling from Providence High School in North Carolina in 2004. After that, she received a chance to study at the University of Georgia with a full scholarship, but she denied the offer in order to focus on her acting career.
Father – Don Stroup (Senior vice president at Wachovia)
Mother – Judith Stroup
Siblings – David Stroup (Older Brother)
Others – Lauren Buresh-Stroup (step sister) (Sister-In-Law)
Stroup was born in Anderson, South Carolina, the daughter of Judith and Don Stroup, a senior vice president at MUFG Union Bank. She spent her childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Providence High School in 2004. Stroup received a full scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, but declined in order to pursue an acting career.
Stroup’s first acting role was a guest appearance on a 2005 episode of Unfabulous. Stroup has since appeared in a number of other TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, October Road, and True Blood. In 2007, Stroup appeared in 4 episodes of Reaper, in which she played the protagonist’s ex-girlfriend. She appeared in a number of small independent movie productions, such as Left in Darkness, Pray for Morning, Vampire Bats.
In March 2007, Stroup starred as the female lead in The Hills Have Eyes 2. Stroup played the role of a US Army National Guard soldier named Amber who fights for survival with her peers against a group of mutant people. The film was a fast-forward sequel to The Hills Have Eyes, a remake of the 1977 movie of the same name. Despite negative reviews from critics the film went on to gross over $67 million worldwide. That same year Jessica had a supporting role in This Christmas.
In April 2008, Stroup was cast as a series regular on 90210, a reboot of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series Beverly Hills, 90210. Stroup played the role of high school student Erin Silver, the younger sister of David Silver and Kelly Taylor from Beverly Hills, 90210. The pilot premiered on September 2, 2008, to a high 4.65 million viewers despite mixed reviews from critics. In 2010 Stroup was awarded the “Sparkling Performance” award at the Young Hollywood Awards.
Also in April 2008, Stroup played the role of Claire in the film remake Prom Night. In December 2007, MTV.com announced that Stroup was cast in another horror film titled Homecoming, which follows a young woman being kidnapped by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Despite the film completing production in February 2008, it was not released until July 2009 for a limited release in selected cinemas. In 2008, Stroup played Rachel in the ensemble film The Informers.
In 2011, Stroup guest-appeared on Family Guy, in which she voiced a number of characters in two episodes. Stroup reunited with Seth MacFarlane in his directorial debut Ted, in which she played Tracy, Lori’s (played by Mila Kunis) friend at work.
On August 20, 2013, it was announced that Stroup would join The Following in season 2 as a series regular. Her character, Max, is “the niece of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). She’s an NYPD cop, currently working in the Intel Division. Max reconnects with Ryan and she becomes a valuable ally.”
In March 2017, she joined the cast of Iron Fist as Joy Meachum.
Stroup currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Stroup married businessman Neil Hutchinson on September 17, 2022.
She debuted with 2005 film Vampire Bats for her role as Eden. Though, it was a TV film.
Other than TV film, Jessica first film project was a 2006 horror/thriller film Pray for Morning in which she portrayed as Ashley.
First TV Show
She guest appeared on Nickelodeon children television series Unfabulous for her role as Fredericka in 2005 in just 1 episode titled “The Road Trip”.
Jessica Stroup Favorite Things
Workout Song – Rude Boy (By Rihanna)
Horror Movies – Pet Sematary (1989), Poltergeist (1982), The Shining (1980)
Jessica Stroup Facts
She is good friends with Brittany Snow.
Jessica enjoys playing volleyball.
She has also worked at Hollister Co. store when she was 15.
She is of Danish descent.
She actually loved watching 90201 and Beverly Hills, while growing up.
She has also kissed actress Heather Graham (around 16 years older than Stroup) in the 2012 film Broken.
Jessica really likes to watch horror movies. Her favorite horror films are listed above.
Stroup enjoys listening to the bands Iron and Wine, Sigur Ros and The Swell Season.
Her last name “Stroup” is pronounced as “Strop” (rhymes with hop). But, most people pronounce it as “Stroop” (rhymes with soup), which is wrong.