Jessica Stroup is an American actress, best known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210, Max Hardy on The Following, and Joy Meachum in Iron Fist. She is regarded as a scream queen for starring in the horror films Prom Night, Vampire Bats, Left in Darkness, and The Hills Have Eyes 2.
Born Name Jessica Leigh Stroup
Nick Name Jstroup, Jess, scream queen
Years active 2005–present
Born: October 23, 1986, 31 years and 11 months, Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
Sun Sign Scorpio
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
Measurements 32-24-35 in or 81-61-89 cm
Bra size 30B
Distinctive Features Dazzling blue eyes
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 Unfabulous. Stroup has since appeared in a number of 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, and Southern Comfort.
In March 2007, Stroup starred as the female lead in The Hills Have Eyes 2. Stroup played the role of a national guard 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 Screen Gems 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 over the course of 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 April 2016, Stroup was cast in Marvel’s Iron Fist as Joy Meachum – the daughter of Harold and childhood acquaintance of Danny Rand’s, whose work building up Rand Enterprises with her brother Ward is threatened to be undone with Rand’s return.
She has appeared in Dentyne Ice gum commercial.
She had also done a print campaign with Louis Vuitton.
She debuted with 2005 film Vampire Bats for her role as Eden. Though, it was a TV film.
Other than TV film, Jessica’s 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’s children’s television series Unfabulous for her role as Fredericka in 2005 in just 1 episode titled “The Road Trip”.
Stroup works out with personal trainer Aaron Ribant. She loves to do circuit training and weight training. She makes sure not to bulk up with weight training and for that, she tries to keep reps high and weight low. And yes, she does not forget to stretch her body before and after her workout. It makes her feel good.
Jessica is known to stay healthy with her diet schedule. Jessica takes an apple with almond butter and a pinch salt. She likes vegetables a lot and crunchy veggies are her favorite snack.
She keeps herself hydrated with water. Quinoa is what she finds healthy and you’ll definitely find this in her kitchen. She chooses blended drinks and vegan protein drink mix too.
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.’s 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.