Jenn Proske is one of Hollywood’s rare success stories: In late 2009, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actor, and just four months later, landed her first credit, the starring role in Vampires Suck, a big-budget FOX & New Regency movie. In her role as Becca Crane, a spoof of Twilight’s “Bella Swan” character, Proske nailed Kristen Stewart’s mannerisms, vocal patterns and teenage angst with hilarious precision. She led the film to gross nearly $100 million worldwide and she was awarded Best New Actress by the Beverly Hills Film and TV Festival. The Los Angeles Times praised her as “the film's strongest suit,” a sentiment that was unanimously echoed by the country’s top critics.
Since her debut in Vampires Suck, some of Proske’s credits include roles on Showtime’s series, House of Lies as a Harvard Business grad who rivals with Jeannie (Kristen Bell) over her intellect and good looks, Law & Order SVU, a recurring role on CSI: NY and the lead of Lifetime’s movie about teen bullying, Sexting in Suburbia. Her performance on Law & Order SVU was particularly special to her, as she has been a fan of the show for years and has seen every episode. In fact, Proske claims that SVU inspired her to want to do one of two things with her life: become an actor or a criminal investigator. So much so that she simultaneously pursued a Master’s in Criminal Justice while completing her BFA.
Although she found success quickly, Proske has been honing her craft for years. Born in Toronto, Canada, Proske moved to the U.S. at the age of four. She grew up in southern Orange County, California, where she became involved in local Children’s Theatre productions at an early age. She continued acting on stage through high school, performing in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. When she was just 17 years old, she auditioned and was accepted to the esteemed conservatory acting program at Boston University- where she later graduated cum lade with a BFA in Acting & Theatre Arts. During her time at BU, she studied abroad in Australia where she had the privilege of working with the Sydney Theatre Company under the direction of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.
Currently living in Los Angeles, Proske enjoys cooking, reading, taking her dog, Stoli to the dog park, and dancing to Motown music. She often drives down to Orange County to visit her family and friends and enjoys eating at the local Togo’s, a sandwich shop owned by her parents.