Mays was born in Bristol, Tennessee to Paulette and James Mays. She has two older siblings. She graduated from Grundy Senior High School in 1997, earned an associate degree at Southwest Virginia Community College in 1998, and attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg for one year. Mays graduated from Radford University in December 2000, and left for California.
Mays was on Joey, her television debut, in 2004 and in Red Eye, her film debut, in 2005. She went on to appear on How I Met Your Mother for two episodes between 2005 and 2013, on Heroes for five episodes between 2006 and 2009, and on Ugly Betty for eight episodes in between 2007 and 2008.
Mays was in The Smurfs in 2011 and its the sequel, The Smurfs 2 in 2013, she co-stared with former Glee co-star, Neil Patrick Harris.
She has a role on Glee since 2009, however Mays announced that the fifth season would be her last. However, Mays was seen filming an episode of Season Six of Glee in November 2014. Mays revealed in "Metro" that her character departure wasn't her choice in October 2013.
Mays voices Dulcinea in the Netflix animated original The Adventures of Puss in Boots, it began to air in January 2015. She was casted in the Netflix original eight-episode series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp that will air in July 2015. Molly Shannon, Glee guest star, will also star in it.
|2004||Joey||Molly||("Joey and the Party")|
|2005||Stacked||Brenda||("Nobody Says I Love You")|
|Six Feet Under||Donna||("The Rainbow of Her Reasons")|
|The Comeback||Sales Girl||("Valerie Demands Dignity")|
|Entourage||Jennifer||2005 - 2006 (3 episodes)|
|How I Met Your Mother||Coat Check Girl||2005 - 2013 ("Okay Awesome" and "The Time Travelers")|
|2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Nurse in Hawaii|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Daphne||("Pilot")|
|House M.D.||Hannah||("Sleeping Dogs Lie")|
|If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now||Sandra||TV Movie|
|Heroes||Charlie Andrews||2006 - 2009 (5 episodes)|
|Ghost Whisperer||Jennifer Billings||("The Underneath")|
|Smiley Face||Actress in Waiting Room|
|Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office||Angela||TV Movie|
|Ugly Betty||Charlie||2007 - 2008 (8 episodes)|
|2008||Back to You||Shelley||("Date Night")|
|Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control||Nina|
|Drunk History||Annabelle||("Drunk History Vol. 2.5: Featuring Jack Black")|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Amy|
|Glee||Emma Pillsbury||2009 - 2015 (82 episodes)|
|2011||The Smurfs||Grace Winslow|
|Marcy||Jayma||("Marcy Does a Picnic")|
|2012||The League||Trixie Von Stein||2012 - 2014 (6 episodes)|
|2013||The Millers||Debbie||2013 - 2015 (32 episodes)|
|NTSF:SD:SUV||Clock||("The Great Train Stoppery")|
|The Smurfs 2||Grace|
|Last Weekend||Blake Curtis|
|2014||Drunk History||Abigail Adams/Marjory Stoneman Douglas/Florence Schaffner||2014 - 2019 (4 episodes)|
|Getting On||Susie Sasso||2014 - 2015 (5 episodes)|
|2015||Puss in Boots||Dulcinea||voice, 2015 - 2018 (66 episodes)|
|Resident Advisors||Michaela Roberts||("Motivational Speaker")|
|Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||April|
|Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Jessica||("Lunch" and "Staff Party")|
|2017||American Made||Dana Sibota|
|Trial & Error||Carol Anne Keane||2017 - 2018 (23 episodes)|
|2019||Little Willy||Mrs. Caruthers||short|
|2020||Bill and Ted Face The Music||Princess Joanna|
- She is referred to by her co-stars as "Jayma-mazing".
- Her favorite color is yellow.
- She eats a peanut butter sandwich every day.
- Her favorite animal are cats. She has 2 called Heidi and Fräulein, which are both German names.
- Because her husband is English, she sometimes slips into a British accent without realizing it.
- Jayma Mays, Dianna Agron, and Jessalyn Gilsig were all featured on the NBC show, Heroes.
- She is best friends with Glee co-stars Jessalyn Gilsig and Matthew Morrison.
- She sang Touch a Touch a Touch a Touch Me for her Glee audition.
- Earlier in her television career she was a guest star on a season one episode of How I Met Your Mother, a show with Neil Patrick Harris apart of the cast. Year later, Harris appeared in a season one episode of Glee, a show with Jayma Mays apart of the cast. In 2011, they both stared in the screen adaption of Smurfs.
- She worked with Matthew on the 2007 pilot Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office, he played Angela's friend and co-worker Brody.
- Her height is 5'4.
- She admits she loves Wemma.
- She started playing piano when she was 4.
- Mays revealed that what she thought was a bad ear infection turned out to be an insect that was living in there, in July 2013.
- She used to be a wedding singer.
- She inherited her ginger hair from her grandmother.
- Her parents spotted her husband before she did.
- She loved math in school.
- She used to play basketball.
- Her favorite Smurf is Clumsy.
- She loves puzzles.
- Her favorite book is "The Help".
I definitely know that I'm quirky. I know that I'm different. Red hair definitely made me different growing up.
I don't remember my dreams. I'm one of those weird people. I know there are tricks and things you can do, but I never remember my dreams.
This morning I was laughing at my cat who was running up the stairs and slipped, and pretended like it didn't happen.
I feel really content in my 30s actually. I don't feel like the wisest person in the world but I definitely don't worry or stress like I used to.
My husband calls me a ginger every single day of my life, so that I'm completely used to it, and I've come to see it as a term of endearment.
I was so focused at 21, maybe to my own detriment because I didn't allow myself to have fun. I was constantly looking for the next audition and working to pay the bills.
I feel its like futuristic, I think it might be solar powered or something.
—Jayma, talking about her dress on Craig Fergusun, 2013
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Living A Hollywood Dream
- ↑ Jayma Mays
- ↑ Jayma Mays Is a Mom! Glee Star Welcomes a Son With Husband Adam Campbell
- ↑ Jayma Mays Confirms She's Leaving Glee
- ↑ Jayma Mays Says ‘Glee’ Departure Wasn’t Her Choice
- ↑ Scoop: Glee's Jayma Mays Joins CBS' New Sitcom The Millers as Will Arnett's Sister
- ↑ 'The Millers' Cancelled
- ↑ Jayma Mays on Wet Hot American Summer and the End of Glee
- ↑ Jayma Mays Joins Tom Cruise’s ‘Mena'; Tessa Thompson Cast In Indie ‘War On Everyone’
- ↑ Jayma Mays Casts 'The Trail'
- ↑ 'Glee' star Jayma Mays reveals she had a bug stuck in her ear for days: ‘It was so serious'