Vanessa Brittany Lengies[1], born July 21, 1985[2], is a 33-year-old Canadian actress, dancer and singer. She is best known for her role on American Dreams and she had a recurring role as Sugar Motta on Glee.

Personal life

Lengies was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada[3] to a German father and an Egyptian mother. She speaks French, English and some Arabic.[4] Lengies graduated from Hudson High School in 2002.[5]


She got the role on American Dreams in her graduating year of high school in 2002.[6] The show lasted for three seasons and ended in 2005. She starred in The Perfect Man, alongside Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear, in 2005. Lengies had a supporting role in Waiting... In 2005 and its sequel, Still Waiting..., in 2009.

She was in Stick It, alongside Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, and Kellan Lutz (Twilight fandom), in 2006, and starred in Hawthorne, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan, for three seasons before their cancellation in 2011.

Lengies had a recurring role as Sugar Motta on Glee for two seasons, before deciding to leave the show in May 2013 for her new show, Mixology.[7] However, she revealed in a interview with Wetpaint that she won't be leaving the show and will be in a "capacity when she can be." Despite this, she didn't return to Glee[8]; however ,she returned for two 2015 episodes during the finale season.[9]

Filming for Mixology began on August 15, 2013[10] and the series is on in November/December 2013.[11] Mixology premiered on February 26, 2014[12], however, the show was cancelled in May 2014. It still aired its remaining episodes despite being given the ae.

Lengies is in the Hulu streamed Resident Advisors.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Little Lulu Show Annie 1995 - 1999, voice and guest cast
1996 Arthur Emily 1996 - 2006, voice and guest cast
1997 Lassie Charity ("The Manhunt")
Caillou Boy/Girl voice
1998 Radio Active Sarah Leigh
1999 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Vange 1999 - 2000 (23 episodes)
2000 For Better or for Worse Elizabeth Patterson segment 'The Growing Years' and voice
Ratz Marci Kornbalm TV movie
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Silver Sight Vange TV movie
2002 American Dreams Roxanne Bojarski 2002 - 2005 (61 episodes)
2005 Waiting... Natasha
The Perfect Man Amy Pearl
8 Simple Rules Monica ("The After Party")
2006 Monarch Cove Sophia Preston (14 episodes)
Split Decision Ashley TV movie
Stick It Joanne Charis
Ghost Whisperer Caitlin Emerson ("The Vanishing")
The Substance of Things Hoped For Daphne
2007 Moonlight Leni Hayes ("Fever")
Untitled David Kohan/Max Mutchnick TV Project Tessa TV movie
2008 Extreme Movie Carla
Foreign Exchange Robyn
The Cleaner Lolly ("Rag Dolls")
Squeegees Annie Hackett TV movie
2009 Medium ("Apocalypse... Now?")
Still Waiting... Natasha video
Archie's Final Project Mallory
This Might Hurt Lily Birdsall TV movie
Hawthorne Kelly Epson 2009 - 2011 (29 episodes)
2010 Rules of Engagement Julia ("Refusing to Budget")
CSI: Miami Shea Williamson ("Reality Kills")
Accidentally on Purpose (TV series) Tracy ("Back to School")
2011 Castle Eliza Winter ("Poof, You're Dead")
Glee Sugar Motta 2011 - 2013 (24 episodes)
2015 (2 episodes)
2012 MyMusic Loco Uno Guest Cast, 2012 - 2013 (7 episodes)
2014 Mixology Kasey Regular; 13 episodes
Happy Birthday! Katie Elizondo post-production
Llama Cop Dr. Kristen Reynolds ("Dirty, Hairy" and "Bad Lieutenant")
2015 We Are Your Friends Mel post-production
Resident Advisors Marissa (4 episodes)
2016 Second Chance Alexa Regular; 11 episodes
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Kordi Regular


  • Her middle name is actually Brittany as she says in this tweet in 2011.[1]
    • She doesn't know why her middle name is listed as Lynne-Marie.[1] [14]
  • Her nickname was "Bones" when she was little since she wanted to be a paleontologist.[14]
  • She was a MAJOR fan of "Popular Mechanics for Kids" (1997) before she was on it. She still is a fan.
  • She speaks English, French, and Arabic.
  • She loves arts and crafts and event planning.
  • She is 5'3".
  • Her favorite Harry Potter book is "The Philosopher's Stone".
  • She wakes up in the morning with a Vanilla Ice Blend caffeine drink.
  • She grew up in a little town called Hudson, in Quebec. She graduated from Hudson High School in 2002.
  • She is best friends with her "American Dreams" (2002) co-star, Brittany Snow.
  • She is the third Canadian to join the cast after Cory and Jessalyn.
  • She's the oldest actor to portray a New Directions girl.
  • Her nicknames are Nessa, Nessy, Ness, Vanny and VL.
  • She loves dogs and is in a lot of dog charities.
  • She ships Brittana.
  • She is aware of the Sugar from the future idea and says everyone on set including her and Heather (and Naya when she was asked during an FAQ) play around with it on set and find it really amusing.
  • According to Lengies, self-diagnosis of Aspergers is part of Sugar's character. She revealed that it was hard to sing badly on purpose, especially with piano accompaniment.
  • Her Glee contract does not include any tribute episodes, which is why she doesn't appear in Michael, Saturday Night Glee-ver, Dance With Somebody or Britney 2.0. It's unknown why she's absent during Prom-asaurus and The Break-Up. After The Break-Up was filmed, Vanessa's contract was updated and she can now participate in Tribute Episodes.
  • She is a vegan.
  • She stars with Jayma Mays' husband Adam Campbell in ABC's show Mixology.
  • She starred with Mike O'Malley in the movie "The Perfect Man" in 2005.
  • Vanessa was supposed to appear just in the premiere of Season Three (The Purple Piano Project), but that changed.



Vanessa Lengies for World Vegan Day 2008

Vanessa Lengies for World Vegan Day 2008


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