From her humble beginnings in a small Appalachian Mountain town, actress Jayma Mays worked hard to establish herself as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. And while Mays may not be the quintessential Hollywood bombshell, she does possess a style and beauty that sets her apart from many of her contemporaries. But how has the Glee and Paul Blart actress maintained her young-looking beautiful skin and complexion for so long? Well, keep reading to find the answer to this question and more as we take a closer look at Jayma Mays!
Just Who is Jayma Mays
Jayma Mays is the daughter of a high school teacher and coal mine industry worker, James Edwin Mays, and his wife, Susan Paulette. Jayma, whose birth name is Jamia Suzette Mays, was born on July 16, 1979.
The American actress was born in the gateway city of Bristol, Tennessee. But she grew up in the small Appalachian town of Grundy, Virginia.
Mays’s first foray into the public spotlight happened when she began reading the area’s obituaries on a local radio station at the age of 15. She would continue to live and go to school in southwest Virginia after graduating from Grundy High School.
Before moving on to acting, Mays received an associate’s degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. It was here acting would first be presented to Mays. The school’s dean of continuing education, believing in Mays’s talent, began to recommend an acting path for the young Mays.
After leaving community college, Jayma Mays would spend a year at Virginia Tech before moving onto Radford University.
Mays Steps Into Acting Full Time
Jayma Mays first film acting role was in 2004 on the NBC network Friends spin-off series Joey. After Joey, Mays would appear on multiple series on a variety of networks. Some of her more famous work includes appearances on Six Feet Under, How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, Entourage, Stacked, and Ghost Whisperer.
Arguably her most iconic role to date is that of the guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury on the hit Fox network show Glee. The popular show ran for six seasons, from 2009 to 2015. Mays was billed as part of the main cast for the show’s first three seasons; the show’s final three seasons had her appearing in a guest-starring role.
In 2005, Mays made her large-screen debut with the psychological horror-thriller Red Eye. Following Red Eye, the actress has been in a number of films over her career. She appeared in the Clint Eastwood-directed film Flags of Our Fathers, as well as the forgettable romantic comedy Blind Dating alongside actor Chris Pine.
The petite actress has also been a part of a few film franchises. One of those being a co-starring role in the reimagining of The Smurfs and its sequel. She was also in both of Adam Sandler’s buddy Kevin James’s movies Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Possibly, the movie that had the most significant impact on her successful life up till now would likely be the 2006 parody comedy Epic Movie. While filming the movie, Mays would meet and fall in love with English Actor Adam Campbell. The pair would end up marrying and remain together today. They have one son, Jude Jones, who was born in August 2016.
A Natural Beauty
Jayma Mays is far from your typical voluptuous Hollywood starlet. That does not mean she is any less beautiful! The actress’s petite frame, naturally light reddish hair, and engaging smile set her apart from the stereotypical Hollywood actresses.
The small-town girl turned actress has been known to sport a variety of different hairstyles throughout her career. And no matter if her hair was styled in an updo with pinned back bangs, shoulder-length with feathered bangs, or curled on the ends with a sassy beret, Mays projects a friendly and engaging personality that endears her to everyone she meets.
Few, and I mean very few actresses in Hollywood, have maintained their gorgeous, beautiful skin the way Jayma Mays has! The actress’s clear and radiant skin has allowed her to play and look the part of much younger women in her roles. Her secret? A former makeup artist who worked with Mays on a film says the actress maintains her beautiful skin with a silky purifying sponge that she uses to thoroughly cleanse her skin of makeup every night!
Whether it’s the cleansing sponges or the product of the beautiful southwest Virginia area she grew up in, Jayma Mays has a radiant beauty that few in Hollywood possess these days. The young-looking actress has a certain liveliness and an endearing quality to her personality that only furthers her beauty! Whatever her next role is going to be, I am sure she will light up the screen and be just as beautiful as ever!