Jillian grew up in small-town Pennsylvania very near to the birthplace of Hershey's chocolate. She first hit the stage at age eight and never left. Throughout high school, Jillian worked extensively in regional theater and at the Actor's Center in Philadelphia.
After three semesters as a journalism major at Villanova University, Jillian chose to pursue her passion and moved to New York City to attend the two-year conservatory program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was later invited to act in the Academy Company.
A lover of comedy, Jillian won the 2015 Manhattan Monologue Slam with a piece she wrote based on a Comedy Central sketch. She is also an advanced improv student and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Her most recent projects include national Carl's Jr. and Hasbro commercials, a series regular role as a southern belle in Grits, a new CMT pilot, and the lead in an indie short film, WaterRise.
Jillian joined her management team in Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue film and television work. She has since continued her acting training with Margie Haber Studio, Lesly Kahn, UCB, and the Actor's Green Room.
"Jillian is witty Kristen Bell sass with the playful innocence of a Gilmore girl."
-Richard Kline of Three's Company