Jillian Leff is a Chicago based actor and writer. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she has a BFA in Acting from Ball State University. She is a company member of The Cuckoo’s Theater Project where she appeared in SHE KILLS MONSTERS (Tilly), THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS (Annie), WOMEN (Beth/Carl), ANON(YMOUS) (Calista/Serza), and PETER/WENDY (A Lost Boy). Other Chicago credits include FIGHT QUEST 4 PEACE (Super Strength Avatar) (Otherworld Theatre), GODDAMN GENIUSES (Erwin Schrodinger) (Runaways Lab Theatre), and THE GOOD FIGHT (Cicely) with Babes With Blades Theatre Company, where she is an artistic affiliate. As a writer, her short plays have been produced by Ghostlight Ensemble, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, and EDGE Theatre at Fight Night. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES is her first of three world premieres this year; SMALL WORLD (co-written with Joe Lino) with The New Colony in April and (NON)FICTION with The Right Brain Project in the fall. http://jeleff11.wixsite.com/jillianwebsite
Get to know Jillian!
TCTP: Adam knows what snack to bring to any occasion. What's your go-to snack?
JL: Admittedly, I'm not really a snacker, but if you put chocolate in front of me, I will definitely eat it.
TCTP: Is there a missed opportunity in your life?
JL: When I was super little (like 2 or 3) I was almost in a Smuckers ad. But they wanted my mom to provide my wardrobe, including buying new clothes out of her pocket so I would fit "the look". Then, they didn't want my little sister, who was a baby at the time, on set. And they wanted to shoot the next day. (I'm pretty sure I was a replacement child lol) So, because of all of that, we backed out. I don't think it was a missed opportunity career wise or anything, but it might have meant lower student loans now haha
TCTP: Max and Jenna lie about their relationship all in the name of love (or wanting to get away from it.) What do you think is worth lying for?
JL: Free food. Every time.
TCTP: MISSED OPPORTUNITIES is a spin on classic romantic comedies. What's your favorite rom-com and why?
JL: She's the Man. For the why I'm gonna be hella lazy and pull a direct quote from the show: "It is the pinnacle of the 2000s teen comedy. Amanda Bynes at her peak, baby Channing Tatum with a baby six pack, a kooky scheme ensues, but it all works out in the end." It's also based off of my favorite Shakespeare play, and it makes me laugh every single time without fail.
TCTP: All four of our characters are just 20-somethings trying to live their lives and be adults. When do you most feel like you're adulting?
JL: Going through one damn day without having to ask someone to borrow their phone charger.
Check out Jillian's work in MISSED OPPORTUNITIES, running January 17 - February 16 at The Den. Get tickets here: https://bit.ly/2SvaqYB