Jayma Mays Biography (1979-)

began her big-screen career by focusing on somber material: she made a big impression on audiences as an assistant hotel manager forced to navigate her way through the night from hell in Wes Craven’s 2005 thriller Red Eye, prompting one prominent critic to chalk the effort up as a “wonderful movie debut.” Following a small role as a nurse in director Clint Eastwood’s Iwo Jima epic Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Mays discovered a flair for comedy (often filling the role of the straight man or the pretty romantic interest) in titles including Epic Movie (2007), Smiley Face (2007), and the Kevin James vehicle Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009).

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