With a passionate work ethic and an insatiable sense of humor & charm, Jill Wagner is the “American Girl” who’s established herself as a widely-recognizable actress and television personality. Her diverse body of work combined with a rapidly growing fan base has demonstrated her appeal to a broad range of audiences who can easily relate to her approachable wit and down-to-earth personality. With a career that successfully stretches between acting and hosting endeavors, there are few artists who have been able to effectively transition back-and-forth between the two. With global recognition and achievement, Jill has broken down barriers in her inherent ability to do both. Always enthusiastic and whole-hearted about the subject matter she pursues, Jill partnered-up with renowned producer / director Taylor Sheridan as co-creator, executive producer and actress in the new female-led series, Lioness. Jill teams up with co-star and executive producer Zoe Saldana and Oscar winning actress and executive producer Nicole Kidman in this global spy thriller. As an actress with diverse talent who has been consistently featured in various genres in film & television for nearly two decades, Jill’s illustrious range of work has not only solidified her as a dominant name and presence in the entertainment industry, but has earned her unwavering respect and acclaim. Starring opposite Jason Momoa, Jill appeared in the breakout independent film, Braven. Earlier in her acting career, Jill made an impactful and celebrated debut in the award-winning horror film, Splinter, starring opposite Shea Whigman. The film is a disturbing yet masterfully crafted horror feature in which Jill showcased her ability to carry top billing in a feature film and earned her a cult following. As a dominant presence in front of the camera, Jill also starred in MTV’s hit series, Teen Wolf. Jill played the role of Kate Argent, who was one of the primary antagonists featured throughout the show’s first four seasons. With her popularity having soared on the series, coupled with her natural instincts as a television host, Jill was presented with the opportunity to host Teen Wolf’s after-show, Wolf Watch. Jill’s natural skill and ability to improv is what paved the path for her to make her mark in Hollywood, when she was cast as the first female regular sketch performer on MTV’s hit television series, Punk’d, opposite Ashton Kutcher. As is relevant to both her cinematic story and personal life – family and faith are Jill’s most valued priorities. There was a very special and unique relationship Jill had with her paternal grandmother, who helped raise Jill as a child. As Jill’s career continued to blossom, opportunities from The Hallmark Channel soon began to present themselves. Jill would seek her grandmother’s advice on which projects would be the most appropriate to pursue. Jill stated, “My grandma loves to watch these kinds of films, so the two of us made an agreement. Whenever any of these scripts come my way I’ll send them to her, and if she likes them, I’ll do them. I do these films for her.” And, it was this value that launched and continues to drive Jill’s ongoing roles in The Hallmark Channel’s catalog of movies, including fan favorites Autumn Dreams; Christmas Cookies; A Harvest Wedding; Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle; Pearl in Paradise; and, Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa. As Jill became a widely-recognized talent within the Hallmark platforms, her movies became some of the highest rated films and series on the network. This has led to her continued success with featured roles in additional Hallmark Channel television movies and mysteries, including, Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses; Mystery 101, which was the highest rated mystery series on The Hallmark Channel; Hearts of Winter; The Angel Tree; and, A Christmas Miracle for Daisy, which was the second highest rated movie for the recently launched GAC Family network. Hosting was a natural fit for Jill as she embraced this role for some of the most widely popular network television shows, including the INSP TV series, Handcrafted America. In this inspirational series, Jill traveled the country in search of talented artisans who continue to make sought-after products the traditional way: with their own two hands. Jill’s energetic, infectious and unique style of getting to the heart of the story was undoubtedly a significant reason why the series had sustained success for three seasons. Paving the way for Jill’s hosting spotlight was solidified when she spent a remarkable seven seasons on ABC’s hit reality game show, Wipeout. Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jill and her brother were raised by their father, a former U.S. Marine and local tire shop owner. During her younger years, her father and grandmother instilled an ever-present value system which was designed to build a strong and solid foundation around family and support. Through this upbringing, Jill continues to carry the Wagner approach of providing great respect, care and love in how she cherishes and defines her faith and ‘family values’. Jill and her husband are living the life they dream – raising their three young daughters on their historical working farm in Tennessee. It is there that Jill and her family raise cattle, grow crops, remain connected to nature and find their balance experiencing life through a farming community. Jill attended North Carolina State University, from which she graduated cum laude with a degree in business. As an active woman passionately dedicated to a regularly intense & challenging fitness regime, Jill has often stated, “There’s nothing better than cranking some classic rock in my headphones and hiking up a mountain.” And, whether she is climbing a mountain or taking on new experiences and roles as one of Hollywood’s most dynamic and multi-talented artists, this All-American Girl’s message remains the same: “It’s the view from the top that makes it all worthwhile.” Jill has also dedicated her life to being enthusiastically involved in ‘giving back’. As a daughter to a military veteran, Jill has often paid homage to her father and countless veterans by traveling to different parts of the world, including Afghanistan, in support of the troops. Jill is also very passionate and dedicated to her causes with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her untiring campaign within her own charity, “Jill’s Closet for a Cure”, continues to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for these diseases that have touched the lives of so many people, including her own family.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Jill Wagner