Published on January 15, 2014 by Amy
Elizabeth Malese Jow (born February 18, 1991) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. As an actress, she is best known for her roles as Geena Fabiano on the Nickelodeon series’ Unfabulous and Lucy Stone on Big Time Rush and as Anna, a teenage vampire on The CW television teen drama The Vampire Diaries.
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Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jow moved to California with her mother and two sisters, Makenna and Isabella Jow and two brothers, when she was nine years old. Jow is of half-Chinese American and part-Cherokee descent. As a child, she would often sing at local baseball games.
When she was six years old, Jow appeared on Barney and Dellaventura, but her acting career took off when she won a co-starring role in the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Unfabulous alongside Emma Roberts where she played Geena Fabiano, one of the best friends of Roberts’ character Addie Singer. The show lasted three seasons from 2004 to 2007 and earned Jow several Young Artist Award nominations.
When Unfabulous ended in 2007, Jow appeared in Bratz: The Movie as Quinn and has guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place, The Young and the Restless, iCarly, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Disney show Hannah Montana and 2009 film Aliens in the Attic.
In 2010, Jow appeared in the first season of The Vampire Diaries (The CW). She played the part of Anna, a vampire. Jow briefly re-appeared in season 3. That same year, Jow appeared in the 2010 film You’re So Cupid! as Megan, and played Alice Cantwell in the film The Social Network. She also guest starred on an episode of TNT television series Leverage. She then went on to star in the Nickelodeon television series The Troop as Cadence Nash.
In 2011, Jow began a recurring role in the second season of Big Time Rush as Lucy Stone, an aspiring rock singer and a brief love interest of Kendall Knight (Kendall Schmidt). She also had a role and in the series Desperate Housewives as Violet.
In 2012, she played Morgan in The CW pilot Shelter, produced by J. J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn. The pilot was not picked up to series.
In January 2013, Jow confirmed her role in feature film Plastics. That same month it was also announced that Jow would be reprising her role as Lucy Stone on Big Time Rush in the fourth and final season.
In February 2013, Malese was revealed to be the new host of The Vampire Diaries side show, TVD Rehash (Re#ash) replacing previous host Arielle Kebbel. Later that month, it was announced that Jow would be joining the CW pilot Oxygen, playing Julia, a girl who has an illness which may be cured by aliens. In May 2013, Oxygen was picked up and renamed Star-Crossed. The series will be part of the 2013–2014 mid season schedule. In August 2013, production began for Star-Crossed.