Meet Jillian Shea Spaeder
She’s the clever and mischievous prankster who plots and executes pranks on unsuspecting targets alongside her friends.
At least that’s the role she plays as Bailey on the Disney XD series “Walk the Prank.”
The glitz and glamour of Hollywood is all new to 14-year-old Jillian Shea Spaeder.
She started her career with several roles in regional musical theater, but it was a quick trip to Los Angeles that changed the life of the Philadelphia-area native.
Jillian came to California for a singing competition in the summer of 2014. While there, she attended several seminars. She also gained the attention of her manager who recognized her talent and encouraged her to consider moving to California.
In February of 2015, Jillian took a leap of faith, packed her bags for what she thought would be a two-month adventure in Los Angeles to see what the industry was all about.
After about nine weeks in southern California, pilot and movie auditions, Jillian was ready to go home. But as luck would have it, she got the call for an audition a few days before her flight.
After a series of auditions and callbacks lasting about two months, Jillian found out she landed the role of Bailey for a new Disney XD series “Walk the Prank.”
“When I got the news I was so excited, because it seemed so fun and so awesome!” said Jillian.
The pilot was picked up in June 2015 and has currently finished production on season two. Jillian stars as the only female lead on the show.
“Bailey is a fun character to play,” said Jillian. “I’m not as mean as Bailey, but I’m definitely as sassy as she is. “Bailey seems all tough, but it’s nice when she gets upset about something. I like exploring her personality.”
Though Jillian calls Pennsylvania “home” she has settled in nicely in southern California.
“When I’m not working, we go back home to visit friends and family,” said Jillian. “I miss them, but I’ve made a lot of friends out here, too. The actors I work with are some of my best friends. We hang out on and off set and I always look forward to working.”
Jillian admitted it’s tricky to keep up with school on set, so when she’s not working, she spends time doing things for school.
Jillian also loves to practice music and perform with her family when not working. She got her start singing and playing the piano, along with clarinet and saxophone, when she was nine years old and now continues to play guitar and write and record original music.
Santa Clarita residents may have seen Jillian perform at Music 4 Purpose’s concert on March 28, at Wolf Creek Brewery. The event was the organization’s first benefit concert, and proceeds benefitted 2020Mom.org, a mental health care organization that supports mothers.
Jillian can be found spending her spare time sharing her talents with her fans on social media, tumbling, practicing her back handsprings or cuddling with her pet hedgehog Kirpi.
In just a few short years, Jillian has taken Hollywood by storm, and by the looks of her success, she has no plans of slowing down.
“I love what I do, I love acting and singing and want to continue to do both.”
To learn more about Jillian, visit www.jilliansheaspaeder.com, or follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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