Who is Jillian Spaeder?
Jillian Shea Spaeder is an American singer and actress. She is currently starring as Bailey in Disney XD’s ‘Walk the Prank’. A native of Pennsylvania, she has always been interested in performing. Spaeder began singing at an early age and performed as a solo artist in elementary school and local theatre productions. Her family understood her aspirations and potential quite early on and decided to move to Los Angeles where she received training in acting. Spaeder made her acting debut in ‘Cinderella: A Musical Panto’, in which she played the character of Flea. In 2015, she appeared on the small screen for the first time, playing a character named McKenna in the TV series ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’. She subsequently portrayed several characters in ‘OMG!’ and in 2016, made her cinematic debut in the award-winning film ‘Theatre and Me's the Bully’. That very year, she was also cast in her most important role to date in ‘Walk the Prank’. As an aspiring singer, she often performs with her parents’ cover band, Crow’s Feet.
Rise to Fame
Jillian Spaeder made her screen debut in 2015 as McKenna in the season two episode ‘Unhappy Campers’ of Nickelodeon’s comedy series ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’. For her next project, she chose ‘OMG!’, where she had the chance to play various characters. In 2016, she made her big screen debut in Marcus A Siler’s directorial venture ‘Theatre and Me's the Bully’.
She was then cast in ‘Walk the Prank,’ an American comedy show about a group of four children trying to prank random people. The show aired its first episode on April 1, 2016, on Disney XD. Starring as Bailey, Spaeder has appeared in all 51 episodes of the show that have been broadcast to date. It is currently in its third season and besides Disney XD, also airs on Disney Channel.
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illian was born on September 27, 2002, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Bill and Sharon Spaeder. Her father is a software engineer while her mother is a freelance writer. They formed the cover band Crow’s Feet along with Pat Doyle, Larry Clark, and Joe Ruggiero and often can be found performing at different clubs and venues in the Philadelphia night scene. Spaeder has two older siblings, a brother named Evan and a sister named Emma.
Growing up in a musical environment, Spaeder’s love for music was almost inherent. Her parents played important roles in developing her skills and taste in music. She began singing rather early in her life. Her love for acting, however, came later. After she started attending Sugartown Elementary School, she debuted on stage as Flea in a production of ‘Cinderella: A Musical Panto’ at the People’s Light & Theatre Company. She was 11 years old. In the following summer, she met her manager at a performing arts seminar in Hollywood. Impressed by the young artist, she offered to represent Spaeder. She was also the person who suggested to Spaeder and her parents that they should consider moving to Los Angeles. During the two months she spent in Hollywood, Spaeder gave multiple auditions.
After they moved to Los Angeles and settled in, she received training from private acting coaches and attended workshops at John D'Aquino's Young Actors Studio. She also took lessons at The Actor's Comedy Studio and Gray Studios
Both Spaeder and her older sister Emma have performed with Crow’s Feet. She has covered popular songs by the likes of Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, and Adele.