Vanessa Lengies is an acclaimed Canadian dancer, singer, and actress, who is famous for her roles in various shows, such as “Glee” and “American Dreams.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Vanessa Brittany Lengies was born in Montreal, Quebec, under the Cancer zodiac sign, on 21 July 1985, which makes her 36 years old as of 2022. She was raised in Hudson, Quebec, by her father who is of German ancestry and her mother who is Egyptian. As she was growing up in Montreal, Vanessa learned how to speak several languages – French, English, and Arabic. She developed a knack for acting after watching the “Popular Mechanics for Kids,” which guided children on how things are done – she later hosted the show when she reached the age of 14.
Lengies attended a local elementary school before she joined Hudson High School, and completed her studies in 2002. It is unclear whether she attended college.
Lesser-Known Facts about Vanessa Lengies
Lengies’ close friends and family know her by a couple of nicknames – Ness, Vanny, and VL.
She is an avid art lover, and revealed during an interview that it was her dream to become an Event Planner.
Vannesa has revealed that she is close friends with the American Young Artist Award-winning actress Brittany Snow, who caught the public’s attention with her performance in CBS’s soap opera “Guiding Light.”
Vanessa began her acting career with roles in several Canadian TV shows, including “Popular Mechanics,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark,” and “Radio Active” in 2000. She later lent her voice to a character in the animated show “Arthur”, before she landed a lead role in the movie “Ratz” in 2002. In the same year, she was selected for the notable role of Roxanne in the NBC TV show “American Dreams”, and was later seen in the film “The Perfect Man” opposite Hilary Duff.
Rise to Stardom and Role in “Glee”
2005 saw Vanessa making her career breakthrough with her role of Natasha in the TV film “Waiting…”, then reprising the role in its 2009 sequel “Still Waiting…”.
In 2006, she was seen opposite Jeff Bridges in the movie “Stick It” playing a gymnast, before she assumed guest-starring roles in the shows “Ghost Whisperer” and “Medium.” Lengies later featured in a few episodes of the show “Moonlight,” which aired on CBS, before she was cast as Sophia in the series “Monarch Cove,” which aired on Lifetime. Subsequently, she played a co-starring role in the comedy movie “Squeegees”, and thereafter portrayed Nurse Kelly in “HawthoRNe.” She later made appearances in the sitcoms “My Music” and “Mixology”, before the latter was canceled.
Vanessa landed the recurring role of the well-off and self-confident Sugar Motta in the third season of the acclaimed show “Glee” in 2011.
The series follows the story of a high school teacher, who is committed to transforming her school’s choir by incorporating a bunch of misfit students to participate and compete in singing challenges. Sugar suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, and during an interview, Venessa admitted that it was very difficult for her to purposely sing poorly, and while her character attracted several positive reviews at first, most people grew tired of it, so it ended up being named the worst character, and decreasing due to the negative reviews. She was very frustrated when she had to exit the show in its fourth season – however, she was later cast to reappear in two episodes in its sixth season.
Awards and Nominations
Vanessa has been nominated for several awards, such as Screen Actors Guild, Emmy, and Teen Choice Awards, for her works in “Glee,” “American Dreams,” and “The Free Maker Adventures”.
Similar to many celebrities, Vanessa has a wide following on several social media platforms; she has populated her Instagram page with her personal photos and shots from events, and now has around 150,000 followers. She hasn’t been active on Twitter since 2018, although still attracting approximately 175,000 followers – she used to share her personal thoughts as well as promote various brands on the platform. She has hardly been active on Facebook.
Lengies is reportedly dating James Cromer, who is a director, and an actor famous for his roles in productions such as “The Alley,” and “The Long Way Home: A Bigfoot Story.”
Rumors that Lengies was married started spreading in 2015, when she tweeted ‘Oh to be married and pregnant … and to this guy’ referring to the British actor, David Fynn, who is famous for appearing in “Undateable.” Despite tagging the Twitter handle of the American movie “Married Young,” many people took her tweet literally – however, she is (and was) not married to Fynn or anyone else.
In 2007, Lengies was romantically linked to Jamie Waylett, who is a former British actor, famous for playing Vincent in six of the eight “Harry Potter” films. The duo met and began dating in 2007, but broke up shortly afterwards. A few years after they parted ways, Jamie was arrested in London and imprisoned for two years for participating in 2012 riots in England. Vanessa went on to date American actor Will Estes, widely known for his role of Reagan in CBS’s “Blue Bloods” – the duo met on the sets of the series “American Dreams” and became more than friends as they began going on dates. Unfortunately, their romantic affair was short-lived, as they soon parted ways – during an interview, she maintained that they are still close friends, and that they meet from time to time.
There have been rumors that Vanessa was previously dating American actor and her on-screen boyfriend Kelvin McHales. However, it’s not possible that the two were lovers because Kelvin openly identifies as gay, which he confirmed when he posted a picture of himself cuddling with his boyfriend, Austin McKenzie, at Coachella.
Height, Weight, and Vital Statistics
Vanesa is of Caucasian ethnicity and has dark brown eyes and long brown hair. She has an hourglass figure, standing 5ft 2ins (1.60m) tall and weighing approximately 121lbs (55kg), with vital statistics of 32B-24-33; she wears dress size 4 (US) and shoe size 6.5 (US).
According to sources, Vanessa has accumulated a net worth of approximately $7.5 million from her successful acting and singing career, as of early 2020. She seemingly lives a modest life in Montreal, Canada, but is fond of wearing fancy dresses and going on expensive vacations.