Heather Morris


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Heather Elizabeth Morris (born February 1, 1987) is an American actress, dancer, singer and model, known for her role as Brittany S. Pierce in the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.

Early life

Morris was born in Thousand Oaks, California, and was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. She began dancing when she was 9. Morris competed at a young age in a variety of styles including jazz, tap, and contemporary. Morris's father died of cancer when she was 14 years old. "It's something that is hard for me, because I'm sad about it, but I don't dwell on it," she said during an interview workshop with students in December 2009. "I know he's in a better place, instead of suffering." After graduating from Desert Mountain High School, Morris decided to enroll in a local university but realized she was in the wrong place and moved to Los Angeles instead at age 19.

Career

Morris' s first significant appearance was in 2006 on So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 where she made it through "Vegas Week" without being cut, but failed to make the final 20 by a vote of 3 to 2.

Not discouraged, Morris actively pursued a career in dancing and was trained in jazz dance. Her big break came in 2007 via Beyonc. Morris was one of Beyonc's backup dancers on The Beyonc Experience world tour and, following that, worked again with Beyonc on a mini "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" promotional tour that included 2008 performances on the American Music Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today, and MTV's Total Request Live finale. She also danced backup for Beyonc and Tina Turner at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008. She later appeared in a small role in the movie Fired Up, where she met choreographer Zach Woodlee. Following that film, Woodlee brought Morris in to dance on other shows he was choreographing, including episodes of Eli Stone and Swingtown, the movie Bedtime Stories, and eventually landed a role as Brittany on Glee.

In December 2010, Morris was named the Celebrity Style Ambassador for FLIRT! Cosmetics, an Estee Lauder cosmetics line. In 2010, Morris made the Maxim Hot 100 list, coming in at number 85. On the AfterEllen hot 100 list, she was ranked #2 behind Naya Rivera.

In 2011, Morris starred in a back-to-school commercial for Staples Canada that featured her dancing. In the October 2011 issue of Fitness magazine, Heather Morris stated that she has had her breast implants removed. She was quoted saying "Implants were something I thought I wanted when I was younger, and now I don't. It was hard being active with them, because my chest was always sore. It hurt a lot, and I didn't like always being in pain, so they had to go!" Her breast implant surgery was done sometime between her time on So You Think You Can Dance at age 18 and age 21 when she was a backup dancer for Beyonc.

Glee

Morris was taking acting classes and actively pursuing an acting career when she was asked by Woodlee to teach the choreography for Beyonc's "Single Ladies" dance to the Glee actors. At the same time, the show was looking for a third cheerleader, and Morris ended up landing the role of Brittany. Initially a background character who hardly ever spoke, the role grew as writers discovered Morris had a gift for delivering one-liners. Jarrett Wieselman of the New York Post opined that Morris has "emerged as one of the funniest second bananas on TV right now" and the LA Times wrote of having a "comedy crush on Morris, who plays the galactically dim Glee Club cheerleader Brittany".

When a promotional clip for the episode "Sectionals" indicated that Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez had slept together, Dorothy Snarker, writing for lesbian entertainment website After Ellen, praised the pairing, referring to them by the portmanteau "Brittana". Snarker called the two her "new favorite Glee pairing", commenting that: "While Heather Morris (Brittany) and Naya Rivera (Santana) have had minimal screen time, they've made it count. Heather in particular has brought the laughs as the Cheerio least likely to get a Mensa invitation. Never mind Finn and Rachel "? I'm on Team Brittana now."

Morris' role became more prominent during the final nine episodes of season one and, due to the overwhelmingly positive response to her character, was promoted to official series regular status during season two. She was at the center of the second episode, "Britney/Brittany", (a tribute to Britney Spears) where she made her singing debut covering Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U" solo and dueting with Naya Rivera on "Me Against the Music". She later got many other singing and dancing solos. The second half of season two saw Morris' character engage in a lesbian storyline with Rivera's character. Both the arc along with Rivera's and Morris' performances were met with critical acclaim. As on Glee, Morris is best friends in real life with co-star Rivera.

In Season 3, she and Rivera's character continue with the lesbian storyline, and others. For example, she had a large role in the episode "Prom-asaurus". During the season finale, she reveals that she had an 0.0 GPA and that she would not be graduating.

During the 2011 Glee Tour, Heather performed Britney Spears' song "I'm a Slave 4 U". She also had a dance spotlight with castmate Harry Shum Jr. during Naya Rivera's performance of "Valerie," and was one of the dancers in the Single Ladies and Safety Dance numbers.

Morris co-wrote and appeared in a January 2011 video for the comedy website Funny or Die, "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang" a parody of "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg. Co-written with actresses Ashley Lendzion and Riki Lindhome, the video features appearances from Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and Morris's Glee castmates Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Harry Shum, Jr., and Naya Rivera.

On June 28, 2013, it was reported that Morris would not be returning as regular on Glee fifth season. However, Morris reprised her role for the show's hundredth episode and the final episode of the show's fifth season. Morris also appeared in five episodes in the show's sixth and final season, including the series finale.

Dancing with the Stars

On March 1, 2017, Morris was revealed as one of the contestants who would compete on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. She is paired with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Personal life

Morris is married to Taylor Hubbell, whom she began dating when he was a college baseball player. They attended the same high school in Arizona, but did not know each other there. They began dating after Morris moved to Los Angeles and Hubbell contacted her on Myspace. In a 2011 interview with Fitness, Morris said of Hubbell, "I want to marry him so bad. That's what I really care about. I want to marry Taylor and have kids with him. I love acting, but if it affects my relationship, then I won't continue doing it." After graduating from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Hubbell began living with Morris in Los Angeles in early 2012. Morris gave birth to their first child, a son named Elijah Beckwith Hubbell, on September 28, 2013. On August 28, 2014, it was announced that she and Hubbell were engaged, and they married on May 16, 2015. In August 2015 she announced via social media that they are expecting their second child. In an interview with E! News, she revealed that the second child will be a boy. She gave birth to their second child, Owen Barlett Hubbell, on February 11, 2016.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Beyonc Experience Live Dancer Concert film Supporting role

2008 Bedtime Stories Dancer supporting role
2009 Fired Up! Fiona lead role
2011 A Sense of Humor Laura Short film Lead role

2011 The Elevator Girl Short film; also writer, director and producer
2011 Andy Made a Friend Kate Short film lead role
2011 Post Lily
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Brittany Pierce Concert film main role
2012 Courage to Create Bella Short film Surpporting role

2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Katie Voice lead role
2013 Spring Breakers Bess
2015 Horrible Parents Meg Short film lead role

2015 Most Likely to Die Gaby (Gabriella) lead role
2016 Folk Hero & Funny Guy Nicole main role
2016 Romantically Speaking Ariel lead role
2016 The Cleansing Hour Heather Short film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Saturday Night Live Beyonce's Dancer Episode: "Paul Rudd/Beyonc"
2008 Swingtown Disco Dancer Uncredited, episode: "Get Down Tonight"
2008 Eli Stone Dancer Uncredited, 2 episodes
2009-15 Glee Brittany Pierce 92 episodes
2010 How I Met Your Mother Suit Dancer Uncredited, episode: "Girls Versus Suits"
2012 Punk'd Herself Guest host
2015 Romantically Speaking Ariel Cookson Television film
2015 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Episode: "Heather Morris"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Eliza Hansenback Episode: "Weird Al Yankovic Wears A Different Hawaiian Shirt"
2016 Go-Go Boy Interrupted Katie 3 episodes
2017 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on season 24

Music videos

Year Artist Song
2008 An-Ya "Nightlife"
The White Tie Affair "Candle (Sick and Tired)"
Hit the Lights "Drop the Girl"
2011 Leo Moctezuma "2 Da Left"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Glee
TV Land Awards Future Classics (with: Glee Cast)
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast)
Lesbian/Bi People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast)
Gay People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast)
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast) Glee
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (with: Glee Cast)
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Teen Choice Awards Scene Stealer Female

Discography



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