In conversation with Jane Levy
JLN Staff - Aug 2, 2021 Photos , Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Jane Levy is an American actress, known for her role of Zoey from NBC’s musical comedy-drama »Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist«, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.

Jane, you’ve finished filming Season 2 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. How would you compare Zoey’s personality to yours?
I, like Zoey, have no chill. We are both neurotic and have a lot of energy. We differ in that Zoey works with computers and I am an artist. I would not be happy with an office job. I need to be physically stimulated,as well as mentally and spiritually… I know that is a big ask for a job,but somehow I’ve managed to pull that off with acting.

What made you pursue acting?

I’ve always naturally gravitated toward performing. It’s funny because I don’t have the kind of performative personality that most actors have. I can’t give a speech at a party to save my life. I don’t walk into a room and own it with my presence and charm. I would say I’m a pretty low key person. But I always knew I was good at acting. I’m fascinated with people and why they do what they do.

You’ve been in the acting industry for quite some time now. What’s your take on all the things going on in the world, the pandemic and BLM, being incorporated in Hollywood?
I’m not sure I can have a worthy succinct answer to such a big question. It is sad, sick and twisted that we live in a society where black people have to say that their lives matter. It’s devastating. Our country was built off of slavery and so our institutions are all inherently racist. I’m glad there is a bit of a reckoning in Hollywood. There must be.

What is your favorite thing about Zoey?
I like her sweetness. Thinking back on the show,I think there is something radical about it’s earnestness.

Zoey has the ability to hear people’s thoughts and feelings through songs. What is your favorite song you’ve done on the show so far?
I think my favorite songs on the show have been Don’t Speak by No Doubt, Feeling Good by Nina Simone and Black Man in a White World by Michael Kiwanuka. Favorite dance numbers? Anything including John Stewart.

Is there anything new you have learned about yourself through your role of Zoey?
I have learned a lot. I have learned that a button up shirt and a sweater and a blazer worn at once is too much. I have learned that I am a visual learner and I have a hard time understanding direction that isn’t contextualized physically. I have learned that I am a good leader. I have learned that my face can be very beautiful and also it can be very,very ugly. I have learned that in order to be good at your job,you have to sleep. I have learned that taking mental breaks from work makes you more efficient, flexible and creative!

As Zoey, you did a lot of singing and dancing. Which of the two is closer to you and why?
Dancing comes much easier to me. Singing is hardbecause to be good at it,you have to be relaxed. I am not, by nature, a relaxed person. Like I said earlier,no chill.Even though the show may be done,I am still taking singing lessons because I just started working with a somatic voice teacher named Doug Peck and he’s the best teacher at anything I’ve ever had.

You have lived both in New York and Los Angeles. In your own words, how do these two big cities compare and which one of them is your favorite?
Los Angeles is my favorite because I need to live someplace close to nature to calm me down. I am also from the Bay Area and I will forever be a California girl. However, New York has better food, better art and better parties.

Tell us about your biggest dream for the future.
My biggest dream for the future is to be able to have a family and a career.

Now that Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s been canceled and it is not known yet if any other network will pick it up, where can we expect to see you next?
I don’t know, but the open year ahead of me is very exciting.

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Jane Levy on the Cancellation of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: “I Gave It My All”
JLN Staff - Jun 14, 2021 Interviews , Photos , Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

The Emmy contender reflects on her show’s cancellation, how it changed her, and how it might still come back.

On Thursday night, a long week finally hit Jane Levy. She’d wrapped up an acting class and reluctantly went out afterward, for “too much chicken” and “a tiny cup of beer” in Koreatown. She stayed past midnight. The next morning, she seems a little worn out. “I have realized how old I am,” the 31-year-old actor deadpans over Zoom from her Los Angeles home. It could also be, Levy concedes, the mere effort of a real social outing, as COVID-19 restrictions have begun winding down. Or, perhaps, it’s the emotional exhaustion of processing the cancellation of her NBC musical-comedy series, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. “This week has just been a roller coaster,” she admits.

For Levy, the news came as a shock. “When we finished [shooting] season two, I put all my stuff in storage in Canada [where the show films],” she says. “I was like, ‘Of course we’re coming back.’” She and her castmates all but knew Zoey’s would not continue at its original NBC home. (The show averaged just over 2.5 million live viewers for its second season.) Yet as propelled by critical acclaim and a likely Emmys embrace, following Levy’s breakthrough Golden Globe nomination earlier this year, signs pointed to a third-season renewal via Peacock until a late-breaking shift. “Last Friday it seemed like it was a green light,” Levy says. “And then Monday morning it was a red light.” On Wednesday, NBC confirmed Zoey’s was canceled and that Peacock would not revive it after all. (The studio behind Zoey’s, LionsgateTV, is now shopping it to other networks.)

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Jane Levy Drops Her Skin-Care Routine
JLN Staff - May 31, 2021 Interviews , Photos

The delightfully relatable star of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, identifies as a “product whore.” Same, Jane.

Jane Levy’s life features a conflict that just about all of us can relate to.

As a little girl, Levy’s mom taught her that her value was in her mind and voice and her goodness. “Never was I taught that as a woman your value is how beautiful you are,” she says. “It was a shock as I got older, like, “This is a woman’s currency in our society.”

As we grow up, it becomes hard to ignore how much our appearances matter—at least, to other people. For Levy, of course, that feeling is magnified. “I’m an actress,” she says, simply. “My job is to have my face filmed.”

Okay, most of us don’t star on blockbuster TV shows, like Levy in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Our jobs are more about resisting texting our bosses “R U mad at me?” and less about walking red carpets. But most women—most people, really—know this exact struggle.

How can we live with intense beauty standards without allowing those standards to define our worth? How are we supposed to determine which parts of the beauty industry actually make us feel beautiful, and which make us feel broken? And as long as we’re spiraling, what about the fact that a lot of beauty and wellness stuff is actually fun? And relaxing? What about the fact that, as Levy says, laughing, “I have vanity!”

Levy tries to focus on the parts of the beauty world that actually feel good. “I love being touched,” she says. “Even getting my makeup done feels like a massage to me. I love getting facials. I love the feeling of being loved on, paid attention to—clearly, I’m an actress!” she laughs. “I also get joy out of finding new products, maybe finding a product that is not as expensive as something else.”

Levy says that on a good day, she feels great about her skin. But on bad days, she struggles. “My whole life I have dealt with a version of psoriasis on my body—it makes me self conscious and it itches and it upsets me,” she says. “I’ve gone to every naturopath and acupuncturist and it’s really hard for me to get rid of it. I totally relate to women out there who struggle with their skin in that way.” She hasn’t found any magic treatment for it, sadly. “The thing that helps the most is the healthiest lifestyle—but I have to basically live like a nun,” she says. “It becomes a lot more faint if I don’t drink or eat sugar, but that’s no fun!”

What she does find fun is products. “I’m a product whore,” she says, happily. “I also get joy out of finding new products, especially finding a product that is not as expensive as something else.” Is there anything more relatable than struggling with beauty standards, having psoriasis, and loving affordable products? There simply is not. Read on for Jane Levy’s contribution to Glamour’s series, Drop the Routine.

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Jane Levy for StoryAndRain
JLN Staff - Apr 18, 2021 Photos , Videos

Jane Levy, star of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Story + Rain’s April 2021 cover star, shares the things that she loves. Behind the scenes at our April 2021 cover shoot at Malibu Beach Inn.

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Los Angeles Confidential Magazine – Luncheon (Photos)
JLN Staff - Apr 10, 2021 Photos , public appearances

Jane Levy attended LA Confidential Magazine’s celebration of Women of Influence in Beverly Hills. Her mom, Mae Whitman and choregrapher Mandy Moore were also in attendance. 21 HQ pictures have been added to the gallery


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