1. Shelley HennigShelley Hennig

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    Shelley Hennig, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up as a dancer who aspired to perform on a larger stage. Her ambition and love for dance was a creative outlet for her, and served as a way to cope with the loss of her brother, who passed away in a drunk-driving accident that occurred when Shelley was just 14 years old. At the age of 16, her dance instructor convinced her to enter the Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageant with the hope of providing her with new opportunities. She won the......  Read Full Bio »

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  1. Shelley Hennig, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up as a dancer who aspired to perform on a larger stage. Her ambition and love for dance was a creative outlet for her, and served as a way to cope with the loss of her brother, who passed away in a drunk-driving accident that occurred when Shelley was just 14 years old. At the age of 16, her dance instructor convinced her to enter the Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageant with the hope of providing her with new opportunities. She won the title and went on to compete for Miss Teen USA, subsequently winning that crown as well. During her reign, she campaigned with M.A.D.D. and Buzz Free Prom to share her personal story with students across the United States. After being crowned Miss Teen USA, Hennig was awarded a full scholarship to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where she fell in love with acting. Hennig worked relentlessly for two years to hone her natural talent. Two months prior to graduation, Shelley was vacationing in Los Angeles when she received a last minute audition and landed the contract role of "Stephanie Johnson" on NBC's long-running hit series "Days of Our Lives". She would go on to earn two Daytime Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category for playing the feisty character. In 2011, after departing "Days of Our Lives", Hennig entered into her first pilot season. Within a matter of weeks she landed a leading role on the CW drama, "The Secret Circle", from executive producer Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, Scream). She starred as "Diana Meade", the head of the coven, opposite Brittany Robertson and Thomas Dekker.

    Since wrapping "The Secret Circle", Hennig has guest starred on the critically acclaimed FX drama "Justified", as Timothy Olyphant's love interest, "Jackie Nevada" and on the CBS sitcom, "Friend Me", from executive producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) alongside Nicholas Braun and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

    This May, Shelley can be seen in MTV's highly anticipated comedy, "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous", opposite comedian and creator Bo Burnham. In a multi-episode arc Hennig portrays "Christy Ackerman", the eccentric, camera-loving, high school "it-girl". This role was a nice change for Hennig, who has been looking forward to showcasing her comedic ability.

    She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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