There’s a new game in town. Jay Ellis is the new series regular for the 6th season of the BET hit series, The Game, premiering March 2013. Ellis stars as the wide-eyed Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook, a brilliant Stanford grad and recipient of the Heisman Trophy. The highly educated “Blueprint” is often the smartest guy in the room, which rubs his new teammates the wrong way. Jay can also be seen sharing the screen with Terrence Howard in the much-anticipated Farrelly Brothers film Movie 43. The film boasts an ensemble cast with some of the most remarkable actors working today. His other credits include guest-starring roles on Hart of Dixie, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy.
The gregarious Ellis is a self-proclaimed “Air Force Brat,” attending twelve schools in thirteen years, which has proven only helpful in Hollywood. “You have to learn to be the one to initiate conversation, I’ve had to adapt to different situations and always played the ‘new kid’ card.”
Born in Fort Sumter, South Carolina, Ellis is the only child of father, a career Sergeant in the US Air Force, and his mother, who is currently the COO of the Bank of Oklahoma. Just before high school, Jay and his family settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Metro Christian Academy where he excelled academically, in athletics, and as the class clown. His athletic abilities earned Ellis a basketball scholarship to Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. There he was elected student body President, spent 2 years working with AmeriCorps in Oregon, and completed a successful internship with the Portland Trailblazers before deciding to ultimately follow his childhood dream of becoming an actor.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Ellis worked in the fashion industry as a model and as a retail executive opening stores for True Religion, Reiss, and Kitson. Ellis used all of his free time to study acting and pursue his career. His relentless preparation has paid off, “I auditioned 8 times, in six weeks for the role on The Game.” When asked about his success, Ellis said, “I feel like I’m going to school as the new kid again, but it’s so exciting.” For Jay Ellis, this can only mean good things.
Jay loves to surf, has a sneaker collection that puts many collectors to shame, and is co-owner of spin and Pilates health clubs in Louisiana.