Heather Morris (images -- some NSFW | Web site | Twitter)
Hometown: Born in Thousand Oaks, Calif., but raised in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to her Wikipedia profile.
Best Known For: Heather is best known for her role on Glee as the cheerleader Brittany. To call Brittany a dumb blond would be akin to calling the Eiffel Tower a hunk of metal, the Taj Mahal a desert structure, or Antarctica a cold patch of ground. Brittany takes the concept of vapid to a level so vast and all-penetrating that it becomes a sublime arena of cryptic enlightenment, with her non sequiturs and one-liners functioning almost like Zen koans.
Girl can dance, too. Speaking of which...
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A small role in the movie Fired Up led to work on a number of TV shows -- Eli Stone and Swingtown -- and eventually to Glee, where she was initially hired to teach the other cast members the dance routine for Beyoncé's song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
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Naya Rivera), though the show has largely tended to play it for comic relief and hasn't been as provocative as Ryan Murphy's earlier TV works might have foreshadowed.
Only Kinda the Courteney Cox Factor: Well, considering her background is in dance, it's not really surprising she'd have at least three music videos on her résumé -- maybe it would be more accurate to call it the Paula Abdul Factor, but I'm afraid that could carry a stigma of erratic behavior and hosting American Idol.
Beyond music and dance, she wrote, directed, produced and starred in a short titled The Elevator and co-wrote a Funny or Die video titled "Nuthin' But a Glee Thang."
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this tweet: "Heather Morris should never wear clothes again."
Neil Patrick Harris' Barney Stinson is for How I Met Your Mother, and perhaps (due to that moderation) even more so. (Oddly enough, she has guest-starred on his show as part of a big dance number, and he has guest-starred on hers as a rival to the glee club teacher.)
Music videos: "Drop the Girl" by Hit the Lights (Amazon | iTunes) * "Candle (Sick and Tired)" by The White Tie Affair (Amazon | iTunes) * "The White Tie Affair: Short Film (Uncensored)" (Web video) * "Night Life" by An-Ya (Amazon | iTunes) * The Beyoncé Experience (Amazon | iTunes)
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TV and Web series credits: Funny or Die: "Nuthin' But a Glee Thang" (Web video) * Glee, season 2 (Amazon | iTunes) * How I Met Your Mother, season 5: "Girls vs. Suits" (Amazon | iTunes) * Glee, season 1 (Amazon | iTunes) * Eli Stone, season 2: "The Path" (Amazon | iTunes) * Swingtown: "Get Down Tonight" (Amazon | iTunes)
Film and TV-movie credits: The Elevator (short) (Amazon | iTunes) * Fired Up (Amazon | iTunes) * Bedtime Stories (Amazon | iTunes)