✧ ALL ABOUT MORGAN ✧
Morgan Lily is an American actress, print model and aspiring musician born April 11, 2000 in Santa Monica, California.
Morgan is best known on the silver screen for her stellar work in hit blockbuster films such as: X-Men: First Class for her role as Young Mystique; 2012 for her spot as “Lily Curtis”; her performance in He’s Not That Into You and her role in the film alongside Luke Wilson, Henry Poole Is Here as “Millie Stupek.”
Before she hit the big time working in Tinsel Town, Morgan was a prolific child model. It started early, when at three months old she graced the cover of Talbots catalog.
She also took the fashion world by storm—all before the age of four. Morgan topped the fashion world appearing in the pages of world-famous fashion magazines like: Vogue, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Amica.
Morgan caught the attention of top ad agencies, where she garnered work modeling for various Macy’s, Sara Lee and Disney publications and later went on to land a Burberry London clothing ad and the cover of American Girl Magazine.
Morgan’s early success in print led to her first acting job in a Hallmark Mother’s Day commercial. Future commercial work included appearances in national spots for Nabisco, Kellogg’s, Jif Peanut Butter, Dodge, Continental Airlines and a Hallmark Christmas ad.
Morgan made her big film debut in the poignant project, Shards. The narrative follows the return of an Iraq war veteran to his family in the United States.
After Morgan’s performance in Shards, she was cast for the lighthearted made-for-TV comedy, Welcome to the Jungle Gym, where she co-starred with actress Jennifer Aspen (“Party of Five”, “Rodney”, “The Closer”) as “Kylie.” She then moved on to add Love’s Everlasting Courage, another made-for-TV title to her repertoire where she appeared as “Missy,” the daughter of a man struggling to raise his family in the days of the early West after losing his wife.
Morgan made her network television debut in 2007 on an episode of the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Morgan did all of her own stunt work for the show, which included falling from an elevated tree house.
Her Sundance debut broke out in 2008 in Henry Poole is Here, starring Luke Wilson. The film follows a man who finds out he only has six weeks to live. He decides to retreat from his normal life and live out his last days in indulgent isolation. In this quirky dark comedy, Morgan played “Millie Stupek,” daughter of actress Radha Mitchell (“Silent Hill,” “Finding Neverland”).
That same year, Morgan appeared as a crying 5-year-old in the star-studded hit romantic comedy, He’s Just Not That Into You. Here, Morgan worked with top-level actors including Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Ben Affleck.
In 2009 Morgan moved on to work on the action-packed blockbuster 2012 where she played the role of “Lilly Curtis,” the daughter of John Cusak and Amanda Peet. Morgan and her family were relocated to Vancouver for the filming
Morgan had a busy 2010, starring in an episode of Criminal Minds and to film the movie Flipped in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also was part of the cast of The Ugly Life of a Beautiful Girl a film that explored the porn industry and the lives people lead to obtain power, sex and fame.
Her 2011 release, X-Men: First Class, involved international travel and eight hours a day in the makeup chair for her role as Young Mystique where she worked alongside top A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence and smashed box offices. Morgan loved every minute of it.
Morgan may be young, but industry critics are already taking note of this budding star. In fact, TheBuzz.com and CelebDiaries have compared her acting prowess to contemporary child stars such as Dakota and Elle Fanning.
She’s also an enthusiastic animal lover and her family frequently fosters and contributes to animal welfare organizations. But her charitable work doesn’t stop there; Morgan was also selected as the face of a public service announcement for Mothers and Children Together Against Violence.
Morgan is as big a performer at home as she is on the silver screen. She loves to dance and sing with her mother April Gross, sister Riley Jane, brother Jordan David and sister Audrey. Her hobbies include comedy, magic and ventriloquism with her father, Andy Gross, a comedian, magician and former professional athlete.