Dianna Elise Agron (born April 30, 1986) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and music video director. In 2006, Agron made her television debut as Jessica Grant on CSI: NY. From 2006 to 2007, Agron had recurring roles on Veronica Mars as Jenny Budosh, and Heroes as Debbie Marshall.
In 2009, Agron was cast as Quinn Fabray on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. Agron has appeared in the films The Hunters (2011), I Am Number Four (2011), The Family (2013), Zipper (2015), and Bare (2015).
Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia, and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Mary and Ronald S. Agron, a general manager of Hyatt hotels. Due to this, Agron said she and her family lived in different hotels growing up. She has a younger brother, Jason. Agron’s father’s family is originally from Russia, and according to Agron their original surname, Agronsky, was altered by Ellis Island officials. Her father was born to a Jewish family, while her mother converted to Judaism. Agron attended Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah. When she was 15, she found out that her father had multiple sclerosis. In an interview for Cosmopolitan, she revealed, “Quite a bit changed after that. At that age, you don’t see mortality in your parents.” The disease caused her parents’ relationship to fall apart, and they decided to separate, which was devastating for her and her younger brother. She stated, “I had to play therapist to my family… be the glue. Those kinds of things I’m not ready to speak about yet.”
Agron attended Burlingame Intermediate School and Burlingame High School, where she was in the Homecoming Court, and played the part of Marty in Grease; she was also involved in set design, costumes, and painting. She has been dancing since the age of three, focusing mainly in jazz and ballet, and later began hip-hop dancing. Agron then fell in love with musical theater, and often performed in local and school productions. She played Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz in fifth grade, and began teaching dance as a teenager.She says she was not “popular” in the stereotypical sense in high school, though she had many friends from different cliques around the school. As a teenager, Agron worked at a local boutique, where she “became enthralled with fashion,” and was on her high school’s yearbook committee.