Meet Jena Sims, actress, model, world traveler, and award-winning philanthropist. This Georgia peach, born and bred in a small town, now calls Hollywood her home, taking her y’all-Southern-drawl, spitfire wit, and natural ability on both sides of the camera in tow. Jena can currently be seen in the action/sci-fi film 3 HEADED SHARK ATTACK which premiered on Syfy Channel during Shark Week (July 21st). Jena, who is no stranger to the sci-fi world (she starred in the hit remake ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CHEERLEADER), plays Professor Laura Thomas, who leads the research and discovery of the 3 headed shark.
Most recently this former Miss Georgia Teen USA stared alongside an all-star cast which included Jeremy Renner, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, in the crime drama KILL THE MESSENGER. The film revolved around Gary Webb (Renner) who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. She was also seen holding her own alongside seasoned veterans, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert
DeNiro and Kevin Kline in the box office hit LAST VEGAS. She is perhaps best known for her breakout role in the summer hit ATTACK OF THE 50FT CHEERLEADER. She was personally selected by producer Roger Corman to play the lead in his most recent production (and surprisingly, first 3D picture) which premiered at Comic Con last summer. Jena has also appeared in a wide variety of hit television shows including on Entourage, Dexter, Vampire Diaries, CSI, One Tree Hill, and Leverage.
In addition to an impressive resume, this beauty loves to spend her time giving back to the community. Jena’s experience as Miss Georgia Teen USA inspired her to become the founder and president of HBBQs (Has Been Beauty Queens), Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to celebrate children currently facing serious illnesses and challenges. The HBBQs, Inc. team travels to cities across the country and abroad to organize a noncompetitive event, called Pageant of Hope, TM that aims to raise the self-esteem of children facing cancer and other serious challenges. Jena’s mission for the organization is to give each child the opportunity to be a prince or a princess for the day—a moment to be celebrated for who they are and to take their mind off of endless hospital visits and treatments. Jena’s charity work has received numerous national awards from DoSomething.org, Nestle Very Best in Youth, CosmoGIRL! Magazine, Kohl’s Kids Who Care, the Caring Institute, Prudential Spirit of Community, Southern Heroes, Build-A-Bear Huggable Heroes, Kids Hall of Fame, Amazing Kids, Next Step Amazing, Teen Ink Magazine, and has been recognized by NFIB Georgia Young Entrepreneur, WXIA Kids Who Care, Barrow County Youth Volunteer of the Year, and many other state and local organizations.