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Grace Phipps Changes Acting Name to Gracie Gillam (Exclusive)

Meet Gracie Gillam, the actress formerly known as Grace Phipps!

The 25-year-old actress has decided to change her professional name and will be credited as Gracie Gillam for the first time in the upcoming fourth season of Syfy’s Z Nation, JustJared.com has learned exclusively.

The reason for the name change? We are told that she is known to her friends and family as Gracie and Gillam is her family name.

“I always wanted a stage name, but somewhere between booking a gig on my sixth day in Los Angeles and begging my way into a studio apartment with a high school report card but no credit, it didn’t really happen. In retrospect that was a little early to consider it too late to change, so for the sake of forwardspect: I’m changing it. Gracie Gillam,” she told us in a statement. “A note on why: Generally people start to call me Gracie by the third time spending time with me so ‘okay, note taken.’ And Gilliam is an old family last name and both my father and little brother’s first name. Pronounced Gillam so why not just drop the i.”

Gracie is best known for her work as Lela in Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie franchise and she was also seen in the first few episodes of Scream Queens.

Make sure to catch Gracie in new episodes of Z Nation on Fridays at 9/8c on Syfy. See some photos of her as Sarge in the gallery!

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Maia Mitchell Has a 'Teen Beach' Throwback with Just Jared & Monster High!

Maia Mitchell poses with her co-star Grace Phipps while attending the Just Jared Throwback Thursday Party Presented by Monster High on Thursday (March 26) at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, Calif.

The ladies were also joined at the event by their Teen Beach Movie co-star Garrett Clayton. The trio recently wrapped work on the sequel, which premieres on Disney Channel this summer.

Maia‘s The Fosters co-stars Gavin MacIntosh and Cierra Ramirez were also in attendance, as well as singer Ryan Beatty.

The event was held to celebrate the release of Monster High’s brand new music video, which has been viewed nearly 6 million times in just two days!

FYI: Maia is wearing an Elizabeth and James top.

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Shakira, Julianne Hough, & More Take Over JJ's Radio Disney Music Awards Portraits!

Gigi Hadid, Cody Simpson, Julianne Hough, and Shakira strike a pose in our portrait booth backstage at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards in these photos from the latest edition of the Just Jared Portrait Session Series.

Also stopping by our booth backstage at the show were Lucy Hale, Zendaya, Teen Beach Movie stars Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, and Grace Phipps, Liv & Maddie‘s Dove Cameron, and Modern Family‘s Nolan Gould.

Shakira was honored at the award show this year with the Hero Award for all of her charitable work. Make sure to check out our complete coverage of the show, which took place on April 26 in Los Angeles, in case you missed it!

15+ pictures inside from our portrait booth at the 2014 Radio Disney Music AwardsMore Here! »

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Garrett Clayton & Ross Lynch: Exclusive 'Teen Beach Movie' Portrait Sessions!

Garrett Clayton and Ross Lynch are the latest stars to pose for exclusive portrait sessions for JustJaredJr!

The two young actor’s co-star Grace Phipps is also featured in her own exclusive photo shoot session.

Teen Beach Movie premieres TONIGHT on the Disney Channel – here’s a synopsis: McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) and Brady (Lynch) find themselves transported into his favorite classic beach musical, set in the 1960s, about a rivalry between the surfers and bikers and a star-crossed teenage boy who likes a girl. he is ecstatic for endless summer while she is eager to get back home to keep her promise to her family about her schooling.

Head on over to JustJaredJr.com to check out the exclusive photo shoots and interviews from Garrett, Ross, and Grace.

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