MELORA HARDIN is perhaps most recognized for her on-going portrayal of ‘Jan Levinson’ on the U.S. version of the hit television series “The Office.” Last season on “The Office” viewers saw and heard her sing a hilarious version of “Son of a Preacher Man” in The Baby Shower episode.
Hardin’s impressive career spans a variety of mediums, including numerous television series, films, live concerts and music albums. In 2009, Hardin starred in two high-profile feature films, “17 Again” opposite Zac Efron, and “Hannah Montana: The Movie” both debuting #1 at the box office on back-to-back weekends. Her other big screen credits include: “Thank You for Smoking,” “27 Dresses”, “The Comebacks,” “The Hot Chick,” “Soul Man” and “Absolute Power” with Clint Eastwood & Gene Hackman. Recently, Clint Eastwood personally requested that Melora perform at the Thalians Ball were he was being honored. Hardin just made her directorial debut with the feature film entitled, “YOU,” currently available on DVD and online at Amazon.com, iTunes and youthefilm.com.
Melora has been so busy as a working actress since the age of 6 that she only just got around to creating her first singing act in 2008, with the director Richard Jay-Alexander and musical director, Ben Toth. “At The Watercooler,” played for 3 nights to rave reviews in LA at The Catalina Jazz Club on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
On stage, she played the lead role of ‘Fantine’ in the August 2008 Hollywood Bowl concert rendition of “Les Misérables,” also directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. She followed that performance by making her Broadway stage debut earlier this year starring as ‘Roxie Hart’ in “CHICAGO.”
Writing and performing songs since the age of 8, she has sung in many productions including the Disney feature “The Rocketeer” where she was honored to work with the legendary arranger Billy May. She also played the chanteuse ghost in the Disney TV movie “Tower of Terror” and a crazy cabaret singer in the short-lived series “Man & Machine” where she was produced by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo fame. Hardin has produced and self-released two albums called “The Meloradrama” and “Purr” both of which have a large cult following. While in production working in New Orleans this year on a new film called, “Knucklehead,” opening wide on November 12th in which she stars, she simultaneously recorded a live album titled, “All the Way to Mars” making this Hardin’s third album.
“All The Way to Mars” features songs from Broadway, standards, Pop, and a few that she wrote herself. People who have heard advances of the upcoming album are amazed by the versatility and range that Hardin exhibits. The album was released on the LML Music label on February 9, 2010 and currently available in stores nationwide and online at Amazon & iTunes.
Hardin currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband actor/writer, Gildart Jackson, and their two young daughters.