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Why Justine Jordan From Firefly Lane Looks So Familiar

Based on the novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah, "Firefly Lane" made its Netflix debut on February 3rd, 2021. The series follows Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) from their teenage days in the 1970s to adulthood in the early 2000s. The next season was split into two parts, with the first airing on December 2nd, and the second making its way onto the streaming platform on June 8th. The Netflix original has performed well with audiences and fans of Hannah's book, according to Rotten Tomatoes, and has many eagerly awaiting the fate of their favorite characters when the show returns next year.

In addition to the return of the main cast, the second season introduced several new characters. This includes Justine Jordan, played by Jolene Purdy, Tully's new talent agent. Determined to help Tully relaunch her career, Justine is a no-nonsense woman who always has a plan and a positive attitude. 

Viewers may recognize Purdy from other roles. If you're wondering where you've seen the actress, here's a look at what else she's been in.

Jolene Purdy's first main roles

One of Jolene Purdy's first breakout roles was in "10 Things I Hate About You." Adapted from the popular film starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, Bianca (Meaghan Martin) and Kat Stratford (Lindsay Shaw) start their new lives at Padua High, where romance awaits them. 

Purdy portrays Mandella — who was initially played by Susan May Pratt — a loner who quickly becomes best friends with Kat. She is extremely loyal to Kat, going as far as beating up an unwanted admirer after he continuously tries to woo her. Unlike in the movie, Mandella is introduced as a goth girl — rather than a Shakespeare buff — who is easily alarmed and would rather scribble graffiti than attend prom. There are also hints that she is a lesbian — in the film, she begins a relationship with Michael Eckman (David Krumholtz) — and though it's confirmed, she disappears from the series, only appearing in eight episodes of the 20 that were aired. 

Immediately after "10 Things I Hate About You," Purdy landed a main role in the TeenNick series "Gigantic." This revolved around the lives of Anna Moore (Grace Summer) and her brother, Walt (Tony Oller), and depicted the lives of two children in Hollywood with their famous parents. Purdy appears as Piper Katins, Anna's best friend, who is witty and does not tolerate how fake everyone in the town is.

She was a prisoner

Jolene Purdy saw even more success when she appeared in a recurring role in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." This series follows the life of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) during her days in prison after being charged with money laundering and criminal conspiracy. In season four, Piper meets Purdy's character, Stephanie Hapakuka, who was transferred to Litchfield Penitentiary. She arrives at the height of Piper's power, who tries to assert dominance over her new bunkmate. 

Stephanie is kind-hearted — even nice to Piper, despite her rudeness — but later becomes more confident and betrays Piper to Maria Ruiz (Jessica Pimentel). She is a pacifist, and having staged a peaceful protest in her former prison, leads her fellow inmates to do the same against Captain Desi Piscatella (Brad William Henke). However, their actions lead to tragedy, as Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) is accidentally suffocated during the event. 

In season five, a riot breaks out, and Stephanie surrenders in a church. She and other inmates are dragged out, and she is sent to another prison. Where she ends up, no one knows, as it is the last time viewers see her. 

She was in The Hex

Jolene Purdy further lends her talents to Marvel in the Disney+ original, WandaVision. Following the death of Vision (Paul Bettany), Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), in her rage and grief, accidentally creates a town where she can have her happily ever after. As a result, everyone in Westview was ripped from their current lives and forced to play a role that helped build Wanda's fictional sitcom reality. 

Purdy portrayed Beverly, formerly known as Isabel, one of Wanda's neighbors. After her husband leaves on a business trip, Isabel becomes part of The Hex and no longer remembers her former existence. As Beverly, she was a member of the town's committee and even attended the Westview Talent Show, where she was enthralled by the magical performance of Wanda and Vision. She is later awakened through Agatha Harkness's (Kathryn Hahn) power and, along with her neighbors, begs Wanda to be set free. In the end, Isabel is given her life back and watches as Wanda leaves Westview to become the Scarlet Witch.