Elyse Porterfield, or â€œJenny DryErase,â€ as she was dubbed, is a 22-year-old aspiring actress from Greeley, Colorado, who answered an ad last week to play the role of Jenny.
Elyse is known for playing Jenny DryErase in a viral Internet meme, which shows a young woman quitting her job and punking her boss in a series of messages on a whiteboard.
New to Los Angeles, Elyse responded an ad in Actors Access, which led to a photo shoot for an image board site called The Chive. The Chive (which gets around 5.6 million unique visits a month, according to Google) is part of a network of viral sites run by brothers Leo and John Resig, who have a storied history of manufacturing Internet hoaxes, most notably the $10,000 Donald Trump tip and the infamous â€œvirgin text messages her dad that she lost her virginity.â€ Both hoaxes ended up punking various mainstream media outlets including Fox News, Gawker and Jay Leno.
The word of Jenny quitting her job spread like wildfire, and even culminated in a â€œ1,000,000 Strong for Jenny DryErase to Pose in Playboy" Facebook fan page.
Porterfield told TechCrunch.com, â€œWhen I went into the audition, I didnâ€™t know what it was for â€” but thought that this couldnâ€™t be too bawdy or promiscuous or else they wouldnâ€™t have me holding a dry erase board. â€œ
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