American television and film actress Eileen April Boylan played the regular role of Kyla Woods in the original series “South of Nowhere” from 2006 to 2008, and had recurring roles in such TV shows as “The Amanda Show” (2000-2001), “General Hospital” (2003), “Strong Medicine” (2005-2006), “Days Of Our Lives” (2008) and “Greek” (2008-2011). She jointly netted a Young Artist nomination for her performance in the film “Sleepover” (2004) and starred in the dramatic film “Dakota Skye” (2008).
Childhood and Family:
Eileen April Boylan was born on May 10, 1987. Raised in a small town in California called Acton, her mother, Merlie Baris, is from the Philippines and her father, Frank Boylan, is Irish. She has an older sister named Marea and an older brother named Tom. Her nicknames are Beanie and Bean.
South of Nowhere
Eileen April Boylan began her acting career in 1998 when she appeared in the short lived series “Four Corners” and in an episode of “Baywatch” called “Sharks, Lies and Videotape.” Two years later, she landed a recurring role in Nickelodeon's live action sketch comedy and variety show “The Amanda Show.” However, Boylan did not make her feature film debut until 2001 when she was cast as Alex in Drew Ann Rosenberg's “Alex in Wonder.” The film premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on March 9, 2001. The same year, she also guest starred in an episode of “Special Unit 2.”
In 2003, Boylan joined the cast of the ABC daytime series “General Hospital” in the recurring role of Sage Alcazar. She appeared in eleven episodes of the series and after leaving the soap, made a guest appearance in an episode of “Judging Amy” called “Werewolves of Hartford” (2004). She returned to features in “Sleepover” (2004), a teen drama directed by Joe Nussbaum that starred Alexa Vega and Sara Paxton. Playing Jenna, she shared a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast for her performance in the film.
From 2005 to 2006, Boylan played the recurring role of Araya in the last season of the Lifetime medical series “Strong Medicine,” which was co-created by Whoopi Goldberg. She then portrayed Barbie Green in the 2006 television movie “Sideliners,” starring Judd Nelson, Jim Brown and Lacey Beeman.
Boylan next worked as a regular cast member of the teen series “South of Nowhere,” which ran from November 4, 2005, until December 12, 2008. She appeared on the show during its last two seasons between September 2006 and November 2008. Meanwhile in May 2008, Boylan also began her role of Betsy in the ABC Family series “Greek,” a gig she kept until March 2011. In addition, 2008 saw the actress star in the dramatic film “Dakota Skye,” which was directed John Humber and written by Chad J. Shonk, have a two episode role in the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” and guest star as Carla Horta in an episode of “Life.” She went on to appear in episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” and “Valley Peaks” (both 2009) and in the short film “Counting Backwards” (2010).
Recently, Boylan portrayed Cindy Van Aldan in the television film “Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost,” which starred Tom Seleck. The film was first broadcasted on ABC on May 22, 2011. She will soon appear in the upcoming drama “Making Change” (2011), starring Steve Guttenberg, Ed Begley Jr. and Cam Gigandet.