Jennifer Jason Lee Revenge Role Confirmed; Will Play Emily Thorne's Mother

Jennifer Jason Leigh has reportedly joined the cast of "Revenge" a representative for the show has confirmed.

The former "Single White Female" actress will join "Revenge" and play Emily Thorne's mother, according to Access Hollywood.

The reports follow last season's dramatic finale when viewers watched Emily VanCamp's character, Emily obtain some stunning news; her mother who she had long thought was dead, was in fact still alive. The storyline left fans in suspense and opened the way for Jennifer Jason Leigh to now join "Revenge" and add to the drama as Emily's long lost mother.

Jennifer Jason Leigh is best known for her roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Single White Female, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Georgia and Short Cuts. She is also the co-writer and co-director of the film "The Anniversary Party," made with fellow actor Alan Cumming.

Leigh is known for her emotionally raw and often sexually explicit portrayals of vulnerable and damaged women, and she is sure to bring an intenseness to the role as Emily Thorne's mother.

Leigh's birth name was Jennifer Leigh Morrow. She changed her surname early in her acting career, taking the middle name Jason in honor of actor Jason Robards, a family friend. Leigh's parents were Jewish, of Russian descent on her father's side

Leigh is known for doing extensive method acting research in every role, including keeping diaries written in the character's voice, and in the past has interviewed psychiatrists, mental patients, drug addicts, sexual abuse survivors, prostitutes and phone sex workers to prepare for her roles.

In 1982, Leigh's father was accidentally killed when a helicopter stunt went wrong during the shooting of "Twilight Zone: The Movie." Leigh and her sister filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Warner Brothers, John Landis, and Steven Spielberg. They settled out of court a year later. The terms of the settlement have never been made public.

"Revenge" returns this fall on ABC on Sundays at 9 p.m.