- "I'm really famous. I didn't do anything!"
- ―Lacey Jonas
Lacey Jonas is very famous for her work in high school movies. She is full of herself, seeing herself as a role model for teenagers. She is very image-conscious, to the point of exiling herself from her parents and spending a lot of money on voice coaching to help her lose her regional accent. The media and her fans are also extremely obsessed about her, with Lacey claiming that one photo of her can reach a six-figure price and that the autobiography of her gynecologist was the best selling fiction and non-fiction book of 2010. Lacey says that she has so many fans that "they could fill the entire country of Africa", including one fan who sent his own junk to her in a box.
It is clear from the conversation with the protagonist during the random event that Lacey is anorexic. She believes that she is 'fat' and blames it on French fries. According to Jonas, she would only suck on the French fries but that even doing that would equate to 100 calories. The media satirize her over this, dubbing her 'Emacy Jonas' (a play on 'emaciated'), referring to her as a "skeleton" and writing "give that girl a sandwich". Sightseeing and Celebrity on the GTA V website claims that Jonas is an "All-American romcom starlet" and heated rival of Poppy Mitchell.
Events of GTA V
Lacey Jonas can be found hiding from the paparazzi in an alleyway in Downtown Vinewood. When she is found by the player, she asks you to drive her home. She requests that the protagonist doesn't kill any of the photographers, since doing so will bring negative attention towards her.
While trying to avoid the paparazzi, Lacey will reveal who she is and each of the protagonists have a different reaction:
- Michael will not recognise Lacey, much to her frustration. She claims that she is "the voice of a generation", to which Michael replies, "not my generation". Lacey claims that Michael is talking "bullshit" and that her indices with Michael's demographic are "pretty good". However, they quickly warm to each other and by the end of the drive, Lacey offers to pay his children's college tuition and Michael politely declines.
- Trevor will not recognise Lacey either, asking her if she is a "reality TV whore" or a "polygamist with nine children". Lacey claims that she is "the third most profitable actress/singer in Vinewood", which "means nothing" to Trevor as he is more of an "Impotent Rage kind of guy". Lacey gets frustrated and claims that adult men tend to find her cute.
- Franklin is the only one who recognises Lacey after she revealed her name. Franklin says that he has previously heard about her roles in romantic comedies and cheerleader movies, which angers Lacey, who claims that Franklin is just "locking her in one role" and that she is "more versatile" than that.
Once the player escapes from the paparazzi, Lacey asks the protagonist to take her to her house in Vinewood Hills. When the player arrives at Lacey's house, the random event is complete.
- She is one of Franklin's neighbors, but their dialogue in the random event shows that they haven't previously met.
- She will tell the protagonist that she can't walk home, even if the protagonist escapes the paparazzi using her car.
- The player can take her to the Altruist Cult if playing as Trevor.
- If the player hangs around after dropping her off, she'll pull out a cigarette.
- Her in-game face model is also used for Kerry McIntosh in GTA V.
- Her in-game model is shared by certain NPCs who can be found around the rich parts of Los Santos.
- An internet news article from Prattle after the mission By The Book, claims that Lacey may be having an affair with Chad Mulligan.
- Sometimes, when using a cab as any protagonist, the driver may claim that Lacey once sniffed six lines of cocaine in the back seat of his cab.
- If the player travels to her location without a car and tries to steal one of the bikes, members of the paparazzi may confuse the player (depending on who) with a celebrity (the celebrity may differ):
- Trevor will mostly be mistaken for Jock Cranley.
- Franklin will be mistaken for Clay "PG" Jackson.
- Michael will be mistaken for Mitch Dexter.
- In December 2013, it was reported that American actress Lindsay Lohan had filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games for "using her likeness" as the basis for the Lacey Jonas character without her permission. In July 2014, the lawsuit was confirmed, although the developers have yet to comment on the matter. Take-Two Interactive asserts that Jonas and Lohan are only similar in that they are both young, blonde women, and suggested that Lohan is only doing this for publicity. The lawsuit returned in March 2016 when she submitted images that resembled Lacey and images that resembled the poster girl for GTA V. The lawsuit was thrown out later that year on 1 September, with the ruling stating:
- "Even if we accept plaintiffs’ contentions that the video game depictions are close enough to be considered representations of the respective plaintiffs, plaintiffs’ claims should be dismissed because this video game does not fall under the statutory definitions of “advertising” or “trade.”… This video game’s unique story, characters, dialogue, and environment, combined with the player’s ability to choose how to proceed in the game, render it a work of fiction and satire."