Alison Brie

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Alison Brie
Alison Brie by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born Alison Brie Schermerhorn
(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 31)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982),[1] known professionally as Alison Brie,[2] is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC / Yahoo sitcom Community and Trudy Campbell on the AMC drama Mad Men. She has also starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), and The Lego Movie (2014).

Early life[edit]

Brie was born in Hollywood, California. Her mother, Joanne (née Brenner), works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit child care agency.[3] and her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.[4][5][6]

Brie's mother is Jewish and her father has Dutch,[7] Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Brie has stated that, while being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended with her father a "Christian-Hindu hybrid church", the Self-Realization Fellowship, while her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish".[8][9][10]

Brie began her career acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California.[11] She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's in theater in 2005.[12] Prior to becoming a movie actress, Brie worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.[13] For a time, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Scotland.[14]

Career[edit]

One of Brie's first television roles was Nina, a novice hairdresser, on Hannah Montana. She went on to star in the web series My Alibi, and was chosen for the role of Trudy Campbell in Mad Men. Since 2009, she has portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC sitcom Community. In April 2010, she co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show!,[15] and appeared in a short segment on Web Soup.[16] She appeared in the 2010 film Montana Amazon.[17] She made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99,[18] and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list.[19] She was voted the 56th sexiest woman in the world by FHM readers in 2013.[20] She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.[21]

Brie has had several major film roles. She starred as Sidney Prescott's assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4,[22] and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Uni-Kitty in The Lego Movie (2014), and will voice a character in an episode of the long-running adult animation series American Dad!, which is aired as part of the show's 10th season.[23][24]

In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22.[25][26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stolen Poem Alice Short film
2007 Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame Mya
2007 Born Mary Elizabeth
2008 Salvation, Texas Lisa Salter Short film
2008 Parasomnia Darcy
2008 Coverup, TheThe Coverup Grace
2008 Buddy 'n' Andy Michelle Short film
2009 Us One Night Alyson Short film
2010 Home Front, TheThe Home Front Hannah Short film
2010 Raspberry Magic Ms. Bradlee
2010 Montana Amazon Ella
2011 Scream 4 Rebecca Walters
2012 Save the Date Beth
2012 Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year Engagement Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer
2012 Misadventures of the Dunderheads Ella
2013 Kings of Summer, TheThe Kings of Summer Heather Toy
2014 Lego Movie, TheThe Lego Movie Unikitty Voice
2014 Search Party Elizabeth
2014 No Stranger Than Love Lucy Sherrington In post-production
2015 Get Hard In post-production
2015 Sleeping with Other People Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hannah Montana Nina Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Lie if I Want To"
2007 Not Another High School Show Muffy Movie
2007–
2014
Mad Men Gertrude "Trudy" Campbell 33 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009)
2008 Deadliest Lesson, TheThe Deadliest Lesson Amber Movie
2009–
present
Community Annie Edison Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (2012)
2011 Robot Chicken Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard (voice) Episode: "The Godfather of the Bride 2"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Joanie Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
2012 American Dad! Lindsay (voice) Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2013 High School USA! Miss Temple (voice) Episode: "Choices"
2013 Axe Cop Best Fairy Ever (voice) Episode: "The Dumb List"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top & Mini-Skirt"
2014 BoJack Horseman Diane Nguyen 12 Episodes

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 My Alibi Rebecca Fuller 14 episodes
2009 Hot Sluts Amber[27] 5 episodes
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Annie Edison Episode: "Save Greendale"
2012 Sketchy Meg Episode: "You Got Retweeted"
2013 ArScheerio Paul Show, TheThe ArScheerio Paul Show Madonna Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"[28]
2013 WTF with Marc Maron Herself Episode 386 - Allison Brie[29]
2014–present BoJack Horseman Diane Nguyen (voice) 12 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California
  2. ^ From Alison Brie interview with Marc Maron: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_386_-_alison_brie
  3. ^ Staff Reports - California Municipal Finance Authority
  4. ^ "A Shooting star Alison Brie is one of the busiest young actresses in Hollywood..." August 1, 2009, Pasadena Weekly
  5. ^ "Schermerhorn, Brandenstein Wed In Summer Ceremony" - Winchester Herald Chronicle
  6. ^ Couple To Wed In California - Winchester Herald Chronicle
  7. ^ Schermerhorn is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland.
  8. ^ "DP/30 Emmywatch: Community/Mad Men, actor Alison Brie". Emmywatch. 
  9. ^ "Alison Brie and Donald Glover of ‘Community’". PopMatters. 2009-11-17. Archived from the original on 20 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  10. ^ Banin, Jana (May 9, 2013). "Alison Brie on her very Jewish mother". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Andelman, Bob (2009-11-12). "From Mad Men’s Trudy to Community’s Annie, actor Alison Brie is a hit". True/Slant. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  12. ^ Lipp, Deborah (2008-10-12). "Exclusive Alison Brie Interview, part 1". Basket of Kisses. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  13. ^ Price, Erik (2009-09-11). "Alison Brie: Funny Joke from a Beautiful Woman". Esquire. Archived from the original on 15 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  14. ^ "Alison Brie on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  15. ^ "Alison Brie on Attack of the Show [2011-04-14]". YouTube. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Web Soup: Alison Brie Laughs at Dead People". Bing. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Bartyzel, Monika (2008-04-07). "Casting Bites, Part Two: Some Brie and Strik". Cinematical. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  18. ^ "2010 Hot 100". Maxim. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  19. ^ "2011 Hot 100". Maxim. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  20. ^ http://www.fhm.com/girls/covergirls/alison-brie
  21. ^ "Emilia Clarke Voted Most Desirable Woman". Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  22. ^ Miska, Brad (July 1, 2010). "'Community' Chick and 'Donnie Darko' Mom Join 'Scream' Mystery". Bloody-Disgusting LLC. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Kim Kardashian ‘American Dad’: Reality Star to Play Alien on Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  24. ^ Hibberd, James. "Kim Kardashian to play alien on 'American Dad' | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  25. ^ Knight, James. "‘Mad Men’ Alison Brie New Netflix Show Bojack with ‘Breaking Bad’ Aaron Paul After ‘Community’ Cancellation [TRAILER]". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Strecker, Erin (6 April 2014). "'BoJack Horseman': New Netflix comedy features voices of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, more". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Alison Brie falls in with the wrongest crowd possible". Comedy Central. 
  28. ^ Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell on the ArScheerio Paul Show: Alison Brie, Weird Al, and Adam Pally - YouTube
  29. ^ Episode 386 - Allison Brie

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