Jacobs at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
|Born||Gillian McLaren Jacobs
October 19, 1982
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Martina Magenau Jacobs, a Carnegie Mellon University director of alumni relations at the Heinz College, and William F. Jacobs Jr., an investment banker. She was raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon. She is of French, German, Irish, and Scottish, heritage. Her family owned the Erie Brewing Company, established in 1847 in Erie, where her grandfather John Martin Magenau Jr. served as President and CEO until its closure in 1978.
Jacobs began studying acting at the age of eight, and attended acting classes on Saturdays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up. She performed with the Pittsburgh Public Theater, where she was a perennial contender in the Public's Shakespeare Monologue Contest, leading her to be cast as Titania in its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2000, Jacobs moved to New York City to attend the The Juilliard School, where she was a member of the Drama Division's Group 33. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Juilliard in 2004.
Jacobs' first national exposure came as Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kim in the pilot of Traveler, the role was given to Pascale Hutton when ABC acquired the series. Jacobs subsequently made guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Fringe. In 2006, she starred in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Chris Denham's cagelove. While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews. The New York Times advised readers to "... remember the name of Gillian Jacobs, a stunning Juilliard graduate who has the glow of a star in the making".
Jacobs has appeared in theatrical productions of The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007), and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008). Her film work includes Gardens of the Night (2007), Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), and The Box (2009). In 2009, she began playing Britta Perry on Community, which became her best known role to date.
|2008||Choke||Cherry Daiquiri / Beth|
|2008||Gardens of the Night||Leslie|
|2009||Box, TheThe Box||Dana / Sarah Matthews|
|2009||Solitary Man||Tall girl|
|2010||Helena from the Wedding||Helena|
|2011||Let Go||Darla DeMint|
|2012||It's Not You, It's Me||Babe||Short film|
|2012||Watching TV with the Red Chinese||Suzanne|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly!||Tina|
|2012||Adventures in the Sin Bin||Lauren|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Waitress / Katie|
|2013||Incredible Burt Wonderstone, TheThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Miranda|
|2013||Made in Cleveland||Martha|
|2014||Lookalike, TheThe Lookalike||Lacey||Complete|
|2014||Walk of Shame||TBA||Complete|
|2014||Black and White||TBA||Post-production|
|TBA||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||TBA||Post-production|
|2006||Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of Daniel||Adele Congreve||3 episodes|
|2007||All-Nighters||Marni||Unsold CBS pilot|
|2008||Fringe||Joanne Ostler||Episode: "The Equation"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Sue Smith||Episode: "Rock Star"|
|2009||Royal Pains||Tess Frimoli||Episode: "There Will Be Food"|
|2009||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Sonia||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2010||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Carl's wife||Voice
Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
|2012–2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Post-apocalypse woman
|2012||Robot Chicken||Kelly Frears
Episode: "Punctured Jugular"
|2013||Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.||Marsha Backwood||Voice
Episode: "Venture Libre"
|2013–present||Monsters vs. Aliens||Sta'abi||Voice|
|2011||Funny or Die||Linka||Episode: "Don Cheadle is Captain Planet"|
|2011||CollegeHumor||Britta Perry||Episode: "Save Greendale"|
|2012||Book Club, TheThe Book Club||Penelope / Cobra Chai||2 episodes|
|2013||Tiny Commando||Mitzi McNeil||6 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Comedy Supporting Actress||Community||Nominated|
|2012||TV Guide Award||Favorite Ensemble||Community||Won|
- Silberman, Lucy. "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. Accessed January 6, 2010.
- "Purple Editorial A New Generation, Spring/Summer 2009". Gillian Maclaren Jacobs's Portfolio. My Fashion Database. Spring/Summer 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2012. "What's your full name? - Gillian Maclaren Jacobs ... What are your parents' names? - Martina Magenau Jacobs and William F Jacobs Jr"
- Randall, Reese (April 2010). "Gillian Jacobs". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- "Joel McHale "hijacks" Gillian Jacobs: 'Community' Stars on Diversity" on YouTube
- "John Martin Magenau Jr.". legacy.com. Erie Times-News. July 22, 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "OnStage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 2006.
- Les Gutman (May 14, 2006). "cagelove, A CurtainUp Review". Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Siegel, Barbara; Siegel, Scott (May 16, 2006). "cagelove, Review on TheaterMania". Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Murray, Matthew. "cagelove Theater Review". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Zinoman, Jason (May 17, 2006). "In 'Cagelove,' a Triangle (Sort of), Including a Man Offstage (Sort Of)". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Isherwood, Charles (October 18, 2007). "Torn Between Two Loves: The Oboe and the ‘Hot Mess'". The New York Times.
- Silberman, Lucy (August 2008). "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. p. 28.
- "Gillian Jacobs IMDb Page". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Community Season 2 DVD commentary (episode: "Mixology Certification")
- Jacobs confirmed her teetotalism in an appearance on The Late Late Show in March 2013.
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