Olivia Thirlby

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Olivia Thirlby
Olivia Thirlby at 2012 TIFF.jpg
Thirlby at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Dredd
Born Olivia J. Thirlby
(1986-10-06) October 6, 1986 (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Olivia J. Thirlby[1] (born October 6, 1986) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Leah in the Oscar-winning film Juno (2007),[2] as Natalie in The Darkest Hour (2011) and as Judge Cassandra Anderson in Dredd (2012). In June 2008, Thirlby was described by Vanity Fair as a member of "Hollywood's New Wave".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Thirlby was born in New York City, New York to an advertising executive mother and a contractor father.[4][5] She was raised in Manhattan's East Village, attending school at Friends Seminary in the city's Gramercy neighborhood, where she graduated in a class of 57 students.[2] She also attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in upstate New York, and Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (the Long Island summer arts camp also attended by Natalie Portman and Mariah Carey). She took classes at the American Globe Theatre, and briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where she completed a stage combat course with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC).[6]

Thirlby is a participant in iO Tillett Wright's Self-Evident Truths Project. In an interview with Brooklyn Magazine (with photos shot by iO) in 2011, Thirlby publicly came out as bisexual and stated why she decided to be a part of a photography project that focuses on people who are "anything but 100 percent straight."[7]

In 2014 Olivia began dating Brooklyn librarian, Tom Ostrowski. [8]

Film career[edit]

While still in high school, Thirlby was offered a role in The Secret. In 2006, she made her film debut in United 93 and her television debut in Kidnapped.

In 2007, she played Leah in Juno. Around this time, she and her Juno costar Ellen Page were slated to star as the respective title characters of Jack & Diane. The film is a tale of two young women who fall in love, the heat of the romance unlocking lycanthropy in Thirlby's character, Jack. Both dropped out before production, and the cast was replaced numerous times over. In the Sundance Audience Award-winning film The Wackness, a mid-1990s period piece, she plays Stephanie, a marijuana-smoking "popular girl" from New York City. Thirlby stars opposite Josh Peck, who plays a drug dealer. The film was released in the U.S. on July 3, 2008.[2]

Thirlby at the Fantastic Fest in September 2012

Thirlby was cast in the Judd Apatow-produced, David Gordon Green-directed stoner comedy, Pineapple Express, as Seth Rogen's character's girlfriend, but was replaced by actress Amber Heard after rehearsing for the film.[9] She reunited with David Gordon Green on the animated TV pilot Good Vibes.[10]

She made her stage debut in Farragut North, a play by Beau Willimon at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. The Off-Broadway production ran from October 22, 2008 – November 29, 2008 with official opening on November 12[11] and transferred to the Geffen Playhouse in June 2009.

Thirlby appeared in the 2009 HBO series Bored To Death. She voices promotional video excerpts from the novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which since October 2008 have regularly been posted to YouTube.[12] She also appeared in the 2011-released film Margaret. She is attached to star in Christmas In New York[13] as well as For Ellen.[14]

She starred in The No Game and The Manners of Madness.[15] Thirlby starred in the Russian science-fiction film The Darkest Hour, released in 2011, directed by Chris Gorak, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.[16] Thirlby was also cast in the lead role of Max in the upcoming drama comedy The Other Side.

Alongside Karl Urban in the title role, Thirlby starred as Judge Cassandra Anderson in the 2012 film adaptation of Judge Dredd. She next starred in the indie film Nobody Walks co-starring John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt. She plays Martine, a young artist taken in a couple's home. It premiered at 2012 Sundance Film Festival.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 United 93 Nicole Carol Miller
2006 Unlocked Abby Short film
2007 Snow Angels Lila Raybern
2007 Juno Leah
2007 Love Comes Lately Sylvia Brokeles
2007 Secret, TheThe Secret Samantha Marris
2008 Wackness, TheThe Wackness Stephanie
2008 Eve Kate Short film
2009 New York, I Love You Actress Segment: "Brett Ratner"
2009 Answer Man, TheThe Answer Man Anne
2009 Uncertainty Sophie
2009 Breaking Upwards Erika
2009 What Goes Up Tess Sullivan
2009 Solitary Man Maureen (uncredited)
2011 No Strings Attached Katie
2011 Margaret Monica
2011 Darkest Hour, TheThe Darkest Hour Natalie
2012 Nobody Walks Martine
2012 Being Flynn Denise
2012 Dredd Judge Anderson
2013 Red Knot Chloe Harrison Post-production
2013 Movie, TheThe Movie Post-production
2013 It Is What It Is Jules Pre-production
2014 Just Before I Go Filming
2014 5 to 7 Filming
2015 The Wedding Ringer Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2007 Kidnapped Aubrey Cain 5 episodes
2009 Bored to Death Suzanne 4 episodes
2011 Good Vibes Jeena (voice) 12 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Farragut North[17] Molly Linda Gross Theater, NYC
2012 Lonely, I'm Not[18] Second Stage Theatre


  1. ^ http://www.allocine.fr/recherche/?q=Olivia+J.+Thirlby
  2. ^ a b c Louie, Rebecca (June 28, 2008). "Olivia Thirlby is smoking in 'The Wackness'". NY Daily News. Retrieved on June 29, 2008.
  3. ^ "Blake Lively, Jonas Brothers Among 'Hollywood's New Wave' in Vanity Fair". June 30, 2008. Fox News. Retrieved on June 30, 2008.
  4. ^ Johnson, G. Allen (August 19, 2010). "Olivia Thirlby keeps busy with multiple movies". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  5. ^ "Olivia Thirlby: Life After 'Juno'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  6. ^ IMDb biography entry for Olivia Thirlby
  7. ^ Trish Bendix (December 7, 2011). "Olivia Thirlby on being bisexual and participating in "Self-Evident Truths"". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 29 September 2012 
  8. ^ http://instagram.com/thomasdabombas
  9. ^ Yuan, Jada (June 22, 2008). "Olivia Thirlby Spurns Pot, Embraces the Munchies". New York Magazine. Retrieved on June 24, 2008
  10. ^ Michael Schneider (Oct 20, 2008). "Fox draws up cast for 'Good Vibes'". Variety. 
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth (September 5, 2008). "Blumberg, Whitlock, Thirlby Join Atlantic's Farragut North". Playbill. Retrieved on September 8, 2008.
  12. ^ A Story of a Teenager’s Suicide Quietly Becomes a Best Seller
  13. ^ Cinema Blend
  14. ^ Massena gets ready for its film close-up
  15. ^ "It's 'The Darkest Hour' for Young Actress Olivia Thirlby"
  16. ^ Olivia Thirlby Fights Off Aliens in The Darkest Hour
  17. ^ http://www.lortel.org/lla_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=5221
  18. ^ "Lonely, I’m Not, Starring Topher Grace & Olivia Thirlby, Begins Off-Broadway Run". Broadway.com. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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