Alison Brie

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Alison Brie
Alison Brie by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Brie in 2013
Born Alison Brie Schermerhorn
(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 33)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Alma mater California Institute of the Arts
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! series Community, Trudy Campbell on the AMC drama Mad Men, and the voice of Diane Nguyen on the Netflix animated series, BoJack Horseman. She has starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015) and Sleeping with Other People (2015).

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[4] (a.k.a. Terry Charles), is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.[5][4] She has a sister, Lauren.[4][5]

Brie's mother is Jewish[6] and her father has Dutch, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Brie has stated that, while being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a "Christian-Hindu hybrid church", the Self-Realization Fellowship, with her father. However, her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish".[7][8][6]

Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California.[9][5] She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's in theater in 2005.[10] For a time, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.[11][5]


Prior to becoming a movie actress, Brie worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.[12]

One of her 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. From 2009 to 2015, she portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC (and later Yahoo! Screen) sitcom Community.

In April 2010, she co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show!,[13] and appeared in a short segment on Web Soup.[14] She appeared in the 2010 film Montana Amazon.[15] She made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99,[16] and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list.[17] She was voted the 56th sexiest woman in the world by FHM readers in 2013.[18] She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.[19]

Brie has had several major film roles. She starred as Sidney Prescott's assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4,[20] and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Unikitty 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.[21][22] In 2015, she starred alongside Jason Sudekis in Leslye Headland's romantic comedy film Sleeping with Other People, and played Will Ferrell's character's fiancée in Get Hard.[23]

In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22, and over the first two seasons she has voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Brie has been dating actor Dave Franco since 2012.[26] On August 25, 2015, it was reported the two were engaged.[27][26] Brie is best friends with actresses Julianna Guill and Cyrina Fiallo and perform in a band with them called "The Girls".



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
2015 Sleeping with Other People Lainey
2015 Get Hard Alissa
2015 Search Party Elizabeth
2015 No Stranger Than Love Lucy Sherrington
2016 Joshy Rachel
2016 How to Be Single Lucy
2016 Get a Job Tanya
2016 The Headhunter's Calling Filming
2016 The Disaster Artist Amber Filming


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 Pilot
2007–15 Mad Men Gertrude "Trudy" Campbell 36 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009)
2008 Deadliest Lesson, TheThe Deadliest Lesson Amber Television film
2008 My Alibi Rebecca Fuller 14 episodes
2009–2015 Community Annie Edison 110 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (2012)
2009 Hot Sluts Amber[28] 5 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard (voices) 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–present BoJack Horseman Diane Nguyen / Vincent Adultman / Joelle Clarke / Various voices 24 episodes
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Alison Brie vs. Will Arnett"
2016 Teachers Lauren Lark Pilot; also executive producer
2016 Doctor Thorne Miss Martha Dunstable

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2015 Lego Dimensions Unikitty


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  3. ^ Staff Reports, California Municipal Finance Authority
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  13. ^ "Alison Brie on Attack of the Show [2011-04-14]". YouTube. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Web Soup: Alison Brie Laughs at Dead People". Bing. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
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  16. ^ "2010 Hot 100". Maxim. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  17. ^ "2011 Hot 100". Maxim. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
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  19. ^ "Emilia Clarke Voted Most Desirable Woman". Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
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  21. ^ "Kim Kardashian ‘American Dad’: Reality Star to Play Alien on Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  22. ^ Hibberd, James. "Kim Kardashian to play alien on 'American Dad' | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  23. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (17 March 2014). "‘Community’s Alison Brie Joins Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart Comedy ‘Get Hard’". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  24. ^ Knight, James. "‘Mad Men’ Alison Brie New Netflix Show Bojack with ‘Breaking Bad’ Aaron Paul After ‘Community’ Cancellation [TRAILER]". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Strecker, Erin (6 April 2014). "'BoJack Horseman': New Netflix comedy features voices of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, more". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  26. ^ a b Malkin, Marc (24 August 2015). "Exclusive! Alison Brie and Dave Franco Engaged—See the Ring Now". E! Online. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  27. ^ Adams, Char (August 25, 2015). "Alison Brie and Dave Franco Are Engaged!". Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Alison Brie falls in with the wrongest crowd possible". Comedy Central. 

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