Brie at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Alison Brie Schermerhorn
December 29, 1982
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
|Known for||Mad Men|
Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982) is an American actress. Brie is best known for her starring roles as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community (2009–2015), Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men (2007–2015), Diane Nguyen in the animated comedy series BoJack Horseman (2014–2020), and as Ruth Wilder in the comedy-drama series GLOW (2017–present), for which she received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
In addition to her television work, Brie has also starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), How to Be Single (2016), The Little Hours (2017), The Disaster Artist (2017), The Post (2017), Promising Young Woman (2020), and Horse Girl (2020), the lattermost of which she also co-wrote and produced.
Alison Brie Schermerhorn was born on December 29, 1982, in Hollywood, California. Her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter. Her mother, Joanne Brenner, works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit childcare agency. She has an older sister named Lauren. Brie's mother is Jewish. Her father has Dutch and English and Scottish (semi-British Isles) ancestry. While being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a "Christian–Hindu hybrid church" called the Self-Realization Fellowship with her father. However, her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish."
Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's degree in theater in 2005. She also lived in Scotland, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. She later worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.
Brie's first television role came in 2006, as Nina, a novice hairdresser, on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana. She received further recognition as Trudy Campbell in the AMC period drama series Mad Men (2007–2015). She went on to star in the web series My Alibi, which aired from 2008 to 2009. From 2009 to 2015, she portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC/Yahoo! View sitcom Community. For her performance, she earned acclaim and was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
In April 2010, Brie co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show! and appeared in a segment on Web Soup. She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Montana Amazon. Brie made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99 and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list. She was voted the 57th Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM readers in 2013. She was voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.
Brie starred in several major film roles, including as Rebecca Walters, Sidney Prescott's assistant, in the slasher horror film Scream 4 (2011), and Suzie Barnes in the romantic comedy film The Five-Year Engagement (2012). She voiced Princess Unikitty in the animated comedy film The Lego Movie (2014), and voiced a character in an episode of the animated series American Dad!, which aired during their eighth season.
In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22. Over the first two seasons, she has voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman. Brie also appeared on Lip Sync Battle and won against Will Arnett with performances of "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa and "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.
In 2015, she starred with Jason Sudeikis in Leslye Headland's romantic comedy film Sleeping with Other People, and played Will Ferrell's character's fiancée in the comedy film Get Hard. In 2016, Brie starred as Lucy in the romantic comedy film How to Be Single. In 2017, she co-starred in several films, including the historical comedy The Little Hours, the biographical comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, and the historical drama The Post.
In 2017, Brie began her starring role as Ruth Wilder in the Netflix comedy-drama series GLOW, inspired by the 1980s female professional wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling; the series began streaming on June 23, 2017. Brie noted that since appearing in GLOW and receiving critical praise for the role, she has become more focused on taking meaningful roles. For her performance, she earned multiple nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
In 2018, she co-starred in the music video for Beck's "Colors". In 2019, she reprised her voice role as Princess Unikitty in the animated comedy sequel film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and provided an English dub for the Japanese animated romantic fantasy film Weathering with You.
In 2020, Brie starred in the acclaimed drama thriller film Promising Young Woman, directed by Emerald Fennell. Also in 2020, she wrote, produced and starred as Sarah in the Netflix drama film Horse Girl, which was directed by Jeff Baena. Brie then starred opposite Dan Stevens in the horror film The Rental, which was directed by her husband Dave Franco.
Brie began dating Dave Franco in 2012 after meeting him at a 2011 Mardi Gras party in New Orleans. On August 25, 2015, it was reported the two were engaged. They married on March 13, 2017. In an interview with Larry King, she revealed she did not want to have children.
|2004||Stolen Poem||Alice||Short film|
|2007||Born||Mary Elizabeth Martino|
|Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame||Mya|
|Buddy 'n' Andy||Michelle||Short film|
|Salvation, Texas||Lisa Salter|
|2009||Us One Night||Alyson|
|2010||The Home Front||Hannah|
|Raspberry Magic||Ms. Bradlee|
|2011||Scream 4||Rebecca Walters|
|2012||Save the Date||Beth|
|The Five-Year Engagement||Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer|
|Montana Amazon||Ella Dunderhead|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Heather Toy|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Princess Unikitty (voice)|
|Lennon or McCartney||Herself||Documentary short film|
|2015||Sleeping with Other People||Elaine "Lainey" Dalton|
|Get Hard||Alissa Barrow|
|No Stranger Than Love||Lucy Sherrington|
|2016||How to Be Single||Lucy|
|Get a Job||Tanya Sellers|
|A Family Man||Lynn Vogel|
|2017||The Little Hours||Sister Alessandra|
|The Disaster Artist||Amber|
|The Post||Lally Weymouth|
|2018||Emmet's Holiday Party||Princess Unikitty (voice)||Short film|
|2019||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part|
|Weathering with You||Natsumi Suga (voice)||English dub|
|2020||Promising Young Woman||Madison|
|Horse Girl||Sarah||Also writer and producer|
|2006||Hannah Montana||Nina||Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Lie if I Want To"|
|2007||Not Another High School Show||Muffy||Unsold pilot|
|2007–2015||Mad Men||Trudy Campbell||36 episodes|
|2008||The Deadliest Lesson||Amber||Television film|
|2009–2015||Community||Annie Edison||110 episodes|
|2011||Robot Chicken||Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard (voice)||Episode: "The Godfather of the Bride 2"|
|American Dad!||Lindsay (voice)||Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"|
|2013||High School USA!||Miss Temple (voice)||Episode: "Choices"|
|Axe Cop||Beautiful Girly Bobs (voice)||Episode: "The Dumb List"|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top & Mini-Skirt"|
|2014–2020||BoJack Horseman||Diane Nguyen / Various voices||77 episodes|
|2016||Teachers||Lauren Lark||Episode: "Pilot"; also executive producer|
|Doctor Thorne||Martha Dunstable||3 episodes|
|2017||Dr. Ken||Herself||Episode: "Ken's Big Audition"|
|2017–present||GLOW||Ruth Wilder||30 episodes|
Also directed episode: "Hollywood Homecoming"
|2019||Drunk History||Thea Spyer||Episode: "Love"|
|2020||Make It Work!||Herself||Television special|
|2008–2009||My Alibi||Rebecca Fuller||18 episodes|
|2009||Hot Sluts||Amber||5 episodes|
|2012||Sketchy||Meg||Episode: "You Got Retweeted"|
|2013||The ArScheerio Paul Show||Madonna||Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Princess Unikitty|||
|2016||Marvel Avengers Academy||Black Widow|||
Theme park attractions
|2016||The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure||Princess Unikitty|||
Awards and nominations
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