Alison Brie

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Alison Brie
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Brie at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Alison Brie Schermerhorn

(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 37)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
Known forMad Men
Community
BoJack Horseman
GLOW
Spouse(s)
(
m. 2017)

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.

Early life[edit]

Alison Brie Schermerhorn was born on December 29, 1982, in Hollywood, California.[1][2] Her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.[3][4] Her mother, Joanne Brenner, works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit childcare agency.[5] She has an older sister named Lauren.[3][4] Brie's mother is Jewish.[6][7][8][9] Her father has Dutch and English and Scottish (semi-British Isles) ancestry. While being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a "ChristianHindu hybrid church" called the Self-Realization Fellowship with her father. However, her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish."[6][10][11]

Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California.[4][12] She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's degree in theater in 2005.[13] She also lived in Scotland, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.[4][14] She later worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.[15]

Career[edit]

Brie at the 2009 LA Film Festival

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![16] and appeared in a segment on Web Soup.[17] She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Montana Amazon.[18] Brie made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99[19] and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list.[20] She was voted the 57th Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM readers in 2013.[21] She was voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.[22]

Brie starred in several major film roles, including as Rebecca Walters, Sidney Prescott's assistant, in the slasher horror film Scream 4 (2011),[23] 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.[24][25]

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.[26][27] 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.[28]

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.[29] 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;[30] 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.[31] 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.[32][33][34]

In 2018, she co-starred in the music video for Beck's "Colors".[35] 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.[36] Also in 2020, she wrote, produced and starred as Sarah in the Netflix drama film Horse Girl, which was directed by Jeff Baena.[37] Brie then starred opposite Dan Stevens in the horror film The Rental, which was directed by her husband Dave Franco.[38]

Brie will next star in the romantic comedy film Happiest Season, directed by Clea DuVall.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Brie began dating Dave Franco in 2012 after meeting him at a 2011 Mardi Gras party in New Orleans.[40] On August 25, 2015, it was reported the two were engaged.[40][41] They married on March 13, 2017.[42] In an interview with Larry King, she revealed she did not want to have children.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stolen Poem Alice Short film
2007 Born Mary Elizabeth Martino
Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame Mya
2008 Parasomnia Darcy
The Coverup Grace
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)
Harmontown Herself Documentary film
Search Party Elizabeth
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
Joshy Rachel
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
The Rental Michelle
Happiest Season Sloane Post-production

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 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"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Joanie Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
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[44]

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 My Alibi Rebecca Fuller 18 episodes
2009 Hot Sluts Amber 5 episodes[45]
2012 Sketchy Meg Episode: "You Got Retweeted"
2013 The ArScheerio Paul Show Madonna Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Ref.
2015 Lego Dimensions Princess Unikitty [46]
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Black Widow [47]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2018 "Colors" Beck Herself [48]

Theme park attractions[edit]

Year Title Voice role Ref.
2016 The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure Princess Unikitty [49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won [50]
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Community Nominated [51]
2014 Streamy Awards Best Ensemble Cast The ArScheerio Paul Show Nominated [52]
2015 Newport Beach Film Festival Awards Outstanding Achievement in Acting No Stranger Than Love Won [53]
2017 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV Production BoJack Horseman Nominated [54]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series GLOW Nominated [55]
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [56]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [57]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [58]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy GLOW Nominated [59]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [60]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [61]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2020 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series GLOW Nominated [62]
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [63]

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