Aya Cash

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Aya Cash
Aya Cash July 14, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Cash at the series premieres of You're the Worst and Married in July 2014
Born Aya Rachel Cash[1]
(1982-07-13) July 13, 1982 (age 33)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Education University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Josh Alexander

Aya Rachel Cash (born July 13, 1982) is an American television, film and stage actress. In December 2015, she received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her lead role in the FX/FXX series You're the Worst.



Cash's television appearances include Brotherhood, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Mercy, and The Newsroom. Cash was also a series regular in the 2011 Fox comedy Traffic Light, which ran for one season. She currently stars in the FX Network series You're the Worst.[2]


Cash's film credits include The Oranges, Winter of Frozen Dreams, Off Jackson Avenue, Begin Again, The Bits In Between, and The Happy House.[3] She had a small role as Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio)’s assistant in The Wolf of Wall Street.[4]


Additionally, Cash has numerous Off-Broadway credits,[5] and in 2014 starred in the world premiere of Zoe Kazan’s play Trudy And Max In Love.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cash is the daughter of poet and novelist Kim Addonizio and Buddhist teacher Eugene Cash, and the granddaughter of Wimbledon champion Pauline Betz Addie and sportswriter Bob Addie.

She is an alumna of the San Francisco School of the Arts[6] and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program.[7] Cash is a resident of New York City.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Off Jackson Avenue Olga
2008 Deception Secretary #2
2009 Winter of Frozen Dreams Prostitute
2009 The Bits in Between Suzy
2011 The Oranges Maya
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Hannah
2013 The Happy House Wendy
2013 Begin Again Jenny
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Janet
2014 Loitering with Intent Jesse
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order Janine Lesko Episode: "Kingmaker"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lori Episode: "Weeping Willow"
2007 Brotherhood Martha Danners Episode: "Shelter from the Storm 1:1-2"
2007 Spellbound Chrissy Unaired CW pilot
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Katrina Lychkoff Episode: "Hothouse"
2010 Mercy Bliss Edlestein Episode: "Too Much Attitude and Not Enough Underwear"
2010 Strange Brew Lizzy Unaired FOX pilot
2011 Traffic Light Callie Main role; 13 episodes
2012 Friday Night Dinner Lizzy Unaired NBC pilot
2012 A Gifted Man Trish Sulloway Episode: "In Case of Heart Failure"
2013 The Newsroom Shelly Wexler 3 episodes
2013 We Are Men Claire 2 episodes
2014–present You're the Worst Gretchen Cutler Lead role
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (2016)
2015 Modern Family Vanessa Episode: "Rash Decisions"
2015 The Good Wife Amber Audrey Episode: Don't Fail
2015 Sirens Cindy Episode: Let Pythons be Pythons


  1. ^ "Aya Rachel Cash, Born 07/13/1982 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. July 13, 1982. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Oliver Lyttleton (April 28, 2014). "10 Comic Actresses Who Deserve A Big-Screen Leading Role". Indiewire.com. 
  3. ^ Michael Atkinson (May 2, 2013). "Modestly Made and Executed, The Happy House Is Pretty Likeable The Village Voice May 2, 2013". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Aya Cash From 'You're The Worst' Wasn't An Edgy Girl Next Door in 'Wolf of Wall Street'". Bustle. July 17, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Internet Off-Broadway Database Profile". Lortel.org. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bio: Aya Cash". Fox 50 Raleigh Durham Fayetteville. February 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "A Guthrie 'guinea pig' makes good in Hollywood". Minneapolis Star Tribune. February 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ "‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast’: Aya Cash of ‘You’re the Worst’". Grantland. October 29, 2015. 

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