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
Aya Rachel Cash[1]

(1982-07-13) July 13, 1982 (age 36)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Years active2006–present
Josh Alexander (m. 2012)

Aya Rachel Cash (born July 13, 1982) is an American actress. She received a nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy for her lead role in the FX/FXX series You're the Worst.

Early life[edit]

Cash was born in San Francisco, to poet and novelist Kim Addonizio and Buddhist teacher Eugene Cash. Her father's family is Jewish, whereas her mother is Catholic.[2] Her maternal grandparents are Wimbledon champion Pauline Betz Addie and sportswriter Bob Addie.

She is an alumna of the San Francisco School of the Arts[3] and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program.[4]



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 as Gretchen Cutler.[5] She received critical acclaim for her performance, with the website The A.V. Club calling her acting in the second season "the best TV performance of 2015".[6]


Cash's film credits include The Oranges, Winter of Frozen Dreams, Off Jackson Avenue, Begin Again, The Bits In Between, and The Happy House.[7] She had a small role as Janet, Jordan Belfort’s assistant in The Wolf of Wall Street.[8]


Additionally, Cash has numerous Off-Broadway credits,[9] and in 2014 starred in the world premiere of Zoe Kazan’s play Trudy And Max In Love.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Cash married producer/writer Josh Alexander. They live together in New York City.[10][2]

Cash said that she has a hawk tattooed on her back because she was told that Aya means "hawk" in Hebrew. However, when she visited Israel she was told that "Aya" (איה) is an archaic word for "hawk", though it is, in fact, the word for "honey buzzard", a different bird of prey.[2]


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
2017 Village People Barbara
2017 Mary Goes Round Mary
2018 Brand New Old Love Hannah Becker
2018 Game Over, Man! Cassie
2018 Social Animals Jane
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)
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (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"
2016–2017 Easy Sherri 3 episodes
2019 Fosse/Verdon Joan Simon Miniseries


  1. ^ "Aya Rachel Cash, Born 07/13/1982 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. July 13, 1982. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Jews in the News: Floyd Harold Kushner, Aya Cash and Josh Alexander - Tampa Jewish Federation". www.jewishtampa.com.
  3. ^ "Bio: Aya Cash". Fox 50 Raleigh Durham Fayetteville. February 2, 2011. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "A Guthrie 'guinea pig' makes good in Hollywood". Minneapolis Star Tribune. February 5, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Oliver Lyttleton (April 28, 2014). "10 Comic Actresses Who Deserve A Big-Screen Leading Role". Indiewire.com.
  6. ^ "The best TV performances of 2015". The A.V. Club. December 21, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Internet Off-Broadway Database Profile". Lortel.org. Archived from the original on September 22, 2007. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "'The Andy Greenwald Podcast': Aya Cash of 'You're the Worst'". Grantland. October 29, 2015.

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