Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Education||Iowa State University (BS)|
Juilliard School (GrDip)
Early life and education
In 2002, Gabriel received a bachelor's degree in animal science from Iowa State University. After college, Gabriel relocated to Chicago, studying modern dance and working as an actress in the Chicago theater community. In 2008 she graduated from the Conservatory at Act One. In 2009, she graduated from The School at Steppenwolf.
Gabriel's first major role was in a 2011 drama called In Memoriam. She began her career as a television actress with minor recurring roles in Good Girls Revolt and Westworld and her first major role was in the 2016 horror sequel, The Purge: Election Year.
Gabriel was on vacation when she was invited to audition for Get Out. She sent in her interview tape from the mountains of Cusco, Peru. She says she prepared for the role by watching the TED talk of Martin Pistorius to get insight into the feeling of being trapped inside one's own body. She also watched Bride of Frankenstein and talked to her own grandmother, who was raised in Alabama, about racial tensions from her era. Director Jordan Peele said that they shot over 11 takes, with each take getting better and better. The last take is the one that is in the final film.
Gabriel was in Australia filming the science fiction body horror film Upgrade, as the female lead, when Get Out was released in the US. She drew parallels between historical race relations in the US and in Australia stating "[B]eing in Australia while I was watching it, I was learning a lot about the Aboriginal culture there and how that basically mirrors what went on in America with the genocide of the Native Americans and slavery. The Aboriginals there, they sort of got both experiences and it’s pretty tragic, so I thought about why colonization is such a horrible reality and has been throughout the ages."
Gabriel's role in Get Out was discussed as a contender for Best Supporting Actress for the 2018 Academy Awards by Variety and The New York Times. The New York Times cited her role as Georgina as one of the best performances of 2017.
Gabriel starred opposite Logan Marshall-Green in the sci-fi action horror film Upgrade (2018), written and directed by Leigh Whannell, and shot on location in Melbourne, Australia. Gabriel has been in six projects by Blumhouse Productions, The Purge: Election Year, 12 Deadly Days, Get Out, Upgrade, Unfriended: Dark Web, and Adopt A Highway.
|2013||He's Way More Famous Than You||Hairstylist|
|2016||The Purge: Election Year||Laney Rucker|
|Good Girls Revolt||Denise||7 episodes|
|12 Deadly Days||Willow Russell||TV miniseries; 2 episodes|
|Unfriended: Dark Web||Nari|
|The Spine of Night|
- 2004: Black Nativity by Langston Hughes at Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL)
- 2008: Space by Laura Jacqmin at Side Project Theatre (Chicago, IL)
- 2008: Pluto Was a Planet by Laura Jacqmin at Around the Coyote Gallery (Chicago, IL)
- 2009: The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare at Chase Park Theatre (Chicago, IL)
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- Manaa-Hoppenworth, Leni (10 September 2006). "Chicago Dancers Share Their Views on College". Chicago Dance Supply.
- "Steppenwolf Theatre Presents The Brother/Sister Plays". Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 21 January 2010. pp. 13, 17.
- "Juilliard Drama Announces 2013-2014 Season". Juilliard School. 15 July 2013. Archived from the original (Press release) on 29 November 2013.
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- Roy, Rajendra; Peele, Jordan; Gabriel, Betty (15 February 2018). ""Get Out" Postscreening Q&A with Jordan Peele and Betty Gabriel" (Video interview). Hammer Museum.
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- Petski, Denise (9 August 2017). "'Westworld': Gustaf Skarsgård & Fares Fares Cast As Regulars For Season 2, Betty Gabriel To Recur In HBO Series". Deadline Hollywood.
- Andreeva, Nellie (26 February 2018). "'Counterpart': Betty Gabriel Joins Season 2 Cast Of Starz Series". Deadline Hollywood.
- "Pluto Was a Planet". ArtSlant. 24 July 2008.
- Morgan, Scott C. (30 July 2008). "Theater Review: Pluto Was a Planet" (PDF). Windy City Times. p. 12.
- "The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare Directed by Karen Fort". Chase Park Theater. November 2009.