Dylan Gelula

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Dylan Gelula
Dylan Nicole Gelula

(1994-05-07) May 7, 1994 (age 26)
Years active2006–present

Dylan Nicole Gelula (born May 7, 1994)[1] is an American actress who is best known for her role of Xanthippe on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She is also known for her work in television on Casual, Jennifer Falls, and Chasing Life.

In 2016, Gelula made her film debut as the lead actress with romantic drama film First Girl I Loved, directed by Kerem Sanga. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the audience award for Best Of NEXT. Gelula's performance in the film as Anne received rave reviews from various critics.[2]

She has since appeared in the films Flower, Support the Girls, Under the Eiffel Tower, and Her Smell.

Early life[edit]

Gelula was born on May 7, 1994 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3] She was raised in Reform Judaism.[4] She attended Lower Merion High School and recalls having a difficult time in high school, having been "very lonely, but very comfortable being alone," and showed up to school so infrequently that she was forced to either repeat her senior year or drop out.[3][5][6] She ended up dropping out and moving to Los Angeles by herself at the age of seventeen.[6][7]


Gelula began her acting career at the age of 10 as an extra in the M. Night Shyamalan film Lady in the Water, which she later revealed neither she nor her parents ever viewed. Two years after, in the sixth grade, she found a manager. Before moving to Los Angeles, her agent in New York got her an audition for the role of Jean Fordham in an Arden Theatre Company production of August: Osage County, directed by Terry Nolen, which she ended up starring in.[8] She recalls remembering originally trying to turn down the part, but later realizing that she was very interested in it.[3]

After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 17, she worked as a waitress at a high-end restaurant in Santa Monica, from which she was quickly fired.[6] She also worked as a buyer at Wasteland, a resale store.[1] She has had guest roles on NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Are We There Yet?, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.[7] Gelula has also played Gretchen Doyle on Jennifer Falls, Ford on Chasing Life, and Xanthippe on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

When Gelula initially auditioned for the role of Xanthippe on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, she was in Los Angeles, but casting was only happening in New York City. She gave the crew of the show an audition tape, and received a call one month later that they were interested in her for the part. The crew asked her to do a table read with the cast before she was given the part, and she eventually received the role. She claims she does not know why the character of Xanthippe was given the name she was given.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Lady in the Water Girl in pool Uncredited extra
2010 Recycle Me Fiona Short film
2013 Lucy, 4:57 PM Lucy Short film
2016 First Girl I Loved Anne
2017 Flower Kala
2017 BearGirl BearGirl Short film
2018 Support the Girls Jennelle
2018 Under the Eiffel Tower Rosalind
2018 Her Smell Dottie O.Z.
2019 CLAP - by Allison Raskin Beth Short film
2020 Horse Girl Jane Doe
2020 Shithouse Maggie


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Are We There Yet? Amy Episode: "The Lindsay Gets High Episode"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Becca Episode: "Totem"
2013 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Young Marie Markin Episode: "Once a Crook"
2014 Jennifer Falls Gretchen Doyle 10 episodes
2014–2015 Chasing Life Ford 13 episodes
2015–2020 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Xanthippe Lannister Voorhees 13 episodes
2016 Filthy Preppy Teens Parker 8 episodes
2016 Casual Aubrey 7 episodes
2019 Shameless Megan

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Ref.
2019 "Can't Wait" The Akergirls [10]


  1. ^ a b Shearer, Clare; Dikkers, Jan-Willem. "DYLAN GELULA". Issue Magazine. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Ehrlich, David (October 18, 2016). "Review: 'First Girl I Loved' Is A Woozy And Wonderful Queer Teen Romance". IndieWire. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Boccella, Kathy. "Getting serious". Philly.com. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Maloney, Devon (February 11, 2016). "Dylan Gelula, Ready For Her First Girl Love". Out Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Malek, Nicole. "The Biograph Girl". Bright Ideas. Archived from the original on July 22, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Peterman, Mindy (June 24, 2014). "A Conversation with Actress Dylan Gelula". Digital Journal. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "2011/12 Season : August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts". Arden Theatre Company. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  9. ^ Goodman, Jessica (March 13, 2015). "Dylan Gelula Explains How 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Celebrates Women Like No Other Show". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "Can't Wait – The Akergirls" – via YouTube.

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