Jacobs at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014
|Born||Gillian MacLaren Jacobs
October 19, 1982
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Juilliard School|
Gillian MacLaren Jacobs (//; born October 19, 1982) is an American actress and director. She portrayed Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series Community. Jacobs also appeared in television shows such as Fringe, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Good Wife, and Girls, and in films such as Gardens of the Night (2008), The Box (2009), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), and Bad Milo! (2013).
Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, is the director of alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. Her father, William F. Jacobs Jr., was an investment banker. She was raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She is of French, German, Irish, and Scottish descent. Her family owned the Jackson Koehler Eagle Brewery, established in 1847 in Erie, Pennsylvania, where her grandfather, John Martin Magenau Jr., served as President and CEO until its closure in 1978.
Jacobs began studying acting at the age of eight, and attended acting classes on Saturdays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up. She performed with the Pittsburgh Public Theater, where she was a perennial contender in the Public's Shakespeare Monologue Contest, leading her to be cast as Titania in its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2000, Jacobs moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School, where she was a member of the Drama Division's Group 33. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004.
Jacobs' first acting role came as Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kim in the pilot of Traveler, the role was given to Pascale Hutton when ABC acquired the series. Jacobs subsequently made guest appearances on Fringe and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2006, she starred in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Chris Denham's cagelove. While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews. The New York Times advised readers to "remember the name of Gillian Jacobs, a stunning Juilliard graduate who has the glow of a star in the making".
Jacobs has appeared in theatrical productions such as The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007), and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008). Her film work includes Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), Gardens of the Night (2008), and The Box (2009). In March 2009, Jacobs joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Community as Britta Perry, a high school dropout who aspires to become a psychologist. Community was canceled by NBC on May 9, 2014, and later that month, it was reported that Jacobs had landed a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard in the fourth season of the HBO series Girls. In June 2014, Yahoo! Screen picked up Community for a sixth season. It was announced on September 16, 2014 that Jacobs had been cast to star as Mickey in the Netflix original comedy series Love, which is set to debut in 2016.
In January 2015, the documentary The Queen of Code about computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper was directed by Jacobs. Also in 2015 she co-starred in the thriller film Visions with Jim Parsons, Isla Fisher and Anson Mount.
|2008||Choke||Cherry Daiquiri / Beth|
|2008||Gardens of the Night||Leslie|
|2009||Box, TheThe Box||Dana|
|2009||Solitary Man||Tall girl|
|2010||Helena from the Wedding||Helena|
|2011||Let Go||Darla DeMint|
|2012||Watching TV with the Red Chinese||Suzanne|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly!||Tina|
|2012||Adventures in the Sin Bin||Lauren|
|2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the World||Katie|
|2013||Incredible Burt Wonderstone, TheThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Miranda|
|2013||It's Not You, It's Me||Babe||Short film|
|2013||Big Ask, TheThe Big Ask||Emily|
|2013||Made in Cleveland||Martha|
|2014||Walk of Shame||Rose|
|2014||Lookalike, TheThe Lookalike||Lacey / Sadie|
|2014||Black or White||Fay|
|2015||Queen of Code, TheThe Queen of Code||N/A||Documentary short; director|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Jill|
|2015||No Way Jose||Penny|
|2016||Brother in Laws||In post-production|
|2016||Don't Think Twice||Filming|
|2006||Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of Daniel||Adele Congreve||3 episodes|
|2008||Fringe||Joanne Ostler||Episode: "The Equation"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Sue Smith||Episode: "Rock Star"|
|2009||Royal Pains||Tess Frimoli||Episode: "There Will Be Food"|
|2009–15||Community||Britta Perry||110 episodes|
|2009||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Sonia||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2010||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Carl's wife (voice)||Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Various voices||Episode: "Punctured Jugular"|
|2012||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Post-apocalypse woman||Episode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Blue Jacket & Red Socks"|
|2013||Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.||Marsha Backwood (voice)||Episode: "Venture Libre"|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Gillian Jacobs Wears a Red Dress with Sail Boats"|
|2013–14||Monsters vs. Aliens||Sta'abi (voice)||12 episodes|
|2014||Greatest Event in Television History, TheThe Greatest Event in Television History||Sonny||Episode: "Bosom Buddies"|
|2014||American Dad!||Christy (voice)||Episode: "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses"|
|2014||Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories||Young patient||Episode: "Toes"|
|2015||Girls||Mimi-Rose Howard||5 episodes|
|2015||Adventure Time||Margles (voice)||Episode: "You Forgot Your Floaties"|
|2015||Long Live the Royals||Rosalind / additional voices||4 episodes|
|2012||Book Club, TheThe Book Club||Penelope||2 episodes|
|2013||Tiny Commando||Mitzi McNeil||8 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Method Fest Award||Best Actress||Nonames||Won|
|2010||Phoenix Film Festival Award||Best Ensemble Acting||Nonames||Won|
|2010||Phoenix Film Festival Award||Acting Achievement||Nonames||Won|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Comedy Supporting Actress||Community||Nominated|
|2012||TV Guide Award||Favorite Ensemble||Community||Won|
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What's your full name? - Gillian Maclaren Jacobs ... What are your parents' names? - Martina Magenau Jacobs and William F Jacobs Jr
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- "OnStage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 2006.
- Les Gutman (May 14, 2006). "cagelove, A CurtainUp Review". Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Siegel, Barbara; Siegel, Scott (May 16, 2006). "cagelove, Review on TheaterMania". Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Murray, Matthew. "cagelove Theater Review". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Zinoman, Jason (May 17, 2006). "In 'Cagelove,' a Triangle (Sort of), Including a Man Offstage (Sort Of)". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Isherwood, Charles (October 18, 2007). "Torn Between Two Loves: The Oboe and the 'Hot Mess'". The New York Times.
- "Gillian Jacobs". IMDb. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
- Andreeva, Nellie (March 23, 2009). "Ormond sails on Eye's 'Rivers'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
- Lincoln, Jamie (January 2, 2014). "Gillian Jacobs' Community Values". Interview. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
- Snierson, Dan (May 9, 2014). "'Community' canceled". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- Swift, Andy (May 21, 2014). "Girls Exclusive: Community's Gillian Jacobs Nabs Recurring Role In Season 4". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- Hibberd, James (June 30, 2014). "'Community' saved! Yahoo orders sixth season". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2014). "Netflix Nabs Judd Apatow Comedy Series With 2-Season Order; Paul Rust & Gillian Jacobs To Star, Legendary TV To Produce". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
- "Signals: The Queen of Code – ESPN News". ESPN Video. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "Visions". ´Dread Central. September 16, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
- Community Season 2 DVD commentary (episode: "Mixology Certification")
- The Late Late Show. Season 9. Episode 39. March 7, 2013. CBS.
- "Celebrity sightings at wrestling shows". World Wrestling Network. December 8, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- Breihan, Tom (August 28, 2012). "Inside Indie Wrestling's Garden of Eden". The Classical. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
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