Gillian Jacobs

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Gillian Jacobs
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Jacobs at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Gillian MacLaren Jacobs

(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 39)
Alma materJuilliard School (BFA)
  • Actress
  • director
Years active2005–present

Gillian MacLaren Jacobs (/ˈɡɪliən/; born October 19, 1982) is an American actress and director. She is known for her roles as Britta Perry on the NBC comedy series Community (2009–2015), Mickey Dobbs on the Netflix romantic comedy series Love (2016–2018), and Atom Eve on the Amazon animated series Invincible (2021). She had a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard on the fourth season (2015) of the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and has appeared in films such as Life Partners (2014), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), Don't Think Twice (2016), Brother Nature (2016), Life of the Party (2018), Ibiza (2018), I Used to Go Here (2020), and the Fear Street trilogy (2021).

Early life[edit]

Jacobs was born on October 19, 1982, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] Her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, works in alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon University, while her father, William F. Jacobs Jr., was an investment banker. [2] [3][4] Her father died in 2013. She was raised by her mother in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.[4] Her family owned the Erie Brewing Company (not to be confused with the later brewery of the same name), where her grandfather, John Martin Magenau Jr., was president and CEO until it closed in 1978.[5]

She began studying acting at the age of four and attended weekend acting classes at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up.[4] 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.[6] After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2000, she moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School, where she graduated with a BFA in 2004.[4]


Jacobs at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con

Her first acting role was Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kim in the pilot of Traveler,[citation needed] the role was given to Pascale Hutton when ABC acquired the series; the series was canceled after eight episodes. Jacobs subsequently made guest appearances on Fringe and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2006, she starred in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Christopher Denham's cagelove. While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews.[7][8][9] 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".[10]

Jacobs has appeared in theatrical productions such as The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007),[11] and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008).[12] In March 2009, she joined the cast of the NBC single-camera comedy series Community as Britta Perry, a high school dropout who aspires to become a psychologist. Her film work includes Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), Gardens of the Night (2008), The Box (2009), Revenge for Jolly! (2012), Bad Milo! (2013), Walk of Shame (2014), The Lookalike (2014), Life Partners (2014), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), Visions (2015), Don't Think Twice (2016), and Brother Nature (2016).[13] She also provided the voices of the characters Sta'abi in the Nickelodeon series Monsters vs. Aliens, and Atom Eve in Amazon Prime animated action series Invincible (2021). Community was canceled by NBC on May 9, 2014,[14] 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.[15]

In June 2014, Yahoo! Screen picked up Community for a sixth season.[16] It was announced on September 16, 2014, that Jacobs was cast to star as Mickey in the Netflix original comedy series Love, which ran from February 2016 to March 2018.[17]

Jacobs directed the 2015 documentary short The Queen of Code about computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper.[18] In 2017, Jacobs co-starred in Janicza Bravo's first full length feature, Lemon, which debuted at Sundance Film Festival.[19] In 2018, she directed Curated, a narrative film short, as a part of a series produced by TNT and Refinery29.[20]

In 2020, Jacobs starred in the comedy-drama film I Used to Go Here, directed by Kris Rey.[21] In 2020, she directed "Higher, Further, Faster," an episode of Marvel's 616, a documentary series about the impact of Marvel Comics on culture.[22]

In February 2021, she and co-host Diona Reasonover premiered a STEM-focused podcast, Periodic Talks, on Stitcher Radio.[23] In July 2021, she had a supporting role in the Netflix horror films the Fear Street trilogy as Christine "Ziggy" Berman.

Personal life[edit]

Despite portraying a drinker on Community and Love, Jacobs is a teetotaler in real life. She said that she made a choice when young to never drink alcohol or take drugs, after "watching people in my family grapple with addiction".[24][25][26][27] She revealed that her father struggled with addiction and that she became fearful of ruining her life the same way—a feeling reinforced in her youth by reading Go Ask Alice, a cautionary tale about a 15-year-old addicted to drugs.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Building Girl Katie
2007 Blackbird Froggy
2008 Choke Cherry Daiquiri/Beth
Gardens of the Night Leslie Whitehead
2009 The Box Dana
Solitary Man Tall girl
2010 Helena from the Wedding Helena
Nonames CJ
Coach Zoe
2011 Let Go Darla DeMint
2012 Watching TV with the Red Chinese Suzanne
Revenge for Jolly! Tina
Adventures in the Sin Bin Lauren
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Katie
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Miranda
It's Not You, It's Me Babe Short film
Bad Milo! Sarah
The Big Ask Emily
Made in Cleveland Martha
Crush Shira Short film
2014 Life Partners Paige Kearns
Walk of Shame Rose
The Lookalike Lacey/Sadie
Black or White Fay
2015 The Queen of Code Documentary short; director
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Jill
No Way Jose Penny
Visions Sadie
2016 Don't Think Twice Samantha
Dean Nicky
Brother Nature Gwen Turley
2017 Lemon Tracy
2018 Life of the Party Helen
Ibiza Harper
Curated Short film; director
2020 I Used to Go Here Kate Conklin
Magic Camp Kristina Darkwood
Come Play Sarah
2021 North Hollywood Abigaile
Mark, Mary & Some Other People Dr. Jacobs
Fear Street Part One: 1994 C. Berman / Adult Christine "Ziggy" Berman
Fear Street Part Two: 1978
Fear Street Part Three: 1666
Injustice Harley Quinn (voice)[28]
2022 More Than Robots Documentary; director
The Contractor Brianne Harper
The Seven Faces of Jane Jane Also segment director


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Book of Daniel Adele Congreve 3 episodes
2007 Traveler Kimberly Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Fringe Joanne Ostler Episode: "The Equation"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sue Smith Episode: "Rock Star"
Royal Pains Tess Frimoli Episode: "There Will Be Food"
The Good Wife Sonia Episode: "Pilot"
2009–2015 Community Britta Perry Main cast
2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Carl's wife (voice) Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
2012 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Punctured Jugular"
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Post-apocalypse woman / Herself 3 episodes
2013 The Venture Bros. Marsha Backwood (voice) Episode: "Venture Libre"
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens Sta'abi (voice) 12 episodes
2013 Talking Dead Herself Episode: "Indifference"
2014 Rupaul's Drag Race Guest Judge Episode: "Snatch Game"
The Greatest Event in Television History Sonny Episode: "Bosom Buddies"
American Dad! Christy (voice) Episode: "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses"
Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Young patient Episode: "Toes"
2015 Girls Mimi-Rose Howard 5 episodes
Adventure Time M.A.R.G.L.E.S. (voice) Episode: "You Forgot Your Floaties"
Long Live the Royals Rosalind/additional voices 4 episodes
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Ada Lovelace Episode: "Ada Lovelace"
2016–2018 Love Mickey Dobbs Main cast
2017 Dr. Ken Erin Episode: "Ken's New Intern"
Regular Show Blu-ray (voice) 3 episodes
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Jenny Tanner Episode: "Chelsea Leight-Leigh Lately"
Justice League Action Roxy Rocket (voice) Episode: "The Fatal Fare"
Rick and Morty Supernova (voice) Episode: "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender"
HarmonQuest Chip Episode: "The Quest Continues"
2018 Random Acts of Flyness Herself Episode: "They Got Some S**t That'll Blow Out Our Back"
Angie Tribeca Becky Bunnker Episode: "Joystick Luck Club"
2019 Weird City Mulia Episode: "Chonathan & Mulia & Barsley & Phephanie"
At Home with Amy Sedaris Herself Episode: "Anniversary"
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show Mary Poppins Episode: "Full House But Black"
2020 The Twilight Zone Annie Mitchell Episode: "Meet in the Middle"
Star Trek: Lower Decks Lieutenant Barbara Brinson (voice) Episode: "Cupid's Errant Arrow"
Earth to Ned Herself Episode: "Late Night Ned"
Marvel's 616 Episode: "Higher, Further, Faster"; director
2021 Invincible Samantha Eve Wilkins / Atom Eve (voice) 7 episodes
Ten Year Old Tom Dakota (voice) 10 episodes
Aquaman: King of Atlantis Mera (voice) 3 episodes
2022 Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Chris Riley 3 episodes
Minx Maggie 2 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Don Cheadle Is Captain Planet Linka Funny or Die segment
2012 The Book Club Penelope 2 episodes
2013 Tiny Commando Mitzi McNeil 8 episodes
2017 STRANGER THINGS: A Bad Lip Reading Nancy Wheeler (voice)
2021 Christmas Delivery Beth Briny (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2006 cagelove Katie Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2007 The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero Girl DR2 Theatre
A Feminine Ending Amanda Blue Playwrights Horizons
2008 The Little Flower of East Orange Nadine/Cathleen The Public Theater
2018 Kings Kate The Public Theater

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Method Fest Award[29] Best Actress Nonames Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award[30] Best Comedy Supporting Actress Community Nominated
2012 TV Guide Fan Favorites Award[31] Favorite Ensemble Community Won


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  2. ^ "A New Generation". Purple. Spring–Summer 2009. Archived from the original on February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017. (Scroll down to Jacobs entry.)
  3. ^ "Carol Marie Spiller Magenau Obituary". Erie Times-News. Erie, Pennsylvania. December 18, 2006. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2015 – via
  4. ^ a b c d Randall, Reese (April 2010). "Gillian Jacobs". Pittsburgh Magazine. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "John Martin Magenau Jr". Erie Times-News. Erie, Pennsylvania. July 22, 2012. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2013 – via Martin was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the Siebel Institute of Brewing, and served as President and CEO of the Erie Brewing Company until its closing in 1978. Note: This is not the same Erie Brewing Company founded in 1994.
  6. ^ "OnStage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 2006.
  7. ^ Les Gutman (May 14, 2006). "cagelove, A CurtainUp Review". Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Siegel, Barbara; Siegel, Scott (May 16, 2006). "cagelove, Review on TheaterMania". Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  9. ^ Murray, Matthew. "cagelove Theater Review". Talkin' Broadway. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  10. ^ Zinoman, Jason (May 17, 2006). "In 'Cagelove,' a Triangle (Sort of), Including a Man Offstage (Sort Of)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 8, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  11. ^ Isherwood, Charles (October 18, 2007). "Torn Between Two Loves: The Oboe and the 'Hot Mess'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015.
  12. ^ Silberman, Lucy (August 1, 2008). "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. Archived from the original on September 28, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  13. ^ "Visions". ´Dread Central. September 16, 2014. Archived from the original on August 8, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  14. ^ Snierson, Dan (May 9, 2014). "'Community' canceled". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Archived from the original on July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Swift, Andy (May 21, 2014). "Girls Exclusive: Community's Gillian Jacobs Nabs Recurring Role In Season 4". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  16. ^ Hibberd, James (June 30, 2014). "'Community' saved! Yahoo orders sixth season". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  17. ^ 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 Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  18. ^ "Signals: The Queen of Code – ESPN News". ESPN Video. January 21, 2015. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  19. ^ D'Arcy, David (January 23, 2017). "'Lemon': Review". Screen Daily.
  20. ^ Evans, Greg (September 6, 2018). "TNT, Refinery29 Set Shatterbox Season 2 Launch: Female-Driven Short Film Series Gets Toronto Screening." Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  21. ^ Lee, Ann (2020-09-17). "'I'm a loner': Gillian Jacobs on the snarky art of playing misfits". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  22. ^ Taylor, Drew. "'Marvel's 616' Directors Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs on Their Unwavering Love of Ms. Marvel". Collider. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  23. ^ Sarachan, Risa. "Gillian Jacobs And Diona Reasonover Explore STEM Fields On Stitcher Podcast 'Periodic Talks'". Forbes. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  24. ^ Community Season 2 DVD commentary (episode: "Mixology Certification")
  25. ^ The Late Late Show. Season 9. Episode 39. March 7, 2013. CBS.
  26. ^ a b Off Camera. Season 6. Episode 25 (92). February 27, 2017. Audience.
  27. ^ Lee, Ann (2020-09-17). "'I'm a loner': Gillian Jacobs on the snarky art of playing misfits". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  28. ^ "DC's 'Injustice' Sets Cast for Animated Movie (Exclusive)". 21 July 2021.
  29. ^ "The 2010 Method Fest Award Winners (Highlighted) and the Lists of Nominees" (2010). Method Fest Independent Film Festival ( Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  30. ^ Block, Alex Ben (June 5, 2012). "'Community' Leads Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominees." The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  31. ^ "TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites Awards Winners Revealed!" (April 10, 2012). Retrieved July 17, 2019.

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