Kathryn Hahn

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Kathryn Hahn
Hahn holding a microphone
Hahn in 2016
Born (1973-07-23) July 23, 1973 (age 46)[1]
EducationNorthwestern University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
OccupationActress and comedian
Years active1999–present
Ethan Sandler (m. 2002)

Kathryn Hahn (born July 23, 1973)[1] is an American actress and comedian. She began her career on television, playing Lily Lebowski in the NBC crime drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–07). Hahn went on to appear as a supporting actress in a number of major comedy films, including roles in the films How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Step Brothers (2008), Our Idiot Brother (2011), We're the Millers (2013), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

As a lead actress, Hahn starred in the 2013 comedy-drama film Afternoon Delight, directed by Jill Soloway, and Private Life (2018) directed by Tamara Jenkins, receiving critical acclaim. She had a starring role in the comedy film Bad Moms (2016), and its sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas (2017). She has also appeared in a number of dramatic films, including Revolutionary Road (2008), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), Tomorrowland (2015), The Visit (2015), and Captain Fantastic (2016). In 2017 she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Transparent (2014–19).

Early life[edit]

Hahn was born in Westchester, Illinois, the daughter of Karen and Bill Hahn.[2] She has German, Irish, and English ancestry, and was raised Catholic.[3] She grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio[4] and attended Beaumont School.[5] Hahn attended Northwestern University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in theater before attending Yale University.[6]


Early work[edit]

Hahn's first appearance on any television program was Hickory Hideout, a local puppet show for children for then-NBC owned-and-operated station WKYC in Cleveland.[7] (By the time of its cancellation, Hickory Hideout was airing across all of NBC's O&O stations.) While attending a festival, she was introduced to creator/producer Tim Kring. Hahn impressed Kring so favorably that he created the character of Lily Lebowski in Crossing Jordan specifically for her.[1] The series aired from 2001 to 2007. Hahn has said of meeting Kring, "NBC and Tim Kring took a huge leap of faith in casting me. To be worked into a show that was in production and on the schedule is an amazing stroke of luck." On October 21, 2008, TV Guide reported that Hahn had signed a talent holding deal with Fox.[8]

In 2003, Hahn appeared in a supporting role alongside Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The following year she appeared in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Around the Bend, and Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. She later had more supporting roles in films, including the 2005 romantic comedy-drama A Lot like Love starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet; The Holiday (2006) with Cameron Diaz; the science fiction adventure drama The Last Mimzy (2007) alongside Rainn Wilson; Step Brothers (2008); Revolutionary Road (2008) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; and The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009), How Do You Know (2010), Our Idiot Brother (2011), and Wanderlust (2012).

On television, Hahn starred alongside Hank Azaria in the short-lived NBC comedy series Free Agents, a 2011 remake of the British series of the same name.[9] She had recurring roles on HBO shows Hung and Girls. From 2012 to 2015, she received praise for her recurring role on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation as Jennifer Barkley, the campaign manager of Leslie Knope's (Amy Poehler) opponent Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd). (She had previously costarred with Rudd in Our Idiot Brother, How Do You Know, and Wanderlust.)[10]

She received a 2012 Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for her performance in Parks and Recreation.[11]

Hahn posing for photographers
Hahn at the premiere of This Is Where I Leave You.


In 2013 Hahn played her first leading role, in the comedy-drama film Afternoon Delight, which was written and directed by Jill Soloway. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[12] For her role, she was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor.[13] Later that year Hahn appeared opposite Jennifer Aniston (her co-star in Wanderlust) in the box-office hit We're the Millers and co-starred alongside Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In 2014 she starred in the comedy film Bad Words alongside Jason Bateman, the ensemble comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, and Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny That Way alongside Owen Wilson.

In 2014 Hahn was cast as Rabbi Raquel Fein in the Amazon Studios critically acclaimed dark comedy-drama Transparent, whose creator, Jill Soloway, had directed her in Afternoon Delight. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2017) as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination along with the cast. In 2015 she starred alongside Steve Coogan in the Showtime comedy-drama Happyish,[14][15] but the show was canceled after a single season.[16] That year Hahn co-starred alongside George Clooney and Hugh Laurie in the science-fiction adventure film Tomorrowland,[17] and starred in the box-office horror hit The Visit.[18][19]

In 2016 Hahn appeared alongside Viggo Mortensen in the drama film Captain Fantastic,[20][21] and starred alongside Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell and Jada Pinkett Smith in the comedy film Bad Moms.[22] IndieWire's Kate Erbland gave the film a B–, noting that it "boasts some good jokes but Hahn's revelatory performance is the big draw."[23] She next appeared in the Amazon comedy pilot I Love Dick, based on the novel by the same name by Chris Kraus and directed by Jill Soloway. It premiered on August 19, 2016.[24][25][26]

In 2018, Hahn starred in the drama film Private Life, directed by Tamara Jenkins. She received critical acclaim for her performance.[27][28][29] She also began appearing in television commercials for Chrysler, provided the voice of character Ericka Van Helsing in the animated comedy Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and had a voice role in the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as a female version of Doctor Octopus, named Olivia Octavius.

In 2019, Hahn began starring in the title role of HBO's comedy-drama series Mrs. Fletcher.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

Hahn is married to actor Ethan Sandler. The couple reside in Los Angeles and have two children: a son, Leonard (b. 2006) and a daughter, Mae (b. 2009).[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Flushed Women
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Michelle Rueben
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Angelica
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Helen
2004 Around the Bend Sarah
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Helen
2005 A Lot Like Love Michelle
2006 The Holiday Bristol
2007 The Last Mimzy Naomi Schwartz
2008 Step Brothers Alice Huff
2008 Revolutionary Road Milly Campbell
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Babs Merrick
2010 How Do You Know Annie
2011 Our Idiot Brother Janet
2012 Wanderlust Karen
2012 The Dictator Pregnant Woman
2013 Afternoon Delight Rachel
2013 We're the Millers Edie Fitzgerald
2013 Bad Words Jenny Widgeon
2013 Dark Around the Stars Judith
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Odessa Mitty
2014 She's Funny That Way Delta Simmons
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Annie Altman
2015 The D Train Stacey
2015 Tomorrowland Ursula Gernsback
2015 Len and Company Isabelle
2015 The Visit Loretta Jamison
2015 The Family Fang Camille Fang
2016 Captain Fantastic Harper Cash
2016 The Do-Over Becca
2016 Bad Moms Carla Dunkler
2017 Flower[32] Laurie Vandross
2017 A Bad Moms Christmas Carla Dunkler
2018 Private Life Rachel Biegler
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Ericka Van Helsing (voice)
2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Olivia Octavius / Doctor Octopus (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2001–07 Crossing Jordan Lily Lebowski 104 episodes
2006 Four Kings Sharon 2 episodes
2010 Hung Claire 3 episodes
2011 Funny or Die Presents Huntress 2 episodes
2011 Traffic Light Kate 2 episodes
2011 Mad Love Linda Clay Episode: "Friends"
2011 Free Agents Helen 8 episodes
2012–15 Parks and Recreation Jennifer Barkley 11 episodes
2012 Girls Katherine Lavoyt 4 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Carrie Episode: "I'll Try to Fix You"
2012 Childrens Hospital Lamaze Teacher Episode: "Childrens Lawspital"
2012 Robot Chicken Mrs. Marquez / T-shirt Girl #1 (voices) Episode: "Hemlock, Gin and Juice"
2013–15 Kroll Show Mikey's Mom 5 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Marge Episode: "TGI Murder"
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Greta Strauss / Sara Rush 2 episodes
2014 Bob's Burgers Jessica (voice) Episode: "Slumber Party"
2014 Chozen Tracy (voice) 8 episodes
2014 American Dad! Luli (voice) Episode: "Honey, I'm Homeland"
2014–19 Transparent Raquel Fein 22 episodes
2015 Happyish Lee Payne 10 episodes
2015 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Wife Episode: "Daily Fantasy Sports"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Kathryn Hahn Wears Ripped Jeans and Black Heels"
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Eleanor Horstweil Episode: "Hostage Situation"
2016–17 I Love Dick Chris Kraus 8 episodes
2018 The Romanoffs Anka Episode: "End of the Line"
2018 Angie Tribeca Susan Episode: "Air Force Two"
2019 Mrs. Fletcher Eve Fletcher 7 episodes
2020 I Know This Much Is True Dessa Constantine
2021 WandaVision Agnes


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Boeing-Boeing Gloria Longacre Theatre, April 19 – October 5, 2008

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Parks and Recreation Nominated [33]
2013 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Afternoon Delight Nominated [34]
2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Transparent Nominated [35]
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Transparent Nominated [36]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Captain Fantastic Nominated [37][38]
2018 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy I Love Dick Nominated [39]
2018 Gotham Awards Best Actress Private Life Nominated [40]


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