Maria Thayer

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Maria Thayer
Maria Thayer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Maria Thayer at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born (1975-10-30) October 30, 1975 (age 40)
Boring, Oregon, United States
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 1999–present

Maria Thayer (born October 30, 1975) is an American actress and comedian.[1] She specializes in farce,[2] and is known for portraying Rory in Accepted (2006),[1] Wyoma in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), and Tammi Littlenut in Strangers with Candy.[1]

Early life[edit]

Thayer was born on a bee farm in Boring, Oregon, despite her whole family being allergic to bees.[1][3] She attended Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where she was a member of the award-winning forensics program and the National Forensic League,[4] as well as Homecoming Queen.[5] She studied acting at The Juilliard School in New York.[1]


In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Thayer plays a woman on holiday with a new husband, played by Jack McBrayer.[6] Thayer and McBrayer reunited on an episode of 30 Rock in which she portrays Kenneth Parcell's blind, shallow love interest.[1] She also played Grace and Leo's daughter, Lila (at age 18), in the series finale of Will & Grace (2006).[1] In 2009, she appeared in the film State of Play as Sonia Baker, the researcher and mistress of a congressman.[1]

Thayer stars in the Adult Swim comedy series Eagleheart,[6] which began airing on February 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network.[7] She appeared as Tracey Bluth in the fourth season of Arrested Development in flashback scenes.[8] In 2012, she was featured in the music video "Sensitive Man" by Nick Lowe.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Thayer was previously engaged to actor David Harbour.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Kimberly Louise
2001 Storytelling Amy Segment: "Fiction"
2001 Scratch Short film[12]
2005 Strangers with Candy Tamela "Tammi" Littlenut
2005 Hitch Lisa
2006 Accepted Rory Thayer
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Wyoma
2009 State of Play Sonia Baker
2011 Let Go Beth
2014 Night of the Living Deb Deborah Clarington
TBA Table 19


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Strangers with Candy Tamela "Tammi" Littlenut 14 episodes
2001 Big Apple Rosemary 3 episodes
2001 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Tina Episode: "Herding Cats"
2003 Miss Match Chelsea Greer Episode: "Pilot"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Claire Brody Episode: "A Murderer Among Us"
2004 Comedy Lab Jill Episode: "12:21"
2005 Romancing the Bride Kimmy Television film
2006 Will & Grace Lila Episode: "The Finale"
2006 Colbert Report, TheThe Colbert Report Jenny Voice
Episode: "Will Power"
2006 Nip/Tuck Transplant Consultant Episode: "Burt Landau"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Hope Episode: "Infiltrated"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Cassidy 3 episodes
2009 30 Rock Jennifer Rogers Episode: "St. Valentine's Day"
2009 House Annie Episode: "Both Sides Now"
2010 Important Things with Demetri Martin Edith Episode: "Strategy"
2010 Our Show Television film
2011 Traffic Light Esme Episode: "Credit Balance"
2011 Harry's Law Julie Cassidy Episode: "Purple Hearts"
2011 Annie Claus is Coming to Town Annie[13]
2011–2014 Eagleheart Susie Wagner 24 episodes
2012 Louie Rental Car Lady Episode: "Dad"
2012 New Girl Amelia Episode: "Halloween"
2013 Cougar Town Lisa Riggs 3 episodes[14]
2013 Portlandia Episode: "Nina's Birthday"[6]
2013 Family Tools Wendy Doyle Episode: "Now You See Me, Now You Don't"[15]
2013 Maron Megan Episode: "Dominatrix"[16]
2013 Arrested Development Tracey Bluth Episode: "It Gets Better"
2014 Review Eliza Episode: "Marry; Run; Party"
2014 American Dad! Nun (voice) Episode: "Cock of the Sleepwalk"
2014 Dads Maria Episode: "Baby Face"
2014 Men at Work Bridget Episode: "Molly"
2014–2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 3 episodes
2014 Mulaney The Doula Episode: "The Doula"
2014 The League Cheryl 2 episodes
2015 Man Seeking Woman Maude Episode: "Dram"
2015 Kroll Show Duchess Tina Episode: "The Time of My Life"
2015 Difficult People Nicole Episode: "The Courage of a Soldier"
2015 Gotham Scottie Mullen 2 episodes
2015 Married Kristi Episode: "Gymnastics"
2016 Those Who Can't Abbey Logan 10 Episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Necessary Targets Nuna Variety Arts Theatre
2002 Endpapers Sara Maynard Variety Arts Theatre
2012 Unscreened Stranger in the Park Elephant Theatre Company[17]
2013 Love's Labour's Lost Rosaline Delacorte Theater[18]

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role
2011 Hospitality "Friends of Friends"[19] Friend in Glasses
2012 Nick Lowe "Sensitive Man"[10] Girlfriend


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Maria Thayer pictures, bio, movies". PopTower. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nathan Southern. "Maria Thayer". All Movie Guide. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "No Title". Kansas City Star. Aug 11, 2006. p. F3. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Spotlight - Maria Thayer". Apple Valley High School Forensics. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. Actress Maria Thayer (Accepted, Forgetting Sarah Marshal) was honored at a Nationals Award banquet recognizing her success both during and beyond her NFL career. 
  5. ^ Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris (Dec 12, 2011). "Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 203: Bone Manor with Maria Thayer" (Podcast). Maximum Fun. 45:45 minutes in. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Abby Schreiber (Jan 3, 2013). "Our Guide To All the Celebrity Cameos on Portlandia's Third Season". Paper. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. Mike O'Brien and actress Maria Thayer (who plays Susie on Adult Swim's Walker, Texas Ranger spoof Eagleheart and Jack McBrayer's amorous wife in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) will play a young couple who are prepared to go into debt in order to attend an outlandish birthday party 
  7. ^ Eagleheart on Adult Swim
  8. ^ Snierson, Dan (Jun 5, 2013). "Arrested Development: Mitchell Hurwitz on the movie -- and the Romney joke you never saw". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ a b Ross Luippold (Mar 2, 2012). "Nick Lowe's Sensitive Man Music Video Features Marc Maron, Tim Heidecker, Other Surprise Guests". Huffington Post. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
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  12. ^ Patrick Ciccone (Apr 20, 2001). "Cannes on the Hudson". Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. By contrast, the 16mm films on the opening Student Reel Awards night were varied and intriguing. Julia Solomonoff's Scratch, whose Maria Thayer won for lead actress, is stylistically somewhat muddled despite the story of a Kosovar immigrant in New York City that gradually emerges. 
  13. ^ Troy Anderson (Nov 7, 2012). "Annie Claus is Coming to Town". Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ssndra Gonzalez (Mar 9, 2013). "Cougar Town sneak peek: Sparks fly for Bobby on the dodgeball court -- Exclusive Video". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC. Apr 22, 2013. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ Nicholas DeLorenzo (May 28, 2013). "MARON, "Dominatrix" episode recap". Screen Invasion. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ Adam Hetrick (Jan 29, 2012). "American Pie Actor Chris Klein Set for Unscreened in Los Angeles". Retrieved Jun 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ Adam Hetrick (July 23, 2012). "Shakespeare in the Park Musical Adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost Premieres July 23". Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ Merge Records. "Hospitality - Friends of Friends". Vimeo. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 

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