Molly Gordon

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Molly Gordon
Born (1995-12-06) December 6, 1995 (age 25)[1]
Years active2001, 2005, 2015–present

Molly June Gordon is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the drama TV series Animal Kingdom (2016–2018), as Nicky, and in the comedy films Life of the Party (2018) as Maddie, Booksmart (2019) as Triple A, and Good Boys (2019) as Hannah.

Early life[edit]

Gordon was born and raised in Los Angeles, to Jewish parents.[2][3] She is the daughter of director Bryan Gordon and writer-director Jessie Nelson.[4][2] She performed on the LA stage from a young age, and grew up with actor Ben Platt, with whom she starred in productions of Fiddler on the Roof at age four and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at age five.[5] She regularly watched the sketch-comedy series Saturday Night Live and attended performances by comedy troupe The Groundlings, leading her to an interest pursuing comedic acting.[4] She portrayed Dot in her high school's performance of Sunday in the Park with George when she was 17. She did poorly on her SAT exam,[6] but briefly attended New York University, leaving after two weeks due to dissatisfaction with her program.[5] Her aunt, Davia Nelson, is one of The Kitchen Sisters, who are radio producers.


Gordon's first film appearance was in Nelson's 2001 drama film I Am Sam as Callie,[7][8] followed by her portrayal of a trick-or-treater in Nora Ephron's 2005 film Bewitched.[8]

Gordon moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue acting as a profession.[4] In August 2015, she was cast as Nicky in the TNT pilot Animal Kingdom, based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name.[9] The pilot was picked up with a 10-episode order in December 2015,[10] and the series debuted on June 14, 2016,[11] with Gordon as a series regular.[9]

She played Maddie, the daughter of Melissa McCarthy's character, in the 2018 comedy film Life of the Party.[7]

Gordon began rehearsals to portray Alice Spencer in the Off-Broadway production of Alice by Heart in December 2018. The musical, directed by Nelson who also co-wrote with Steven Sater, opened at the MCC Theater on February 26, 2019.[12] The show's run concluded in May 2019.[6] Gordon portrayed Triple A in the 2019 comedy film Booksmart. The film attracted Gordon due to its "kooky" characters that she found to "have such a grounded realism in them."[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 I Am Sam Callie
2005 Bewitched Trick-or-treater
2015 Ithaca Mary Arena
2015 Love the Coopers Lauren Hesselberg
2018 Life of the Party Maddie Miles
2019 Booksmart Annabelle "Triple A"
2019 Good Boys Hannah
2020 Shiva Baby Maya
2020 The Broken Hearts Gallery Amanda
TBA Am I Ok? Kat Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Sin City Saints Megan Episode: "Because Vegas"
2015 Orange Is the New Black Stacy Episode: "Don't Make Me Come Back There"
2016–2018 Animal Kingdom Nicky Belmont Main role (Seasons 1–3); 26 episodes
2018 Our Cartoon President Sarah Huckabee Sanders (voice) Recurring role; 9 episodes
2019 Ramy Sarah Recurring role; 2 episodes
TBA Untitled Los Angeles Lakers project Linda Zafrani Upcoming series


Year Title Role Venue Notes
2019 Alice by Heart Alice Spencer MCC Theater Off-Broadway


  1. ^ Imbornone, Carina (August 20, 2019). "MOLLY GORDON HAS NEVER DONE MOLLY". Retrieved May 15, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "18 Things to Know About Molly Gordon". Alma. 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ Handler, Rachel (March 26, 2021). "Molly Gordon Didn't Mean to Steal That Scene". Vulture. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Nordstrom, Leigh (March 21, 2019). "Molly Gordon". Women's Wear Daily. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 19, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Sutton, Samantha (June 4, 2018). "Molly Gordon Is the Actress Everyone in Hollywood Is Talking About". Coveteur. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Zuckerman, Esther (May 9, 2019). "What It's Like Playing Mortal Enemies in 'Booksmart' for Three Real-Life Best Friends". Thrillist. Retrieved May 19, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b Kit, Borys (July 28, 2016). "Animal Kingdom' Star Joins Melissa McCarthy Comedy 'Life of the Party' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b "Molly Gordon List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Archived from the original on May 28, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b Petski, Denise (August 25, 2015). "Molly Gordon Rounds Out 'Animal Kingdom' Cast; 'Orange Is The New Black' Adds 3 Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 10, 2015). "Animal Kingdom,' 'Good Behavior' Nab TNT Series Orders". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Retrieved May 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (May 11, 2016). "TNT Pushes 'Animal Kingdom' Premiere, Expands To Two Hours – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Moynihan, Caitlin (December 17, 2018). "Down the Rabbit Hole! The Cast and Creative Team of Alice by Heart Prepare for Off-Broadway". John Gore Organization. Retrieved May 19, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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