Rachel Bloom

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Rachel Bloom
Rachel Bloom at 37th College Television Awards-adj.jpg
Bloom at the 37th College Television Awards in May 2016
Birth nameRachel Leah Bloom
Born (1987-04-03) April 3, 1987 (age 32)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
MediumTelevision, film, music, theatre
Alma materNew York University
Years active2010–present
GenresImprovisational comedy, sketch comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, musical comedy, surreal humor, satire, cringe comedy
Dan Gregor (m. 2015)

Rachel Leah Bloom (born April 3, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, writer, and comedian. She wrote and played the lead role of Rebecca Bunch in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She also created the Hugo Award-nominated music video "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury".

Early life[edit]

Bloom was born on April 3, 1987,[1] in Los Angeles County, California,[2][3] and grew up in Manhattan Beach.[4] She is the daughter of Shelli (née Rosenberg), a musician, and Alan Bloom, a healthcare lawyer.[5] She is Jewish.[6]

Bloom attended Manhattan Beach public schools including Mira Costa High School, where she was involved in the school's drama program.[7] In 2009, Bloom graduated from the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. While at NYU, Bloom was the head writer and director of the school's premier sketch comedy group, Hammerkatz. Post-college, Bloom performed at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles.[4] She was once roommates with comedian Ilana Glazer after college in Brooklyn.[8]


In April 2010, Bloom wrote and sang the song, "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury", which gained a cult following when it was released on Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday in 2010.[9] The song was inspired by her favorite Ray Bradbury book, The Martian Chronicles.[10][11] There was a photo of Bradbury posted online that purported to show him watching the video.[12] She worked as an intern for head writer Seth Meyers at Saturday Night Live. In 2012, she unsuccessfully auditioned for the show, submitting an audition video that included a bit as Katharine Hepburn doing the voice for Bugs Bunny in Space Jam.[13][14]

On May 13, 2013, Bloom released her first album of musical comedy, Please Love Me, which included the songs "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" and "You Can Touch My Boobies".[15][9] On November 19, 2013, she released her second album Suck It, Christmas, which featured a comedic look at Chanukah and included the song "Chanukah Honey".[16] On December 17, 2013, Bloom was the voice of Princess Peach in the song "Luigi's Ballad", on Starbomb's self-titled debut album. Bloom co-wrote "Super Friend" performed by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin. The song was featured on the musical crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash titled "Duet" and the soundtrack released from the episode.

On April 25, 2016, Bloom was awarded the "Visionary Award" the annual gala held by East West Players, the longest-running professional theatre of color in the United States.[17] The award seeks to honor "individuals who have raised the visibility of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through their craft," which her show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was lauded for its decision to cast an Asian-American male in a trope and stereotype subverting lead role.[18]

Bloom has worked as a television writer on Allen Gregory and Robot Chicken.[16]

In April 2017, Bloom appeared on "The Sexual Spectrum" episode of Bill Nye Saves the World, performing the song "My Sex Junk" concerning the gender and sexual spectra. The performance and episode were controversial, garnering a mixed response with backlash from conservative groups and on social media, where Bloom was threatened.[19][20][21][22][23] The episode went on to receive an Emmy nomination.[24]

Bloom co-starred in the film Most Likely to Murder, opposite Adam Pally and Vincent Kartheiser. The film was directed by Dan Gregor, Bloom's husband. It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2018, and was released on Digital and on Demand in May 2018.[25]

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend[edit]

On May 7, 2015, Bloom filmed a half-hour pilot for Showtime with co-executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and directed by Marc Webb, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[26][27] It was eventually picked up by The CW for the fall 2015–2016 season.[28] The show became an hour long series with more network-friendly content when it transitioned from cable to network TV[29][30][31] and features musical numbers.[32] The show premiered on October 12, 2015.[33]

On January 10, 2016, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.[34] The following week, Bloom won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Bloom married her boyfriend of six years, Dan Gregor, in early 2015 with her cousin, a rabbi, performing the ceremony.[36]

Bloom has a history of mental illness, having been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and OCD, about which she has candidly spoken.[37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44] Bloom's character in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has borderline personality disorder, and the show addresses these issues.

On September 14, 2019, Bloom announced she was pregnant with her first child.[45]



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Most Likely to Murder Kara
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Silver Voice role
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Batgirl Voice; Direct-to-video[46]
2020 Trolls World Tour Barb Voice role[47]
Extinct Voice role, in production


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Allen Gregory Staff writer; 4 episodes
2012 How I Met Your Mother Wanda Episode: "The Drunk Train"
2012–14 Robot Chicken Various voice roles: Ariel, Woman, April O'Neil, Smurfette, Optimus Prime's Trailer 17 episodes; also writer
2013–14 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Chickpea, Breakfast Pastry (voice) 2 episodes
Wrote episode: "Little Cart of Scaries"
2014–16 BoJack Horseman Various voice roles: Laura and Sitcom Writer / Sharona 5 episodes
2014 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Additional voices TV movie
2015–2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca Bunch Main role, 62 episodes
Also co-creator, executive producer, writer, and director
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Michael Shannon vs. Rachel Bloom"
Adam Ruins Everything Episode: "Adam Ruins Hollywood"
2017 Bill Nye Saves the World 2 episodes
Nightcap Episode: "Spinster Code"
The Simpsons Annette (voice) Episode: “Springfield Splendor
2018 Portlandia Rachel Episode: "No Thank You"
Muppet Babies Dot (voice) Episode: "Sir Kermit the Brave"
iZombie Nellie Episode: "My Really Fair Lady"[48][49]
Drunk History Herself Episode: "Heists"
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Autumn Blaze (voice) Episode: "Sounds of Silence"[50]
Explained Herself (narrator) Episode: "The Female Orgasm"


Studio album[edit]

Title Details
Please Love Me
  • Released: May 20, 2013
  • Label: self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Suck It, Christmas (A Chanukah Album) (with Jack Dolgen & Dan Gregor)
  • Released: November 13, 2013
  • Label: self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak chart positions
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 1)
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 2)
  • Released: May 20, 2016
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 2)
  • Released: March 3, 2017
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
24 2
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Karaoke Album (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1)
  • Released: January 12, 2018
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: Digital download
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3 (Original Television Soundtrack)
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: Digital download
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special (Yes, It's Really Us Singing!)
  • Released: April 12, 2019
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: Digital download
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4 (Original Television Soundtrack)
  • Released: August 1, 2019
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" 2010 4 Please Love Me
"I Steal Pets" 2011
"I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star"
"Pictures of Your Dick" 2012
"You Can Touch My Boobies" (feat. Nicole Shabtai & Tess Paras)
"The Cake Farts Song (Live)" 2013 non-album single
"Chanukah Honey" Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album)
"Who Wants to Watch the Tony Awards This Year?" 2014 non-album single
"Ladyboss" 2017
"I Don't Care About Award Shows"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury Rachel
2011 I Steal Pets Rachel
I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star Rachel
Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Lucy Van Pelt, Sally Brown Produced by Funny or Die
2012 The Secret of the Gypsy Queen Ilsa Produced by Skeptoid Media
Pictures of Your Dick Rachel
You Can Touch My Boobies Rachel
We Don't Need a Man Rachel
2013 Die When I'm Young Rachel
If Disney Cartoons Were Historically Accurate Princess Rachel
Chanukah Honey Rachel
Luigi's Ballad Princess Peach (voice)
The OCDance! Rachel
2016 Holy Shit (You've Got to Vote) Herself Public service advocacy, with various artists
2017 Ladyboss Rachel Produced by Bola Ogun and Vanity Fair
I Don't Care About Award Shows Rachel

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref
2011 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury Nominated [6]
2013 Web Awards Best YouTube Song You Can Touch My Boobies Won [6]
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Short-format Animation Robot Chicken Nominated [52]
2016 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Won [53]
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Actress Nominated [54]
Breakthrough Performer of the Year Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Won [55]
Online Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
EWwy Awards Best Actress, Comedy Nominated [56]
68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated [57]
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Nominated
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Won [58]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won [59]
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [60]
69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated [61]
2018 Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2019 71st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Won [45]
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Nominated


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