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Alison Brie

Alison BrieAlison Brie, born December 29th, 1982 in Hollywood, California, is an American actress. Brie starred as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community from 2009 to 2015 and as Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men from 2007 to 2015.

She also voices Diane Nguyen on the animated comedy series BoJack Horseman from 2014 to the present, and plays Ruth Wilder in the comedy series GLOW from 2017 to the present, for which she received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

In addition to her television work, Brie has starred in films such as Scream 4 in 2011, The Five-Year Engagement in 2012, The Lego Movie in 2014, Get Hard in 2015, Sleeping with Other People in 2015, How to Be Single in 2016, The Little Hours in 2017, The Disaster Artist in 2017, and The Post also in 2017.

She has transformed her body to play a glamorous wrestler in the hit 80s show GLOW - in an interview with Women's Health, she admitted she no longer cares how much she weighs.

"I was transitioning fat into muscle without losing weight or gaining weight. But I say that loosely because I don’t own a scale. I haven’t weighed myself in years."

The actress said she was initially worried that strength training would make her look bulky but found it was a life changing experience when she starting the new workouts several years ago.

Alison Brie"I came out of it feeling like a totally different person. It changed everything." she said, but admitted she has also learned to care less what other people think of her.

"I’ve just never given less of a f***," said Brie, who works out with trainer Jason Walsh, told the interviewer.

"It’s a nice feeling because you live your life more and care less about what other people think."

"Your career will fluctuate; you’ll have highs and lows. But I can always go to the gym and work out. I’m in control of myself and my body."

Brie admitted that she, along with her sister Lauren, had 'touch-and-go body issues, some mildly recurring dysmorphia' while growing up, but now she loves feeling strong.

"Now I feel like strength is beautiful, rather than that stick-skinny is the beauty standard." Alison revealed that her confidence has soared since transitioning to weight training.

Her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter. Her mother, Joanne Brenner, works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit childcare agency. She has an older sister named Lauren.

Alison BrieBrie's mother is Jewish, her father has Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry. While being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a "Christian–Hindu hybrid church" called the Self-Realization Fellowship with her father. However, her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish".

Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's degree in theater in 2005. She has also lived in the United Kingdom, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.

One of Brie's first television roles was as Nina, a novice hairdresser, on Hannah Montana. She went on to star in the web series My Alibi and was chosen for the role of Trudy Campbell in Mad Men. From 2009 to 2015, she portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC (and later Yahoo! View) sitcom Community.

In April 2010, Brie co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show! and appeared in a short segment on Web Soup. She appeared in the 2010 film Montana Amazon.

Brie made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99 and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list. She was voted the 57th Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM readers in 2013. She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.

Brie starred in several major film roles, including Sidney Prescott's assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4, and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Princess Unikitty in The Lego Movie in 2014, and voiced a character in an episode of the animated series American Dad!.

Alison BrieIn 2015, she starred with Jason Sudeikis in Leslye Headland's romantic comedy film Sleeping with Other People and played Will Ferrell's character's fiancée in Get Hard.

In 2016, Brie starred as Lucy in the romantic comedy film How to Be Single. In 2017, Brie co-starred in several films, including the historical comedy The Little Hours, the biographical comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, and the historical drama The Post.

In June of 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22nd. Over the first two seasons, she has voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman.

Brie also appeared on Lip Sync Battle and won against Will Arnett with performances of "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa and "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.

Brie stars in the Netflix original comedy series GLOW, inspired by the 1980ss female professional wrestling league Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling; the series began streaming on June 23rd, 2017. Brie added that since appearing in GLOW and receiving critical praise for the role, she has become more focused on taking meaningful roles.

In 2018, she co-starred in Beck's "Colors" music video. She will next star in Promising Young Woman directed by Emerald Fennell and in The Rental opposite Dan Stevens, directed by Dave Franco.

Alison BrieBrie began dating Dave Franco in 2012 after meeting him at a 2011 Mardi Gras party in New Orleans. On August 25th, 2015, it was reported the two were engaged and were married on March 13th, 2017.

She possesses a kind of endearing good humor for which the actress has cultivated a reputation. From her early roles as bubbly Annie Edison on NBC’s Community and the perfectly polished Trudy Campbell on AMC’s Mad Men to late-night talk show appearances where she would freestyle rap - surprisingly well, and laugh about her clothing-optional college.

Her public persona has largely exuded a rather spicy goody-two-shoes kind of image. While she’s played it up, she also knows it came to typecast her as a certain sort of character.

So, after Mad Men and Community both aired their finales within a couple of weeks of each other in late spring 2015, Brie waited patiently to get back into TV. “I wanted to look totally different on the next thing I did,” she said.

She completed several film projects, including 2015’s Sleeping With Other People, opposite Jason Sudeikis, and 2017’s The Little Hours, which sent religious groups into a rage at its promiscuous depiction of horny medieval nuns.

But then GLOW came along, and with it a chance to challenge her popular image. The series, which aired its first 10 episodes in June 2017, with its 1980s mix of grit and glitter, female-led cast and production - the preliminary script had Brie hooked.

Alison BrieThere was only one problem: “They didn’t want me,” she says, referring to the producing team that was after “someone more unknown” for the lead role of Ruth, a down-and-out young actress in mid-eighties Hollywood who impulsively answers an ad for women wrestlers in order to keep her artistic dreams alive.

That left Brie, who had spent the entire pilot season turning down ready-made offers, going in to audition alongside hundreds of others.

She won out through dogged perseverance. “I just beat them down. They tried to make me jump through hoops, and I was happy to jump through those hoops. Give me more hoops!” Eventually, the producers realized they had their star.

“They said, ‘You were becoming the character the more you were coming in, the more you were determined to get it.’”

GLOW also gave Brie an opportunity to literally flex her muscles. “In my adolescence, I didn’t have an athletic bone in my body, but for the last six years, I've been working out with a personal trainer,” she said.

“I felt that it was a side of me that seemed unexpected to the outside world.” So, inspired by her friend Emily Blunt’s physical transformation ahead of her role in 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, Brie says she “set a private goal” to book an action movie.

“But what if I have to change my body so I look the way they want me to look?” she wondered.

But with GLOW, “our producers didn’t want us to change our bodies at all. They said, ‘We want all shapes and sizes of women to be represented on this show. We love you the way you are.’” That put an onus on training not for body image but strength-building for the show’s acrobatics, “which was incredibly empowering,” says Brie.

Alison BrieThe athleticism translated to the set in other ways as well. “People would finish scenes where there was no wrestling, just dialogue, and the girls would applaud, pat each other on the back. It’s a really loving, encouraging environment, and that has made it easier for everyone to put themselves in vulnerable positions physically and emotionally.”

Brie grew up in South Pasadena, Calif., the youngest of two daughters to an education administrator mother and a singersongwriter- turned-entertainment journalist father. Despite it being a quiet Los Angeles suburb, studios shot many movies in South Pasadena “because it looks like Any Town, USA,” Brie says.

“I was always excited to pass a production on the street or to drive by the house where they shot Old School or to know that I could watch the original Halloween and see my own former high school locker.”

But it wasn’t the area’s Hollywood effect so much as a naturally performative disposition What set Brie’s eye toward a career in acting was that “I was such an annoying little performer from the time I was a small child,” she recalled. “But it just sort of demands creativity, I think, living in a small town.”

Her parents enhanced that creativity by putting Brie into classes at the Pasadena Playhouse while she was still in elementary school, as well as summer theater programs at the Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles.

At South Pasadena High School, an overly strict drama teacher helped solidify the budding actress’ vision and by the time she was 15, she knew it was what she wanted to do for a living,” she recalls.

“This was my passion.” She continued honing her talent at California Institute of the Arts, a prestigious private conservatory some 25 miles north of Hollywood.

Alison Brie“I feel like I have done CalArts an injustice by talking a lot about nudity at the school and that it was hippy-dippy,” she says. “But actually, it’s an amazing conservatory for all different types of artists. And very strict - there was no kidding around when it came to the work we were doing in our métier.”

Some six months after graduating, Brie started landing gigs, scoring an episode of then-red-hot Hannah Montana, as well as the lead in a terrible B-horror movie called Born.

"I had a crazy fake stomach on because my character was impregnated with a demon fetus.” Everything changed shortly afterward: While performing in a 2007 production of Hamlet at Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre, she was booked for an episode of Mad Men. “And the rest is history,” she snarls, with a mock-menacing laugh.

It’s that drive that landed her in GLOW as well as her latest film, The Post, Steven Spielberg’s look inside The Washington Post’s role in uncovering Watergate and the Pentagon Papers, which hit theaters the Friday before Christmas.

“I found it so relevant to today,” she says. “I think it’s really important that a movie like this gets made now, to remind people of our country’s history and why it’s important to have a free press.”

It also gave her a chance to work with an all-star cast, including Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep - one of Brie’s idols. “There are so many points in my life where I’ve thought - Now I’m living the dream,” she says.

Alison Brie“And then you’re standing there, in the middle of a set, taking direction from Steven Spielberg, in a scene with Meryl Streep. No, now I’m living the dream. Talk about setting the bar high,” she adds, laughing. “I guess I’ll never do another movie ever again.”

But Brie knows it’s only one more rung on a ladder that reaches higher still. She also knows her professional success is simply part of a larger contentment in her life. “Being in my mid-30s, I’m feeling satisfied in life,” she says.

She got married earlier this year to her Little Hours co-star and longtime boyfriend Dave Franco. "I think there are a lot of areas where I figured out what I want. I know who I am,” she adds, “and I’m proud of it.”

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Filmography

Film

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Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stolen Poem Alice Short film
2007 Born Mary Elizabeth Martino
Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame Mya
2008 Parasomnia Darcy
The Coverup Grace
Buddy 'n' Andy Michelle Short film
Salvation, Texas Lisa Salter
2009 Us One Night Alyson
2010 The Home Front Hannah
Raspberry Magic Ms. Bradlee
2011 Scream 4 Rebecca Walters
2012 Save the Date Beth
The Five-Year Engagement Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer
Montana Amazon Ella Dunderhead
2013 The Kings of Summer Heather Toy
2014 The Lego Movie Princess Unikitty Voice role
Search Party Elizabeth
2015 Sleeping with Other People Lainey Dalton
Get Hard Alissa Barrow
No Stranger Than Love Lucy Sherrington
2016 How to Be Single Lucy
Joshy Rachel
Get a Job Tanya Sellers
A Family Man Lynn Vogel
2017 The Little Hours Sister Alessandra
The Disaster Artist Amber
The Post Lally Weymouth
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Princess Unikitty Voice role
Weathering with You Natsumi Suga English dub
2020 Promising Young Woman Madison
Horse Girl Sarah Also writer and producer
Happiest Season Filming
The Rental Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Hannah Montana Nina Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Lie if I Want To"
2007–2015 Mad Men Trudy Campbell Recurring role, 36 episodes
2008 The Deadliest Lesson Amber Television film
2009–2015 Community Annie Edison Main role, 110 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard Voice role; episode: "The Godfather of the Bride 2"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Joanie Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
American Dad! Lindsay Voice role; episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2013 High School USA! Miss Temple Voice role; episode: "Choices"
Axe Cop Beautiful Girly Bobs Voice role; episode: "The Dumb List"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top & Mini-Skirt"
2014–present BoJack Horseman Diane Nguyen / Various Characters Voice role; 61 episodes
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Alison Brie vs. Will Arnett"
2016 Teachers Lauren Lark Episode: "Pilot"; also executive producer
Doctor Thorne Martha Dunstable 3 episodes
2017 Dr. Ken Herself Episode: "Ken's Big Audition"
2017–present GLOW Ruth Wilder Main role, 30 episodes
2018 WWE SmackDown Herself Episode: "The Road to WWE Extreme Rules 2018 Begins"
2019 Drunk History Thea Spyer Episode: "Love"

Video games

Year Title Role
2015 Lego Dimensions Princess Unikitty
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Black Widow

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 My Alibi Rebecca Fuller 18 episodes
2009 Hot Sluts Amber 5 episodes
2012 Sketchy Meg Episode: "You Got Retweeted"
2013 The ArScheerio Paul Show Madonna Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2018 "Colors" Beck Herself

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Won
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Community Nominated
2018 Best Actress in a Comedy Series GLOW Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy GLOW Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2020 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series GLOW Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated

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