Alison Brie

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Alison Brie
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BornAlison Brie Schermerhorn
(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 32)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active2004–present
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Alison Brie
Alison Brie by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
BornAlison Brie Schermerhorn
(1982-12-29) December 29, 1982 (age 32)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active2004–present

Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982),[1] known professionally as Alison Brie,[2] is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC / Yahoo sitcom Community and Trudy Campbell on the AMC drama Mad Men. She has also starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), and The Lego Movie (2014).

Early life[edit]

Brie was born in Hollywood, California. Her mother, Joanne (née Brenner), works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit child care agency.[3] and her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.[4][5][6]

Brie's mother is Jewish and her father has Dutch,[7] Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Brie has stated that, while being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended with her father a "Christian-Hindu hybrid church", the Self-Realization Fellowship, while her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish".[8][9][10]

Brie began her career acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California.[11] She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's in theater in 2005.[12] Prior to becoming a movie actress, Brie worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.[13] For a time, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Scotland.[14]


One of Brie's first television roles was 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. Since 2009, she has portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC sitcom Community. In April 2010, she co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show!,[15] and appeared in a short segment on Web Soup.[16] She appeared in the 2010 film Montana Amazon.[17] She made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99,[18] and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list.[19] She was voted the 56th sexiest woman in the world by FHM readers in 2013.[20] She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.[21]

Brie has had several major film roles. She starred as Sidney Prescott's assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4,[22] and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Uni-Kitty in The Lego Movie (2014), and will voice a character in an episode of the long-running adult animation series American Dad!, which is aired as part of the show's 10th season.[23][24]

In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22.[25][26]



2004Stolen PoemAliceShort film
2007Dickie Smalls: From Shame to FameMya
2007BornMary Elizabeth
2008Salvation, TexasLisa SalterShort film
2008Coverup, TheThe CoverupGrace
2008Deadliest Lesson, TheThe Deadliest LessonAmberTelevision film
2008Buddy 'n' AndyMichelleShort film
2009Us One NightAlysonShort film
2010Home Front, TheThe Home FrontHannahShort film
2010Raspberry MagicMs. Bradlee
2010Montana AmazonElla
2011Scream 4Rebecca Walters
2012Save the DateBeth
2012Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year EngagementSuzie Barnes-Eilhauer
2012Misadventures of the DunderheadsElla
2013Kings of Summer, TheThe Kings of SummerHeather Toy
2014Lego Movie, TheThe Lego MovieUnikittyVoice
2014Search PartyElizabeth
2015No Stranger Than LoveLucy SherringtonPost-production
2015Get HardPost-production
2015Sleeping with Other PeoplePost-production


2006Hannah MontanaNinaEpisode: "It's My Party and I'll Lie if I Want To"
2007Not Another High School ShowMuffyPilot
2007–2014Mad MenGertrude "Trudy" Campbell33 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009)
2008My AlibiRebecca Fuller14 episodes
2009–presentCommunityAnnie EdisonNominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (2012)
2009Hot SlutsAmber[27]5 episodes
2011Robot ChickenMartha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard (voices)Episode: "The Godfather of the Bride 2"
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::JoanieEpisode: "Sabbath-tage"
2012American Dad!Lindsay (voice)Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2013High School USA!Miss Temple (voice)Episode: "Choices"
2013Axe CopBest Fairy Ever (voice)Episode: "The Dumb List"
2014Comedy Bang! Bang!HerselfEpisode: "Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top & Mini-Skirt"
2014–presentBoJack HorsemanDiane Nguyen (voice)13 Episodes


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California
  2. ^ From Alison Brie interview with Marc Maron:
  3. ^ Staff Reports - California Municipal Finance Authority
  4. ^ "A Shooting star Alison Brie is one of the busiest young actresses in Hollywood..." August 1, 2009, Pasadena Weekly
  5. ^ "Schermerhorn, Brandenstein Wed In Summer Ceremony" - Winchester Herald Chronicle
  6. ^ Couple To Wed In California - Winchester Herald Chronicle
  7. ^ Schermerhorn is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland.
  8. ^ "DP/30 Emmywatch: Community/Mad Men, actor Alison Brie". Emmywatch. 
  9. ^ "Alison Brie and Donald Glover of ‘Community’". PopMatters. 2009-11-17. Archived from the original on 20 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  10. ^ Banin, Jana (May 9, 2013). "Alison Brie on her very Jewish mother". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Andelman, Bob (2009-11-12). "From Mad Men’s Trudy to Community’s Annie, actor Alison Brie is a hit". True/Slant. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  12. ^ Lipp, Deborah (2008-10-12). "Exclusive Alison Brie Interview, part 1". Basket of Kisses. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  13. ^ Price, Erik (2009-09-11). "Alison Brie: Funny Joke from a Beautiful Woman". Esquire. Archived from the original on 15 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  14. ^ "Alison Brie on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  15. ^ "Alison Brie on Attack of the Show [2011-04-14]". YouTube. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Web Soup: Alison Brie Laughs at Dead People". Bing. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Bartyzel, Monika (2008-04-07). "Casting Bites, Part Two: Some Brie and Strik". Cinematical. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  18. ^ "2010 Hot 100". Maxim. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  19. ^ "2011 Hot 100". Maxim. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Emilia Clarke Voted Most Desirable Woman". Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  22. ^ Miska, Brad (July 1, 2010). "'Community' Chick and 'Donnie Darko' Mom Join 'Scream' Mystery". Bloody-Disgusting LLC. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Kim Kardashian ‘American Dad’: Reality Star to Play Alien on Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  24. ^ Hibberd, James. "Kim Kardashian to play alien on 'American Dad' | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  25. ^ Knight, James. "‘Mad Men’ Alison Brie New Netflix Show Bojack with ‘Breaking Bad’ Aaron Paul After ‘Community’ Cancellation [TRAILER]". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Strecker, Erin (6 April 2014). "'BoJack Horseman': New Netflix comedy features voices of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, more". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Alison Brie falls in with the wrongest crowd possible". Comedy Central. 

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