Gillian Jacobs

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Gillian Jacobs
Gillian Jacobs by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Born(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present
 
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Gillian Jacobs
Gillian Jacobs by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Born(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present

Gillian McLaren Jacobs[1] (/ˈɡɪlɪən/; born October 19, 1982)[2] is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Britta Perry on the NBC comedy series Community. She also has appeared in the television shows Fringe, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and The Good Wife, as well as in films such as Gardens of the Night (2008), The Box (2009), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), and Bad Milo! (2013).

Early life[edit]

Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, was a Carnegie Mellon University director of alumni relations at the Heinz College. Her father, William F. Jacobs Jr., was an investment banker.[3] She was raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.[4] She is of French, German, Irish, and Scottish descent.[5] Her family owned the Jackson Koehler Eagle Brewery, established in 1847 in Erie, Pennsylvania, where her grandfather, John Martin Magenau Jr., served as President and CEO until its closure in 1978.[6]

Jacobs began studying acting at the age of eight, and attended acting classes on Saturdays at the Pittsburgh Playhouse while growing up.[4] She performed with the Pittsburgh Public Theater, where she was a perennial contender in the Public's Shakespeare Monologue Contest, leading her to be cast as Titania in its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.[7] After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2000, Jacobs moved to New York City, New York to attend the Juilliard School, where she was a member of the Drama Division's Group 33. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.[4]

Career[edit]

Jacobs at Wondercon in March 2012

Jacobs' first acting role came as Adele Congreve on the television series The Book of Daniel. Although she played Kim in the pilot of Traveler, the role was given to Pascale Hutton when ABC acquired the series. Jacobs subsequently made guest appearances on Fringe and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2006, she starred in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Chris Denham's cagelove. While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews.[8][9][10] The New York Times advised readers to "remember the name of Gillian Jacobs, a stunning Juilliard graduate who has the glow of a star in the making".[11]

Jacobs has appeared in theatrical productions such as The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (2007), A Feminine Ending (2007),[12] and The Little Flower of East Orange (2008).[2] Her film work includes Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), Gardens of the Night (2008), and The Box (2009).[13] In March 2009, Jacobs joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Community as Britta Perry, a high school dropout who aspires to become a psychologist.[14][15] She will have a recurring role in the HBO show Girls in 2014, following the cancellation of Community.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs is a teetotaler.[17][18] She is a fan of professional wrestling and is a regular at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla shows.[19][20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Building GirlKatie
2007BlackbirdFroggy
2008ChokeCherry Daiquiri/Beth
2008Gardens of the NightLeslie
2009Box, TheThe BoxDana
2009Solitary ManTall girl
2010Helena from the WeddingHelena
2010NonamesCJ
2010CoachZoe
2011Let GoDarla DeMint
2012It's Not You, It's MeBabeShort film
2012Watching TV with the Red ChineseSuzanne
2012Revenge for Jolly!Tina
2012Adventures in the Sin BinLauren
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldKatie
2013Incredible Burt Wonderstone, TheThe Incredible Burt WonderstoneMiranda
2013Made in ClevelandMartha
2013Bad Milo!Sarah
2014Life PartnersPaige
2014Walk of ShameRose
2014Hot Tub Time Machine 2
2014The Big Ask[21]Emily
2014Lookalike, TheThe LookalikeLacey
2014Visions
2014Black and White
2014No Way JosePenny

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of DanielAdele Congreve3 episodes
2007TravelerKimberlyEpisode: "Pilot"
2008FringeJoanne OstlerEpisode: "The Equation"
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentSue SmithEpisode: "Rock Star"
2009Royal PainsTess FrimoliEpisode: "There Will Be Food"
2009Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeSoniaEpisode: "Pilot"
2009–2014CommunityBritta Perry97 episodes
2010Aqua Teen Hunger ForceCarl's WifeVoice
Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
2012Robot ChickenKelly Frears
Lisbeth Salander
Polly Pocket
Snow White
Voice
Episode: "Punctured Jugular"
2012Comedy Bang! Bang!Post-Apocalypse WomanEpisode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Blue Jacket & Red Socks"
2013Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.Marsha BackwoodVoice
Episode: "Venture Libre"
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!HerselfEpisode: "Gillian Jacobs Wears a Red Dress with Sail Boats"
2013–2014Monsters vs. AliensSta'abiVoice
21 episodes
2014Greatest Event in Television History, TheThe Greatest Event in Television HistorySonnyEpisode: "Bosom Buddies"
2014American Dad!ChristyVoice
Episode: "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses"
2014RuPaul's Drag RaceHerselfGuest judge
Episode: "Snatch Game"
2015GirlsMimi-Rose HowardRecurring Role

Web[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Funny or DieLinkaEpisode: "Don Cheadle is Captain Planet"
2011CollegeHumorBritta PerryEpisode: "Save Greendale"
2012Book Club, TheThe Book ClubPenelope2 episodes
2013Tiny CommandoMitzi McNeil7 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2010Gold Derby TV AwardBest TV EnsembleCommunityNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Comedy Supporting ActressCommunityNominated
2012TV Guide AwardFavorite EnsembleCommunityWon
2010Gold Derby TV AwardBest Supporting Actress in A Comedy SeriesCommunityNominated
2012Gold Derby TV AwardBest TV EnsembleCommunityWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/GillianJacobs/statuses/336877942535757824
  2. ^ a b Silberman, Lucy (August 1, 2008). "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Purple Editorial A New Generation, Spring/Summer 2009". Gillian Maclaren Jacobs's Portfolio. My Fashion Database. Spring–Summer 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2012. "What's your full name? - Gillian Maclaren Jacobs ... What are your parents' names? - Martina Magenau Jacobs and William F Jacobs Jr" 
  4. ^ a b c Randall, Reese (April 2010). "Gillian Jacobs". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joel McHale "hijacks" Gillian Jacobs: 'Community' Stars on Diversity" on YouTube
  6. ^ "John Martin Magenau Jr.". legacy.com. Erie Times-News. July 22, 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "OnStage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 2006.
  8. ^ Les Gutman (May 14, 2006). "cagelove, A CurtainUp Review". Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  9. ^ Siegel, Barbara; Siegel, Scott (May 16, 2006). "cagelove, Review on TheaterMania". Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ Murray, Matthew. "cagelove Theater Review". Talkin' Broadway. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  11. ^ Zinoman, Jason (May 17, 2006). "In 'Cagelove,' a Triangle (Sort of), Including a Man Offstage (Sort Of)". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  12. ^ Isherwood, Charles (October 18, 2007). "Torn Between Two Loves: The Oboe and the 'Hot Mess'". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ "Gillian Jacobs". IMDb. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 23, 2009). "Ormond sails on Eye's 'Rivers'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ Lincoln, Jamie (January 2, 2014). "Gillian Jacobs' Community Values". Interview. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ Snierson, Dan (May 22, 2014). "Gillian Jacobs on her 'Girls' role and the end of 'Community'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ Community Season 2 DVD commentary (episode: "Mixology Certification")
  18. ^ The Late Late Show. Season 9. Episode 39. March 7, 2013. CBS.
  19. ^ "Celebrity sightings at wrestling shows". World Wrestling Network. December 8, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  20. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 28, 2012). "Inside Indie Wrestling's Garden of Eden". The Classical. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Coming Soon: The Big Ask." TribecaFilm.com. Retrieved 2014-04-26.

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