Gillian Jacobs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Gillian Jacobs
Gillian Jacobs 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Jacobs at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014
Born(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 32)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active2005–present
Jump to: navigation, search
Gillian Jacobs
Gillian Jacobs 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Jacobs at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014
Born(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 32)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active2005–present

Gillian McLaren Jacobs[1] (/ˈɡɪlɪən/; born October 19, 1982)[2] is an American actress. She portrays Britta Perry on the NBC comedy series Community. Jacobs has also appeared in television shows such as Fringe, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and The Good Wife, and 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, is the 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 to attend the Juilliard School, where she was a member of the Drama Division's Group 33. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004.[4]


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] Community was canceled by NBC on May 9, 2014,[16] and later that month, it was reported that Jacobs had landed a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard in the upcoming fourth season of the HBO series Girls.[17] In June 2014, Yahoo! Screen picked up Community for a sixth season.[18] It was announced on September 16, 2014 that Jacobs had been cast to star as Mickey in the Netflix original comedy series Love, which is set to debut in 2016.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs is a teetotaler.[20][21] She is a fan of professional wrestling and is a regular at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla shows.[22][23]


2005Building GirlKatie
2008ChokeCherry Daiquiri/Beth
2008Gardens of the NightLeslie
2009Box, TheThe BoxDana
2009Solitary ManTall girl
2010Helena from the WeddingHelena
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
2014Big Ask, TheThe Big AskEmily
2014Lookalike, TheThe LookalikeLacey
2014Black and White
2014No Way JosePennyIn post-production
2015Hot Tub Time Machine 2
2015DeanNickyIn post-production
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"
2009–presentCommunityBritta PerryMain cast
2009Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeSoniaEpisode: "Pilot"
2010Aqua Teen Hunger ForceCarl's wife (voice)Episode: "Larry Miller Hair System"
2012Robot ChickenVarious voicesEpisode: "Punctured Jugular"
2012Comedy Bang! Bang!Post-apocalypse womanEpisode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Blue Jacket & Red Socks"
2013Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros.Marsha Backwood (voice)Episode: "Venture Libre"
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!HerselfEpisode: "Gillian Jacobs Wears a Red Dress with Sail Boats"
2013–14Monsters vs. AliensSta'abi (voice)12 episodes
2014Greatest Event in Television History, TheThe Greatest Event in Television HistorySonnyEpisode: "Bosom Buddies"
2014American Dad!Christy (voice)Episode: "Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses"
2014Tim & Eric's Bedtime StoriesWomanEpisode: "Toes"
2011Don Cheadle Is Captain PlanetLinkaFunny or Die video
2011Save GreendaleBritta PerryCollegeHumor video
2012Book Club, TheThe Book ClubPenelope2 episodes
2013Tiny CommandoMitzi McNeil8 episodes
2014Long Live the RoyalsRosalind/Katherine (voice)Cartoon Network Studios video

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Comedy Supporting ActressCommunityNominated
2012TV Guide AwardFavorite EnsembleCommunityWon


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Silberman, Lucy (August 1, 2008). "Gillian Jacobs". Interview. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "A New Generation". Purple. My Fashion Database. Spring–Summer 2009. Retrieved July 22, 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". YouTube
  6. ^ "John Martin Magenau Jr.". 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 9, 2014). "'Community' canceled". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ Swift, Andy (May 21, 2014). "Girls Exclusive: Community '​s Gillian Jacobs Nabs Recurring Role In Season 4". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  18. ^ Hibberd, James (June 30, 2014). "'Community' saved! Yahoo orders sixth season". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2014). "Netflix Nabs Judd Apatow Comedy Series With 2-Season Order; Paul Rust & Gillian Jacobs To Star, Legendary TV To Produce". PMC. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ Community Season 2 DVD commentary (episode: "Mixology Certification")
  21. ^ The Late Late Show. Season 9. Episode 39. March 7, 2013. CBS.
  22. ^ "Celebrity sightings at wrestling shows". World Wrestling Network. December 8, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 28, 2012). "Inside Indie Wrestling's Garden of Eden". The Classical. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 

External links[edit]