Maria Thayer

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Maria Thayer
Maria Thayer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born(1975-10-30) October 30, 1975 (age 39)
Boring, Oregon, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1999–present
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Maria Thayer
Maria Thayer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born(1975-10-30) October 30, 1975 (age 39)
Boring, Oregon, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1999–present

Maria Thayer (born October 30, 1975) is an American actress and comedian.[1] She specializes in farce,[2] and is best known for portraying Wyoma in Forgetting Sarah Marshall,[1][3][4] Rory in Accepted,[1][3] and Tammi Littlenut in Strangers with Candy.[1]

Early life[edit]

Thayer was born in Boring, Oregon on a bee farm, despite her whole family being allergic to bees.[1][5] She attended Apple Valley High School in Minnesota, where she was a member of the award-winning forensics program and the National Forensic League.[6] At Apple Valley, she was Homecoming Queen.[7] Thayer studied acting at The Juilliard School in New York.[1]


In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Thayer plays a Mormon newlywed on her honeymoon with her new husband, played by Jack McBrayer.[8] Thayer and McBrayer reunited on an episode of 30 Rock in which she portrays Kenneth Parcell's blind, shallow love interest.[1] She also played Grace and Leo's daughter, Lila (at age 18), in the series finale of Will & Grace (2006).[1] In 2009, Thayer appeared in the film State of Play as Sonia Baker, the researcher and mistress of a congressman, played by Ben Affleck.[1]

Thayer stars in the Adult Swim comedy series Eagleheart,[8] which began airing on February 3, 2011 on Cartoon Network.[9] Thayer appeared as Tracey Bluth in the fourth season of Arrested Development in flashback scenes.[10] In 2012, she was featured in the music video "Sensitive Man" by Nick Lowe.[11][12]



2001StorytellingAmySegment: "Fiction"
2001ScratchShort film[13]
2005Strangers with CandyTamela "Tammi" Littlenut
2005Romancing the BrideKimmy
2006AcceptedRory Thayer
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallWyoma
2009State of PlaySonia Baker
2010Our Show
2011Let GoBeth
2011Annie Claus is Coming to TownAnnie[14]
2014Night of the Living DebDeborah ClaringtonPost-production


1999–2000Strangers with CandyTamela "Tammi" Littlenut14 episodes
2001Big AppleRosemary3 episodes
2001Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max BickfordTinaEpisode: "Herding Cats"
2003Miss MatchChelsea GreerEpisode: "Pilot"
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentClaire BrodyEpisode: "A Murderer Among Us"
2004Comedy LabJillEpisode: "12:21"
2006Will & GraceLilaEpisode: "The Finale"
2006Colbert Report, TheThe Colbert ReportJennyVoice
Episode: "Will Power"
2006Nip/TuckTransplant ConsultantEpisode: "Burt Landau"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitHopeEpisode: "Infiltrated"
2008Lipstick JungleCassidy3 episodes
200930 RockJennifer RogersEpisode: "St. Valentine's Day"
2009HouseAnnieEpisode: "Both Sides Now"
2010Important Things with Demetri MartinEdithEpisode: "Strategy"
2011Traffic LightEsmeEpisode: "Credit Balance"
2011Harry's LawJulie CassidyEpisode: "Purple Hearts"
2011–2014EagleheartSusie Wagner24 episodes
2012LouieRental Car LadyEpisode: "Dad"
2012New GirlAmeliaEpisode: "Halloween"
2013Cougar TownLisa RiggsSeason 4[15]
2013PortlandiaEpisode: "Nina's Birthday"[8]
2013Family ToolsWendy DoyleEpisode: "Now You See Me, Now You Don't"[16]
2013MaronMeganEpisode: "Dominatrix"[17]
2013Arrested DevelopmentTracey BluthEpisode: "It Gets Better"
2014ReviewElizaEpisode: "Marry; Run; Party"
2014DadsMariaEpisode: "Baby Face"
2014Men at WorkBridgetEpisode: "Molly"
2014Comedy Bang! Bang!Monica DubinskyEpisode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"
2014MulaneyThe DoulaEpisode: "The Doula"


2002Necessary TargetsNunaVariety Arts Theatre
2002EndpapersSara MaynardVariety Arts Theatre
2012UnscreenedStranger in the ParkElephant Theatre Company[18]
2013Love's Labour's LostRosalineDelacorte Theater[19]

Music videos[edit]

2011Hospitality"Friends of Friends"[20]Friend in Glasses
2012Nick Lowe"Sensitive Man"[12]Girlfriend


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Maria Thayer pictures, bio, movies". PopTower. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nathan Southern. "Maria Thayer". All Movie Guide. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Laura Flood (Sep 14, 2012). "Maria Thayer to make appearance on New Girl". Paste. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kate Stanhope (Sep 13, 2012). "New Girl Scares Up Nick's Ex-Girlfriend for Halloween Episode". TV Guide. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "No Title". Kansas City Star. Aug 11, 2006. p. F3. 
  6. ^ "Alumni Spotlight - Maria Thayer". Apple Valley High School Forensics. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. Actress Maria Thayer (Accepted, Forgetting Sarah Marshal) was honored at a Nationals Award banquet recognizing her success both during and beyond her NFL career. 
  7. ^ Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris (Dec 12, 2011). "Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 203: Bone Manor with Maria Thayer" (Podcast). Maximum Fun. 45:45 minutes in. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Abby Schreiber (Jan 3, 2013). "Our Guide To All the Celebrity Cameos on Portlandia's Third Season". Paper. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. Mike O'Brien and actress Maria Thayer (who plays Susie on Adult Swim's Walker, Texas Ranger spoof Eagleheart and Jack McBrayer's amorous wife in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) will play a young couple who are prepared to go into debt in order to attend an outlandish birthday party 
  9. ^ Eagleheart on Adult Swim
  10. ^ Snierson, Dan (Jun 5, 2013). "Arrested Development: Mitchell Hurwitz on the movie -- and the Romney joke you never saw". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ a b Ross Luippold (Mar 2, 2012). "Nick Lowe's Sensitive Man Music Video Features Marc Maron, Tim Heidecker, Other Surprise Guests". Huffington Post. Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ Patrick Ciccone (Apr 20, 2001). "Cannes on the Hudson". Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. By contrast, the 16mm films on the opening Student Reel Awards night were varied and intriguing. Julia Solomonoff's Scratch, whose Maria Thayer won for lead actress, is stylistically somewhat muddled despite the story of a Kosovar immigrant in New York City that gradually emerges. 
  14. ^ Troy Anderson (Nov 7, 2012). "Annie Claus is Coming to Town". Retrieved Jun 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ Ssndra Gonzalez (Mar 9, 2013). "Cougar Town sneak peek: Sparks fly for Bobby on the dodgeball court -- Exclusive Video". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC. Apr 22, 2013. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ Nicholas DeLorenzo (May 28, 2013). "MARON, "Dominatrix" episode recap". Screen Invasion. Retrieved Jun 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ Adam Hetrick (Jan 29, 2012). "American Pie Actor Chris Klein Set for Unscreened in Los Angeles". Retrieved Jun 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ Adam Hetrick (July 23, 2012). "Shakespeare in the Park Musical Adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost Premieres July 23". Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ Merge Records. "Hospitality - Friends of Friends". Vimeo. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 

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