Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs

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Gillian Jacobs
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Jacobs in July 2014
Born Gillian MacLaren Jacobs
(1982-10-19) October 19, 1982 (age 34)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Gillian MacLaren Jacobs[1] (/ˈɡɪliən/; born October 19, 1982)[2] is an American actress. She is known for portraying Britta Perry on the NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy series Community and stars as Mickey Dobbs on the Netflix series Love. Jacobs has also had a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard on the HBO series Girls and has appeared in films such as Gardens of the Night (2008), The Lookalike (2014), Life Partners (2014), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), Don’t Think Twice (2016) and Brother Nature (2016).

Early life[edit]

Jacobs was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3] Her parents, Martina Magenau Jacobs and William F. Jacobs Jr.,[1][4] who, respectively, work in alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon University and as an investment banker.[5] She was raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.[5] Her family owned the Erie Brewing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania, where her grandfather, John Martin Magenau Jr., served as President and CEO until it closed 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.[5] 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 graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004.[5]

Career[edit]

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).[13] In March 2009, Jacobs joined the cast of the NBC single-camera comedy series Community as Britta Perry, a high school dropout who aspires to become a psychologist. Her film work includes Blackbird (2007), Choke (2008), Gardens of the Night (2008), The Box (2009), Revenge for Jolly! (2012), Bad Milo! (2013), Walk of Shame (2014), The Lookalike (2014), Life Partners (2014), Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), Don’t Think Twice (2016), and Brother Nature (2016). Jacobs also provided the voice of the character Sta’abi in the Nickelodeon series Monsters vs. Aliens. Community was canceled by NBC on May 9, 2014,[14] and later that month, it was reported that Jacobs had landed a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard in the fourth season of the HBO series Girls.[15]

In June 2014, Yahoo! Screen picked up Community for a sixth season.[16] It was announced on September 16, 2014 that Jacobs had been cast to star as Mickey in the Netflix original comedy series Love, which premiered in February 19, 2016.[17]

Jacobs directed the 2015 documentary short The Queen of Code about computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper.[18] Also in 2015 she co-starred in the thriller film Visions with Jim Parsons, Isla Fisher and Anson Mount.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs is a teetotaler. She says she made a choice while young to never have an alcoholic beverage or do drugs.[20][21][22] She says her father is an addict, and together with the cautionary tale in the young adult novel Go Ask Alice, about a 15-year-old drug addict, she became fearful of ruining her life the same way.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Building Girl Katie
2007 Blackbird Froggy
2008 Choke Cherry Daiquiri/Beth
2008 Gardens of the Night Leslie
2009 Box, TheThe Box Dana
2009 Solitary Man Tall girl
2010 Helena from the Wedding Helena
2010 Nonames CJ
2010 Coach Zoe
2011 Let Go Darla DeMint
2012 Watching TV with the Red Chinese Suzanne
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Tina
2012 Adventures in the Sin Bin Lauren
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Katie
2013 Incredible Burt Wonderstone, TheThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone Miranda
2013 It’s Not You, It’s Me Babe Short film
2013 Bad Milo! Sarah
2013 Big Ask, TheThe Big Ask Emily
2013 Made in Cleveland Martha
2013 Crush Shira Short film
2014 Life Partners Paige Kearns
2014 Walk of Shame Rose
2014 Lookalike, TheThe Lookalike Lacey/Sadie
2014 Black or White Fay
2015 Queen of Code, TheThe Queen of Code N/A Documentary short; director
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Jill
2015 No Way Jose Penny
2015 Visions Sadie
2016 Don’t Think Twice Samantha
2016 Dean Nicky
2016 Brother Nature Gwen Turley
2017 Lemon Tracy
2018 Magic Camp Christina Darkwood In post-production
2018 Life of the Party Helen In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Book of Daniel, TheThe Book of Daniel Adele Congreve 3 episodes
2007 Traveler Kimberly Episode: “Pilot”
2008 Fringe Joanne Ostler Episode: “The Equation
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sue Smith Episode: “Rock Star
2009 Royal Pains Tess Frimoli Episode: “There Will Be Food
2009–2015 Community Britta Perry 110 episodes
2009 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Sonia Episode: “Pilot
2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Carl’s wife (voice) Episode: “Larry Miller Hair System
2012 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: “Punctured Jugular”
2012–2013
2016
Comedy Bang! Bang! Post-apocalypse woman / Herself 3 episodes
2013 Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros. Marsha Backwood (voice) Episode: “Venture Libre”
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens Sta’abi (voice) 12 episodes
2014 Greatest Event in Television History, TheThe Greatest Event in Television History Sonny Episode: “Bosom Buddies”
2014 American Dad! Christy (voice) Episode: “Introducing the Naughty Stewardesses
2014 Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories Young patient Episode: “Toes”
2015 Girls Mimi-Rose Howard 5 episodes
2015 Adventure Time M.A.R.G.L.E.S. (voice) Episode: “You Forgot Your Floaties
2015 Long Live the Royals Rosalind/additional voices 4 episodes
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Ada Lovelace Episode: “Ada Lovelace”
2016–present Love Mickey Dobbs 22 episodes
2017 Dr. Ken Erin Episode: “Ken’s New Intern”
2017 Regular Show Blu-ray (voice) 3 episodes
2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Jenny Tanner Episode: “Chelsea Leight-Leigh Lately”
2017 Justice League Action Roxy Rocket (voice) Episode: “The Fatal Fare”

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Don Cheadle is Captain Planet Linka
2012 Book Club, TheThe Book Club Penelope 2 episodes
2013 Tiny Commando Mitzi McNeil 8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Method Fest Award Best Actress Nonames Won
2010 Phoenix Film Festival Award Best Ensemble Acting Nonames Won
2010 Phoenix Film Festival Award Acting Achievement Nonames Won
2012 Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Comedy Supporting Actress Community Nominated
2012 TV Guide Award Favorite Ensemble Community Won
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