Bloom at the 37th College Television Awards
|Birth name||Rachel Leah Bloom|
|Born||(1987-04-03) April 3, 1987
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Medium||Television, film, music, theatre|
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, musical comedy, surreal humor, satire, cringe comedy|
Dan Gregor (m. 2015)
Rachel Leah Bloom (born April 3, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and comedian. She wrote and plays the lead role of Rebecca Bunch in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She also created the Hugo Award-nominated music video “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury“.
Bloom was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Manhattan Beach, the daughter of Shelli (née Rosenberg) and Alan Bloom. Her mother is a musician while her father is a healthcare lawyer. Her family is Jewish.
Bloom attended Manhattan Beach public schools including Mira Costa High School, where she was involved in the school’s drama program. In 2009, Bloom graduated from the New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. While at NYU, Bloom was the head writer and director of the school’s premier sketch comedy group, Hammerkatz. Post-college, Bloom performed at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. She was once roommates with comedian Ilana Glazer after college in Brooklyn.
In April 2010, Bloom wrote and sang the song, “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury“, which gained a cult following when it was released on Ray Bradbury‘s 90th birthday in 2010. The song was inspired by her favorite Ray Bradbury book, The Martian Chronicles. There was a photo of Bradbury posted online that purported to show him watching the video. She worked as an intern for head writer Seth Meyers at Saturday Night Live. In 2012, she unsuccessfully auditioned for the show, submitting an audition video that included a bit as Katharine Hepburn doing the voice for Bugs Bunny in Space Jam.
On May 13, 2013, Bloom released her first album of musical comedy, Please Love Me, which included the songs “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” and “You Can Touch My Boobies”. On November 19, 2013, she released her second album Suck It, Christmas, which featured a comedic look at Chanukah. It included the hit song “Chanukah Honey”. On December 17, 2013, Bloom was the voice of Princess Peach in the song “Luigi’s Ballad”, on Starbomb‘s self-titled debut album. Bloom co-wrote “Super Friend” performed by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin. The song was featured on the musical crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash and the soundtrack released from the episode.
In April 2017, Bloom appeared on “The Sexual Spectrum” episode of Bill Nye Saves the World, performing the song “My Sex Junk” concerning the gender and sexual spectra. The performance and episode were controversial, garnering a mixed response with backlash from conservative groups and on social media, where Bloom was threatened. The episode went on to receive an Emmy nomination.
Bloom co-starred in the film Most Likely to Murder, opposite Adam Pally and Vincent Kartheiser. The film was directed by Dan Gregor, Bloom’s husband. It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2018, and was released on Digital and On Demand in May 2018.
On May 7, 2015, Bloom filmed a half-hour pilot for Showtime with co-executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and directed by Marc Webb, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It was eventually picked up by The CW for the fall 2015–2016 season. The show became an hour long series with more network-friendly content when it transitioned from cable to network TV and features musical numbers. The show premiered on October 12, 2015.
On January 10, 2016, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. The following week, Bloom won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
Bloom has a history of mental illness, having been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and OCD, about which she has candidly spoken. As such, she is a mental health advocate, often discussing issues of mental illness in society such as stigma, discrimination, and poor media portrayals. Bloom’s character in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend suffers from similar illnesses, and the show addresses these issues.
|2018||Most Likely to Murder||Kara|
|2019||The Angry Birds Movie 2||Voice role; in production|
|2011||Allen Gregory||Staff writer; 4 episodes: “Pilot”, “1 Night in Gottlieb”, “Gay School Dance”, “Full Blown Maids”|
|2012||How I Met Your Mother||Wanda||Episode: “The Drunk Train“|
|2012–14||Robot Chicken||Various voice roles: Ariel, Woman, April O’Neil||17 episodes; also writer|
|2013–14||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Chickpea, Breakfast Pastry (voice)||2 episodes; wrote episode: “Little Cart of Scaries”|
|2014–16||BoJack Horseman||Various voice roles: Laura and Sitcom Writer / Sharona||5 episodes: “BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One”, “The Telescope”, “Say Anything”, “BoJack Hates the Troops”, “Old Acquaintances”|
|2014||Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas||Additional voices||TV movie|
|2015–present||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Rebecca Bunch||Main role, 44 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, and writer|
|2016||Adam Ruins Everything||Herself||Episode: “Adam Ruins Hollywood”|
|2017||Bill Nye Saves the World||Herself||2 episodes: “The Original Mars Invasion”, “The Sexual Spectrum”.|
|Nightcap||Herself||Episode: “Spinster Code”|
|The Simpsons||Annette (voice)||Episode: “Springfield Splendor”|
|2018||Portlandia||Rachel||Episode: “No Thank You”|
|Muppet Babies||Dot (voice)||Episode: “Sir Kermit the Brave”|
|iZombie||Nellie||Episode: “My Really Fair Lady“|
|Drunk History||Herself||Episode: “Heists”|
|My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic||Autumn Blaze (voice)||Episode: “Sounds of Silence”|
|Explained||Herself (narrator)||Episode: “The Female Orgasm”|
|Please Love Me||
|Suck It, Christmas (A Chanukah Album) (with Jack Dolgen & Dan Gregor)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 1)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 2)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 2)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Karaoke Album (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3 (Original Television Soundtrack)||
|“Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury“||2010||Please Love Me|
|“I Steal Pets”||2011|
|“I Was a Mermaid and Now I’m a Pop Star”|
|“Pictures of Your Dick”||2012|
|“You Can Touch My Boobies”(feat. Nicole Shabtai & Tess Paras)|
|“The Cake Farts Song (Live)”||2013||non-album single|
|“Chanukah Honey”||Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album)|
|“Who Wants to Watch the Tony Awards This Year?”||2014||non-album single|
|“I Don’t Care About Award Shows”||non-album single|
|2010||Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury||Rachel|
|2011||I Steal Pets||Rachel|
|I Was a Mermaid and Now I’m a Pop Star||Rachel|
|Charlie Brown: Blockhead’s Revenge||Lucy Van Pelt, Sally Brown||Produced by Funny or Die|
|2012||The Secret of the Gypsy Queen||Ilsa||Produced by Skeptoid Media|
|Pictures of Your Dick||Rachel|
|You Can Touch My Boobies||Rachel|
|We Don’t Need a Man||Rachel|
|2013||Die When I’m Young||Rachel|
|If Disney Cartoons Were Historically Accurate||Princess Rachel|
|Luigi’s Ballad||Princess Peach (voice)|
|2014||NOBODY WILL WATCH THE F*CKING TONY AWARDS WITH ME||Rachel|
|2016||Holy Shit (You’ve Got to Vote)||Herself||Public service advocacy, with various artists|
|2017||Ladyboss||Rachel||Produced by Bola Ogun and Vanity Fair|
|I Don’t Care About Award Shows||Rachel|