Philipps at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010
|Born||Elizabeth Jean Philipps
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Loyola Marymount University|
Marc Silverstein (m. 2007)
Elizabeth Jean “Busy” Philipps (born June 25, 1979) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She is known for her roles on the television series’ Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Dawson’s Creek (2001–03) and ER (2006-07), and for her portrayal of Laurie Keller on the ABC series Cougar Town (2009–15), for which she received a Critics’ Choice Television Award. She has also appeared in numerous films, such as The Smokers (2000), Home Room (2002), White Chicks (2004), Made of Honor (2008), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), The Gift (2015), and I Feel Pretty (2018).
Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Her former babysitter, Tracy, gave her the nickname Busy. She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as Freaks and Geeks costar Linda Cardellini and former boyfriend Colin Hanks.
Her first major role was Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks, in which she appeared in all but one of its 18 episodes (the exception being the episode titled “Chokin’ & Tokin'”). She later made her film debut in comedy The Smokers in 2000, as well as various other cameos on television.
In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson’s Creek. She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her role of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of “TV – Choice Sidekick”.
Philipps then appeared in two films, Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc., in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty. The show lasted for one season (2005–2006) before being cancelled. In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER, alongside her Freaks and Geeks co-star Linda Cardellini.
During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to “fulfill her Christian mission”. Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory. A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with her supporting role in Made of Honor.
Philipps has also made appearances in He’s Just Not That Into You as the character of Kelli Ann and on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. From 2009 to 2015, Philipps portrayed Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town. She routinely contributed to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a live stage radio show. Her primary recurring character is the Red Plains Rider.
On a 2010 appearance on Chelsea Lately, Philipps commented that she auditioned for the hit television show Glee just one week after giving birth, following a pregnancy during which she gained 80 pounds.
Philipps’ memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, was released October 18, 2018. Her memoir includes a passage in which the actress describes a physical altercation that took place between James Franco and herself while on the set of Freaks and Geeks. Distressed by the amount of attention drawn to just this incident within her story, Philipps hopes the audience will see the bigger picture she is addressing about women’s equality on set and off.
|2000||The Smokers||Karen Carter|
|2002||Home Room||Alicia Browning|
|2004||Mummy an’ the Armadillo||Carol Ann|
|2004||White Chicks||Karen Googlestein|
|2005||Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2008||Made of Honor||Melissa|
|2009||He’s Just Not That Into You||Kelli Ann|
|2011||I Don’t Know How She Does It||Wendy Best|
|2012||The Reef 2: High Tide||Cordelia||Voice|
|2012||Made in Cleveland||Shannon|
|2013||A Case of You||Ashley|
|2014||Jason Nash is Married||Busy Philipps|
|2018||I Feel Pretty||Jane|
|1999||Saving Graces||Mindy||TV series|
|1999–2000||Freaks and Geeks||Kim Kelly||18 episodes|
|2000||Malcolm in the Middle||Meghan||Episode: “High School Play”|
|2001||Anatomy of a Hate Crime||Chasity Pasley||TV movie|
|2001||Spring Break Lawyer||Jenny||TV movie|
|2001||Dead Last||Tracy Sallback||Episode: “Death Is in the Air”|
|2001–2003||Dawson’s Creek||Audrey Liddell||39 episodes|
|2003||Criminology 101||Polly||TV movie|
|2004||Foster Hall||Peg Hall||TV movie|
|2005||Life As We Know It||Alex Morrill||2 episodes|
|2005||Testing Bob||Madison ‘Maddie’ West||TV movie|
Episode: “Threat Levels”
|2005||Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!||Korlianne||Voice
Episode: “Girl Trouble”
|2005–2006||Love, Inc.||Denise Johnson||22 episodes|
|2006–2007||ER||Dr. Hope Bobeck||19 episodes|
|2007||Entourage||Cheryl||Episode: “Dog Day Afternoon”|
|2007||How I Met Your Mother||Rachel||Episode: “Third Wheel“|
|2008–2009||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Kacy Corbin||5 episodes|
|2009||Kath & Kim||Whitney||Episode: “Competition”|
|2009–2015||Cougar Town||Laurie Keller||96 episodes|
|2011||Community||Greendale Team Member||Episode: “For a Few Paintballs More“; uncredited|
Episode: “We’ve Got Fish Spirits”
|2012||Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23||Busy Philipps||Episode: “A Reunion…”|
|2012||RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: “RuPaul’s Gaff In”|
|2013||Arrested Development||Joan||Episode: “Borderline Personalities”|
|2014–2018||Drunk History||Various||3 episodes|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Karen||Episode: “Hair Swap”|
|2015||Bottom’s Butte||Beverly Bottom||Voice
|2016||New Girl||Connie||Episode: “300 Feet”|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Courtney Woodpatch-Newton||Episode: “Miso Dead”|
|2016–2017||Vice Principals||Gale Liptrapp||14 episodes|
|2016||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Cate Kates||Episode: “Spiritual Gurus”|
|2017||The Odd Couple||Natasha||Episode: “Should She Stay or Should She Go?”|
|2017||Chopped Junior||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: “Curry Hurry”|
|2017||The Sackett Sisters||Mandy Sackett||NBC sitcom pilot|
|2017||Beat Bobby Flay||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: “Tame the Flame”|
|2018||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Sheba Goodman||Episode: “Kimmy Meets an Old Friend!”|
|2018||Busy Tonight||Herself (host)||Also executive producer|
|2018||Camping||Allison||Episode: “Up All Night”|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Teen Choice Awards||Dawson’s Creek||“Choice TV: Sidekick”||Nominated|
|2011||Critics’ Choice Television Awards||Cougar Town||Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|