Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982) is an American actress, writer, and producer. Her breakthrough came with the role of Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men (2007–2015), which won her a Screen Actors Guild Award. She gained recognition for her role as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community (2009–2015) and voicing Diane Nguyen in the animated comedy series BoJack Horseman (2014–2020). For playing Ruth Wilder in the comedy-drama series GLOW (2017–2019) she received nominations for two Golden Globes and two Critics' Choice Awards.
Alison Brie Schermerhorn
December 29, 1982
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
In addition to her television work, Brie has also starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), How to Be Single (2016), The Little Hours (2017), The Disaster Artist (2017), The Post (2017), Promising Young Woman (2020), Horse Girl (2020), The Rental (2020), and Happiest Season (2020).
Alison Brie Schermerhorn was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter. Her mother, Joanne Brenner, works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit childcare agency. She has an older sister named Lauren. Brie's mother is Jewish. Her father was raised Catholic, and has Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry. While being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a "Christian–Hindu hybrid church" called the Self-Realization Fellowship with her father. However, her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish". Brie graduated from South Pasadena High School in 2001.
Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's degree in theater in 2005. She also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She later worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.
Brie's first television role came in 2006, as Nina, a novice hairdresser, on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana. She received further recognition as Trudy Campbell in the AMC period drama series Mad Men (2007–2015). She went on to star in the web series My Alibi, which aired from 2008 to 2009. From 2009 to 2015, she portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC/Yahoo! View sitcom Community. For her performance, she earned acclaim and was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
In April 2010, Brie co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show! (and again in March 2011) and appeared in a segment on Web Soup. She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Montana Amazon. Brie made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99 and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list. She was voted the 57th Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM readers in 2013. She was voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by AskMen readers in 2014.
Brie starred in several major film roles, including as Rebecca Walters, Sidney Prescott's assistant, in the slasher horror film Scream 4 (2011), and Suzie Barnes in the romantic comedy film The Five-Year Engagement (2012). She voiced Princess Unikitty in the animated comedy film The Lego Movie (2014), and voiced a character in an episode of the animated series American Dad!, which aired during their eighth season.
In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22. She has since voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman. Brie also appeared on Lip Sync Battle and won against Will Arnett with performances of "Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa and "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.
In 2015, she starred with Jason Sudeikis in Leslye Headland's romantic comedy film Sleeping with Other People, and played Will Ferrell's character's fiancée in the comedy film Get Hard. In 2016, Brie starred as Lucy in the romantic comedy film How to Be Single. In 2017, she co-starred in several films, including the historical comedy The Little Hours, the biographical comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, and the historical drama The Post.
In 2017, Brie began her starring role as Ruth Wilder in the Netflix comedy-drama series GLOW, inspired by the 1980s female professional wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling; the series began streaming on June 23, 2017. Brie noted that since appearing in GLOW and receiving critical praise for the role, she has become more focused on taking meaningful roles. For her performance, she earned multiple nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
In 2018, she co-starred in the music video for Beck's "Colors". In 2019, she reprised her voice role as Princess Unikitty in the animated comedy sequel film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and provided an English dub for the Japanese animated romantic fantasy film Weathering with You.
In 2020, Brie starred in the acclaimed drama thriller film Promising Young Woman, directed by Emerald Fennell. Also that year, she wrote, produced and starred as Sarah in the Netflix drama film Horse Girl, which was directed by Jeff Baena. Brie then starred opposite Dan Stevens in the horror film The Rental, which was directed by her husband Dave Franco. Brie played Sloane in the romantic comedy film Happiest Season, directed by Clea DuVall.
Brie began dating Dave Franco in 2012 after meeting him at a 2011 Mardi Gras party in New Orleans. On August 25, 2015, it was reported the two were engaged. They married on March 13, 2017. In an interview with Larry King in 2017, she revealed she did not want to have children.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2004||Stolen Poem||Alice||Short film|
|2007||Born||Mary Elizabeth Martino|
|Dickie Smalls: From Shame to Fame||Mya|
|Buddy 'n' Andy||Michelle||Short film|
|Salvation, Texas||Lisa Salter|
|2009||Us One Night||Alyson|
|2010||The Home Front||Hannah|
|Raspberry Magic||Ms. Bradlee|
|2011||Scream 4||Rebecca Walters|
|2012||Save the Date||Beth|
|The Five-Year Engagement||Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer|
|Montana Amazon||Ella Dunderhead|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Heather Toy|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Princess Unikitty (voice)|
|Lennon or McCartney||Herself||Documentary short film|
|2015||Sleeping with Other People||Elaine "Lainey" Dalton|
|Get Hard||Alissa Barrow|
|No Stranger Than Love||Lucy Sherrington|
|How to Be Single||Lucy|
|Get a Job||Tanya Sellers|
|A Family Man||Lynn Vogel|
|2017||The Post||Lally Weymouth|
|The Little Hours||Sister Alessandra|
|The Disaster Artist||Amber|
|2018||Emmet's Holiday Party||Princess Unikitty (voice)||Short film|
|2019||Weathering with You||Natsumi Suga (voice)||English dub|
|The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Princess Unikitty (voice)|
|2020||Promising Young Woman||Madison McPhee|
|Horse Girl||Sarah||Also writer and producer|
|Happiest Season||Sloane Caldwell|
|2022||Spin Me Round||Amber||Also writer|
|Somebody I Used to Know||Ally||Post-production; also writer|
|2006||Hannah Montana||Nina||Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Lie if I Want To"|
|2007||Not Another High School Show||Muffy||Unsold pilot|
|2007–2015||Mad Men||Trudy Campbell||36 episodes|
|2008||The Deadliest Lesson||Amber||Television film|
|2009–2015||Community||Annie Edison||110 episodes|
|2011||Robot Chicken||Martha Stewart / Vampire Lifeguard (voice)||Episode: "The Godfather of the Bride 2"|
|American Dad!||Lindsay (voice)||Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"|
|2013||High School USA!||Miss Temple (voice)||Episode: "Choices"|
|Axe Cop||Beautiful Girly Bobs (voice)||Episode: "The Dumb List"|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top & Mini-Skirt"|
|2014–2020||BoJack Horseman||Diane Nguyen / Various voices||77 episodes|
|2016||Teachers||Lauren Lark||Episode: "Pilot"; also executive producer|
|Doctor Thorne||Martha Dunstable||3 episodes|
|2017||Dr. Ken||Herself||Episode: "Ken's Big Audition"|
|2017–2019||GLOW||Ruth Wilder||30 episodes|
Also directed episode: "Hollywood Homecoming"
|2019||Drunk History||Thea Spyer||Episode: "Love"|
|2020||Make It Work!||Herself||Television special|
|Marvel's 616||N/A||Director, episode: "Spotlight"|
|2021||Rick and Morty||Planetina (voice)||Episode: "A Rickconvenient Mort"|
|Star Wars: Visions||Am (voice)||Short film: The Twins: English language dub|
|2022||Roar||Becky||Episode: "The Woman Who Solved Her Own Murder"|
|2008–2009||My Alibi||Rebecca Fuller||18 episodes|
|2009||Hot Sluts||Amber||5 episodes|
|2012||Sketchy||Meg||Episode: "You Got Retweeted"|
|2013||The ArScheerio Paul Show||Madonna||Episode: "Madonna & Rosie O'Donnell"|
|2020||The Cast of Community Reunites for Table Read||Annie Edison||Online Fundraiser|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Princess Unikitty|||
|2016||Marvel Avengers Academy||Black Widow|||
Theme park attractionsEdit
|2016||The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure||Princess Unikitty|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
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