Greta Jiehan Lee (born March 7, 1983)[1] is an American actress. She has appeared in the Netflix comedy-drama series Russian Doll (2019–present) and the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show (2021–present). She gained wider recognition for her starring role in the romantic drama film Past Lives (2023).

Greta Lee
Greta Jiehan Lee

(1983-03-07) March 7, 1983 (age 40)
EducationNorthwestern University (BA)
Years active2009–present
SpouseRuss Armstrong
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Jihan
McCune–ReischauerI Chihan

Early life edit

Lee was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Korean immigrants.

While attending Harvard-Westlake School, she became interested in the performing arts. After high school, she studied theater at Northwestern University. She then moved to New York City to pursue acting.[1][2][3][4]

Career edit

Lee in 2023

Lee made her Broadway debut in 2007 as high-achieving, multilingual honor student Marcy Park (replacement) in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and in 2010, appeared in La Bête as Dorine.[5] She played Soojin in Girls and Homeless Heidi in High Maintenance.[6] She was a guest star in the TV shows New Girl and Wayward Pines. She appeared as Hae Won in Sisters alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Lee starred as Maxine in the Netflix comedy-drama series Russian Doll[7][8] and as Stella Bak in the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show.[9] She voiced Lyla in a post-credits scene of the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and returned in the 2023 sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse.[10]

Lee starred in the 2023 romantic film Past Lives as Nora, a woman who reconnects with her childhood friend from Korea.[11] The film and Lee's performance received critical acclaim. Lee received the award for Best Actress at the Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Film Awards for the role.[12] She also received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance at the 2023 Gotham awards.[13]

Personal life edit

Lee is married to Russ Armstrong,[14] with whom she has two sons.[9]

Filmography edit

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Heather Kim Episode: "Taboo"
2009 The Electric Company Greta / Allie 2 episodes
2012–2018 High Maintenance Heidi 4 episodes
2012–2013 Nurse Jackie Nurse 3 episodes
2013 Royal Pains Daisy Episode: "Pins and Needles"
Bad Management Mel Television film
2013–2014 Girls Soojin 4 episodes
2013–2016 Inside Amy Schumer Herself Recurring
2014 Seriously Distracted Paige Main cast
Old Soul Alix TV Pilot
2014–2015 New Girl Kai 5 episodes
2014–2015 Above Average Presents Various 2 episodes
2015 Good at Life Dr. Simon TV Pilot
Sharing Heidi Salazar TV Pilot
2015–2016 Wayward Pines Ruby Recurring
2016–2017 Chance Lucy
2017 Broad City Dr. Elizabeth Fuller Episode: "Witches"
2017–2018 The Good Fight Amber Wood-Lutz 2 episodes
2019–present Russian Doll Maxine Main cast
2019 The Other Two Genevieve Kim Episode: "Chase Shoots a Music Video"
At Home with Amy Sedaris Greta Lee Episode: "Anniversary"
Divorce Insurance Adjuster Episode: "Charred"
2020 Miracle Workers: Dark Ages Princess Vicky of Valdroggia 2 episodes
What We Do in the Shadows Celeste Episode: "Collaboration"
The Twilight Zone Ellen Jones Episode: "You Might Also Like"
Helpsters Beekeeper Bita Episode: "Mr. Primm's Spoon Club/Cookie Cornelius"
Mo Willems: Don't Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! Self Main cast
2021–present The Morning Show Stella Bak Main role (season 2–3)
2021–2023 HouseBroken Bubbles / various voices 14 episodes

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Hello I Must Be Going Gap Girl
2013 Hair Brained Gertrude Lee
2014 St. Vincent Teller #23
While We're Young Sundance Interviewer (voice)
Top Five Pill Girl
The Cobbler Kara
2015 Sisters Hae-Won Chan
2016 10 Crosby Cabbie Short film; segment: "HiFi"
Money Monster Amy Lee
2017 Fits and Starts Jennifer
Gemini Tracy
Cabiria, Charity, Chastity Nina the Showgirl Short film
Pottersville Ilene
2018 In a Relationship Maggie
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Lyla (voice) Character credited as "Interesting Person #2"
2021 Rumble Councilwoman (voice) Cameo
2023 Past Lives Nora
Problemista Dalia
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Lyla (voice)
Strays Bella (voice)

References edit

  1. ^ a b Buckley, Cara (2015-12-17). "Greta Lee On Hollywood Stereotypes and Playing the 'Lovable Weirdo'". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Hong, Tae (2014-12-17). "'Too American' no more: Greta Lee just may be Hollywood's new comedy 'It' girl". The Korean Times.
  3. ^ Davison, Rachel (28 January 2016). "Alumna Greta Lee shines in female-driven comedies". The Daily Northwestern.
  4. ^ Aggeler, Madeleine (3 December 2018). "Everyone's Ready to Watch Greta Lee And the actress is feeling the pressure of being seen". The Cut.
  5. ^ "Greta Lee – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  6. ^ "Greta Lee Interview". ELLE. 2014-05-22.
  7. ^ Bradley, Laura (February 7, 2019). "Russian Doll's Greta Lee Breaks Down That Crazy Party, Maxine's Bold Look". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Greta Lee". (archived version). Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Soloski, Alexis (2022-05-06). "Greta Lee Is Still a Pool Shark". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  10. ^ "Greta Lee". IMDb. Retrieved 2023-06-12.
  11. ^ "'Past Lives' director draws from real life for love story across continents, time". Reuters. 2023-02-20. Retrieved 2023-02-21.
  12. ^ Anderson, Erik (June 30, 2023). "Hollywood Critics Association 2023 Midseason HCA Awards: 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,' 'Past Lives,' 'Air' are Top Winners". AwardsWatch. Archived from the original on July 1, 2023. Retrieved July 2, 2023.
  13. ^ Lang, Clayton Davis,Brent (2023-10-24). "Gotham Awards Nominations: 'All of Us Strangers' Leads With Four Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 2023-11-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "Tidal Magazine | She's Funny That Way". 2017-11-30. Archived from the original on 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2023-02-09.

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