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Jessica Rothe (/rɒθ/;[1] born Jessica Rothenberg, May 28, 1987)[2][3] is an American actress known for La La Land, her lead role in the 2016 MTV television series Mary + Jane, and her starring role as Tree Gelbman in the 2017 slasher film Happy Death Day as well as its 2019 sequel.[4][5]

Jessica Rothe
Jessica Rothenberg

(1987-05-28) May 28, 1987 (age 31)
Alma materBoston University
Years active2010–present


Early lifeEdit

Rothe was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Susan and Steve Rothenberg.[6] Rothe's father is Jewish.[7][8] Her grandmother, Colleen Rothenberg, was a theatre actress who belonged to the Congregation Shomrei Torah synagogue in Santa Rosa, California.[9] She took ballet classes when she was age 8.[10] As a youth she attended summer theater camps in Kansas City.[11] Rothe graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts,[11] and during that time she learned to play the violin, tap dance and make pottery.



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Promised Land Maya Short film
2013 The Last Keepers Jessica Credited as Jessica Rothenberg
2013 The Hot Flashes Millie Rash Credited as Jessica Rothenberg
2013 Bastards of Young Samantha, the evil Credited as Jessica Rothenberg
2013 Jack, Jules, Esther and Me Jules Credited as Jessica Rothenberg
2014 Dissocia Short film
2015 Lily & Kat Lily
2015 Parallels Beatrix Carver
2015 The Preppie Connection Laura
2016 Juveniles Amber
2016 Trust Fund Reese Donahue
2016 Wolves Lola
2016 The Tribe Jenny
2016 Summertime Jules
2016 La La Land Alexis
2016 Better Off Single Mary
2017 Tater Tot & Patton Andie
2017 Happy Death Day Tree Gelbman Runner Up - New Mexico Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress[12]
2017 Please Stand By Julie
2018 Forever My Girl Josie
2019 Happy Death Day 2U Tree Gelbman [13]
TBA Valley Girl Julie Richman Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2010 America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Bojana Mitic Episode: "The Pink Panthers"
2011 The Onion News Network Katie Clements 2 episodes
2011 Happy Endings Teenage Girl Episode: "Baby Steps"
2012 Gossip Girl Young Woman Episode: "The Backup Dan"
2013 Blue Bloods Sylvie Freeland Episode: "Protest Too Much"
2013 Futurestates Maya Episode: "Promised Land"
2013 High Maintenance Rachel Episode: "Elijah"
2014 Next Time on Lonny Stephanie 6 episodes
2016 Chicago P.D. Madison Episode: "If We Were Normal"
2016 Mary + Jane Paige Main role; 10 episodes


  1. ^ "Actress Jessica Rothe's Guide to Clear Skin | Beauty Secrets | Vogue" on YouTube
  2. ^ Dikkers, Jan-Willem. "Jessica Rothe's Biography". Issue Magazine. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Lauren (30 October 2017). "Happy Death Day's Jessica Rothe On What It Means To Be A Scream Queen in 2017". W Magazine. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 2018-06-22. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  4. ^ Lussier, Germain (15 June 2017). "Happy Death Day Looks Like Groundhog Day Meets Scream". Io9. Gizmodo Media Group. Archived from the original on 2017-07-13. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ Philip, Tom (October 18, 2017). "Happy Death Day Star Jessica Rothe Explains What It's Like to Die a Dozen Times in the Same Movie". GQ. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Kennedy, Lisa (10 July 2013). "Interview: "Hot Flashes' film producer Nina Henderson Moore and actress Jessica Rothenberg celebrate team effort". Denver Post. Digital First Media. Archived from the original on 2017-10-08. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  7. ^ O'Sullivan, Charlotte (20 October 2017). "Happy Death Day review: Scream queen Jessica Rothe kicks cliché's butt". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Celebrity Jews : Hollywood, Movies and more". Detroit Jewish News. 25 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Coleen ROTHENBERG". Press Democrat. 22 February 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 28 November 2018 – via
  10. ^ Shanahan, Christina (1 December 2016). "Meet La La Land Star Jessica Rothe". Meredith Beauty Group. Archived from the original on 2017-07-14. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b Nordstrom, Leigh (9 December 2016). "Jessica Rothe Talks 'La La Land' and Empowerment". Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  12. ^ "2017 New Mexico Film Critics Awards Winners". 11 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-12-13. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  13. ^ "First 'Happy Death Day 2' Casting Announced; Jessica Rothe Returns as Tree! - Bloody Disgusting". Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-01.

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