Jillian Bell

Jillian Leigh Bell[1] (born April 25, 1984)[2][3] is an American comedian, actress, and screenwriter. She stars in the 2019 film Brittany Runs a Marathon. She had recurring roles as Jillian Belk on Workaholics and as Dixie on the final season of Eastbound & Down, and appeared in 22 Jump Street and Fist Fight.

Jillian Bell
Born
Jillian Leigh Bell

(1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 36)
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • actress
  • screenwriter
Years active2006–present

Since 2019, Bell has voiced the role of Violet Hart in Bless the Harts.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Bell was born and raised in Las Vegas, the daughter of Tanzy and Ron Bell.[5][6] She is of Romanian descent through her maternal grandmother.[7] Bell began to study improv at the age of eight.[7] She graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 2002.[8] After high school, she moved to Los Angeles, and became a member of the Groundlings.[5]

CareerEdit

Bell is an alum of The Straitjacket Society in Los Angeles. She auditioned for Saturday Night Live. Although she did not join the cast, she became a writer for the show in 2009 for its thirty-fifth season.[5] The same year Bell appeared in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm as an assistant who wears revealing clothing at work.[7]

In 2011, she began to play "Jillian Belk" on the Comedy Central series Workaholics. Film director Paul Thomas Anderson noticed her in Workaholics and cast her in a small role in his 2012 film, The Master and yet again in another small role in his 2014 film, Inherent Vice.[5] She had a recurring role as Dixie in the fourth and final season of Eastbound and Down. In 2014, she appeared in 22 Jump Street alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.[9] In 2015, she co-starred in Goosebumps and The Night Before.

In January 2016, Comedy Central debuted a new series, Idiotsitter, in which Bell portrays the constantly misbehaving adult daughter of wealthy parents. Idiotsitter was launched as a web series in early 2014, before being picked up in June 2014 by Comedy Central for network airing.[10]

Bell is set to star as the Fairy Godmother in Disney's Godmothered, which will be released on Disney+.[11]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bridesmaids Girl at Shower
2012 Love, Gloria Cheryl
2012 The Master Susan Gregory
2014 22 Jump Street Mercedes
2014 Inherent Vice Chlorinda
2015 Goosebumps Lorraine Conyers
2015 The Night Before Betsy Greenberg
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Helene the Lunch Mom/Yoga Instructor Voices
2016 Office Christmas Party Trina
2017 Fist Fight Counselor Holly
2017 Rough Night Alice
2018 Game Over, Man! Embarrassed Girl
2019 Brittany Runs a Marathon Brittany Forgler Also executive producer
2019 Sword of Trust Cynthia
2020 Cowboys Sally
2020 Bill & Ted Face the Music Dr. Taylor Wood
TBA El Tonto In post-production
Godmothered Eleanor / Fairy Godmother In post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Crossbows & Mustaches Denise Television shorts
2007–2008 Preppy Hippies Jillian 5 episodes
2009 Waiting to Die Kristy Pilot
2009–2010 Saturday Night Live Team Helga Curling Player Episode: "Jennifer Lopez"; also writer
2009 Worst Week Eleanor Episode: "The Puppy"
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Maureen Episode: "The Bare Midriff"
2011 Franklin & Bash Jennifer Putnam Episode: "Jennifer of Troy"
2011–2017 Workaholics Jillian Belk 44 episodes
2011 Friends with Benefits Amanda Episode: "The Benefit of Keeping Your Ego in Check"
2012–2013 Partners Renata 6 episodes
2013 To My Future Assistant Pilot
2013 Eastbound & Down Dixie 8 episodes
2013 High School USA! Miriam (voice) Episode: "Rumsprinabreakers"
2014 Gravity Falls Melody (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Lucas Bros Moving Co Beyonce / Laura (voices) 2 episodes
2015–present SuperMansion Lex Lightning (voice) 20 episodes
2016–2017 Idiotsitter Genevieve "Gene" Russell Also creator and writer
2016 Portlandia Car Rental Clerk Episode: "Weirdo Beach"
2016 Son of Zorn Dorothy Clementina/Headbutt Girl (voice) Episode: "Return of the Drinking Buddy"
2017 Dogs In a Park Various Dogs 8 episodes
2018–present Bob's Burgers Mandy / Nat (voices) Episode: "Better Off Sled" (as Mandy)
Episode: "V for Valentine-detta" (as Nat)
Episode: “The Ring (But Not Scary)” (as Nat)
Episode: "Just the Trip" (as Nat)
2018 Drunk History Clara Kinsey Episode: "Sex"
2019 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Herself Episode: "The Rhy Chormosome"
2019 Neurotica. Hailey Episode: "Eureka!"
2019 What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage Herself Episode: “Elevator”
2019–present Bless the Harts Violet Hart (voice) Series regular
2019 Human Discoveries Minerva (voice) Series regular
2019 Green Eggs and Ham Gluntz (voice) Series regular
2019 Archer Captain Glenda Price (voice) Episode: "Dining with the Zarglorp"
2019 Nailed It! Guest host Episode: "One Fail, Two Fail. I Fail, You Fail!"
2020 Room 104 Sam Episode "Star Time"

AccoladesEdit

In 2010, Bell was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for her work in the writers' room on Saturday Night Live.[12]

In 2015, she was nominated for two MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight with Jonah Hill and Best Villain for her work on 22 Jump Street.[13]

In 2019, she received the Fairbanks Award at the San Diego International Film Festival[14] and the Next Wave Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jillian Bell on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jillian Bell's 30th". Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "Lenny Jacobson on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jillian Bell". TVmaze.com. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Justin Shady (July 24, 2012). "Bell: Workaholic aces 'Master' class". Variety. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Claire Voyant - Past Column from July 06, 2012". Lvol.com. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c McNamara, Jimmy (September 6, 2012). "From Curb to Partners: Jillian Bell". HuffPost. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Seven Questions With Jillian Bell '02". Bishop Gorman High School Alumni Newsletter: 12. Summer 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "'Workaholics' Star Jillian Bell Joins Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum in '22 Jump Street' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. September 12, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  10. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (January 14, 2016). "If Comedy Central's 'Idiotsitter' is Half as Funny As Talking to Its Creators, It Could Be the Funniest Show on TV". Indiewire. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher to Star in Disney+ Comedy 'Godmothered' (Exclusive)". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  12. ^ "Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series Nominees / Winners 2010". Television Academy. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "MTV Movie Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List". Billboard. April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Nissen, Dano; Nissen, Dano (September 5, 2019). "Laurence Fishburne, Jared Harris & Jillian Bell to be Feted at San Diego Intl. Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  15. ^ "John Cameron Mitchell Receives Provincetown's Filmmaker on the Edge Award". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2020.

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