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Maya Erskine (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and writer best known for her roles as Maggie in Man Seeking Woman[1] and Mikki in Betas. In 2019, she began starring in the Hulu original, PEN15, alongside Anna Konkle.[2] The duo, who also co-created and co-executive produce the series, play fictional versions of their 13-year-old selves.[3]

Maya Erskine
Born (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 32)
Alma materNew York University
Years active2010–present
Parent(s)Peter Erskine (father)
Mutsuko Erskine (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Erskine was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Mutsuko and Peter Erskine, a jazz drummer.[4] Her mother is Japanese, from Tokyo, and her father is of European descent.[5] Her mother played the role of Erskine's mother on PEN15.[6]

Erskine attended Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences[6] and graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.[7] She then went to Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.[8] Erskine initially studied musical theater but shifted to the school's Experimental Theater Wing.[9]


Erskine has performed with the Los Angeles-based theater groups the East West Players[10] and the Geffen Playhouse.[11] She also appeared in the friendship-based film Wine Country, opposite a slate of female comedians, including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Rachel Dratch.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Frankenstein Wanda
2018 6 Balloons Cameron
2018 When Jeff Tried to Save the World Samantha
2019 Plus One Alice
2019 Wine Country Jade


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Hart of Dixie Nessie 2 episodes
2013 Project Reality
2013 High School USA! Student (voice) 4 episodes
2013–2014 Betas Mikki Main cast
2014 Next Time on Lonny Charika Episode: "Lonny is Famous"
2015 Stone Quackers (voices) 2 episodes
2015 Man Seeking Woman Maggie 10 episodes
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL Venice Episode: "What Dreams May Come"
2016 Heartbeat Gi-Sung 9 episodes
2016 Son of Zorn April Lee Episode: "A Taste of Zephyria"
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Susan TV movie
2016 Insecure Diane Nakamura 6 episodes
2017 Casual Rae 8 episodes
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later Ginny 3 episodes
2019 PEN15 Maya Main cast


  1. ^ "'Man Seeking Woman's Maya Erskine on "Dating Hitler"". Kore Asian Media. April 30, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Davis, Allison P. (February 14, 2019). "How PEN15 Made Two 30-Year-Olds Look 13". The Cut. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Villarreal, Yvonne. "'PEN15' creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle on playing their uncool 13-year-old selves". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Tauer, Kristen (May 10, 2019). "Maya Erskine Breaks Out With a Little Help From Her Friends". WWD. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Zaw, Catherine (Spring 2014). "Maya Erskine, of Amazon's 'Betas' TV Show, Challenges Hollywood's Status Quo". Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Fallon, Kevin (May 1, 2019). "Maya Erskine Is About to Be Hollywood's Biggest Comedy Star". Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "SM Drama Student Wins Major Award: - Santa Monica Mirror". Santa Monica Mirror. July 20, 2005. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Classical Studio Alumni". Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "'PEN15' Stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle in Conversation". PAPER. March 13, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Yap, Audrey Cleo (April 13, 2016). "Celebrating Its 50th Theatre Season, East West Players Looks to the Future". NBC News. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Playhouse, Geffen. "Media Center Cast". Retrieved August 5, 2017.

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