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Rachel Leah Bloom (born April 3, 1987)[1] is an American actress, singer, songwriter, television writer, and comedian. She wrote and plays the lead role of Rebecca Bunch in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,[2] for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy[3] and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.[4] She also created the Hugo Award-nominated music video "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury".[5][6]

Rachel Bloom
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Bloom at the 37th College Television Awards
Birth nameRachel Leah Bloom
Born (1987-04-03) April 3, 1987 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumTelevision, film, music, theatre
Alma materNew York University
Years active2010–present
GenresImprovisational comedy, sketch comedy, black comedy, blue comedy, musical comedy, surreal humor, satire, cringe comedy
Spouse
Dan Gregor (m. 2015)
Websiteracheldoesstuff.com

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Early lifeEdit

Bloom was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Manhattan Beach,[7] the daughter of Shelli (née Rosenberg) and Alan Bloom.[8] Her mother is a musician while her father is a healthcare lawyer. Her family is Jewish.[9]

Bloom attended Manhattan Beach public schools including Mira Costa High School, where she was involved in the school's drama program.[10] In 2009, Bloom graduated from the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. While at NYU, Bloom was the head writer and director of the school's premier sketch comedy group, Hammerkatz. Post-college, Bloom performed at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles.[7] She was once roommates with comedian Ilana Glazer after college in Brooklyn.[11]

CareerEdit

In April 2010, Bloom wrote and sang the song, "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury", which gained a cult following when it was released on Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday in 2010.[6] The song was inspired by her favorite Ray Bradbury book, The Martian Chronicles.[12][13] There was a photo of Bradbury posted online that purported to show him watching the video.[14] She worked as an intern for head writer Seth Meyers at Saturday Night Live. In 2012, she unsuccessfully auditioned for the show, submitting an audition video that included a bit as Katharine Hepburn doing the voice for Bugs Bunny in Space Jam.[15][16]

On May 13, 2013, Bloom released her first album of musical comedy, Please Love Me, which included the songs "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" and "You Can Touch My Boobies". On November 19, 2013, she released her second album Suck It, Christmas, which featured a comedic look at Chanukah. It included the hit song "Chanukah Honey".[17] On December 17, 2013, Bloom was the voice of Princess Peach in the song "Luigi's Ballad", on Starbomb's self-titled debut album. Bloom co-wrote "Super Friend" performed by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin. The song was featured on the musical crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash titled "Duet" and the soundtrack released from the episode.

Bloom has worked as a television writer on Allen Gregory and Robot Chicken.[17]

In April 2017, Bloom appeared on "The Sexual Spectrum" episode of Bill Nye Saves the World, performing the song "My Sex Junk" concerning the gender and sexual spectra. The performance and episode were controversial, garnering a mixed response with backlash from conservative groups and on social media, where Bloom was threatened.[18][19][20][21][22] The episode went on to receive an Emmy nomination.[23]

Bloom co-starred in the film Most Likely to Murder, opposite Adam Pally and Vincent Kartheiser. The film was directed by Dan Gregor, Bloom's husband. It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2018, and was released on Digital and On Demand in May 2018.[24]

Crazy Ex-GirlfriendEdit

On May 7, 2015, Bloom filmed a half-hour pilot for Showtime with co-executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and directed by Marc Webb, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[25] It was eventually picked up by The CW for the fall 2015–2016 season.[26] The show became an hour long series with more network-friendly content when it transitioned from cable to network TV[27][28][29] and features musical numbers.[30] The show premiered on October 12, 2015.[31]

On January 10, 2016, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.[3] The following week, Bloom won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Bloom married her boyfriend of six years, Dan Gregor, in early 2015 with her cousin, a rabbi, performing the ceremony.[32][33]

Bloom has a history of mental illness, having been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and OCD, about which she has candidly spoken.[34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41] As such, she is a mental health advocate, often discussing issues of mental illness in society such as stigma, discrimination, and poor media portrayals. Bloom's character in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has Borderline Personality Disorder, and the show addresses these issues.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Most Likely to Murder Kara
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Silver Voice role; in production
2019 Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Batgirl Voice; Direct-to-video[42]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Allen Gregory Staff writer; 4 episodes
2012 How I Met Your Mother Wanda Episode: "The Drunk Train"
2012–14 Robot Chicken Various voice roles: Ariel, Woman, April O'Neil, Smurfette, Optimus Prime's Trailer 17 episodes; also writer
2013–14 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Chickpea, Breakfast Pastry (voice) 2 episodes

Wrote episode: "Little Cart of Scaries"

2014–16 BoJack Horseman Various voice roles: Laura and Sitcom Writer / Sharona 5 episodes
2014 Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Additional voices TV movie
2015–2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca Bunch Main role, 62 episodes

Also co-creator, executive producer, writer, and director

2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Michael Shannon vs. Rachel Bloom"
2016 Adam Ruins Everything Episode: "Adam Ruins Hollywood"
2017 Bill Nye Saves the World Herself 2 episodes
2017 Nightcap Herself Episode: "Spinster Code"
2017 The Simpsons Annette (voice) Episode: “Springfield Splendor
2018 Portlandia Rachel Episode: "No Thank You"
2018 Muppet Babies Dot (voice) Episode: "Sir Kermit the Brave"
2018 iZombie Nellie Episode: "My Really Fair Lady"[43][44]
2018 Drunk History Herself Episode: "Heists"
2018 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Autumn Blaze (voice) Episode: "Sounds of Silence"[45]
2018 Explained Herself (narrator) Episode: "The Female Orgasm"

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumEdit

Title Details
Please Love Me
  • Released: May 20, 2013
  • Label: self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Suck It, Christmas (A Chanukah Album) (with Jack Dolgen & Dan Gregor)
  • Released: November 13, 2013
  • Label: self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Soundtrack albumsEdit

Title Album Details Peak chart positions
US Soundtrack US Comedy
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 1)
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
4
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 2)
  • Released: May 20, 2016
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
5
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 2)
  • Released: March 3, 2017
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
24 2
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Karaoke Album (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1)
  • Released: January 12, 2018
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: Digital download
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3 (Original Television Soundtrack)
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: Digital download
4
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special (Yes, It's Really Us Singing!)
  • Released: April 12, 2019
  • Label: CBS Studios, Warner Bros., WaterTower Music
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Title Year Album
"Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" 2010 Please Love Me
"I Steal Pets" 2011
"I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star"
"Pictures of Your Dick" 2012
"You Can Touch My Boobies"(feat. Nicole Shabtai & Tess Paras)
"The Cake Farts Song (Live)" 2013 non-album single
"Chanukah Honey" Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album)
"Who Wants to Watch the Tony Awards This Year?" 2014 non-album single
"OcDance"
"Ladyboss" 2017
"I Don't Care About Award Shows"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury Rachel
2011 I Steal Pets Rachel
I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star Rachel
Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Lucy Van Pelt, Sally Brown Produced by Funny or Die
2012 The Secret of the Gypsy Queen Ilsa Produced by Skeptoid Media
Pictures of Your Dick Rachel
You Can Touch My Boobies Rachel
We Don't Need a Man Rachel
2013 Die When I'm Young Rachel
If Disney Cartoons Were Historically Accurate Princess Rachel
Chanukah Honey Rachel
Luigi's Ballad Princess Peach (voice)
2014 NOBODY WILL WATCH THE F*CKING TONY AWARDS WITH ME Rachel
The OCDance! Rachel
2016 Holy Shit (You've Got to Vote) Herself Public service advocacy, with various artists
2017 Ladyboss Rachel Produced by Bola Ogun and Vanity Fair
I Don't Care About Award Shows Rachel

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref
2011 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury Nominated [9]
2013 Web Awards Best YouTube Song You Can Touch My Boobies Won [9]
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Short-format Animation Robot Chicken Nominated [46]
2016 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Won [47]
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Actress Nominated [48]
Breakthrough Performer of the Year Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Won [49]
Online Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
EWwy Awards Best Actress, Comedy Nominated [50]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated [51]
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Nominated
Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Won [52]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won [53]
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [54]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated [55]
2018 Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated

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