Alison Brie Biography

Actress (1982–)
American actress Alison Brie is most famous for her television roles in 'Community,' 'Mad Men' and 'GLOW.'

Who Is Alison Brie?

Born in 1982, Alison Brie is most famous for her roles in television, specifically her characters Annie Edison in NBC's Community and Trudy Campbell in AMC's Mad Men. Some of her film work includes Scream 4, (2011), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), How to Be Single (2016) and The Post (2017). Brie has also been involved in major Netflix projects, doing voiceover work for the animation BoJack Horseman and starring as an 80s female wrestler in GLOW, which earned her an Emmy nomination.

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Alison Brie attends the #NETFLIXFYSEE For Your Consideration event for 'GLOW' at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 

Husband

Brie married actor David Franco in 2017. David is brother to actor James Franco.

Movies and TV Shows

'Mad Men' and 'Community'

Starting out in supporting television roles, Brie had her career breakthrough in 2007 when she nabbed the role of New York socialite Trudy Campbell — wife of character Pete Campbell (played by Vincent Kartheiser) — on AMC's Mad Men

"People have referred to Trudy as a Lady Macbeth-type," Brie told NPR during an interview in 2015. "I love that analogy, and I couldn't agree more. I think it's very true that she has some of that to her, where she wants to be the one steering the ship behind the scenes, but she's really the one in charge. But we also see, over the seasons, the power kind of shift back and forth between [Trudy and Pete]." 

Shortly after in 2009, she found a way of doubling her workload on the small screen when she got the part of strait-laced Annie Edison in NBC's sitcom Community, which she continued through to 2015.

Brie admitted she was lucky to have been allowed to play both roles at the same time. "There are other actors who work on two shows, so I can't really speak to what their schedules are like," Brie told NPR. "But it definitely felt kind of crazy in the moment especially because over at Community, our hours were very long."

About Mad Men and Community she added: "These were my first two big jobs. And it felt like how I had always imagined in my romanticized version of being a working actress what it would feel like, you know? Got to dash off to my other job, get back into hair and makeup, now I'm a totally different character. It was exciting."

As Brie steadily worked on the small screen, film opportunities began pouring in as well. The actress appeared in Scream 4 in 2011, playing the assistant to Neve Campbell's character Sidney Prescott. She also found supporting roles in Judd Apatow's The Five-Year Engagement (2012) and in Will Ferrell's comedy Get Hard (2015). That same year she also starred opposite Jason Sudeikis in the rom-com Sleeping With Other People and continued in the same genre with How to Be Single (2016), opposite Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson.

'GLOW' (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)

2017 was a busy year for Brie. Not only did she star in films The Little Hours (2017), The Disaster Artist (2017) and The Post (2017), but she also took on the lead role of the 80s all-female wrestling comedy GLOW, playing the part of broke, aspiring thespian Ruth Wilder — permed hair and leotards to boot. 

But getting the role proved to be a huge challenge, as the series creators weren't keen on giving the part to an established star like Brie.

“They did not want me to have this part,” Brie recalled to IndieWire in 2017. “It felt like a series of tests. ‘But will she come in and do a pre-read for casting?’ And I was like, ‘Absolutely, I’ll wear no makeup.’ ‘Will you fly to Toronto and read with Betty in front of no one?’ ‘Yes, absolutely, whatever you want me to do.'”

“I cried in my car after every audition,” Brie revealed. “I would sit in my car like Ruth and sob. And we were both listening to the same Ultimate ’80s mix while auditioning, so “Flock of Seagulls” was playing [while we were sobbing].”

Thankfully for Brie, after four arduous auditions, she got the part, and after the show's successful first season, she proved she was worth it, receiving nominations for both an Emmy and a SAG Award.

The second season of GLOW premieres in June 2018.

Voiceover Projects

Among Brie's voiceover work, she has worked on the animations The Lego Movie (2014) as Princess Unikitty and Netflix's black comedy BoJack Horseman as Diane Nguyen. Brie also worked on Fox's American Dad! in Season 8.

Early Life

Alison Brie Schermerhorn was born on December 29, 1982 in Hollywood, California to parents Joanne, a non-profit worker, and Charles, an entertainment journalist. She has one older sister.

In 2005 Brie received a theater degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

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