Gaby Hoffmann

Gaby Hoffmann Biography

Actress (1982–)
Actress Gaby Hoffmann started out in such hit films as 'Field of Dreams' and 'Sleepless in Seattle.' Now she earns raves for TV roles on 'Girls' and 'Transparent.'


Actress Gaby Hoffmann first found fame as a kid in such films as Field of Dreams (1989). She moved on to roles in 1993's hit romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle and 1995's Now and Then. After working sporadically for a time, Hoffmann has enjoyed a career renaissance in recent years. She received Emmy Award nominations in 2015 for her work on such TV shows as Girls and Transparent.

Child Star

Born on January 8, 1982, in New York City, actress Gaby Hoffmann had quite a bohemian upbringing. She spent her early years at New York's famed Chelsea Hotel, a popular spot for artists, actors and other creative types. Her mother, Viva, was part of artist Andy Warhol's scene and acted in several of his films. Her father, actor Anthony Herrera, was never really part of her life.

To help support her mother and older half-sister Alexandra, Hoffmann started acting as a child. Her first gigs were commercials and then she moved on to movies. She made her film debut in Kevin Costner's Field of Dreams in 1989 and also appeared with John Candy in Uncle Buck that same year. More film roles soon followed. Hoffmann worked with director Nora Ephron on This Is My Life (1992) starring Julie Kavner and Samantha Mathis and Sleepless in Seattle (1993) starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. She even played a younger version of Demi Moore in 1995's Now and Then. On the small screen, Hoffmann had her own short-lived sitcom, Someone Like Me, in 1994.

Hoffmann eventually stepped away from the spotlight to explore other opportunities. In 2004, she graduated from Bard College with a bachelor's degree in literature. Hoffmann also studied cooking for a time and even considered becoming a chef. But after years of soul searching, she found her way back to acting.

Recent TV and Film Projects

All grown up now, Hoffmann has earned a lot of praise for her recent work. She received positive notices for playing the crystal fairy in Sebastian Silva's independent comedy Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013). She also co-starred with Jenny Slate in the critically acclaimed dramatic comedy Obvious Child (2014).

Also in 2014, Hoffmann launched a successful TV career. She joined the cast of Lena Dunham's sitcom Girls in a recurring role, which led to her earning an Emmy Award nomination in 2015 for her guest appearances. Hoffmann also had a supporting part in Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor, which debuted in the fall of 2014. On Transparent, Hoffmann plays Ali Pfefferman. Her character tries to come terms with her father Mort's decision to become a woman named Maura on the series. The show has earned a lot of accolades from critics and audiences, including seven Emmy Award nominations in 2015. Hoffmann was among the cast members singled out for nominations for their stellar performances.

Outside of acting, Hoffmann took on a new role in 2014. She and longtime boyfriend Chris Dapkins became parents for the first time with the arrival of their daughter Rosemary that November.

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