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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 December 1982Los Angeles County, California, USA
Birth NameAlison Brie Schermerhorn
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California, to Joanne (Brenner), who worked at a non-profit child care agency, and Charles Terry Schermerhorn, a musician and entertainment reporter. Her mother is Jewish and her father has Scottish, Dutch, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry. Brie grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena. Interested in acting at an early age, she began her career performing in community theater shows at the Jewish Community Center in Los Feliz. Her very first role was "Toto" in the Wizard of Oz. After graduating from South Pasadena High School in 2001; Alison attended California Institute of the Arts where she received her BFA in Acting. While there, she was one of the original cast members in the world premiere of The Peach Blossom Fan, performed as the inaugural theater production at Disney's REDCAT Theater in Downtown LA. During that time, Alison also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.

Since graduating, she has continued to work in all forms of media, including film, television, and theater. She has performed in the Blank Theater Company's Young Playwright's festival and in shows at the Odyssey, Write-Act, and Rubicon Theaters, receiving an Indy Award for her haunting performance as "Ophelia" in the Rubicon's production of Hamlet. She had performed guest spots for Comedy Central and Disney's Hannah Montana (2006) as well as leading roles in some independent films before landing her role on Mad Men (2007). Since then, she has continued to work in film and TV.

Alison lives in South Pasadena.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Platform PR

Trade Mark (4)

Wide blue eyes
Silky brown hair
Curvy, busty figure.
Distinctive voice.

Trivia (9)

Member of SAG and AEA.
Her mother was a teacher at a community college.
Ranked as having one of the most beautiful famous faces by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." She was ranked #5 in 2010 and #18 in 2009.
Worked as a clown before becoming an actress.
Her favorite show is Six Feet Under (2001).
Best friends with her Community (2009) co-star Danny Pudi.
She graduated from the California institute of the Arts and then went to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.
Alison's mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Alison's paternal grandfather had Dutch, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry, and Alison's paternal grandmother was originally from Scotland. Alison's patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Reyer Schermerhorn, who was born c. 1541, in the town of Schermerhorn, in Waterland, Noord Holland (the Netherlands).
Has been in a relationship with actor Dave Franco since July 2012.

Personal Quotes (38)

[on growing up with a Christian father and Jewish mother] My mother, God love her, is a very proud Jew and would always make sure we knew we were Jewish. I remember being 6 years old and her saying, you know you guys are Jewish. If Hitler came today he would take you...
I enjoy doing drama, and I enjoy doing comedy equally.
I always wanted to play a mental patient. I was fascinated with playing crazy people in college, and I don't know if I ever quite perfected it.
A lot of people come to Los Angeles and think that they're going to be famous, just like that.
30 Rock (2006) is probably one of my favorite shows. It's just joke after joke after joke.
I think it's never too late to learn - or it's a lesson that's good to continue learning - that you need to treat everyone on a set with respect.
Money means better meals at better places.
In my personal life, I'm hilarious! I was always a bit of a jokester.
I've always loved film and wanted to work in film. I just love working and creating new characters, and trying different genres and different things.
I'm a generally optimistic person.
I was always a bit of a jokester.
I try to be very much in control when it comes to work. I have a strong work ethic.
I think that a big part of comedy is being made fun of, and it is looking silly or looking stupid.
I think it's important to be honest with yourself about what you want and it's important to be honest with your partner about what you need.
I think I used to be lower maintenance. I think I'm slowly becoming higher maintenance.
I love Jason Bateman. He's so funny.
I look really good in a scuba suit.
I like to be in pain when I'm getting massaged. That way I know I'm getting my money's worth.
I like that Mad Men (2007) is now an adjective I use to describe clothing when I'm shopping: "I like this top. It's very 'Mad Men'."
I get pigeonholed into type-A personality characters, but I'm really not type A. I'm kind of a spaz.
I feel like any time John Oliver is added to something, the comedy is instantly there. He's so funny.
I like to have my breakfast in bed, and I use that time to watch the recorded shows on my TiVo. I seldom watch shows in real time - I'm always at work.
I kind of love going to weddings - it's a guilty pleasure. I've never been the wedding-y type girl dreaming about the big day, the dress, but I always cry. Always. Even if I don't know the bride that well, I'm verklempt!
I don't know much about writing a show or being a show-runner on a show, but I can only imagine that when you first cast a show and you first do a pilot, there are so many components that you're throwing into the mix and you're not sure how they're going to develop.
Honestly, my favorite kind of dancing is just lettin' loose. There's something great about the carefree flinging of your body to great music. It can be so joyous.
A wedding, people decide to get married, it comes out of such love for one another and then women can turn into these other people. They're planning something that's the biggest event they'll ever plan in their lives and it turns them into this other person, so it's not totally the guy's fault that he's feeling disconnected from this person.
Your opinion is not influenced by anyone when you're alone at a matinee. It's just you and the movie.
You know, Mad Men (2007) is notoriously secretive with its plot-lines, even with exposing them to actors on the show.
What is it about women that they just go right for the guy that totally repulses them?
Ted Danson is amazing. He's incredible.
My parents are definitely reformed hippies.
My first TV job was on an episode of Hannah Montana (2006)... Since then, I've been fortunate to end up on shows that are just such a high quality, where the writing and material is incredible.
If you're a guy, you should get girls flowers all the time. They never get old and you can never get them enough. I'm never disappointed when I get flowers. I always thought guys who don't buy women flowers are such fools. All it takes is one. A little goes a long way with flowers.
I've always loved film and wanted to work in film. I just love working and creating new characters, and trying different genres and different things. For me, I just love to work and I love movies.
I'm really not a TV junkie... OK, I kind of am a TV junkie, but I'm much more of a movie junkie - my junk food is romantic comedies I've seen a million times.
I think Twitter is such a cool thing because it really is a direct line to the fans and for fans back to you, and it's such a new thing. I think in the past there's been usually fan mail and that's really good, but Twitter, it gets an immediate response.
You wanna do a lot of backstory for your character - as an actor, you wanna research that. But on the show, it's fun to remain in that naive place as you go along, and be able to continue to discover things about your character as the writers come up with them.
Twitter is the first information that I ingest in the morning. When there are important things happening, friends of mine who follow news feeds will report on it, so I find out about most major news on Twitter.

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