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Overview (4)

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameGillian McLaren Jacobs
Nickname Gill
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gillian Jacobs was born on October 19, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. Her father, William F. Jacobs Jr., was an investment banker and her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, was an alumni relations officer at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gillian is an alumnus of Mt. Lebanon High School, Pennsylvania, and Juilliard School, New York. She holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts and began acting at a young age by attending acting classes at the Pittsburgh Playhouse on weekends.

Jacobs made her acting debut portraying the role of Titania in Pittsburgh Public Theater's stage adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of 16. Years later, she made her debut in a feature film with the Building Girl (2005) then, made her television debut with the role of Adele Congreve in three episodes of The Book of Daniel (2006).

In 2006, Gillian appeared in "Cagelove", an off-Broadway production. The play received negative reviews from all quarters yet, all reviews appreciated Gillian's acting talent.

Jacobs' performance as CJ in the Nonames (2010) remains the most memorable role in the pre-breakout of her career, which brought huge laurels for her acting as well as the Special Jury Award and Copper Wing Award in Phoenix Film Festival.

Her big break came in the form of Community (2009), wherein she played the role of Britta Perry for six seasons until curtains came down on the show. In 2015, she also appeared in the HBO series Girls (2012) with a recurring role as Mimi-Rose Howard.

In 2016, she joined the Love (2016) to play the role of Mickey Dobbs for three consecutive seasons on Netflix. Her other streaming platform collaboration for a TV series came in 2021 with Invincible (2021) on Amazon Prime where she plays the role of Atom Eve. She will feature as Chris Riley, wife of legendary basketball coach Pat Riley, in Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022) and Maggie in Minx for a recurring role. Both shows will debut on HBO and HBO Max respectively in 2022.

Gillian's other prominent film appearances include Choke (2008), Gardens of the Night (2008), The Box (2009), Life Partners (2014), Walk of Shame (2014), Don't Think Twice (2016), Life of the Party (2018) and I Used to Go Here (2020) while her future projects are Violence of Action (2022) and Any Other Night.

She also appeared on the back of the camera as well. In 2015, Gillian directed a short documentary titled Signals: The Queen of Code (2015) about Grace Hopper, a rear admiral in the US Navy and a computer scientist, who ushered in the digital era.

Later, she directed a short film Shatterbox: Curated (2018) in the form of Shatterbox, a film series from TNT and Refinery29. Her latest as a director came with Marvel 616: Higher, Further, Faster (2020) for Marvel 616 (2020).

In 2022, she will have her directing and acting credit together on a feature film with The Seven Faces of Jane (2022) for the first time.

In-person Jacobs is a teetotaler. She says she made a choice while young to never have an alcoholic beverage or do drugs. She says her father is an addict, and together with reading the cautionary tale in the young adult novel "Go Ask Alice", about a 15-year-old drug addict, made an impact on her life in this regard.

Another book that shaped Gillian's perspective of life is "No Turn Unstoned" by Diana Rigg, a collection of terrible reviews that undeniably great actors received over the years. It was given to her by an acting teacher after she received a very bad review in a local paper for her initial performance in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Thanks to this experience, she started to see these performances as an opportunity, a chance to improve instead of a burden.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: zings and peps

Family (3)

Children None
Parents Jacobs, Martina Magenau
Jacobs Jr., William F.
Relatives Samuel Skinner (aunt or uncle)

Trade Mark (2)

Blonde hair
Big blue eyes

Trivia (19)

Studied acting at the Juilliard School, in New York City, graduating in 2004.
Starred in such off-Broadway productions as "Little Flower of East Orange", which was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as "A Feminine Ending", directed by Blair Brown.
Made her New York stage debut in 2006 in "Cagelove". Her performance as an assault victim was praised in a New York Times review, which said she "has the glow of a star in the making".
Her first love is theatre. She started acting at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and frequently competed in an annual Shakespeare Monologue Contest.
Good friends with Community (2009) co-star Joel McHale.
Jacobs is of Irish, Scottish, German, and French heritage.
Was accepted to Harvard and Northwestern University but chose to attend Julliard.
Niece of former Secretary of Transportation Samuel Skinner.
Her forename, Gillian, is pronounced with a hard "G" (as with Gilda, Gilmore etc).
Her grandfather, John Martin Magenau, was president and CEO of the family-owned Erie Brewing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania.
One of her nicknames is 'Bubby' given by her mother, after the former Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister.
Despite playing Mickey Dobbs, a recovering alcoholic and a drug addict in the show Love (2016) on Netflix, in reality, Gillian is a teetotaler and practices complete personal abstinence from alcoholic beverages and drugs.
Published several articles including personal essays and interviews for Lenny Letter between 2016 and 2017.
Has a great interest in pod-casting. Apart from her notable appearances in Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast (2009), also appeared in True-Crime Podcast, Blood Ties (2019) alongside Josh Gad. She also co-hosted a STEM podcast named, Periodic Talks (2021) with Diona Reasonover.
Got robbed by train thieves after they sprayed drug inside the compartments on a train while going from Nice to Venice in Italy when she was with her family, as a child.
She is a fan of the show Barry (2018).
Had her ears pierced on live television as she has always been too scared to do it and figured that she couldn't chicken out if it was on national TV.
Since she is a teetotaller in real life, she would spin around herself before the scenes where her character is drunk or ask crew members how it feels to be drunk.
Her celebrity crush was Cary Grant when she was a teenager.

Personal Quotes (12)

I'd never really done comedy before Community (2009), so getting to work, day in and day out, with all these great people, directors, writers, and actors, I feel like I've learned a lot.
I had some years of definite frustration. Auditioning and not working as much as I would have liked to, or working and being paid a pittance, and sort of scrounging by in New York and sleeping on a chair that folded out into a bed.
I'm not conservative, but I am kind of clean living in my own life.
I like the 'Moth' podcast a lot. I listen to that.
It's really amazing to be a part of something that people have an emotional response to, even though it's a network sitcom. When you get a chance to meet fans or interact with them, you realize that there are a lot of people who the show speaks to, and that they really get something out of it, beyond just laughing. That's really fulfilling.
The nice part about not being a huge film is that you get to goof around a bit more.
Things are never simple when it comes to the human heart.
There's no right one way to go through life.
As you can tell by my IMDb page, I like to work.
Accept your failure, move on, and don't torture yourself.
A friend of mine wrote a script, a feminist romantic comedy. She had a feminist scholar consult on it. My friend said, "Oh, my friend Gillian read it and really loved it." She goes, "Gillian Jacobs, you mean: Britta Perry, feminist icon?"
People are disappointed when they meet me. I'm not funny and I don't party.

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