Alison Brie Schermerhorn is an American actress. Brie is best known for her starring roles as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community, and Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men.
Brie has also starred in films such as Scream 4, The Five-Year Engagement, The Lego Movie and Get Hard, and many others, the lattermost of which she also co-wrote and produced.
Alison Brie Schermerhorn was born on December 29, 1982, in Hollywood, California. Her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter. Her mother, Joanne Brenner, works at Para Los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit childcare agency.
She has an older sister named Lauren. Brie's mother is Jewish. Her father has Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry. While being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended a "Christian–Hindu hybrid church" called the Self-Realization Fellowship with her father. However, her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish."
Brie began acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's degree in theater in 2005. She also lived in Scotland, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. She later worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California.
In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22. Over the first two seasons, she has voiced a variety of characters, including main character Diane Nguyen and recurring character Vincent Adultman.
- Brie and Will Arnett, both voice the most characters on the show.
- Brie is the only voice actor to voice both male characters and female characters.
- In an interview with The Vulture, on June 24th, 2020, Bob-Waksberg states that he deeply regrets hiring voice actress Alison Brie, a white woman to voice the character Diane Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American woman. In a tweet, he states, "We should have hired a Vietnamese writer, and a Vietnamese actress to play Diane—or if not that, changed the character to match who we did."