Alison Brie (born December 29, 1982) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC / Yahoo sitcom Community and Trudy Campbell on the AMC dramaMad Men. She has starred in films such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014) and Get Hard (2015).
Brie was born in Hollywood, California. Her mother, Joanne (née Brenner), works at Para los Niños ("For the Children"), a non-profit child care agency. and her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter.
Brie's mother is Jewish and her father has Dutch, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Brie has stated that, while being raised by her divorced parents, she occasionally attended with her father a "Christian-Hindu hybrid church", the Self-Realization Fellowship, while her mother "would always make sure we knew we were Jewish".
Brie began her career acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California. She graduated from theCalifornia Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's in theater in 2005. Prior to becoming a movie actress, Brie worked as a clown at birthday parties and performed in theater in California. For a time, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Scotland.
One of Brie's first television roles was Nina, a novice hairdresser, on Hannah Montana. She went on to star in the web series My Alibi, and was chosen for the role ofTrudy Campbell in Mad Men. Since 2009, she has portrayed Annie Edison on the NBC sitcom Community. In April 2010, she co-hosted an episode of Attack of the Show!, and appeared in a short segment on Web Soup. She appeared in the 2010 film Montana Amazon. She made Maxim magazine's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99, and appeared at number 49 in their 2011 list. She was voted the 56th sexiest woman in the world by FHM readers in 2013. She was also voted the 2nd most desirable woman in the world by Askmen readers in 2014.
Brie has had several major film roles. She starred as Sidney Prescott's assistant in the 2011 horror film Scream 4, and appeared in the 2012 comedy film The Five-Year Engagement. She voiced Uni-Kitty in The Lego Movie (2014), and will voice a character in an episode of the long-running adult animation series American Dad!, which is aired as part of the show's 10th season.
In June 2014, Brie joined the cast of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman, which debuted on August 22. She played Will Ferrell's character's fiancée in the 2015 comedy film Get Hard.