Alison Brie Schermerhorn known professionally as Alison Brie, is an American actress.
She 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.
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 of Trudy 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.