Alison Brie (born December 29, 1982). Brie was born Alison Brie Schermerhorn in Hollywood, California. Her mother, Joanne (née Brenner), works at the non-profit child care agency Para Los Niños, and her father, Charles Terry Schermerhorn, is a musician and freelance entertainment reporter. Brie began her career acting onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Southern California (her mother is Jewish and her father has Scottish and Irish ancestry). She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor's in theater in 2005.
Prior to becoming a television actress, Brie had worked as a clown at birthday parties, and performed in theater in California.
For a time, Brie studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
One of Brie's first television roles was the minor character Nina, a novice hairdresser, on Hannah Montana. She then went on to star in the web series My Alibi, and was chosen for the role of Trudy Campbell in Mad Men. She is also a main cast member on Community as Annie Edison.
On April 15, 2010, Brie co-hosted G4's Attack of the Show!. Brie has also appeared for a short segment on the G4 show, Web Soup. She had a role in the 2010 film Montana Amazon. She made Maxim's 2010 Hot 100 list at number 99 and Maxim's 2011 Hot 100 list at number 49.
She had a role in the horror film Scream 4, as Sidney Prescott's assistant, Rebecca Walters. The film was released on April 15, 2011. She appeared alongside Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in The Five-Year Engagement, which was released April 27, 2012.