In her graduating class of 57 at the Quaker-run Friends Seminary in New York City, Olivia Thirlby was one of just a handful of students who didn't go to college. Instead, she landed her first acting r...
New York City, New York, USA
|The White Orchid||2014||Actor||Claire Decker||20147|
|Bored to Death||2011 2008 - 2011||Actor||Suzanne||20117|
|The Darkest Hour||2011||Actor||Natalie||20117|
|Snow Angels||2008||Actor||Lila Raybern||20087|
|The Secret||2013||Actor||Samantha Marris||20137|
|Good Vibes||2011 2010 - 2011||Voice||Jeena||20116|
|5 to 7||2013||Actor||Jane||20137|
|The Answer Man||2009||Actor||Anne||20097|
|Kidnapped||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||n/a||20067|
|Just Before I Go||2013||Actor||Greta||20137|
|The Wedding Ringer||2015||Actor||n/a||20157|
|What Goes Up||2009||Actor||Tess Sullivan||20097|
|No Strings Attached||2011||Actor||Katie Kurtzman||20117|
|Love Comes Lately||2008||Actor||Sylvia Brokeles||20087|
|New York, I Love You||2009||Actor||Actress||20097|
|United 93||2006||Actor||Nicole Carol Miller||20067|
|Cast opposite Karl Urban in sci-fi action feature "Dredd 3D"|
|Co-starred with Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley in "The Wackness"|
|Landed small role in Paul Greengrass' docudrama "United 93"|
|Played a supporting role in the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached"|
|Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Paul Dano in "Being Flynn," based on Nick Flynn's book Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City: A Memoir|
|Breakthrough role as Leah, title character's best friend in the surprise hit "Juno"|
|Made TV debut on the short-lived NBC series "Kidnapped"|
Born in 1986 in New York City, Thirlby was raised an only child by her executive mother and contractor father. She pursued her interest in acting while attending the prestigious Friends Seminary school in downtown Manhattan, taking summer trips to the Catskill Mountains and Long Island to attend various workshops and performing arts camps. After graduating from high school, she studied briefly at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts before landing her debut role as a frightened passenger in "United 93." A few years later Thirlby scored her first TV series with the short-lived "Kidnapped," which she followed up with a sizable role as the title teen's supportive, sarcastic best friend in "Juno."
The next few years found Thirlby trying to capitalize on the success of Diablo Cody's breakout film. In "The Secret" (2007), she portrayed a grieving teen suddenly inhabited by the spirit of her dead mother, and she was next cast as a pot-smoking high schooler in "The Wackness," a '90s NYC period piece centered on a troubled teen who trades marijuana for therapy sessions. After a series of supporting film roles, Thirlby returned to TV in 2009 when she was picked to play Jonathan Schwartzman's angry ex-girlfriend in "Bored to Death."
The arrival of a new decade found the young actress opening up personally and professionally. In 2011, Thirlby participated in photographer iO Tillet Wright's Self-Evident Truths Project, centered on the bi- and gay communities, and later came out as bisexual in an interview with Brooklyn Magazine. That same year she appeared in a small but pivotal role in the thriller "Margaret," which had been embroiled in lawsuits for nearly five years, and turned to voice acting with the short-lived series "Good Vibes." In 2012 Thirlby scored a critical hit with her performance as a free-spirited artist opposite John Krasinski in "Nobody Walks," and a commercial success with her turn as a psychic rookie cop in "Dredd."
|American Globe Theatre|
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|"I have no interest in becoming really famous. It's easy to forget sometimes that it's a fairly stupid profession. It's basically glorified make-believe. It's always been my passion, but let's face it: I'm doing the same thing I was when I was 3 years old and getting tutus." - Thirlby to Entertainment Weekly, June 20, 2008|
|Came out as bisexual in a 2011 interview with Brooklyn Magazine.|
|"For me personally, it's important to be a part of this because I feel it's a way of me showing gratitude that I live surrounded by a community in which I don't have to hide my sexual orientation. And no one should have to hide their sexual orientation. Loving people is a necessary part of being human, and it is very difficult to love people in secret." - from AfterEllen.com, Dec. 7, 2011|
|Was initially cast as Seth Rogen's girlfriend in "Pineapple Express" but was replaced at the last minute with Amber Heard.|
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