Thought it was worth mentioning for those who were waiting for Black Friday deals on the DVDs.
50 Girlcrushes of 2013: Gillian Jacobs
Like a lot people, I really only had one reaction after the last season of Community ended … “what was that? Wait, what?” Whatever issues I may have had with the direction of fourth season and the ways in which the show was a shell of its former self, there is one thing that was unshakeable, my love for the cast. They made magic where there wasn’t much magic to be had. My favorite episode of the season, “Basic Human Anatomy” (written by Dean Pelton himself Jim Rash), had Britta and Troy reaching a milestone in their relationship and then putting an end to it. And, of course, this being Community Troy is pretending to be Abed, Freaky Friday style, because he needed to process everything. Gillian had to make you care about what was happening when the premise of the episode was the most ridiculous thing you could ever think of, but there was something almost heart-warming about Britta realizing that her relationship with Troy has run its course. There was no drama. No one was the bad guy. It just ended. Okay, so I will forever be upset that show decided the relationship had run its course, but that’s a topic for another post. But, who cares about that when, really, all you need to know if that Gillian Jacobs always posts the best vines.
Gillian at the launch of the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection.
From Bullseye with Jesse Thorn from NPR:
Gillian Jacobs may never know what it’s like to play the ingenue. As an actress, she has an energy that’s hard to pin down, but it’s anything but naive. After a tough stint at Juilliard’s acting school, Jacobs pursued a career in film and television, often being cast in dark, gritty roles. However, in 2009 her career took a sudden lurch in the opposite direction when she was cast in a very different role.
You probably know her as Britta Perry, the confident and outspoken student opposite Joel McHale’s self-involved lawyer-turned-study group leader Jeff Winger on Community. Britta is exceptionally eager, mostly to the vexation of her peers who often voice their displeasure at her stances on social issues. Her friends often describe her as “the worst”, but she’s ever-confident in her own identity.
When Jacobs signed up for the role in Community, all she knew was that Joel McHale had been cast in it, but she soon realized that it would be a very unique and ambitious show.
In this extended conversation with Jacobs, we’ll talk about why she didn’t fit in at Juilliard, her big break on Community, and get a peek behind the scenes on a beloved but aggrieved network show.
Jacobs co-stars with Ken Marino in the new movie Bad Milo!, available now on VOD, and plays Britta on NBC’s Community. The show’s fifth season premieres in January.
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