Five Things You Did Not Know About Gillian Jacobs

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Sam is acting editor of Vogue.co.uk


Tuesday 21 February 2017

If you’ve not heard about Gillian Jacobs yet that is soon to change. She first came to the attention of many for her hilarious role in Community, then again when she portrayed the too-easy-to-hate Mimi-Rose in Girls. Now she’s back with the second series of Judd Apatow’s Netflix comedy, Love. Further to that, she’s an absolute style sensation - an avid fan of tea dresses, statement jumpers and bold prints - and at the heart of Style.com’s new film series. Watch the film in full below and meet the Hollywood starlet.

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Born and raised in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Jacobs is an only child. Her parents, Martina Magenau Jacobs and and William F. Jacobs Jr, divorced when she was two years old. Growing up in the care of her mother, Jacobs found she was often more comfortable around adults, rather than children her own age.Credit Getty

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From a young age, she developed a love for Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, often performing monologues for visitors.Credit Getty

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Whilst studying at Juilliard in New York, Jacobs was led to believe her teachers didn’t think she was a good stage actress, and so she pursued film and television instead. She was even put on probation during her sophomore year, which she credits with having taught her to “act” like herself.Credit Getty

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A good friend of Lena Dunham, Jacobs starred in five episodes of Girls in 2015 as experimental artist Mimi-Rose Howard and wrote a piece for Lenny Letter.Credit Facebook/Girls

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Aside from acting, Jacobs also enjoys directing. Her most recent film was a short documentary titled The Queen of Code, about Grace Hopper, the naval officer and computing pioneer.Credit Getty

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During summer breaks whilst studying in New York, Jacobs took extra courses in ancient Greek philosophy and American literature at Harvard and the University of Chicago. Just for fun. She now lives in Los Angeles, where Judd Apatow’s Netflix comedy, Love, is set.Credit Netflix

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