Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps

Born: June 25, 1979
Age: 43
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
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Elizabeth Jean "Busy" Philipps (born June 25, 1979)[1] is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She is known for her roles on the television series' Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000), Dawson's Creek (2001-03) and ER (2006-07), and for her portrayal of Laurie Keller on the ABC series Cougar Town (2009-15), for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award.[2] She has also appeared in numerous films, such as The Smokers (2000), Home Room (2002), White Chicks (2004), Made of Honor (2008), He's Just Not That Into You (2009), The Gift (2015), and I Feel Pretty (2018).

Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.[1][3] Her former babysitter, Tracy, gave her the nickname Busy.[4] She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[5] She attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as Freaks and Geeks costar Linda Cardellini and former boyfriend Colin Hanks.[3][6][7][8]



Philipps worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie ("Cool Teen Skipper") before making her show-business debut.[4]

Her first major role was Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks, in which she appeared in all but one of its 18 episodes (the exception being the episode titled "Chokin' & Tokin'").[3][8] She later made her film debut in comedy The Smokers in 2000, as well as various other cameos on television.

In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson's Creek.[3][9] She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her role of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of "TV - Choice Sidekick".[10]

Philipps then appeared in two films, Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc., in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty.[11] The show lasted for one season (2005-2006) before being cancelled. In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER, alongside her Freaks and Geeks co-star Linda Cardellini.[3][9]

During her second year on ER, her character headed to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission".[12] Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory.[3][9][13] A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with her supporting role in Made of Honor.[3]

Philipps has also made appearances in He's Just Not That Into You as the character of Kelli Ann and on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. From 2009 to 2015, Philipps portrayed Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town.[9] She routinely contributed to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a live stage radio show.[14] Her primary recurring character is the Red Plains Rider.[15]

On a 2010 appearance on Chelsea Lately, Philipps commented that she auditioned for the hit television show Glee just one week after giving birth, following a pregnancy during which she gained 80 pounds.[16]

Philipps stars on the HBO series Vice Principals, which premiered in 2016.[17]

In 2017, Philipps signed on as co-lead opposite Casey Wilson in Tina Fey's comedy pilot, The Sackett Sisters, for NBC.[18]

In 2018, Phillips played the role of Sheba in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Philipps' has a late-night talk show called Busy Tonight. The show premiered on October 28, 2018 on E![19]

Personal life

Philipps dated Colin Hanks in the 1990s, while in college. Philipps married screenwriter Marc Silverstein in 2007.[3][9][20]

They have two daughters: Birdie Leigh (born August 13, 2008),[21] whose godmother is actress Lizzy Caplan;[22] and Cricket Pearl (born July 2, 2013).[23][24][25]


Philipps' memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, was released October 18th, 2018. Her memoir includes a passage in which the actress describes a physical altercation that took place between James Franco and herself while on the set of Freaks and Geeks. Bummed by the amount of attention drawn to just this incident within her story, Philipps hopes the audience will see the bigger picture she is addressing about women's equality on set and off. [26]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Smokers Karen Carter
2002 Home Room Alicia Browning
2004 Mummy an' the Armadillo Carol Ann
2004 White Chicks Karen Googlestein
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Additional Voices Voice
2008 Made of Honor Melissa
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Kelli Ann
2010 Revolution Emily Short film
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Wendy Best
2012 The Reef 2: High Tide Cordelia Voice
2012 Made in Cleveland Shannon
2013 A Case of You Ashley
2014 Jason Nash is Married Busy Philipps
2015 The Gift Duffy
2016 FML Amanda
2018 I Feel Pretty Jane


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Saving Graces Mindy TV series
1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks Kim Kelly 18 episodes
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Meghan Episode: "High School Play"
2001 Anatomy of a Hate Crime Chasity Pasley TV movie
2001 Spring Break Lawyer Jenny TV movie
2001 Dead Last Tracy Sallback Episode: "Death Is in the Air"
2001-2003 Dawson's Creek Audrey Liddell 39 episodes
2002 Undeclared Kelly 2 episodes
2003 Criminology 101 Polly TV movie
2004 Foster Hall Peg Hall TV movie
2005 Life As We Know It Alex Morrill 2 episodes
2005 Testing Bob Madison 'Maddie' West TV movie
2005 American Dad! Dana Voice
Episode: "Threat Levels"
2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Korlianne Voice
Episode: "Girl Trouble"
2005-2006 Love, Inc. Denise Johnson 22 episodes
2006-2007 ER Dr. Hope Bobeck 19 episodes
2007 Entourage Cheryl Episode: "Dog Day Afternoon"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Rachel Episode: "Third Wheel"
2008-2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Kacy Corbin 5 episodes
2009 Kath & Kim Whitney Episode: "Competition"
2009-2015 Cougar Town Laurie Keller 96 episodes
2011 Community Greendale Team Member Episode: "For a Few Paintballs More"; uncredited
2011 Fish Hooks Clamanda Voice
Episode: "We've Got Fish Spirits"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Busy Philipps Episode: "A Reunion..."
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself (guest judge) Episode: "RuPaul's Gaff In"
2013 Arrested Development Joan Episode: "Borderline Personalities"
2014-2018 Drunk History Various 3 episodes
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Karen Episode: "Hair Swap"
2015 Bottom's Butte Beverly Bottom Voice
2016 New Girl Connie Episode: "300 Feet"
2016 Angie Tribeca Courtney Woodpatch-Newton Episode: "Miso Dead"
2016-2017 Vice Principals Gale Liptrapp 14 episodes
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Cate Kates Episode: "Spiritual Gurus"
2017 The Odd Couple Natasha Episode: "Should She Stay or Should She Go?"
2017 Chopped Junior Herself (guest judge) Episode: "Curry Hurry"
2017 The Sackett Sisters Mandy Sackett NBC sitcom pilot
2017 Beat Bobby Flay Herself (guest judge) Episode: “Tame the Flame”
2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Sheba Goodman Episode: "Kimmy Meets an Old Friend!"
2018 Camping[27]
2018 Busy Tonight Herself (host)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Category Result
2003 Teen Choice Awards Dawson's Creek "Choice TV: Sidekick" Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Cougar Town Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won[10]

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