Jillian Bell has been in entertainment for over 10 years, making her first big break into the mainstream in 2014 with her role in Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s box office hit 22 Jump Street. But before that, Bell had already established herself among series fans with her role as incompetent office assistant, Jillian Belk, in the Comedy Central series, Workaholics.
Since announcing herself to the mainstream, Jillian Bell has established herself as one of Hollywood’s top comedic actresses. By our calculations, it shouldn’t take long for her to rank among the big names such as Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey and Amy Schumer. If you’ve ever seen any of her films, you should know that she clearly has all the comedic skills needed. Channing Tatum even thinks he’s already there and is convinced that no one can give Jonah Hill a chance like Jillian Bell.
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Facts About Comic Book Actress Jillian Bell
1. Jillian grew up in a family filled with casino workers.
Born on April 25, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jillian had many members of her family working in the casino. It’s no wonder her parents were supportive of her career choice in entertainment. This knack for performing and entertaining people runs through Bell’s veins.
His grandmother Nonna, who is of Romanian descent, became the first woman to work at the front desk of a Las Vegas casino. As Bell revealed to Vanity Fair, Noona wore leather pants, had a job, and dyed her hair red.
2. Jillian started taking improv lessons when she was 8 years old.
Jillian was a very energetic child who never ran out of gas to burn. As a result, her parents signed her up for ballet lessons, but she was soon fired (we suspect for lack of focus), after which they signed her up for improvisation lessons when she was 8 years old. .
When she attended Bishop Gorman High School, LaJillian, Nevada’s only private Catholic high school, formed her own improv team. Blown away by her improvisational prowess, her friends voted her ‘Most Likely to Be Famous’.
3. She wrote a passage for Saturday Night Live
Hoping to turn professional with her comic skills, Bell moved to Los Angeles, shortly after graduating from high school in 2002. In LA, she joined Groundlings and later was interviewed to join Saturday Night Live. She got the job the next day, not as an actress, but as a young writer.
Bell wrote for the 35th season in 2009. She wrote a total of 22 episodes before leaving to return to Los Angeles.
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4. Bell has worked with Paul Thomas Anderson and hopes to star in dramatic roles in the future.
Arriving in LA, Bell scored a minor role in Bridesmaids, appeared on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm in front of Workaholics officials who had noticed Bell at the Comedy Cocktail, a monthly Hollywood sketch show brought her into the series to portray Jillian Belk.
His portrayal of his Workaholics character was what attracted the dramatic Paul Thomas Anderson who gave him small roles in two of his films; first The Master (2012), then Inherent Vice (2014). She told Esquire that her work with PTA inspired her to try out for dramatic roles in the future.
5. She is the creator and writer of Comedy Central’s Idiotsitter
Bell took advantage of his fame to create his own show Idiotsitter in collaboration with Charlotte Newhouse. The show was picked up by Comedy Central as a web series ahead of its premiere on the channel on January 14, 2016.
6. Bell pitched the idea for a Splash reboot to production company Tatum’s Free Association and bought it.
Bell impressed Tatum on 22 Jump Street so much that he got her to advocate for his production company. Among her many ideas, Tatum threw herself into rebooting Splash with a gender reassignment. Bell will portray the character of Tom Hank while Tatum will play mermaid/merman.
7. Bell has a very close relationship with her sister Breanna Bell.
Jillian is very close to her sister Breanna Bell. As of 2016, she was living with her sister and her fiancé in a 5-bedroom house. With the help of her sister, Bell created and launched a line of t-shirts, Neon Witch. They also plan to start their own production company.
8. Justin Timberlake had a childhood crush and Keith Morrison is one of his favorite people on the planet.
As a teenager, Bell was a huge fan of JT’s NSYNC. During a 2014 interview, she told the Huffington Post that her AOL password “had something to do with Justin Timberlake.”
Bell holds a special place in her heart for Canadian radio journalist Keith Morrison, longtime correspondent for Dateline NBC