Aline Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna is an award-winning filmmaker and one of the highest-grossing female screenwriters of all time. McKenna is best known for the film adaptation of the popular novel, “The Devil Wears Prada.” The screenplay is considered a modern classic, filled with memorable and oft-quoted lines, and features one of Meryl Streep’s signature roles as the imperious magazine editor, Miranda Priestly. In 2006, McKenna garnered Writers Guild, BAFTA and Scripter award nominations for the worldwide box office hit.Read More
In 2014, McKenna added television to her resume when she co-created the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning CW series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” As Showrunner, Head Writer and Executive Producer since its inception, she is currently leading the program into its third season. McKenna also directed the Season 1 finale, and directed and wrote the Season 2 finale of the show. She created the series with its star, Rachel Bloom.
McKenna’s feature film credits include the worldwide hit and perennial wedding favorite, “27 Dresses,” starring Katherine Heigl; “Morning Glory,” starring Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford; the Cameron Crowe-directed, Matt Damon-starrer, “We Bought a Zoo;” and her adaptation of the musical “Annie,” which was acclaimed for its diverse cast and unique approach to updating the Broadway classic.
Donna Lynne Champlin
Most recognized as the hilarious “Paula Proctor” on The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Donna Lynne Champlin started tap lessons at three, could play the piano at seven, mastered the flute at nine and sang and acted professionally by the age of eleven.Read More
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Champlin graduated with High Honors with a BFA in Musical theater from Carnegie Mellon University in Piitsburgh, a grant from The Princess Grace Foundation and studied Shakespeare and Chekhov on an advanced acting scholarship at Oxford University.
The four-time national tap champion was snapped up for a touring production of Jolson (she played Ruby Keeler), and then Broadway called. Her debut was in James Joyce’s The Dead, followed by By Jeeves, and then came her “break out” role as a young Carol Burnett in Hollywood Arms, written by the comic icon herself and directed by the legendary Harold Prince. Playing “Pirelli” (and the accordion, piano and flute) in the TONY award winning Sweeney Todd revival soon followed, and after that she dusted off her tap shoes for Billy Elliot while recording, producing and releasing her award-winning vocal debut album Old Friends in 2009.
In 2007, she won an OBIE for her turn as mother Cora in William Inge’s The Dark at the Top of the Stars and in 2011 was awarded a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Working, The Musical. Still devoted to her NY theatrical roots, Champlin most recently played “Hortensio” in the critically acclaimed, all-female Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in the Park’sThe Delcaourt this past summer.
Prior to starring as “Paula” on The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, her TV and film credits include Law and Order, The Goodwife, Younger and Birdman. She can also be seen in the highly anticipated Downsizing directed by Alexander Payne and as a recurring character on Comedy Central’s third season of Another Period, both coming out in 2017.
Champlin is married to actor Andrew Arrow and they live their crazy, bi-coastal lives with their five year old son, Charlie.
Gabrielle Ruiz was just made Series Regular for her stand-out portrayal of Valencia on CW’s one-of-a-kind television musical “Crazy X-Girlfriend. ” The character of Valencia, has gone beyond being simply Josh’s girlfriend and arch nemesis to Rebecca Bunch’s (Rachel Bloom) character. Ruiz has bonded with this character and honestly holds her own bringing a unique style of extroverted humor, combined with originality, flair and grace. She makes the show as fun as it is unpredictable.Read More
In fact Latin Times singled Ruiz out as “7 Latina’s who are Killing it on TV now,” along with Gina Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez among others. A theater darling, Gabrielle was inspired to become a professional performer at 12 years of age after seeing her first Broadway show, “A Chorus Line.”
The impact the show had on her was immeasurable. One can only imagine the joy she felt when she got the call after college that her first big break would be as Diana Morales performing in the first national tour of that very same show. That tour changed her career and sent her steadily upwards towards roadway. Significant roles in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights” followed as well as “Evita” with Ricky Martin, and being a part of the closing cast “If/Then” with Idina Menzel. She also appeared in the Off-Broadway musical “Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story.”
It was actually Miranda himself who recommended Gabrielle for the role of Valencia in “Crazy X-Girlfriend.” Other television credits include, “Sex, Love and Salsa,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Sesame Street” and “One Life To Live” and an episode in S4 of “Orange is the New Black.”
In additional to acting, Gabrielle is an advocate for inspiring the next generation of professional performers with motivational speaking and master classes.
Gabrielle is of Mexican-American decent and grew up Edinburg, Texas. She currently resides in Los Angeles and New York.
In The CW’s critically acclaimed comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Peter Gardner plays Darryl, Rebecca’s boss at a West Covina law firm. Darryl grew up in Orange County and considers himself very cultured and intellectual, a cut above the usual West Covina resident. He loves Rebecca because she is smart and well-educated and he thinks she gives his firm instant credibility.Read More
Gardner was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York. He went to college at Skidmore, in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 1986, Gardner moved to Chicago to pursue improv. He studied at Improv Olympic with Del Close and was on a house team there for many years. Gardner later began directing at Second City.
Gardner has appeared in numerous film and television shows. He recurred on the television comedy “The Brink” alongside Jack Black and Tim Robbins and was seen in “Masters Of Sex,” “1600 Penn,” “Full Circle” and recently finished his third season of “Eagleheart” with Chris Elliott. Other television credits include “Psych,” “Perception,” “Workaholics,” “CSI,” “Bones,” “My Boys,” “Boston Legal,” “CSI: New York,” “Cold Case,” “Malcolm In The Middle” and “The Bernie Mac Show.”
Gardner’s feature films credits include “Father Eddie,” “Deadly Retreat,” “Oliver Stoned,” “Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant,” “Project X,” “The Hangover: Unrated Version,” “Labor Pains,” “Fun With Dick And Jane,” “Wish You Were Dead,” “Evan Almighty,” “Good Advice,” “Transformers,” “Love Shack” and Michael Radford’s improvised film, “Dancing At The Blue Iguana.”
Gardner lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Rachel Bloom currently stars in the network musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which she co-created and executive produces alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. Bloom stars as Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and arguably crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – partnership at a prestigious law firm, an upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in suburban West Covina, California. The series debuted on The CW Network on October 12, 2015 to positive reviews. For her performance, Rachel won both the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She has also been included in myriad “Best Performers of 2015” lists.Read More
Well known for her comedy music videos on YouTube under the name “Racheldoesstuff,” her channel currently has over 60,000 subscribers. Bloom released her first Internet music video “F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury” in 2010. The video went viral and was nominated for a Hugo Award for “Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form” and won “Best Music Video” at Dragon*Con. Her comedic music videos have appeared on the Onion/AV Club, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Cracked, among others.
In 2012, Bloom performed in the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in the “New Faces: Characters” Showcase. She performs all over Los Angeles, and her other touring performance credits include Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Arlington Drafthouse and The Limestone Comedy Festival. Her past acting work includes “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Fuzz”; voice work includes “Bojack Horseman,” “Robot Chicken” and the CW web-series “Very Mallory.” She has written and starred in two live musical sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and New York: Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!! and Sing Out, Louise! Her writing credits include Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken,” Fox’s “Allen Gregory,” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars Detours.” She has also released two albums: “Please Love Me” (a compilation of old/new hits) and “Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album).”
After attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for theater, where she served as head writer and director of the prestigious Hammerkatz sketch group, Bloom studied improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. She has been named one of Variety’s “10 Scribes To Watch” for 2015, as well as a “Comic to Watch” by Cosmopolitan, Time Out LA and other publications.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Scott Michael Foster
Named one of Variety’s Top 10 Actors to Watch, Scott Michael Foster has brought to life some of the most versatile and memorable characters on screen today. He can currently be seen starring on the CW’s award winning, critically acclaimed series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Foster joined the show during the second season and was an instant hit as alpha-male attorney Nathaniel Plimpton, a possible love interest for Rebecca(Rachel Bloom). Season three of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is slated to premiere on October 13, 2017. Additional recent credits for Foster include starring as Wick Briggs on ABC’s “Blood and Oil,” which was nominated for a 2016 People’s Choice Award in the Favorite New TV Drama category. In 2014 Foster appeared as Kristoff on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” bringing the storyline of the worldwide sensation, feature film “Frozen” to life. He also recurred on ABC Family’s critically acclaimed series “Chasing Life” as Leo, and as Hunt Whitmarsh on AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.”Read More
On the film front, Foster starred as Daniel Meyer in the horror/thriller feature “The Pact II” which was theatrically released in October 2014 with IFC Films. He also wrapped production on the independent feature “My Dead Boyfriend,” directed by his former co-star Anthony Edwards and also starring Heather Graham, Gina Gershon, and John Corbett.
Born in Illinois and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, Foster knew from an early age that he wanted to be an actor. He grew up just outside of Chicago until he was 12 years old, where his family lived on a farm and he was home schooled. When Foster’s older sisters started to dabble in theatre he immediately became interested in the entertainment industry. Soon after moving to Dallas with his family, he chose theatre as an elective in middle school, pursued the arts in high school, and went on to study at the Quad C Theatre Program at Collin County Community College. In 2004 Foster decided to make the move Los Angeles.
Upon moving to LA, Foster landed several independent films, and in 2007 he booked what would become his regular acting gig for the next five years: a series regular role starring as Cappie on the hit series “Greek” for ABC Family. While putting in time on “Greek” Foster wrote, produced, and starred in his own script that he sold to Comedy Central entitled “Neighbros.” The show sold in the fall of 2010 for fall’s 2011 pilot season. Although the experience of putting together a show was something Foster loved, he decided to put all side projects on hold and focus on booking new acting roles. By the time “Greek” had ended its run in 2011 Foster had made his mark at ABC through his work on the show, and his relationship with the network would continue to grow over the next several years.
Foster went on to score a handful of guest star roles including appearances on: TNT’s “The Closer,” NBC’s “Friends with Benefits,” “Law and Order: LA,” and “Parenthood,” and ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey.” He also held a recurring role on “Quarterlife” for NBC and starred in the 2009 fan favorite independent feature “Teenage Dirtbag.” In 2012 Foster had the opportunity to play characters that were far from the happy go lucky teen he portrayed on “Greek.” First, he was seen in 10 episodes of the hit Showtime series “Californication” starring opposite David Duchovny as Tyler, and went on to play Jonas Beckett in five episodes of ABC’s Emmy Nominated series “The River.” Soon after filming “The River,” ABC enlisted Foster once again, casting him in “Zero Hour”  opposite Anthony Edwards, Jacinda Barrett, Addison Timlin, and Carmen Ejogo.
When not acting Foster is an active supporter of The Sue Weaver Cause, an organization that promotes consumer awareness of unsafe service employment – their quest is to require proper annual criminal background checks on all workers sent to people’s homes. Foster is also a musician, making music for over a decade with his band Siren’s Eye. He recently became a certified scuba diver, and currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his two dogs, Oliver and Charlie.
In The CW’s critically acclaimed comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Vella Lovell plays Heather, Rebecca’s neighbor. An incredibly smart and self-taught underachiever, she would have been an A+ student had she not been skipping most classes in high school. She is fascinated and appalled by Rebecca.Read More
A graduate from of the Juilliard School, Lovell has a bachelor’s degree from New York University. While at Julliard, she played Anna Mae in Lynn Nottages’ “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark,” and Lady Macbeth in an adaptation of “Macbeth.”
Lovell completed production on the short film “Bears Discover Fire.” She also starred in the short film “Three Dates.” She will appear in the upcoming Judd Apatow/Michael Showalter film “The Big Sick,” as well as independent films “Literally, Right Before Aaron” and “All These Small Moments.” Her television credits include “Girls” and “CollegeHumor Originals.”
Lovell has also acted in “The Bacchae” directed by JoAnne Akalaitis at Shakespeare in the Park and “The Great Recession” as well as “Kaspar Hauser” at The Flea Theater. At Williamstown Theatre Festival, she was seen in “A Streetcar Named Desire” directed by David Cromer,“When You’re Here” by Samuel Hunter, and “Camp Monster,” a new children’s musical. She is also a pianist, and enjoys playing classical music and composing silly songs.
A native of New Mexico, Lovell resides in New York and Los Angeles.
Vincent Rodriguez III
Vincent Rodriguez III currently stars as Josh Chan in the critically-acclaimed CW musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” As a musical comedy, Rodriguez showcases his musical theater chops throughout each season through its many original songs and dance routines.Read More
Originally from a suburb of San Francisco (Daly City), Rodriguez earned a degree from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Some of his theater credits include “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” (original cast recording) “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (workshop, west and east coast premieres, and studio cast recording), and “Here Lies Love.” On television, he has guest-starred on “Hostages,” “Donny!,” and “Another Period”.
In his spare time, Rodriguez works out, takes classes in acting and improv, and trains in extreme martial arts with a focus on weapons, stunts, and acrobatics.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
David got his start in the NY theater scene with a number of Broadway and off-Broadway credits including Really Really opposite Zosia Mamet, How To Succeed with Daniel Radcliffe, and, notably, The Book of Mormon. After coming to Los Angeles as Spike in the David Hyde Pierce-helmed hit play Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, he landed the recurring guest star role of Logan on the ABC darling series The Middle and soon after landed recurring guest star roles on HBO’s Insecure and the CW’s Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, where he was bumped to Series Regular for the upcoming third season which airs in October 2017. In film, he held several supporting roles in a variety of independent films before recently landing a lead role in the upcoming film The Browsing Effect opposite Nikki SooHoo and most recently as one of the leads in the upcoming ensemble comedy Benjamin directed by Bob Saget, also starring Rob Corddry and Kevin Pollak.
David currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.