There are those types of actors in Hollywood who have recognizable faces but their names seem to slip your mind. Remember when Philip Seymour Hoffman
and Don Cheadle
were those types of elusive actors? They were in every genre of movie and their face was recognizable, but you drew a blank on their names. Now Philip is an Oscar winner and Don is an Oscar nominee. Kathryn Hahn
shouldn't be one of those actors anymore! Drill her face AND name into your head - Kathryn Hahn.
Although Kathryn tends to gravitate towards comedic roles, she has a background in Broadway and television and made a dramatic breakout in Revolutionary Road
. Not only is she one of the best comedic actresses in Hollywood, her resume will only get richer with time. Beautiful, funny and down to earth, Kathryn is a great role model for younger actresses and brings a certain spark to the big screen.
Kathryn was born in Illinois and attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where she earned a BS in theater. After college she moved to New York where she was accepted in to the Yale School of Drama. She acted in several theater groups and was finally discovered by an NBC casting Vice President.
In 2001, Crossing Jordan
creator and executive producer Tim Kring flew Kathryn to Los Angeles to read for the part of Lily Lebowski, which was created solely with her in mind. Needless to say, she got the part. Kathryn has said, "NBC and Tim Kring took a huge leap of faith in casting me; to be worked into a show that was in production and on the schedule is an amazing stroke of luck".
Although Crossing Jordan was cancelled in 2007, Kathryn's career was still thriving. In 2003 she played Kate Hudson's
dumped and depressed best friend in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
. In 2004 she was seen in Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
, A Lot Like Love
and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
where she played Helen, who memorably tells Veronica Corningstone that Ron will read anything on the teleprompter. In 2008 Kathryn appeared in Step Brothers
and Revolutionary Road
which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
Up next for Kathryn is The Goods: The Don Ready Story
, which is currently in post production. The film also stars Jeremy Piven
as a used car salesman hired by a dealership with hopes that he'll make their Fourth of July sale a successful one. Produced by Will Ferrell
and Adam McKay
, the film is reportedly due out in theaters this August.
Story by Erin Demchak
Starpulse contributing writer