Bloom at the 37th College Television Awards in May 2016
Rachel Leah Bloom
April 3, 1987
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University|
Dan Gregor (m. 2015)
Rachel Leah Bloom (born April 3, 1987) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, songwriter, and producer. She is best known for co-creating and starring as Rebecca Bunch in The CW musical comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015–2019), for which she received numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a TCA Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Bloom first became known for her YouTube comedic shorts, including the Hugo Award-nominated music video "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury". She has also appeared in films, including Most Likely to Murder (2018), The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), and Trolls World Tour (2020).
Bloom was born on April 3, 1987, in Los Angeles County, California, and grew up in Manhattan Beach. She is the only child of Shelli (née Rosenberg), a musician, and Alan Bloom, a healthcare lawyer. She is Jewish.
Bloom attended Manhattan Beach public schools including Mira Costa High School, where she was involved in the school's drama program. In 2009, Bloom graduated from the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. While at NYU, Bloom was the head writer and director of the school's premier sketch comedy group, Hammerkatz. Post-college, Bloom performed at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. She was once roommates with comedian Ilana Glazer after college in Brooklyn.
In April 2010, Bloom wrote and sang the song "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury", which gained a cult following when it was released on Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday in 2010. The song was inspired by her favorite Ray Bradbury book, The Martian Chronicles. There was a photo of Bradbury posted online that purported to show him watching the video. She worked as an intern for head writer Seth Meyers at Saturday Night Live. In 2012, she unsuccessfully auditioned for the show, submitting an audition video that included a bit as Katharine Hepburn doing the voice for Bugs Bunny in Space Jam.
On May 13, 2013, Bloom released her first album of musical comedy, Please Love Me, which included the songs "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" and "You Can Touch My Boobies". On November 19, 2013, she released her second album Suck It, Christmas, which featured a comedic look at Chanukah and included the song "Chanukah Honey". On December 17, 2013, Bloom was the voice of Princess Peach in the song "Luigi's Ballad" on Starbomb's self-titled debut album. Bloom co-wrote "Super Friend" performed by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin, featured on the musical crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash titled "Duet" and the soundtrack released from the episode.
On April 25, 2016, Bloom was awarded the "Visionary Award" at the annual gala held by East West Players, the longest-running professional theatre of color in the United States. The award seeks to honor "individuals who have raised the visibility of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through their craft," which her show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was lauded for its decision to cast an Asian-American male in a trope and stereotype-subverting lead role.
In April 2017, Bloom appeared on "The Sexual Spectrum" episode of Bill Nye Saves the World, performing the song "My Sex Junk" concerning the gender and sexual spectra. The performance and episode were controversial, garnering a mixed response with backlash from conservative groups and on social media, where Bloom was threatened. The episode went on to receive an Emmy nomination.
Bloom co-starred in the film Most Likely to Murder, opposite Adam Pally and Vincent Kartheiser. The film was directed by Dan Gregor, Bloom's husband. It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2018, and was released on Digital and on Demand in May 2018.
On October 10, 2019 she was featured in a 30-minute YouTube documentary called Laughing Matters, created by SoulPancake in collaboration with Funny or Die, wherein a variety of comedians discuss mental health. She also appeared in the show My Little Pony, on the episode "Sounds of Silence", playing a kirin named Autumn Blaze.
On May 7, 2015, Bloom filmed a half-hour pilot for Showtime with co-executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), directed by Marc Webb. It was eventually picked up by The CW for the fall 2015–2016 season. The show became an hour-long series with more network-friendly content when it transitioned from cable to network TV and features musical numbers. The show premiered on October 12, 2015.
On January 10, 2016, Bloom won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. The following week, Bloom won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
Bloom has a history of mental illness, having been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and OCD, about which she has candidly spoken. Bloom's character in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has borderline personality disorder, and the show addresses these issues.
|2018||Most Likely to Murder||Kara Doblowski||Also producer|
|Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Batgirl (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|The Angry Birds Movie 2||Silver (voice)|
|2020||Trolls World Tour||Barb (voice)|||
|2011||Allen Gregory||N/A||Staff writer; 4 episodes|
|2012||How I Met Your Mother||Wanda||Episode: "The Drunk Train"|
|2012–2019||Robot Chicken||Various voices||17 episodes|
|2013||Very Mallory||Mallory||5 episodes|
|2013–2014||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Chickpea / Breakfast Pastry (voice)||2 episodes|
Wrote episode: "Little Cart of Scaries"
|2014–2016||BoJack Horseman||Laura / Sitcom Writer||5 episodes|
|2014||Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas||Additional voices||Television film|
|2015–2019||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Rebecca Bunch||62 episodes|
Also co-creator, executive producer, and writer
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Michael Shannon vs. Rachel Bloom"|
|Adam Ruins Everything||Episode: "Adam Ruins Hollywood"|
|2017||Bill Nye Saves the World||2 episodes|
|Nightcap||Episode: "Spinster Code"|
|The Simpsons||Annette (voice)||Episode: “Springfield Splendor”|
|2018||Portlandia||Rachel||Episode: "No Thank You"|
|Muppet Babies||Dot the Dragon (voice)||Episode: "Sir Kermit the Brave"|
|iZombie||Nellie||Episode: "My Really Fair Lady"|
|Drunk History||Herself||Episode: "Heists"|
|My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic||Autumn Blaze (voice)||Episode: "Sounds of Silence"|
|Explained||Herself / Narrator||Episode: "The Female Orgasm"|
|2019||Trolls: The Beat Goes On!||Cybil (voice)||2 episodes|
|2020||Diary of a Future President||Ms. Wexler||Episode: "The National Mall"|
|Into the Dark||Ellie Burgis||Episode: "Pooka Lives!"|
|Gayme Show||Herself||Episode: "Acting Battle"|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself / Guest Judge||2 episodes|
|Please Love Me||
|Suck It, Christmas (A Chanukah Album)
(with Jack Dolgen & Dan Gregor)
|Title||Album Details||Peak chart positions|
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 1)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1, Vol. 2)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 2)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Karaoke Album (Original Television Soundtrack) (Season 1)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3 (Original Television Soundtrack)||
|The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special (Yes, It's Really Us Singing!)||
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4 (Original Television Soundtrack)||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury"||2010||4||Please Love Me|
|"I Steal Pets"||2011||—|
|"I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star"||—|
|"Pictures of Your Dick"||2012||—|
|"You Can Touch My Boobies" (feat. Nicole Shabtai & Tess Paras)||—|
|"The Cake Farts Song (Live)"||2013||—||non-album single|
|"Chanukah Honey"||—||Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album)|
|"Who Wants to Watch the Tony Awards This Year?"||2014||—||non-album single|
|"I Don't Care About Award Shows"||—|
|"Happy All the Time"||2014||Fred Armisen, Ed Asner, Larry Dorf, Jim Parsons, Rachel Ramras, Kevin Schnick||Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (Original Soundtrack)|
|"A Christmas Song (Reprise)"||Max Charles, Larry Dorf, Mark Hamill, Rachael MacFarlane, Kate Micucci, Rachel Ramras, Kevin Shinick, Jim Parsons|
|"The Story of Buddy the Elf"||Fred Armisen, Ed Asner, Max Charles, Larry Dorf, Gilbert Gottfried, Mark Hamill, Steve Higgins, Rachael MacFarlane, Kate Micucci, Rachel Ramras, Kevin Shinick, Jim Parsons|
|"Silver Suite"||2019||Heitor Pereira||Angry Birds 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|"Barracuda"||2020||N/A||Trolls World Tour: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|"Rock You Like a Hurricane"|
|"Just Sing (Trolls World Tour)"||Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson Paak, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Ramos, Red Velvet, Icona Pop, Sam Rockwell|
|2010||Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury||Rachel|
|2011||I Steal Pets||Rachel|
|I Was a Mermaid and Now I'm a Pop Star||Rachel|
|Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge||Lucy Van Pelt / Sally Brown||Produced by Funny or Die|
|2012||The Secret of the Gypsy Queen||Ilsa||Produced by Skeptoid Media|
|Pictures of Your Dick||Rachel|
|You Can Touch My Boobies||Rachel|
|We Don't Need a Man||Rachel|
|2013||Die When I'm Young||Rachel|
|If Disney Cartoons Were Historically Accurate||Princess Rachel|
|Luigi's Ballad||Princess Peach (voice)|
|2014||NOBODY WILL WATCH THE F*CKING TONY AWARDS WITH ME||Rachel|
|2016||Holy Shit (You've Got to Vote)||Herself||Public service advocacy with various artists|
|2017||Ladyboss||Rachel||Produced by Bola Ogun and Vanity Fair|
|I Don't Care About Award Shows||Rachel|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Hugo Awards||Best Dramatic Presentation||Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury||Nominated|||
|2013||Web Awards||Best YouTube Song||You Can Touch My Boobies||Won|||
|2015||67th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program||Robot Chicken||Nominated|||
|2016||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Won|||
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Actress||Nominated|||
|Breakthrough Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Won|||
|Online Film and Television Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|EWwy Awards||Best Actress, Comedy||Nominated|||
|68th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Nominated|
|Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Won|||
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|||
|2017||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Nominated|||
|69th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Nominated|||
|2018||Television Critics Association||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Nominated|
|2019||71st Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Won|||
|Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Nominated|
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