Philipps speaking at South by Southwest 2019
Elizabeth Jean Philipps
June 25, 1979
|Alma mater||Loyola Marymount University|
Elizabeth Jean "Busy" Philipps (born June 25, 1979) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Dawson's Creek (2001–2003), Love, Inc. (2005–2006) and ER (2006–2007), for her abortion access advocacy, and for her portrayal of Laurie Keller on the ABC series Cougar Town (2009–2015), for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award. She has also appeared in supporting roles 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). From 2018 to 2019, Philipps hosted her own television talk show Busy Tonight, on E!.
Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She received the nickname "Busy" as a child; sources conflict on whether the nickname came from her parents or a babysitter named Susie. Busy stated on her late-night talk show, Busy Tonight, that her mother gave her the nickname, but stated during her book tour that her babysitter gave her the nickname. This was clarified on an episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! when host Scott Aukerman confirmed it was her babysitter, in his quest to achieve Wikipedia clout.
She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[dead link] In her memoir she revealed that she was raped at age 14 by her then-boyfriend, whom she refers to as "Trey" in the memoir. Though she found the event emotionally scarring, she did not consider it rape until decades later. She disclosed in her book and in Busy Tonight, that she had an abortion at 15.
While still in high school, Philipps worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie ("Cool Teen Skipper"). Among the people who saw her at a toy convention was actress Sharon Stone, who was impressed with Philipps' performance and told Philipps that she would be a star.
Her first major role was Kim Kelly in the 1999-2000 comedy-drama TV series Freaks and Geeks; Philipps appeared in all but one of the show's 18 episodes (the exception being the episode "Chokin' & Tokin'"). She made her film debut in the comedy The Smokers in 2000, and had various small appearances on television.
In 2001, Philipps was cast as Audrey Liddell in the teen drama Dawson's Creek. She was a series regular in seasons 5 and 6, appearing in 46 episodes, before the show finished in 2003. Her portrayal of Audrey earned Philipps a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of "TV - Choice Sidekick".
Philipps then appeared in several films, including Home Room (2002) and White Chicks (2004). She was cast in the UPN sitcom Love, Inc., in a role originally intended for Shannen Doherty. The show lasted for one season (2005–2006). In 2006, she had a major recurring role as Hope Bobeck on ER, alongside her Freaks and Geeks co-star Linda Cardellini. During her second year on ER, her character was written out as heading to South America to "fulfill her Christian mission".
Philipps had a co-credit for the storyline of the 2007 comedy film Blades of Glory. A year later, Philipps returned to being in front of the camera with a supporting role in Made of Honor.
From 2009 to 2015, Philipps portrayed Laurie Keller in the television series Cougar Town. She routinely contributed to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a live stage radio show. Her primary recurring character is the Red Plains Rider.
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.
Philipps had a late-night talk show called Busy Tonight, which aired on E! from October 28, 2018 to May 16, 2019. It was cancelled the same day Phillips was nominated for a 2019 Critics Choice Award. In August 2020 she began hosting a podcast, Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best, along with former Busy Tonight writers Caissie St. Onge and Shantira Jackson.
Philipps' memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, was released October 18, 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. Philips said she was "bummed" by the amount of attention drawn to just this incident in the book, saying the story was not new, and that she meant for it "to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life."
After the Alabama Legislature's May 14, 2019 passage of House Bill 314 (also known as the "Human Life Protection Act"), Philipps advocated that women speak out if they had abortions. On May 14, she invoked the hashtag, #YouKnowMe (established on February 18) to her 370,000 followers on Twitter, with her call for testimonies:
1 in 4 women have had an abortion. Many people think they don't know someone who has, but #youknowme. So let's do this: if you are also the 1 in 4, let's share it and start to end the shame. Use #youknowme and share your truth.
On June 4, 2019 Philipps gave a testimonial before the House Judiciary Committee, defending the right for women to have access to more abortion clinics. In doing so, Philipps talked about her own experience with abortion, saying:
I am a human being that deserves autonomy in this country that calls itself free, and choices that a human being makes about their own bodies should not be legislated by strangers who can’t possibly know or understand each individual’s circumstances or beliefs.
Philipps married screenwriter Marc Silverstein in 2007. They have two children, born in 2008 and 2013. Her oldest child, Birdie, came out as gay in 2020 and Philipps uses her podcast to advocate for the LGBTQ community and support parents of gay teens.
|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|
|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|
|2018||I Feel Pretty||Jane|
|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|
|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|
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||102 episodes|
|2011||Community||Greendale Team Member||Episode: "For a Few Paintballs More"; uncredited|
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”|
|2018–2019||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Sheba Goodman||2 episodes|
|2018–2019||Busy Tonight||Herself (host)||Also executive producer|
|2018||Camping||Allison||Episode: "Up All Night"|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Teen Choice Awards||Dawson's Creek||"Choice TV: Sidekick"||Nominated|
|2010||Entertainment Weekly||Cougar Town||Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Cougar Town||Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Won|
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