She may not be the most popular actress in Hollywood but in recent years, Jocelyn Towne has begun to gain momentum. She has that face you know you’ve seen on TV but can’t quite place from where. The good news is, we are here to help… One of her earliest film credit was the uber-popular Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous. Jocelyn has made guest appearances on TV shows such as Gilmore Girls and Havoc. She also had a role in 2011’s The Selling. Her most notable role came in Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse (2015).
Twone’s marriage to Big Bang Theory superstar Simon Helberg has done a lot to thrust her further into the limelight. The couple shares two kids together; daughter Adeline Helberg born on May 8, 2012, and son Wilder Towne Helberg born on April 23, 2014.
In no particular order, let’s take a look at 7 things you need to know about the actress.
1. She hails from a family of entertainers.
Jocelyn Towne was born on August 8, 1976, in Nevada City, California to a screenwriter/film producer dad, Roger Towne (born 1940) whose credits include; The Natural (1984), In the Company of Spies (1999), The Recruit (2003), and The Natural.
Her uncle, Robert Towne that is her father’s older brother is even a more renowned screenwriter and filmmaker. He is credited with being a part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His original screenplay for Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974) was named one of the greatest screenplays ever written. It even won an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Jocelyn’s uncle Robert Twone is also known for his collaboration with action star Tom Cruise. He co-wrote and co-directed a couple of Mission Impossible films. His most recent endeavor is as the director of the romantic crime drama Ask the Dust (2006).
Her cousins (from Robert Towne) Chiara Towe and Kathrine Towne (the former spouse of Charlie Hunnam) are both actresses.
2. Jocelyn Towne had originally aspired to become a dancer
Jocelyn didn’t know right away that film was her calling. As a young girl, she developed a passion for dance and even hoped to go professional. As a result, she enrolled in New York’s Alvin Ailey. However, as fate would have it, Jocelyn later relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
3. Her father’s writing DNA rubbed off on her and she is not only an actress but a producer and director.
In addition to dancing, Jocelyn, influenced by her father developed an early interest in literature and began writing. “I was always interested in writing from a young age. I think that was definitely a huge influence from my dad because I always watched him writing in his office….” the actress told Kickstarter blog.
In order to hone her artistic skills, Towne enrolled at Santa Monica’s Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences. She attended UC Berkeley from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature.
4. She made her directorial debut with I AM I (2013) and her husband Simon Helberg gave a helping hand.
Jocelyn has done a good job following in the footsteps of her daddy. In 2013, she wrote, directed, and starred in her first film I AM I. Her husband Helberg had a starring role in the film. To promote and raise funds for her film, Jocelyn started a Kickstarter campaign. The film is about a woman (Jocelyn) who pretends to be her late mother so she can maintain a relationship with her delusional father.
5. Her relationship with Helberg (before marriage) went through a rough time and they joined forces to make a film about it.
Jocelyn and Helberg dated for five years before becoming man and wife in 2007. Some time in their relationship, Helberg broke up with her to reunite with his ex-girlfriend whom he followed to Paris. However, in Paris, the ex would cheat on him with another man, forcing him to realize that Jocelyn was his true love after all. He returned to the US to propose to Jocelyn. The couple made a film titled, We’ll Never Have Paris (2014) about the break-up
6. Jocelyn and Helberg are almost of the same height.
Jocelyn measures about 5 feet 4 inches tall and her husband stands at about 5 feet 6 inches.
7. Jocelyn and her husband took to the 2017 SAG Awards Red Carpet to protest Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants.
After President Donald Trump placed a ban on immigration of refugees from 7 Muslim nations, Jocelyn and her husband protested at the SAG red carpet. While Jocelyn wrote “Let Them In” across her chest, Helberg held up a card that read “REFUGEES WELCOME.”