Rachel Bloom has recently joined the ranks of American comedian-actresses to take over the small screen. The actress is best known for her role as Rebecca Bunch in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a hit comedy-drama television series on The CW.
The role has not only garnered Rachel Bloom popularity but also prestige as she has been nominated for several awards, even winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. Rachel also won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Rebecca Bunch.
Before hitting it big with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the actress auditioned to join the cast of the long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live but was unsuccessful. With her kind of talent, the actress, who has been active in the industry since 2010, is proof that hard work and persistence does pay off.
Biography: Early Life & Childhood
Rachel Leah Bloom was born on the 3rd of April, 1987 in Los Angeles to Alan and Shelli Bloom. Though born in LA, Rachel grew up in Manhattan Beach – which is surprisingly located in California and not Manhattan, New York. She comes from a Jewish family. Her father, Alan, is a healthcare lawyer while her mother, Shelli, is a musician – which explains her natural affinity towards music.
The young actress attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, where she took part in the school’s drama program. After high school, she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was the director and head writer for Hammerkatz, the school’s foremost sketch group. Rachel graduated from university in 2009 with a BFA in Drama.
While living in Brooklyn, after college, she once shared a room with Ilana Glazer, a comedian, and actress mostly known for her work on Comedy Central’s Broad City. After NYU, she performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and in New York.
Growing up, Rachel Bloom struggled with mental illness and was diagnosed with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. As a result, she has been an advocate for mental health and has spoken candidly about her issues. She has criticized the poor portrayal of mental illness by the media as well as the social stigma and discriminations.
Career & Net Worth
Rachel Bloom currently has a total net worth of $2 million. Considering her career is still somewhat in its infancy stage, that amount is certain to grow as she takes on more roles.
Presently, she is currently the star of the hit CW show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as previously mentioned. Though she also created the show, the actress revealed that she doesn’t make as much as most people assume. From what she revealed, she makes roughly $50,000-$60,000 per episode. On one hand, that amount is more than many people make in an entire year but on the other hand, the amount is small change compared to what the cast of other hit comedy shows earn. For comparison’s sake, some stars of The Big Bang Theory make up to $1 million per episode.
Hopefully, with time, the actress will make more for her talented work – if not on this show, then on her next projects.
Rachel Bloom’s Husband & Family Life
On the 25th of January 2015, Rachel Bloom got married to Dan Gregor, her longterm boyfriend of six years. Their wedding was officiated by her cousin who is a rabbi.
Dan is a producer, comedian, and writer who is best known for his work on How I Met Your Mother, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Most Likely To Murder and The Comedians. He grew up on Long Island, New York and was raised in a conservative Jewish home. He also studied at New York University, where he was a founding member of HammerKatz, which his future wife would later become a part of. He also performed improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre for a time.
He later founded the Chubby Skinny Kids production company with Doug Mand and Adam Pally. The trio began writing multiple television pilots which led to them getting noticed by the producers of How I Met Your Mother. Dan worked on the show from 2011 to 2013.
He is currently a writer on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which his wife co-created and is currently the star of. He has also appeared on the show several times as Dr. Roth, a doctor at Glenn Willow Medical Center in West Covina.