Michigan Famous: Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub was born June 22, 1971, and raised in Trenton, Michigan. She’s best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on the Fox action-thriller

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn is the first to admit she isn’t a sex symbol, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have plenty of sex appeal. “My own confidence in myself lately has helped me to be perceived as sexier than I was before,” she says. “If you open yourself up to experience life as an actor, a person who others look at, you will get all types of things thrown at you — good and bad. It is up to you to be confident and aware of your looks and how you are comfortable being seen.”

Luckily for us, Mary Lynn is very comfortable being seen by others, as evidenced by her impressive body of work. However, don’t expect this Detroit native to settle down anytime soon. “I’m not married and I don’t think that’s going to work out for me,” she says. “I’m not even bitter, I’m just exhausted.”

 

Career

Rajskub’s most notable role is CTU Systems analyst Chloe O’Brian on 24, which she joined in 2003 at the start of the show’s third season. Her character was a hit with viewers and critics and was one of the few cast members to return in the show’s fourth season. After being a regular guest star for two seasons, Rajskub became a main cast member in the show’s fifth season. By the end of the series she was lead female, with top billing second only to Kiefer Sutherland. Rajskub and Sutherland appeared briefly as their 24 characters in a 2007 episode, “24 Minutes”, of the FOX TV animated series The Simpsons. She also recently appeared in the film Julie & Julia as one of Julie Powell’s close friends.

She is also a skilled guitar player and was part of a comic duo (with Karen Kilgariff) called Girls Guitar Club.

During the summer of 2010 she will be seen on the second season of the USA series Royal Pains.

 

Mini Biography

She was born Mary Lynn Rajskub on June 22, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, into a family of Irish, Czech, and Polish ancestry. She was brought up in Trenton, Michigan. In 1989 she graduated from Trenton High School, then attended Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, majoring in painting, before she transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating as a painter. She also studied music and acting, and for a few years she performed as a stand-up comedian at various clubs and restaurants. In 1995, Rajskub made her debut on television, she was cast by David Cross as one of the original cast members of “Mr. Show with Bob and David” (1995). After her split from Cross, she left the show during its second season, and briefly took a job as a coffee brewer at Seattle’s Best Coffee. In 1999 she joined the cast of ‘Fragrances & Colognes for Smelling great’ TV series, as Cloe, appearing in 15 episodes of the show.

While she has been mainly a television star, Rajskub also played bit parts on the big screen in Magnolia (1999), Man on the Moon (1999), Road Trip (2000), among her other works. She offered mesmerizing performances in Mysterious Skin (2004), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), and in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), then played a few more visible roles such as Janet Stone in Firewall (2006), opposite Harrison Ford, and as Pam in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). In 2006 Harrison Ford presented Rajskub with the Female Breakthrough Award for her “high concept comedic stage productions, as well as her TV and film acting skills.” She was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards two times, in 2005, and in 2007.

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