“I love playing roles where the character is a little offbeat. There's more room to move as an actor when the character isn't completely 'normal.' My favorite role was in a MTV movie called ‘Everybody's Doing It’ where I played an overzealous, apple-polishing, high school virgin who would do ANYTHING to get ahead. She was the kind of person that rubbed everyone the wrong way but didn't seem to care, or notice. I also love playing the ‘Legally Blonde’-esque character in my cartoon series ‘6TEEN.’” Brooke D'Orsay
Canadian actress Brooke D'Orsay netted a Gemini nomination for her work in the Emmy Award winning Canadian animated series “6Teen” (2004-present), where she voiced Caitlin Cooke. She also played Heather Hanson in the short lived sitcom “Happy Hour” (Fox, 2006), Deb Dobkins in the show “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime, 2009) and Sasha in the second season of the CBS comedy series “Gary Unmarried” (2009). She has guest starred in American TV series like “Doc,” “Wild Card,” “Medical Investigation,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Psych.” On the wide screen, D'Orsay is probably best remembered as Breanna in “It's a Boy Girl Thing” (2006). Other film credits include “Why Can't I Be a Movie Star” (2001, her debut), “19 Months” (2002), “The Republic of Love” (2003) and the successful comedy “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004). She was nominated for a DVD Exclusive Award for her work in the direct to video “The Skulls III” (2003).
D'Orsay was a member of the applauded comedy troupe Trailervision and once joined the dance troupe Rise. Prior to being recognized as an actress, she won notice as the “Nestea Girl' in the long running Nestea Plunge commercial.
Off screen, D'Orsay is an accomplish gymnast. Talking about her free time, she said, “When I'm not acting, I'm out doing anything and everything. I take classes, dance, hike, cook, write, read, make crafts, go on weekend trips, anything to break it up a bit.”
D'Orsay mentions “White Oleander,” “Dumb and Dumber,” “Schindler's List” and “Dirty Dancing” as her favorite movies. She is a long time fan of Van Halen and also enjoys Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Childhood and Family:
Brooke D'Orsay was born on February 17, 1982, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her nicknames are Brookie, Mauer, Punk and Punkin. She has a brother named John D'Orsay, who is a guitarist. Talking about her favorite TV shows while growing up, she said, “I had a very serious television watching schedule when I was growing up. I was into ‘The Cosby Show,’ ‘Family Ties,’ ‘Growing Pains,’ ‘Who's the Boss,’ ‘The Wonder Years’ and practically any other show that had a mom, a dad, and some funny kids.”
About her idols, she recalled, “Growing up, I thought Madonna hung the moon. To me she represented strength, in every sense of the word. I also thought being friends with Adam Sandler would rule. In fact, I still do.”
Currently, Brooke resides in Los Angeles, California.
Brooke D'Orsay made her feature acting debut in the Canadian comedy “Why Can't I Be a Movie Star” (2001), where she had the supporting role of Jennifer Kruz. She broke into television the following year when she landed the role of Ellen in the “Doc” episode “All in the Family” (2002). The same year, she appeared in Showtime's drama series “Soul Food,” a spin-off of the 1997 film of the same name by director/writer George Tillman Jr. She played Justine in a 2002 episode called “Lovers and Other Strangers.” She also appeared in “Truths of Insanity,” a 33 minute Canadian short by Alex Jordan, supported Benjamin Ratner, Angela Vint, Kari Matchett and Sergio Di Zio in the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) comedy “19 Months,” which was written and directed by Randall Cole, and portrayed Cassandra in the Daniel Nearing thriller “Fortune's Sweet Kiss” (all 2002). In the MTV television film “Everybody's Doing It” (also 2002), she portrayed Caroline. Costars of the movie included Lizzy Caplan, Eugene Lipinski, Bret Harrison, Adam Smoluk and Steve Braun.
D'Orsay next worked with Clare Kramer and Bryce Johnson in the direct to video installment “The Skulls III” (2003), directed by J. Miles Dale, played Lisa in the comedy short “Home Security” (2003), opposite Adam Brody and Sarah Faith D'Agostino, and supported Marissa Jaret Winokur and Fran Drescher in the TV film “Beautiful Girl” (2003). The same year, she also made a guest appearance in the Lifetime comedy series “Wild Card,” starring Joely Fisher and Chris Potter. She then appeared in the Canadian romantic comedy movie “The Republic of Love” (2003), which was adapted from Carol Shields' novel of the same title. Starring Bruce Greenwood and Emilia Fox and helmed by Deepa Mehta, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2003.
In 2004, D'Orsay was cast as Clarissa in the comedy “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” which starred John Cho and Kal Penn. The film grossed over $5 million in the U.S. and Canada and collected a total worldwide gross of over $23 million. Also in 2004, she secured a recurring role on the BBC children's television series “Ace Lightning,” playing Felicity Fury (4 episodes), and portrayed Melissa Getemer in the episode “Team” of the short lived NBC medical drama “Medical Investigation.” It was also in 2004 that D'Orsay began her starring voice role of Caitlin Cooke, a teenager with a love of shopping, on the animated Canadian sitcom “6Teen,” which premiered in Canada on November 7, 2004, and the United States on October 23, 2008. The show has been well received and was nominated for a Pulcinella Award in 2005 for TV Series for All Audiences, making it the only Canadian production to receive the nomination. It also picked up a 2009 Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Original Song - Main Title and Promo. Along with costars such as Stacey Depass, Megan Fahlenbock, Jess Mal Gibbons and Christian Potenza, Brooke picked up a 2008 Gemini nomination in the category of Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for her work in the episode “Silent Butt Deadly.”
2005 saw D'Orsay play Nancy in the soon-canceled Fox comedy series “Life on a Stick,” Carol in an episode of Canada's sitcom “Corner Gas,” and Brooke Mayo in the comedy film “King's Ransom,” for director Jeffrey W. Byrd. Following the short “Room 10” (2006), starring Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson, she offered a notable portrayal of Breanna in the romantic comedy “It's a Boy Girl Thing,” which starred Samaire Armstrong and Kevin Zegers. On the small screen, she landed the regular role of Heather Hanson in the situation comedy “Happy Hour,” which debuted on September 7, 2006. Produced by husband and wife team Jeff and Jackie Filgo of “That '70s Show” fame, the show was canceled after four episodes aired. D’Orsay next appeared in the TV film “Wildlife” and in episodes of the CBS sitcoms “Two and a Half Men” (as Robin) and “The Big Bang Theory” (as Christy, all 2007). She then costarred as Darcie in the TV film “Five Year Plan” (2008).
In addition to working on “6Teen,” D'Orsay played Deb Dobson in the supernatural series “Drop Dead Diva,” which debuted on Lifetime on July 12, 2009, and April MacArthur and Margaret in episodes of USA Network's “Psych” and CBS' Emmy Award winning sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” respectively. She then joined the cast of the CBS comedy series “Gary Unmarried” in its second season which premiered on September 23, 2009. In the series, D'Orsay was cast as the radio station manager Sasha.
D'Orsay has two post production projects under her belt. She will star as Angela Becker in the CBS TV film “Single White Millionaire” (2009), opposite Fred Savage, and play Paulina in the horror film “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010), directed by Eric Bross. Costars of the latter movie include Victoria Justice, Brooke Shields, Christie Laing, Matt Winston, Chase Ellison, Cainan Wiebe, Andrea Brooks, Erica Carroll and Patrick Sabongui.