Lily of Crossing Jordan
"Every night backstage I'm like, 'Why did I decide to do this with my life?' Or 'Kathryn, you could just run. It would be a really embarrassing night, but people would get over it.'" Kathryn Hahn.
Discovered by an NBC casting executive while performing in a production at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kathryn Hahn is widely recognized among TV viewers as Lily Lebowski, the good-hearted grief counselor, on the NBC crime/drama series “Crossing Jordan” (2001-2007).
During her “Crossing Jordan” stint, Hahn appeared in the films "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003), "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" (2004), "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004), "A Lot Like Love" (2005), "The Holiday" (2006), and "The Last Mimzy" (2007). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Step Brothers," "Revolutionary Road," and "The Goods: The Don Ready Story."
Meanwhile, she has returned to the stage at the Huntington Theater in Boston, where she appeared in an acclaimed production of "Dead End" and in Jon Robin Baitz's “Ten Unknowns.” She is currently making her Broadway debut as sexy American stewardess Gloria in the 2008 revival of Marc Camoletti's classic French farce “Boeing-Boeing.”
More personally, the 5' 5" performer has been married to actor and writer Ethan Sandler since 2002.
Childhood and Family:
Born in Westchester, Illinois, on July 23, 1974, Kathryn Hahn spent most of her time growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, where her family still lives. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in theater from Chicago’s Northwestern University, and later attended Yale, where she enrolled in the school of drama.
While studying at Northwestern University, Hahn met Ethan Sandler, an actor and writer. After Hahn finished her study at Northwestern University, the couple moved to New York. About their first home, a studio on East 61st Street, Hahn described, " [It's'] the smallest place in the world that we thought was the most glamorous. We decorated it to an inch of its life. I mean, you could barely walk around."
Hahn and Sandler were married on January 3, 2002, and they welcomed their first child, a boy, in October 2006. Her pregnancy was written into the storyline of Hahn's TV show “Crossing Jordan,” with husband Sandler portraying the baby's father.
Hahn currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and practicing yoga.
"I loved the community of it. I think I was always a drama queen. I really, really, really loved playing pretend. I just loved being around them and hearing their stories. I loved the sound of their voices. And there was something about the Cleveland Play House that was the holiest place—you know, with the ghost light on the stage and the brick. It was just the most beautiful theater in the world." Kathryn Hahn.
At the age of eight, Kathryn Hahn took classes and acted at the Cleveland Play House, where she also became a curtain puller. She got her first break when she won a leading role in a locally produced syndicated children's television show, "Hickory Hideout," a children's TV program that aired in Cleveland, Ohio, and went on to perform in several local theater productions.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in theater under her belt, the aspiring actress moved to New York City to become a stage actress. Meanwhile, she sharpened her skills at the prestigious Yale School of Drama, where she starred as the English 19-year-old cabaret performer Sally Bowles in the musical "Cabaret" and as "the heartless Cilimhne" in French playwright Molière's satirical comedy play "The Misanthrope."
During this time, she also spent her summers performing with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she appeared in the world premiere production of David Rabe's “Corners,” William Shakespeare's tragedy “Hamlet,” “The Blue Demon,” John Guare's “Chaucer in Rome,” and “Time/Piece,” as well as in a production of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's play “Hedda Gabbler” that later went to Broadway.
While performing in a production at Williamstown, Hahn was spotted by NBC Casting Vice President Steven O'Neill, who lead to her being cast as Lily Lebowski, the good-hearted grief counselor, on the NBC crime/drama series “Crossing Jordan,” starring Jill Hennessy in the title role of the Boston native medical examiner. Hahn stayed in the show for 6 seasons, from its pilot on September 24, 2001 to its unexpected cancellation on May 16, 2007.
“NBC and [show creator/producer] Tim Kring took a huge leap of faith in casting me. To be worked into a show that was in production and on the schedule is an amazing stroke of luck.” Kathryn Hahn.
During her “Crossing Jordan” tenure, Hahn also landed film roles. She played Kate Hudson's co-worker Michelle, who romanced Justin Peroff's character, in Donald Petrie's romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003), and was cast as Angelica, the barmaid who has a crush on Topher Grace's character, in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" (2004; starring Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel). She also played Helen in Adam McKay's comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004; with Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell) and in its "alternate film" companion, "Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie" (2004; V).
Hahn continues to add to her resume with roles in writer/director Jordan Roberts' road movie "Around the Bend" (2004; starring Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, and Michael Caine), Nigel Cole's drama/romantic comedy "A Lot Like Love" (2005; starring Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher), Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy "The Holiday" (2006; starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black), and Bob Shaye's science fiction family film "The Last Mimzy" (2007), a loose adaptation of the acclaimed 1943 science fiction short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" authored by Lewis Padgett (the pseudonym of husband and wife team Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore) in which she portrayed Larry White's (played by Rainn Wilson) fiancee.
Meanwhile, she has returned to the stage at the Huntington Theater in Boston, where she appeared in an acclaimed production of "Dead End" and in Jon Robin Baitz's “Ten Unknowns.” On television, she guest-starred in two episodes of the short-lived NBC sitcom "Four Kings" (2006) and co-starred in the TV series pilot "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office" (2007), which based on the book by Lois Frankel
Hahn has completed her new films, "Step Brothers," Adam McKay's comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and "Revolutionary Road," Sam Mendes' film adaptation of Richard Yates' novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. She will soon wrap "The Goods: The Don Ready Story," Neal Brennan's comedy featuring Jeremy Piven and Ving Rhames.
As for her stage work, Hahn is currently making her Broadway debut as sexy American stewardess Gloria in the revival of Marc Camoletti's classic French farce “Boeing-Boeing.”
"It's intimidating. In a drama, you can kid yourself sometimes: 'Oh, they're just listening really intensely.' In this, the only gauge you have is the laughter, so how well it's going is really in your face." Kathryn Hahn.