Judy was born to a mechanical engineer and a hospital administrator. Judith Laura Evans Greer showed an affinity for acting as early as high school, when she was a member of the Creative and Performing Arts program at Winston Churchill High School in Livonia, MI (a suburb of…more
Judy roomed with DJ Colette (Colette Marino) when she was in the theater program at DePaul University.
Judy attended Bunny Sanford's School of Dance.
Judy has gray eyes.
Judy's measurements are 34-26-35.
Judy Greer appeared as a yoga instructor in the "Mac versus PC" commercials.
Her first roommate in Los Angeles was fellow DePaul classmate Sean Gunn.
Initially, Judy did not want to appear on Celebrity Poker Showdown; however, her friends (actors Sean Gunn and Joshua Mailina) and her castmates from Arrested Development convinced her to compete on the show.
In 2004, Judy was nominated for a Teen Choice award in the category of Movie Sleazebag for her role in 13 Going on 30.
Judy is 5 foot 9 and 1/2 inches (177cm).
Judy Greer has an American bulldog named Buckley. He often accompanies her to her sets.
In 2005, Judy claimed that Moguls was her favorite of her films.
Judy says the most important aspect in a guy she dates is his sense of humor.
Judy took acting classes with Jeffrey Tambor before she (or he) was cast in Arrested Development.
Greer trained 10 years in classical Russian ballet before studying acting.
An avid knitter, she knitted a lot on the set of the television pilot, "Dicks".
Judy: It's my job as a supporting actor - which I usually am - to support the film: to make 1, 2, or 3 on the call sheet look good.
Judy: It's bad enough when people are comparing your movie to just other random movies, but when you have another 'Carrie' to compare it to, it's rough.
Judy: I've been really fortunate to do so many comedies and then so many dramatic roles and then television and movies and stuff like that.
Judy: I'm not opposed to auditioning. I love auditioning. It's one of my favorite things.
Judy: I'd been dating my husband for about a year, and I'd already kissed George Clooney, Ashton Kutcher and Gerard Butler. Awesome year, right?
Judy: I would have played any character in an Alexander Payne movie.
Judy: I was not awesome at dancing. For a ballerina, I probably started too late. Plus I enjoyed entertaining people too much.
Judy: I was lucky, and once I moved to L.A., I didn't have to get another job besides acting. But I wouldn't trade my previous jobs for anything.
Judy: I took ballet dancing forever, and there was a natural transition into acting.
Judy: I think it's natural if you're doing a lot of comedy to do a lot of drama, because you have to figure out the real version of the joke.
Judy: I really believe waiting tables, and service industry jobs in general, make you a better person.
Judy: I love watching Edie Falco; she's so layered, and her work is so great.
Judy: I love television, I've always wanted to be on television.
Judy: I love Cate Blanchett; I think she's brilliant.
Judy: I just try not to look at any role as a comedic role or a dramatic role. I just try to stay in the movie I'm in.
Judy: I imagined my fantasy co-author would look like Miranda Kerr, but have the intellect and comedic timing of Liz Lemon.
Judy: I firmly believe that everyone should have to work in the food service industry at least once in their lives.
Judy: I feel like I have a healthy self-esteem.
Judy: I enjoy the old-fashioned idea of, like, 'His Girl Friday' and 'Bringing Up Baby', those old movies.
Judy: I definitely felt awkward and I didn't fit in. Other than that, I'm learning that everyone felt that way: even the popular girls.
Judy: I am very reluctantly healthy.
Judy: I am an actress - I am paid to verbalize other people's words, not create my own.
Judy: For a long time, I think my family thought I was living in a $3 million mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
Judy: (on Citizen Ruth) I saw when I was in college, and I really flipped out over it. I just knew I wanted to work with the person who made that movie.
Judy: Any time you learn something new about your character, that's really exciting.
Judy: You've heard the phrase 'There are no small roles, just small actors?' Well, I kind of disagree. There are small roles, but when you get a lot of them in a row, you can become a pretty successful actress, and that's what I've done.
Judy: There are a lot of perks when you're an actor. Free food at work was my second favorite in the beginning, but my first was the weird stuff. Like seeing celebrities in no makeup and finding out what they ate.
Judy: The truth is, if I was maybe better or funnier or prettier, wouldn't I have starred in a movie? I can see it objectively as a businesswoman - if no one's buying your product, then there's not a desire for it.
Judy: Sometimes I think to get to the emotional level of a scene, you don't necessarily have to have experienced the exact thing that person has experienced, but whatever you have in your life that has gotten you to that place is usually enough.
Judy: I think when you're just counting on your voice, you actually need double the energy. I find myself acting out the scenes and being very physical while I'm recording because I think you can tell when someone is just sitting on a stool.
Judy: I remember my choir teacher in high school told me, 'When in doubt, sing loud.' I'm a terrible singer, but I always auditioned for the musicals, and would get cast in them because I really would just put it all out there. That was really good advice, and I think it works for everything, not just acting.
Judy: I really love this character I played called Becky Freeley in a T.V. show called 'Miss Guided'. We only shot seven episodes, and nobody watched it, and it was on for, like, a second, but I really liked that character.
Judy: I had Madonna parties; I dressed like Madonna, and I had all of her records because we had records back then. I knew all of her lyrics; I was obsessed with her movies and the whole thing.
Judy: I found the structure of writing a screenplay harder than the structure of writing an essay. But it was definitely challenging to force myself to sit and write. I'm not used to having to force myself to work.
Judy: I feel like everything does happen for a reason, and I can totally look back on my career and the decisions I've made and how it sort of worked itself out.
Judy: When you do a movie, you don't know when it's going to come out. In a year, you forget about it.
Judy: The truth is that the actresses who I look up to are either my age or a few years older or a lot older.
Judy: The one thing I haven't done that would be so cool would be, like, an action movie. Like a real action, Jason Bourne movie or something.
Judy: Sometimes when you're given hurdles, it makes you more creative in the end.
Judy: 'Reluctantly Healthy' is so completely different than what I do for a living. It's really what I wanted it to be, which is learning to be healthy.
Judy: My parents, stupidly, always let me go downtown. This was pre-pager, even. It made me adventurous. I think it makes you tough.
Judy: Men are awesome, but they're pretty easy to figure out; women are way more complicated, and way more interesting.
Judy: It's so cheap to just release a movie. You can do it by yourself if you have to. Put in on the Internet if you have to.
Judy Greer: (On what she is most recognized for as of August 14 2009) I guess I have to say it's probably a tie between Arrested Development and whatever movie happens to be on TV at the moment. Sometimes I'll get loads of, "Oh my god, you're in The Wedding Planner!" And I'll go, "Oh, that must be on TV right now?" "Yeah, I saw it on TV last night!" And then you can tell if tons of people start to be like, "Oh, 27 Dresses…" I can't say it's any one movie more than another. But I do get lots of Arrested Development. People are finally watching it! [Laughs]
Judy Greer: (On the tone of Marmaduke) The tone I feel like… It is a movie for children, but it doesn't feel like goofy or silly or over the top. The reason I wanted to be in the movie was because I thought the script was so smart. It didn't feel dumb or dumbed down for kids at all. I laughed out loud, and it's actually pretty rare that I laugh out loud when I read things.
Judy Greer: (On the animated TV series Archer) My take on it would be it's sort of like a James Bond spoof. It's sort of the bad James Bond. This character is a secret agent. He seems to be kind of accidentally good at his job and he's a total womanizer. Everyone who works in this small secret agency, I think they're all just a bunch of f**k ups. They're really, really funny. We're all a mess, all the characters. And he and his mom have this amazing dynamic. I can't wait… That is a whole different experience, because I just get these scripts and then go to a recording studio and record my lines for an hour. I know Chris Parnell and Jessica Walter and hearing them, holy poop, it's going to be hilarious. I can hear their voices doing it and it's so funny.
Judy Greer: (On what it is like working for Michael Eisner) I know! I guess I just try not to think about that. I just see him as my boss. He's just so nice. I've never seen him not smiling, and it's not like I see him every time. But when he does come by -- like when we do our table reads at our office, he's always there -- he's always smiling. I know the history of Michael Eisner, but I just think he seems like a really happy guy! I mean, I guess you would be! But he's always got a smile on his face and he's extremely generous.
Judy: (about Alexandra Kyle, who played the younger version of her in "13 Going on 30") All the producers and everyone thought that she looked so much like me, but I think she's just so cute. They all asked me, "Did you look just like her when you were that age?" and I was like, "Noooooo!" I looked like a little boy, seriously. I had long arms and braces, and she is just gorgeous. The director kept telling her to do things the way I would do them, but I was like, "No, I need to be watching her," because she was perfect. She hit it right on.
Judy: (On Jennifer Garner)
She's the best. The best. Definitely. I can't believe she can be that happy at five in the morning.
Judy: How I prepare really depends on the character, so it changes. I might go shopping and buy something I think the character might buy, things like that. I usually try to find the character from the outside in.
Judy: Well comedy certainly comes easier to me I certainly get a lot of offers, I get more of an opportunity for those. I am interested in playing dramatic roles and I've had a lot more life experience now and I feel like I have more to offer for dramatic roles. I don't think that you can really be dramatic without being a little funny.
Judy: I am the pilot killer.
Judy: Being a character actor, you do get the goofy roles, but a lot of times they're really underwritten and you're expected to breathe life into them.
Judy: (On Jennifer Garner) She's a nut. She's such a breath of fresh air. I just loved working with her.
Judy: (On the 80's) I was obsessed with Madonna and Duran Duran and John Stamos and Facts of Life and Silver Spoons and Growing Pains.
Judy: I think that the older I get, the more life experience I have to bring to roles, which give them more depth and make them more real.