Mary Lynn Rajskub

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Mary Lynn Rajskub

Born

6/22/1971, Detroit, Michigan

Birth Name

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Mary Lynn Rausknub
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian on 24.
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub stars as Chloe O'Brian...
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9.2
out of 10
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311 votes

Biography

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Mary Lynn Rajskub is an accomplished comedian/artist and actress. She has come a long way since joining the cast of Mr. Show with Bob and David back in 1995. Mary Lynn did not actually set out to be a comedian, but when she was doing performance art and…more

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    • Mary Lynn Rajskub: Being so plain on the show forced me to want to be more glam.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on art and acting): I have to paint at least two times a week, and there's not enough time in the day to do everything.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on what makes her happy): Well, I started by doing comedy, and my comedy was sort of based on how comfortable I was with myself. I would be on stage, alone, and the jokes where people would laugh were coming out of my genuine uncomfortableness with myself. So, what makes me happy is that I feel like was able to express something unique to me that other people can relate to. It makes me happy to be able to do that. It's fun to take something that you're sort of scared of and turn it into something actually very powerful.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on doing stand-up comedy): To really be on stage and not know what you're going to say, and to be able to say something that makes people laugh, or do something that's sort of abstract or off the beaten path and have people connect to it by just putting your ideas together, that really makes me happy.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on co-star Louis Lombardi's final scene on 24): It really affected people because this character was so innocent. It was sad to film and it was sad to watch. Especially being in that room and not being able to do anything.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on 24): You know, people had hang-ups about this year, but I think it's exceeded our high expectations. So you wouldn't think it could go longer, because of the limitations of the concept, but I don't know. It could happen. Why not? It's worked so far.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on doing more action scenes in 24): I would love for that to happen again. I didn't think that I would like it, shooting a gun. But I have to say, I was pretty into it. It's kind of bad a**. I think she's gonna become a gangster, and insist on carrying a sawed-off shot gun. It seems cumbersome but...

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on her move from comedy to drama): I see it as the same thing. And though I don't really play it for comedy, I think that Chloe is a very funny character - she takes herself so seriously. And that's what I love - the fact that you can find these little weird comedic things on a show like 24.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on differences between her and her 24 character, Chloe O'Brian): No, I just found out about Google. I was like, 'Wow, this Google thing is kind of cool. You put anything in there and it looks for it.' And I don't know how to turn my TV on. That's sad, right?

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on working on 24): It's a pretty dreamy job. As an actor, I think you're always looking for a character like Chloe where there's so much that can be done.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub: I hadn't even watched 24 before, and the audition was kind of far away. When I got the material, there wasn't a character yet, so it almost seemed like an assistant to Jack Bauer saying, `Yes, sir. No, sir.' I told my agents that I didn't want to go on the audition. But as that was happening I called my mom, who has been watching the show from the beginning, and my mom said, 'It's the coolest show. You have to go.'

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on her 24 character, Chloe O'Brian): She is really just like an exaggerated aspect of myself. The more I get to do this character, the more I realize that she's not just annoying. It's that her strength is not interacting with people socially. She just doesn't have time because she has so much going on in her brain.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on how she came to be in the Girls Guitar Club): The Girls Guitar Club was our band. It's an act that I no longer do. I did it with my friend. We were both doing stand-up comedy and she taught me how to play guitar. And this one night we decided to go to this open mic night, and we played. We did a song and I was so nervous to play it that we kept on talking and describing the different chords, and people thought it was really funny. It turned into this sort of club for girls who shouldn't be afraid to just 'play it'. So, we taught each other how to do it.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on working with Harrison Ford in the movie, Firewall: Certainly with him and Richard Loncraine, he filmed such a lot of the shots with the camera so close to me, these extreme close-ups. The camera is right in your face. I mean, I thought I was comfortable in front of the camera when filming, and I was comfortable with all of the technical stuff and talking about the shot. And they did a lot of that. Harrison Ford was definitely very active in discussing everything about the shots, and dialogue-ing. But I was just... I was like not even knowing what they were talking about. That was intimidating.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on the comedic side to her 24 character, Chloe O'Brian): Personally, I don't see it immediately, but viewers see it. They see humor between Edgar and I. I think that it's functioned well on the show. It gives things a bit of a break because the show is intense. Sometimes it's unexpected.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on getting a role in Firewall): I wasn't sure what to think, too. And so I thought the part was gone. Then the casting director called me back, she invited me in. And it was just when I started my job again on 24, I had asked the director if he had seen 24, because I thought maybe that might help me get the job.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on auditioning for parts): This is what I started doing and it seemed to work. When you go to auditions, pretend you already have the job and you're just presenting--almost like you're at the table read. Don't go in with an air of, 'Please like me,' or, 'Please hire me.' You're like, 'Here's my take on it. Take it or leave it. I've got a lot of other things to do today.'

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on The Downer Channel): That's what I think is so cool about this show. I don't think there's a sketch that's over two minutes, so some of the things you might be like, 'Huh?' and you're not really laughing, and then you kind of forget about it because it moves on to the next thing.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on The Downer Channel): I hope it's as fun for people to watch as it was to do. There was this one piece in particular called 'My Celebrity Wedding' ...I just got to be a drunk bride for hours ...the comedy part of the piece is that I'm talking about everything like it's so grand and beautiful but everything's just super trashy.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on how she got into comedy): I went to art school for fine art and then I started doing performance art, and then I started making fun of performance art, and it turned into comedy.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on The Downer Channel): The idea is to take things that are annoyances or bummers or downers in everyday people's lives and make fun of them and sort of exonerate them.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on The Downer Channel): Sure. I think the show is kind of trying to find itself, and that was definitely something the producers and writers were interested in, was coming up with characters who could return over a number of shows.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on the Girls Guitar Club): Well, we have a Web site and a short film, but we can't bear to go back and listen to the CD we tried to record. We may be performing at the Bumper Shoot Festival in Seattle, which I think is around Labor Day. We perform locally in Hollywood.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub: I personally have a background of many days on end of confusion, understimulation, overstimulation, and uncomfortableness with the world around me.

    • Mary Lynn Rajskub (on marriage): I'm not married and I don't think that's going to work out for me. I'm not even bitter, I'm just exhausted.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Chloe... is the shiznit Yo!

    10
    The character Chloe, is perfect. I truly liked Mary Lynn's performance on the show, and she had a way of drawing you close to her, being Bauer's savior so many times in the series. The tears in her eyes at the end of Season 8 said it all. Heartbreaking she is a diamond in the rough. I am going to miss Chloe O'Brian..........
  • Loved Chloe ...

    10
    Here it is 2012, and I just watch "24" on Netflix. LOVED IT.

    But wanted to say how much I like "Chloe" ... at first I did not care for her, but soon grew to really like her...her eye-rolling, shoulder shrugging, pursed lips, etc. Was not familiar with her - but would like to see her on something else. Did an excellent job in "24" ...
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