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Alia Shawkat


  • Eye ColorBrown Eyes
  • Hair ColorBrunettes
  • Birthdate04/18/89
  • HometownRiverside, California

About Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat doesn’t boast a laundry list of movie and TV appearances, but what she does have to her name more than makes up for it—a key role on the long-running and much-praised Arrested Development.

Alia snagged her spot as Maeby Funke on the show after playing a minor role in the Gulf War movie Three Kings at age 10. Surrounded by Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, and even more acting greats during Arrested Development’s four seasons helped this budding actress build up some serious comedic-acting chops. (It helps, too, that her dad, Tony Shawkat, is also an actor.)

“It was great to be around [the cast], because I feel that my understanding of comedy was able to grow really well during that time,” Alia told The A.V. Club. She started on the show at 14, and even her first kiss was on screen—with co-star Michael Cera. “It went really well. It wasn’t like a make-out, you know what I mean?” she said. “The way I describe it was that it’s like two fists hitting each other, boom, in and out.”

She’s grown up quite a bit since then, parlaying her Arrested Development experience into roles in Bart Got a Room, the roller-derby movie Whip It, and a guest appearance on Broad City.

Plus, she’s been exploring her artistic side, selling original drawings, watercolors, and more at gallery showings and on her website. Most have a raw, graphic look to them. “I am an actress. Maybe you’ve seen some stuff I’ve been in, maybe you haven’t,” Alia writes on her site. “As an ‘artist’ I hope to just express myself through all stages of my life. Test my boundaries of what feels safe. Safe boundaries. And all the while, still enjoy the drawing when it’s done. Art can be alive.”

She seems to have a love-hate relationship with being an artist. “It’s a very different world than acting. With acting, you audition and then they’re like, ‘Okay! For three months you’re going to be going to Louisiana,’ and you’re like, ‘Okay, that was easy for 20 minutes of auditioning,’” she told Interview. “[Being in the art world] takes a lot of socializing, which is not something I love to do—a lot of going to gallery openings and meeting people.”

Similarly, Alia keeps her relationships, for the most part, out of the public eye, but she did reveal to Rolling Stone that she used to be into older men. “When I was younger—19, 20, 21—I was into older dudes,” she told the magazine. “But I’ve gotten past that stage … as of now.”