Chloe Rose Fineman
July 20, 1988
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University (BFA)|
|Known for||Saturday Night Live|
Chloe Rose Fineman (born July 20, 1988) is an American actress, writer, and comedian. Fineman began her career with The Groundlings improv troupe, and became a featured player on Saturday Night Live starting in its 45th season in September 2019. She was promoted to repertory status in 2021 at the beginning of season 47.
Fineman's parents are painter Ellen Gunn and biotechnology executive David Fineman. She has two sisters, visual artist Emma and CrossFit athlete Alexia (Leka). Her father is Jewish and her mother is a "WASP." Fineman was raised attending Camp Kee Tov, a Jewish day camp at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley.
She graduated from Piedmont High School in 2006. The school's acting teacher described her as "equally brilliant with comedy and drama". As a junior, Fineman directed Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; as a senior, she directed The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler; she also performed lead roles in The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Since her graduation, she has returned to the school to direct plays and lead workshops.
While in high school, Fineman impersonated a peafowl on the Late Show with David Letterman after winning a bird calling competition.
Fineman studied at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Stella Adler Studio, graduating in 2011.
After graduating from college, Fineman moved to Los Angeles, where she performed in The Groundlings troupe's Sunday Company. She also performed in "Characters Welcome" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. In 2018, she was recognized as a "New Face" at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and she was nominated for Best Comedian at the 2019 Shorty Awards. Her television appearances include Jane the Virgin and Search Party.
She maintains an online presence known in particular for her celebrity impressions in front-facing camera comedy videos. On Instagram, she has posted celebrity impressions as well as clips from her Groundlings work and stand-up comedy. On YouTube, she has done character impressions. In 2018, Vulture critic Luke Kelly-Clyne wrote that after seeing Fineman do impressions of Meryl Streep and others, "As I found out, that extra bit of genius she possesses – that intangible thing that takes a good impression to a great impression – is rooted in her ability to create entirely original characters who feel as real as anyone you've ever met," concluding, "Chloe Fineman is absolutely one of the most talented new performers right now, and she's long overdue for a break."
Fineman's addition to the cast of Saturday Night Live, the long-running NBC sketch-comedy show, as a featured player was announced on September 12, 2019, along with the addition of Bowen Yang and Shane Gillis. Alongside Yang and Heidi Gardner, Fineman was cited as the season's MVP by Andy Hoglund at Entertainment Weekly. Her promotion to Repertory Status was announced on September 27, 2021, slightly before the show's 47th season began.
Fineman's celebrity impressions on SNL include Drew Barrymore, Carole Baskin, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Timothée Chalamet, Tiffany Trump, Britney Spears, Mary-Kate Olsen, Megan Fox, Lauren Boebert, and Jojo Siwa.
Fineman contracted COVID-19 in March 2020, but made a full recovery.
|2011||The Morning After||Hannah||Short film|
|2011||Knee High||Coach Sophie|
|2017||Men Don't Whisper||Woman Who Wants to Work Hard and Play Hard|
|2022||Home Team||Intern Emily|
|2022||Father of the Bride||Natalie Vance|
|2014–2018||The Adventures of Ben & Sarah||Sarah||6 episodes; television short|
|2017||The Pros of Cons||Lily Campbell||Television film|
|2018||Mozart in the Jungle||Fanny Mendelssohn||Episode: "An Honest Ghost"|
|2018||Grown-ish||Waiter 1||Episode: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"|
|2018||Jane the Virgin||Assistant||Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Seven"|
|2018||Slice of Wife||Carie||Episode: "The Dinner Party"|
|2019–present||Saturday Night Live||Various characters||Cast member|
|2020||High Fidelity||Clara||Episode: "Good Luck and Goodbye"|
|2020-2021||Search Party||Charlie Reeny||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2021||Cinema Toast||A voice||Episode: "One Gay Wedding and a Thousand Funerals"|
|2021||Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens||Greta||Episode: "Stop! Nora Time"|
|2021||Big Mouth||Leah Birch (voice)||Recurring role (season 5)|
|2021||Dickinson||Sylvia Plath||Episode: "The Future never spoke"|
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