Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of Portlandia as well as an author and musician. She made her television career debut in 2011 with Portlandia, and in 2012, 2013, and 2014 she received an Emmy® nomination in the category of “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.” This year, Carrie was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,” and the show received 2 Emmy nominations, including a nomination for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” In 2014, Brownstein, along with the other writers, garnered a Writers Guild Awards nomination for “Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series” and they won in 2013. The show also received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011. The critically-acclaimed show recently wrapped its fifth season and will soon premiere its sixth season in 2016.
Brownstein was also recently seen in Amazon’s highly reviewed dramedy, Transparent. Created, written, and directed by Jill Soloway, the dark comedy centers on a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues. Brownstein stars opposite Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass, playing the role of Gaby Hoffman’s best friend Syd. The full first season is available on Amazon Prime and the second season will premiere in December. Brownstein also recently guest starred on FX’s hit animation show, Archer, as Dr. Sklodowska.
Brownstein’s memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, hit stands on October 27, 2015. The book is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire Portlandia. The book has received tremendous reviews. Los Angeles Times Brownstein is “an American indie culture avatar — funny, smart and always on point.” Time Magazine’s Nolan Feeney praises the book, “If hipsters had a patron saint, it would be Carrie Brownstein…Hunger doesn’t try to enumerate every hat she’s ever worn, only what emboldened her to keep experimenting.”
On the big screen, Brownstein will soon make her film debut in Todd Haynes’ film Carol. The drama, which also stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Kyle Chandler is based on Patricia Highsmith’s book “The Price of Salt.” Brownstein will play Genevieve Cantrell, a woman who has an encounter with Therese (Mara). Carol was released on November 20, 2015 by the Weinstein Company.
Next up, Brownstein will next write Columbia Pictures’ Lost in Austen, a remake of the British TV miniseries. The original script was written by the late Nora Ephron and Sam Mendes is set to produce the film adaption alongside the miniseries original producer, Mammoth Screen. Set in modern-day New York, the film follows Amanda, an avid Jane Austen fan, who swaps lives with Austen’s fictional character, Elizabeth Bennet.
Brownstein first rose to prominence as a member of the critically acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney. She was named one of the top female electric guitarists by Elle Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine lists Sleater-Kinney’s song “Dig Me Out” as “One of the 50 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.” Sleater-Kinney recently released their eighth album, entitled No Cities to Love, and the band is currently touring.
Brownstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate and numerous anthologies on music and culture.