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Who's been messing up everything? It's been Kathryn Hahn all along!

Kathryn Hahn (born July 23, 1973) is an American actor and comedian. Born in Illinois and raised in Ohio,note  she broke out as Lily Lebowski on Crossing Jordan before appearing in several films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. On the television side, she's known for roles in Parks and Recreation and Transparent, and has a featured role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series WandaVision. She's a common Frat Pack collaborator.

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Hahn is an alumna of both Northwestern and Yale, and is married to her Crossing Jordan castmate Ethan Sandler.


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My tropes actually call me Liv. My anti-tropes call me Kathryn Hahn.

  • Best Friend: Began her movie career playing these roles in romantic comedies to the leading lady. She noted in a Hollywood Reporter interview that she had this in common with Judy Greer, who she often saw in the waiting room for many romcom-best-friend auditions. Then she recalled her husband joking that she and Greer should star in a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead-type of romcom parody film where Kate Hudson makes walk-on cameos for relationship advice.
  • Character Tic: Her characters will touch their hair at some point (Examples 1, 2, 3). Hahn revealed it's a tic she has in real life at The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable.
  • The Danza:invoked Katherine in Girls.
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Subverted.
    • A few of Hahn's characters' mid-life crises are more fixated on getting out of boredom now their children are older. Both Carla in Bad Moms and Eve in Mrs. Fletcher are single-parent mothers who use freedom from their teenaged sons to act out: Carla (who already had a reputation) misbehaves with her uptight friends, whereas Eve binges internet porn and suddenly has beckoning sexual fantasies outside her comfort zone.
    • Private Life shares Rachel's mid-life crisis with her husband due to the Law of Inverse Fertility.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: She's mentioned how shocked she was when she discovered Olivia in Into the Spider-Verse looked a lot like her during the animation development.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Played with. Hahn has notably played rabbi Raquel in Transparent, despite being raised Catholic, but (as she's pointed out) she's been "a lot of Rachels and Raquels" in her career, even though religious/cultural background is not implied or mentioned. Scott Feinberg jokingly called her an "honorary Jew" because of this.
    • Private Life starred her and Paul Giamatti wanting to conceive a child. Hahn's filmography beginnings flited between romcom lead's friend and pregnant woman.
    • The "Kathryn Hahn character" type (see Person as Verb) is wildly different to most of Hahn's actual filmography, which shows variations of Awful Wedded Life, quirky satellite characters, horny women, and smug antiheroes, among other things.
  • Messy Hair: Hahn's lightly frizzed hair is a trademark of hers. Before mainstream professional acting, she worked as a hairdresser receptionist, and the staff gave her a hairbrush as a present!
  • Person as Verb: According to a Vanity Fair interview, Hahn debuting in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days turned her into a "think" among Hollywood screenwriters, a variation of typecasting without Hahn even being cast.note  A "Kathryn Hahn character" appears to be a Socially Awkward Hero who is Endearingly Dorky to the other characters, considering the example the article uses is:
    Vanity Fair: "Enter CASSIE. She's a whirling dervish of nervousness, and it somehow makes her super attractive. Think: KATHRYN HAHN."
  • Promoted Fangirl:invoked A variation. Rob Lowe was her Celebrity Crush when she was a teenager, and not only got to act with him in Parks and Recreation years later, but their characters had a fling.
    Hahn: I could not believe [Lowe and I] got to have an onscreen romance [...] If my 13-year-old self had known that this was in my future, I could not have worked!
  • Those Two Actors:invoked Has worked with good friend Paul Rudd four times (coming on five, as of 2021).

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