Jocelyn Towne Biography
Sun Sign: Cancer
Born in: Santa Monica, California, United States
Famous as: Actress
Spouse/Ex-: Simon Helberg (m. 2007)
father: Roger Towne
children: Adeline Helberg, Wilder Towne Helberg
U.S. State: California
City: Santa Monica, California
Jocelyn Towne is an American actor, producer, and director, best known for co-directing the film ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ with her husband Simon Helberg. She was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. She was born into a family that was intertwined with the entertainment industry. While her father, Roger Towne, was a renowned screenwriter, her uncle, Robert Towne, had also written screenplays of classic films such as ‘Chinatown.’ However, she herself did not want to be a storyteller and was rather interested in acting. She made her acting debut with the small role of ‘Blue Lady’ in the 2000 film titled ‘Burning Heart.’ Contrary to popular opinion, despite having a somewhat influential family background, it was not easy for her to make a mark in Hollywood. She had also been a production assistant before she ventured into acting. Her acting career did not really take off. She appeared in small/supporting roles in films such as ‘The Selling’ and ‘Havoc.’ In addition, she also starred in small roles in series such as ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lodge 49.’ She began a crowdfunding campaign for her debut directorial film, ‘I Am I.’ Following this, in 2014, she co-directed the film ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ with her husband. The film was a critical and commercial failure.
- Jocelyn Towne was born in Santa Monica, California, on June 30, 1976, to screenwriter Roger Towne. Her father was the screenwriter of films such as ‘The Natural’ and ‘The Recruit.’
- Her paternal uncle, Robert Towne, was also a popular screenwriter and was known for writing films such as ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Chinatown.’ Her cousins, Katharine Towne and Chiara Towne, are Hollywood actors.
- Growing up in Santa Monica, Jocelyn always wanted to become an actor. As a child, she visited many film sets with her father and uncle. She also had a keen interest in the process of filmmaking and wanted to get acquainted with the process.
- She completed her high-school graduation from ‘Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences,’ Santa Monica. Following this, she enrolled at the ‘University of California,’ from where she earned a BA degree in comparative literature.
- She was also interested in making a career as a dancer. She took dance lessons from New York City’s ‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.’ However, she soon dropped the idea of being a dancer and began concentrating on acting.
- After finishing her studies, she stepped into the entertainment world. Despite being from a film family, she struggled in her initial days, working behind the camera on a few films. In the late 1990s, she began auditioning for roles.
- Jocelyn Towne was a production assistant of the 1998 film ‘Second Chances.’ Following this, she worked as a stand-in for the 2000 film titled ‘Almost Famous.’
- In 2000, she also made her on-screen acting debut with the small role of ‘Blue Lady’ in the film titled ‘Burning Heart.’ She then took 4 years to earn another acting role.
- In 2004, she made her comeback with yet another small role. She played a secretary in the film ‘Elvis Has Left the Building.’ She played another small role in ‘Havoc,’ which featured her as a female cop.
- In 2006, however, she earned the supporting role of ‘Madeleine,’ a waitress, in the Bob Odenkirk-directed short film titled ‘The Pity Card.’
- In 2007, she appeared in the guest role of ‘Aurora’ in an episode of the series ‘Gilmore Girls,’ titled ‘I’m a Kayak, Hear me Roar.’ The same year, she appeared as ‘Claire’ in an episode of the series ‘Derek & Simon: The Show,’ titled ‘Peanuts.’
- Her acting career moved forward at an extremely slow pace. It took her 3 years to bag her next acting project, which was a short video titled ‘Grandpa’s Gold,’ in which she essayed the role of ‘Judy McKnight.’
- In 2011, she appeared in two film projects. One of them was a comedy film titled ‘The Selling,’ in which she played a dead girl. The second film was ‘A Bird of the Air,’ which featured her in the small role of ‘Susie.’
- However, she felt that her acting projects were not fulfilling her artistic instincts. Hence, she developed a project based on the classic story of ‘Don Quixote,’ presented in a modern scenario. It took her 6 years to write the film. It was titled ‘I Am I.’ She initially did not intend to direct it and took the project to many producers instead. However, they suggested that she must direct it herself.
- Unable to find investors for her debut directorial film, she turned to crowdfunding. She aimed at gathering $100,000 through crowdsourcing. She cast her husband, Simon Helberg, in the lead role in the film, playing the female lead herself.
- The film was released at many film festivals in 2013 and received appreciation. Jocelyn won the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Direction Award’ at the ‘Newport Beach Film Festival.’ However, the film was slow at the US box office.
- Following the critical success of the film, she joined hands with her husband yet again, this time co-directing the film titled ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ in 2014. The film was a success at film festivals, but it failed to register a success at the US box office.
- In 2016, she played the supporting role of ‘Kathie’ in the adventure–comedy film titled ‘Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse.’ She then appeared as ‘Gloria Keller’ in three episodes of the series ‘Lodge 49’ in 2018. The same year, she appeared as ‘Jeanine’ in the series ‘The Kominsky Method.’
- Jocelyn Towne dated Simon Helberg for a few years, before getting married to him in July 2007. The couple has two children: Adeline Helberg and Wilder Towne Helberg.
- She once accepted that most scenes in the film ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ were inspired by her real-life dynamics with her husband, Simon.
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