Maya Erskine

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Maya Erskine
Born (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 33)
Alma mater New York University
Years active2010–present
Parent(s) Peter Erskine (father)
Mutsuko Erskine (mother)

Maya Erskine (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and writer best known for her roles as Maggie in Man Seeking Woman [1] and Mikki in Betas . In 2019, she began starring in Hulu's original TV comedy series PEN15 alongside Anna Konkle. [2] The duo, who co-created and co-executive produce the series, play fictional versions of their 13-year-old selves. [3]


Early life

Erskine was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Mutsuko and jazz drummer Peter Erskine. [4] Her mother is Japanese, from Tokyo and her father is of European descent. [5] Her mother played the role of Erskine's mother on PEN15. [6]

Erskine attended Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences [6] and graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. [7] She then attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. [8] Erskine initially studied musical theater but shifted to the school's Experimental Theater Wing. [9]


Erskine has performed with the Los Angeles-based theater groups the East West Players [10] and the Geffen Playhouse. [11] She also appeared in the friendship-based film Wine Country , opposite a slate of comedians, including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch. [4]



Maya Erskine film work
2015 Frankenstein Wanda
2018 6 Balloons Cameron
When Jeff Tried to Save the WorldSamantha
2019 Plus One Alice Mori
Wine Country Jade
2020 Scoob! Judy TakamotoVoice
An American Pickle Completed


Maya Erskine television work
2013 Hart of Dixie Nessie2 episodes
2013Project Reality
2013 High School USA! StudentVoice; 4 episodes
2013–2014 Betas MikkiMain cast
2014Next Time on LonnyCharikaEpisode: "Lonny is Famous"
2015 Stone Quackers (voices)2 episodes
2015 Man Seeking Woman Maggie10 episodes
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL VeniceEpisode: "What Dreams May Come"
2016 Heartbeat Gi-Sung9 episodes
2016 Son of Zorn April LeeEpisode: "A Taste of Zephyria"
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special SusanTV movie
2016 Insecure Diane Nakamura6 episodes
2017 Casual Rae8 episodes
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later Ginny3 episodes
2019 PEN15 MayaMain cast
2020 BoJack Horseman Ivy TranVoice; Episode: "Good Damage"
2020-present Bob's Burgers KayleeVoice; 2 episodes
2020-present Crossing Swords Princess Blossom (voice)Voice; 5 episodes

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