Maya Erskine

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Maya Erskine
Born (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 32)
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 the Hulu original, PEN15 , alongside Anna Konkle. [2] The duo, who also co-created and co-executive produce the series, play fictional versions of their 13-year-old selves. [3]

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Early life

Erskine was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Mutsuko and Peter Erskine, a jazz drummer. [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]

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Peter Erskine American musician

Peter Erskine is an American jazz drummer who was a member of the jazz fusion groups Weather Report and Steps Ahead.

Japanese people are an ethnic group that is native to the Japanese archipelago and modern country of Japan, where they constitute 98.5% of the total population. Worldwide, approximately 129 million people are of Japanese descent; of these, approximately 125 million are residents of Japan. People of Japanese ancestry who live outside Japan are referred to as nikkeijin(日系人), the Japanese diaspora. The term ethnic Japanese is often used to refer to mainland Japanese people, specifically Yamato people. Japanese people are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world.

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

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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 female comedians, including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Rachel Dratch. [4]

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Wine Country is a 2019 American comedy film produced and directed by Amy Poehler, in her feature directorial debut. She stars alongside Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Jason Schwartzman and Tina Fey, as the plot follows a group of middle-aged women who go on a wine tasting tour in California. It was released in select theaters on May 8, 2019, and digitally released for streaming on May 10, 2019, by Netflix.



2015 Frankenstein Wanda
2018 6 Balloons Cameron
2018When Jeff Tried to Save the WorldSamantha
2019 Plus One Alice
2019 Wine Country Jade


2013 Hart of Dixie Nessie2 episodes
2013Project Reality
2013 High School USA! Student (voice)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

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