Who is Laurel Coppock?
Laurel Coppock was born in Boston, Massachusetts USA, on 17 July 1977 – her zodiac sign is Cancer, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and a comedienne, perhaps known best for her appearances in numerous Toyota TV commercials.
Early life and education
Laurel grew up in Massachusetts alongside her two younger sisters, Emily and Selena. She is the daughter of the famous Broadway actress, Susan Coppock. Laurel took an interest in acting at an early age, and appeared in school productions of plays. After matriculating high school in 1995, she moved to Maine, where she studied acting at Colby College, graduating in 1999.
Laurel then spent a few years in New York City, where she continued her education at the renowned Square Acting Conservatory. Before settling in Los Angeles, California, she studied stand-up comedy in Chicago, Illinois, at Second City and Improv Olympics. She also spent a year performing in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with the comedy group Boom Chicago.
Aside from her TV and film work, Laurel is also currently a member of the prestigious Los Angeles-based theatre company, The Groundlings.
Roles in TV series
Laurel made her TV series debut in 2007, when she appeared in an episode of the comedy sketch series “Dereck and Simon: The Show”, created by Simon Helberg, Derek Waters and Bob Odenkirk.
In the same year, she had a supporting role in the episode entitled “The N Word” of Larry David’s sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
In 2008, she made appearances in another two comedy series, “Downers Groove” and “Talkshow with Spike Feresten”. In the following years, we saw her in “Workaholics”, “Modern Family” and “Zeke and Luther”, and in 2012, she appeared in an episode of the eighth season of the popular NBC sitcom “The Office”, entitled “Trivia”, which followed the familiar cast of characters as they enter a trivia competition at a local gay bar, in hopes of earning the prize money to make up for a sales deficiency. “The Office” is a mockumentary sitcom centered on a group of office workers from the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of a fictional paper company.
It was created by Greg Danies based on the eponymous short-lived British sitcom, and starred Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fisher. The series is one of the most critically-acclaimed sitcoms of all time; it’s been included in numerous critics’ top TV series lists, and has won four Primetime Emmy Awards.
Since then, Lauren continued to appearin episodic but impactful roles in TV series, such as “2 Broke Girls”, “Arrested Development” and “Hot in Cleveland”. Her first recurring role was in the educational comedy show “History of the World… For Now”, which starred Ernie Grunwald, James Murray and Jared Siess. In 2016 and 2017, she had a voiceover role in the animated macabre comedy “Mike Tyson Mysteries”, which followed the retired boxing champion Mike Tyson, as he solves a series of mysteries with the help of his adoptive daughter, a friendly gay ghost and a talking pigeon.
Roles in movies
Laurel made her film debut in the romantic comedy drama “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”, written by Dan Fogleman, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and which starred Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore. The movie follows a recently divorced man who tried to re-enter the dating scene, and rediscover his manhood. It premiered on 29 July 2011 and grossed more than $140 million in addition to over $20 million in DVD and Blu-Ray sales, against a $50 million budget. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” was well-received by critics and audiences alike, and was included on several year-end best movies lists.
This was also Laurel’s last feature film appearance, since when she’s had a few roles in short movies, such as “How to Cheat on Your Wife” (2011), “Computer Networking” (2018) and “E. Moji” (2021), but most people recognize her for her work in TV ads.
As a skilled character actress, Laurel has made quite a mark in her TV commercial appearances, now more than 290 nationally aired ad campaigns, most notably for the car brand Toyota – as of early 2022, 22 for the company. Her first commercial for Toyota was aired in 2012, and featured her helping out a disinterested customer at a Toyota store. Interestingly enough, before auditioning for the role of Jan in her first Toyota campaign, Laurel nearly gave up on appearing in commercials altogether.
According to her, she wasn’t getting any acting gigs at the time, and was frustrated with rejections, but something drove her to audition for the role anyway.
Another actress who auditioned for ‘Toyota Jan’ was Stephanie Courtney, known for appearing as Flo in Progressive ads. As Stephanie’s and Laurel’s respective ad campaigns often air simultaneously, there appears to be a little bit of lighthearted rivalry between the two actresses. However, Laurel is not the only quirky ‘Toyota girl’ – there is actually a Spanish-speaking counterpart named Mariela, who appears in Toyota ad campaigns for Central and South America.
Love life and husband
Laurel is married to the screenwriter, actor and producer, Bobby Mort. Bobby is known for his writing work on “The Colbert Report” and “Loudermilk”, and has also had episodic roles in TV series such as “Derek and Simon: The Show” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. For “The Colbert Report”, Bobby was rewarded with the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series category, along with the 2014 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy/Variety Series.
In 2015, TV viewers noticed that Laurel had a pregnancy bump in a Toyota commercial. At the time, many had wondered if she was actually pregnant or if it was just a part of the sketch, but Laurel later confirmed that she was actually carrying a baby at the time, and that the ad was written around her pregnancy. Later in the same year, she gave birth to a son, whose name and exact date of birth haven’t revealed to the public.
Appearance, age and net worth
Laurel is 44 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, weighs around 168lbs (58kgs), while her vital statistics are 34-24-35.
As of February 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $1 million.