Leslie Mann (born March 26, 1972) is an American actress and comedian.
She is known for her roles in such films as The Cable Guy (1996), George of the Jungle (1997), Big Daddy (1999), Timecode (2000), Perfume (2001), Stealing Harvard (2002), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), 17 Again (2009), Funny People (2009), I Love You Phillip Morris (2009), Rio (2011), The Change-Up (2011), This Is 40 (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), The Other Woman (2014), Vacation (2015), How to Be Single (2016), and Blockers (2018).
In 2011, Mann starred opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in David Dobkin’s comedy The Change-Up. In addition, she lent her voice to “Linda”, the main human character in Carlos Saldanha’s animated film Rio, which garnered over $484 million worldwide and also featured vocal performances by Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway, as well as to Jonah Hill’s animated FOX television series Allen Gregory, as the title character’s second-grade teacher.
Mann continued her voice performance work in 2012 with her role in ParaNorman, an animated 3D, stop-motion film from writer/director Chris Butler. In December 2012, Mann appeared opposite Paul Rudd in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, the sequel to Knocked Up. The movie reunited the trio from the film, with Mann and Rudd reprising their characters. The film was written and directed by Judd Apatow, and included their two daughters in the cast. In contrast to Knocked Up, This Is 40 centered squarely on Mann’s character and her family. An early response on Mann’s performance from Elle Magazine states that ” doesn’t just walk off with scenes—she steals the show”. Mann was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for This Is 40. In 2013, Mann appeared in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, with Emma Watson. Inspired by actual events, the film follows a group of fame-obsessed L.A. teenagers who burgled celebrity homes by tracking their whereabouts on the internet. In 2014, Mann narrated “Women in Comedy”, an episode of season 2 of Makers: Women Who Make America.