Thursday, April 23, 2009

Artist Profile: Emily Wagner

Featured artist from the 2009 Paws for Charity Art Book

Emily Wagner

Emily told me I could edit her bio, but how could I leave any of this out? Here it is, in it's entirety.

Emily Wagner grew up on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side. She was a child actress who made her television debut at thirteen in the educational camp series HIGH FEATHER. Even though the show only had a ten episode run, it played repeats for seven years on PBS and by the time Emily got to college she had achieved cult status among the seven people who watched it. Some of whom are still her friends today.

Emily is an actress, writer and artist. She is the co-creator (along with Chelsea Gilmore) of the web series MOTHERHOODLUM. She has written for SOMA magazine, HOTMOMSCLUB.COM, MAMAZINE.COM and the in-flight magazine for an airline that no longer exists. She created, wrote, produced and starred in several short and feature films, some with her brother Andrew (COUNTING, SOUTH MAIN), some with her longtime collaborator Julie Delpy (BLAH, BLAH, BLAH) and some with both of them (Looking For Jimmy, Careful) all of which went on to have impressive festival runs.

As an actress she has appeared in several feature films (SEVEN) and television shows (IN LIVING COLOR, JACK AND JILL, CRIMINAL MINDS). But it is in the role of Doris Pickman, the smart aleck paramedic on ER that she has played for the past thirteen seasons for which she receives the most (and only) fan mail, usually from incarcerated women. Emily received impressive reviews for her starring role in the indie cult hit THE TALENT GIVEN US, directed by her brother Andrew. She has been known to cuddle up in bed with the printouts and read them to herself softly.

Most recently Emily starred in the film CHRONIC TOWN along with Garry Marshall and Paul Dooley which premiered at the Sundance 2008 Film Festival. Last year Emily appeared in STICK IT and MR. WOODCOCK.

She has studied improv, comedy and writing at The Groundlings and acting with Susan Batson of the Actor’s Studio, Ivana Chubbuck, Silvana Gallardo and Ian Tucker. At Vassar when she wasn’t taking drugs and/or sleeping with the few straight men on campus she managed to graduate, only one year late, with a B.A. in Fine Art.

Emily refuses to cut down on Splenda, The Hills, or Ikea. In her first year of single-motherhood Emily has discovered its surprising upsides. Squatting to pick up a tossed sippy cup has been great to her ass, one teething biscuit in only half a Weight Watchers point, and Baby is a great excuse to bail out of plans at the last minute. Her most coveted possession is a toilet plunger. "Biggie Smalls" is featured on page 34 of the 2009 Paws for Charity Art Book.


aliceinparis said...

She's had a full life! Love her wee doggie:)

Blenda said...

Oh my gosh! What an exciting life you live, Emily! Very interesting, great sense of humor and cute little doggie art.