"Gloria Steinem," portrayed by Rose Byrne, was the most recognizable leader of the women’s movement. She co-founded Ms. Magazine, was co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and played a major part in the effort to pass the ERA.
Byrne is best known for her role as “Ellen Parsons” in Damages opposite Glenn Close. Byrne earned two Golden Globe® nominations and one Emmy® nomination for her role. She is also known for her role in the Paul Feig-directed comedy Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy.
Recent film credits include Jon Stewart’s campaign trail comedy Irresistible opposite Steve Carell; Jexi starring Adam Devine, Michael Peña, Alexandra Shipp, Justin Hartley and Wanda Sykes; Like a Boss opposite Tiffany Haddish and Salma Hayek and the Hilary Swank sci-fi thriller I Am Mother. Additional film credits include starring roles in Instant Family opposite Mark Wahlberg; Peter Rabbit alongside James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki; Juliet, Naked alongside Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd and HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks opposite Oprah Winfrey.
Byrne’s role in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Medea in January marks her return to the theater. Co-starring alongside Bobby Cannavale, they portray a divided couple drawn into brutal conflict in a contemporary rewrite of Euripides’ Greek tragedy from director Simon Stone. In 2016, Byrne appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow at the Roslyn Packer Theatre.
Also in 2016, Byrne reprised her role as “Moira MacTaggert” in X-Men: Apocalypse. She also reprised her role as “Kelly Radner” in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising alongside Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Chloë Grace Moretz. Earlier that year, Byrne appeared in The Meddler opposite Susan Sarandon.
In 2015, Byrne was in the independent film Adult Beginners alongside Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale. Byrne also appeared in the Paul Feig-directed comedy Spy opposite Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law. Earlier that year, she made her Broadway debut in the limited engagement run of You Can’t Take It With You. She played the lead role of “Alice Sycamore” opposite James Earl Jones and Kristine Nielsen.
In 2014, Byrne starred in the Australian film The Turning. She won an award in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role from the Australian Film Critics Association and the Film Critics Circle of Australia.
Byrne’s other film credits include Annie alongside Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale; This is Where I Leave You alongside Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda; Neighbors; The Internship; The Place Beyond the Pines; Insidious; Get Him to the Greek; X-Men: First Class; Marie Antoinette; Troy; Adam and 28 Weeks Later, among others. Additional theater credits include Sydney Theatre Company’s La Dispute and Three Sisters.