Jessica Rothe (/rɒθ/; born Jessica Rothenberg, May 28, 1987) is an American actress known for La La Land, her lead role in the 2016 MTV television series Mary + Jane, and her starring role in the 2017 slasher film Happy Death Day as well as its sequel.
Rothe was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Susan and Steve Rothenberg. Rothe's father is Jewish. Her grandmother, Colleen Rothenberg, was a theatre actress who belonged to the Congregation Shomrei Torah synagogue in Santa Rosa, California. She took ballet classes when she was age 8. As a youth she attended summer theater camps in Kansas City. Rothe graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, and during that time she learned to play the violin, tap dance and make pottery.