Born on June 25, 1979, Busy Philipps is an American actress, writer and producer who is best known for her roles as Kim on the series Freaks and Geeks, in Dawson’s Creek and as Laurie Keller on the series Cougar Town.
Before Fame: She attended Loyola Marymount University.
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- Busy Philipps Found Her Love of Exercise After Being Asked to Lose Weight for a Part
- Busy Philipps says she exercises for her mental health. Here’s the workout that helps her anxiety and keeps her in killer shape.
- Philipps begins every single day with a workout
- She revealed that regular exercise helps her with both anxiety and depression
- She also loves the community aspect of fitness classes
- Her workout of choice is LEKFit, a total body workout featuring both cardio and strength training elements
- LEKFit has two class offerings: a mat-based workout and a trampoline-based workout.
- Kleban and Philipps recently detailed five of their go-to moves
- She sometimes joins her husband for SoulCycle classes, too
Busy Philipps Ethnicity/Religion
Philipps was born in Oak Park, Illinois to Joseph and Barbara Philipps. She received her nickname “Busy” when she was a child.
Busy Phillips Affair/Married/Husband
She is married to screenwriter Marc Silverstein. They married in 2007 and have two daughters. For more information, visit her twitter and Instagram.
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- Full Name: Elizabeth Jean Philipps
- Nicknames: Busy Philipps
- Birthday: June 25, 1979
- Age: 40 years old (as of June 2019)
- Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, US
- Current Residence: United States
- Education: Loyola Marymount University
- Profession: Actress, wrier, director producer
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity/Race: White
- Religion: Christianity
- Zodiac: Cancer
- Spouse/Wife: Marc Silverstein (m. 2007)
- Children: 2
- Net Worth: Not Available
Trivia/ Facts that you probably didn’t know
- She film debut in the role of Karen Carter in drama thriller, The Smokers in 2000.
- She is best known for her roles on the series Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek and as Laurie Keller on the series Cougar Town,
- She received her nickname “Busy” as a child.
- She has stated that she was raped by her then boyfriend at the age of 14 years old.
- In Busy Tonight, she disclosed that she had an abortion at the age of 15.
- Her first major role was as Kim Kelly in the series Freaks and Geeks.
- Her husband, Marc Silverstein, is a screenwriter.
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As guilty pleasures go, there are some that are painful to admit even to yourself. Not because they’re shameful, but because they’re so mindless that they make you question why you ever even bothered learning to read. Here’s one of mine: every day I go on Instagram and watch Busy Philipps, who is possibly the most famous Hollywood personality you’ve never heard of, doing her workout routine. I don’t follow along at home or anything – this is something she only posts in a 15-second video clip, on Instagram Stories, every LA morning. I just sit there on my London arse while the camera gazes up at her, pushing and sweating and grunting from above, sweeping her blonde hair out of her eyes. And I’m gripped. Why?
Well, the good news (or perhaps the bad) is that it’s not just me. A million people now follow Philipps, who first tasted fame acting in teen dramas Freaks and Geeks (as the character Kim Kelly) and then Dawson’s Creek (as latecomer Audrey Liddell), and who more recently played Amy Schumer’s best friend Jane in the film I Feel Pretty. The best-friend zone is where she has been, in acting terms, for two decades, while seemingly becoming the actual best friend of half of Hollywood along the way. (Michelle Williams is her actual BFF.)
Yet she never became the lead until Instagram Stories appeared a couple of years ago, and Philipps, who was by now a married mother of two daughters, didn’t need to wait for an audition, and instead began to talk to the camera about her daily life. Not the starry stuff, but the everyday domestic dramas. “You guys,” she always begins excitedly, her best-friend confessional manner treading a fine line between vacuity and brilliance.
The New Yorker, a publication that does not tend to obsess over social media stars, declared Philipps to be the pioneer who had made the Instagram Stories format her own. This has led to her writing a memoir, and being given a talk show on the E channel (home of her friends the Kardashians), both of which are about to be launched. And this is where I want to say that one of them, the book, has stopped me in my tracks completely and made me rethink everything we think we know about shiny, sunny social media stars.
‘It was hard writing a book… going through that stuff again’: Busy Philipps. Shirt by drome; jacket by Blaze from Barneys. Photograph: Danielle Levitt/The Observer
Reading it felt like a punch in the guts, which is why I have come to Los Angeles to interview her about it, but before we can talk about it properly I have to get through that shiny, sunny personality stuff. Which is tricky because I’m literally halfway through the word “hello” in the café in Los Angeles where we have agreed to meet, when a random woman interrupts to ask me where I got my stripy dress from.
I hurriedly tell her it was Zara, thinking I need to get rid of her and start the interview, but Philipps does not mind at all. “I have that dress, too,” she says, before telling the woman that it was last year’s Zara range, though, so if she wants one now she might want to… and so on. I suggest we find a quieter café, so Philipps guides us to a much less popular one down the street, where we head for the shaded back yard which looks empty – oh, apart from two women who immediately jump up to embrace Philipps, because they know her from her work with their LA libraries organisation, one that she actively supports, because her grandmother was a librarian “and the literacy rates in this country are abysmal…” and so it goes on.
Busy is busy. Her real name is actually Elizabeth, but her parents nicknamed her Busy and it stuck. This is something you find out at the start of her book, This Will Only Hurt a Little. She continues with some cute childhood anecdotes, how she really wasn’t one of the popular kids at school, the usual rise-to-fame stuff. You think you can see exactly where it’s going, except the childhood stuff then turns, seamlessly, into a description of her mother’s rage, her sister’s rage, of young Busy’s mouth filling with blood in the passenger seat after being smacked across the mouth by her mum, who is driving the car. The part about teenage popularity angst then leads into a description of the boyfriend who ripped the skin off her back by pressing down so hard into her to rape her. How all she could do after it happened, while not even sure if rape was a word that she was allowed to think, was listen to the Tori Amos album Little Earthquakes again and again. She was 14 years old. “And I was a slut. And I was a slut. And I was a slut,” Philipps writes, before saying the memory has messed her up ever since, coming back in the form of night terrors before her wedding, or while pushing her baby out of her vagina with no pain relief. The book’s title is a cipher: it seems it only hurt a lot.
We talk about a few other things and Philipps is forthright, chatty, animated. Then I bring up the rape and the different tones in her voice all merge into a crushed monotone.
Star turn: in Freaks and Geeks with James Franco. Photograph: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
“It was intense,” she says quietly. “It was hard writing a book. It was hard going through that stuff again. Even though I’ve gone through it for many, many years. And then sort of more difficult was that I had never told my family. I just had kept it inside for my entire life. I mean, my husband knew – as an adult I had told people – but I had to have a conversation with my parents about it, and it was really painful, especially for my mother who,” she pauses, “was just devastated, that… she felt like she had failed me.”
Hollywood’s engagement with the #MeToo movement began one year ago, after many women spoke out against Harvey Weinstein. Consent has since become a huge topic far beyond Hollywood, and not a straightforward one, as our societies begin to examine and discuss its shifting boundaries. One reason Philipps’s book interests me so much is that she is fearless in examining her own agency in what happened. She no longer blames herself for what her boyfriend did, but she is also quite clear that she was the one who initiated the sexual activity, that she was trying to play tough, and that she tried to continue the relationship with him afterwards. This story will be familiar to so many women who have quietly felt that if they called the guy afterwards, it can’t have been rape, right? Wrong, says Philipps.
“I think, culturally, we have come so far since 1994,” she says, referencing the year it happened. “I mean, we’re talking about a time when, you know, Bill Clinton put a cigar in a girl’s vagina and she was the slut. Consent wasn’t talked about in the same way that it has been recently. It has shifted so drastically, which is incredible and fantastic, but it means that until recently, I had taken on a lot of the onus for what had happened. I just felt like it was mine to hold. It wasn’t anyone else’s. I had done this thing.”
In the zone: BFF Michelle Williams. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Several names had to be changed before she could publish the book. “But maybe at some point that guy will recognise himself in the story and maybe he’ll think about it, and, you know, come to terms with my experience. Maybe he won’t. I truly believe that he and I probably hold completely different recollections of the events. And for me, at this point, I understand that. But it has taken me… wait, how long?” – she thinks back, counting through her age – “it has taken me 25 years to understand.”
Philipps grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a pretty normal family, far away from the bright lights of celebrity that she craved. She was massively keen to take acting classes as a child, and worked her way into what might sound like a grim job to many – pretending to be a live Barbie doll at a toy convention in her town – but which would prove to be her big break, as the CEO of Mattel turned up with Sharon Stone, who told Philipps that she was very talented and going to be a big star some day.
She applied to various colleges in Los Angeles and got into the Jesuit college Loyola Marymount with good grades, but not quite the exceptional ones they required. This was because she hand-delivered her application, and walked straight up to the head of admissions, who took a shine to her.
While in college she was cast in Freaks and Geeks, in which James Franco played her boyfriend. He does not come off well in the book – at one point during a rehearsal she describes how he throws her to the ground unexpectedly and she weeps in pain. The crew were shocked. “But James is a movie star,” she writes. “He was horrible to me, yes, but he’s also gorgeous and charming as hell.”
She tells me that she came into acting around “a bunch of male actors who had read the book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, and they thought, ‘Oh that’s the way to be a man and an actor.’ It’s about those sort of golden years of, you know, manly man actors, De Niro and Al Pacino and the making of Taxi Driver and The Godfather, and their immersion into the roles and their whatever.” She sighs. “Sometimes I think male actors just take issue with the fact that their job is putting on make-up and pretending.”
Busy Philipps. Sweater and skirt by Fendi; turtleneck by Arias salmon; earrings by Melinda Maria; socks by Topman; and shoes by Pierre Hardy. Photograph: Danielle Levitt/The Observer
Acting was never a solid income for Philipps, whose husband, screenwriter and director Marc Silverstein, is also dependent on the same wavering industry. She writes in the book about her money fears, which is why she now does paid posts for brands, for which she has taken some flak. “People fundamentally have a really misguided idea about your wealth because you were on a huge TV show. I’ve been on three big TV shows and I was broke by age 28. I’d be stupid not to do paid posts, I think.”
She did one last week, “and somebody was going off at me about how I’ve got this new talk show coming out and I’ve been an actress for years and I’m not some mom blogger who should be getting money for this. But everywhere you go in the world you see advertising billboards, you watch commercials before you watch your YouTube videos, before your television programmes. Advertising is how artists have been compensated since the beginning of time, or at least since the beginning of TV and movies. So let me sell some soap.”
She says she had a “weird sort of stalkery troll at one point that was upsetting me and making me feel like, ugh, I shouldn’t do this at all”. Then there’s the fact she puts her kids on there, too. “Sometimes I question Marc and my early decision to allow our children to be on my social media. But ultimately, I’m OK with it and they’re OK with it.” She thinks about this. “I go back and forth. I think everyone has that inclination, at one point or another, to delete everything and disappear.”
She will turn 40 next year, and she has this whole new chat show to herself. Julia Roberts will be among the first interviewees, and Busy is also longing to get Oprah. Does this finally feel like her big moment? She says no, it’s just one of a lifetime of moments. “I think my friends and I have had discussions lately where we’re waiting for life to get easier,” she says, “and we’ve all had the recent realisation that it never does, not for anyone. And once you have that realisation, it’s incredibly freeing.”
‘Her book doesn’t end with her marriage being all rosy, but with the couple going into therapy and Busy admitting she almost had an affair’. Busy Philipps with husband Marc Silverstein. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Of course we’re all old enough to know that Instagram influencers don’t really have the perfect lives they seem to, but it sure helps to hear one of them admit it. Her book doesn’t end with her marriage being all rosy, but with the couple going into therapy and Busy admitting she recently almost had an affair. Philipps also admits she started talking to Instagram because she was a new mother, lonely and lost. “I wasn’t looking for millions of eyeballs,” she tells me. “I was sort of just looking for one. You know what I mean? Just someone. We’re all just floating out there in the ether. Is anybody out there?”
The last chapter in the book is her favourite. It also contains her discovery that her highly intelligent mother, who lived with a lot of simmering anger, had actually wanted a whole other life, but her dreams had been shut down in a job interview after college, by a man who put his hand on her knee and said she was too pretty for a career. “The humiliation – I just, I really feel for her still. Like it’ll make me tear up” – she looks like she might cry – “that she put her dreams on hold because she was told by some dude, ‘Nope, not for you, honey.’”
Suddenly everything makes sense. I look at Busy Philipps advertising a pizza with her kids, and I know she’s doing it to wield her own money and power. Because underneath even the smiliest of online influencers lie generations of women’s fury. And those gym videos? I no longer see a perky blonde in a crop top. What I see is a woman looking down from on top, the female gaze not the male one, while she builds muscle memory to replace her body’s other memories. I see a woman strengthening her arms so that nobody can ever throw her down and crush her again.
This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps is published by Sphere at £16.99.
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Busy Philipps Found Her Love of Exercise After Being Asked to Lose Weight for a Part
Busy Philipps wasn’t thrilled when she was asked to slim down for a part years ago — but the experience encouraged her to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Philipps, 39, opened up about her surprising introduction to the world of fitness at the SHAPE Body Shop event.
“In the early 2000s, I was asked to lose weight for a part, which is not an uncommon thing that happens in Hollywood,” she said. “Although, maybe it’s getting better now, I don’t know. I hope so, for young actors starting out. But I was told to lose weight for a part, and they sent me to Gunnar Peterson, and he showed me a way into fitness by introducing me to spin classes, showing me the workouts, all that stuff.”
Image zoom Busy Philipps Charley Gallay/Getty
The host of Busy Tonight said she’d long believed exercise wasn’t for her, since she neither considered herself athletic nor grew up in a family that encouraged activity and exercise.
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“I think people do that, I think you do, you make that decision. You’re like, ‘Oh, I’m not interested in that,’ ” she said. “And finding it organically has been incredible for me, but I was like, told I had to, right? So for people who aren’t told they have to, I would just say to be open to the possibility.”
Philipps said she now tries to be a role model for her two daughters Birdie Leigh, 10, and Cricket Pearl, 5, by making exercise a part of her life.
Image zoom Busy Philipps Source: Busy Philipps/Instagram
“My girls have a different experience because their dad goes to spin class always every day, they know that. I do my workout every morning, they know that,” she said. “I feel like modeling behavior for younger generations is so important, and that’s part of the reason why I post my workouts on the stories.”
The star has been known to film her workout sessions — her favorite is the dance-inspired LEKfit — nearly every day to give a candid, sweaty glimpse of her unfiltered routines.
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She explained last year that she doesn’t work out to lose weight, but to stay on top of her mental health.
“For me, getting the endorphins and the sweat every morning is part of what I think helps me keep in check,” Philipps told Health last year. “I stopped weighing myself almost two years ago, because I noticed that it was giving me anxiety and really affecting my mood.”
Busy Philipps says she exercises for her mental health. Here’s the workout that helps her anxiety and keeps her in killer shape.
- Busy Philipps works hard to stay in killer shape.
- The “Cougar Town” star begins her day with a workout and credits exercising for keeping her mentally healthy.
- She also swears by LEKFit, a total body workout featuring both cardio and strength training elements.
Busy Philipps has been acting on screens both big and small ever since her breakthrough role on the cult classic teen series “Freaks and Geeks” back in 1999.
She has appeared in multiple TV series and movies, and her star has continued to rise as she has developed a following on social media, frequently posting her very sweaty workout selfies and videos to Instagram Stories for her 1.5 million followers.
Fans love her candid demeanor when it comes to all kinds of topics — from parenting, struggles in her acting career, and her marriage — there seems to be nothing she’s afraid of discussing, including her intense workout routine.
The “Vice Principals” star has been open about the fact that she works out every single day, but it’s not about losing weight or changing her body. In fact, the “Busy Tonight” host has shared that working out benefits her mental health most of all.
Philipps begins every single day with a workout
Though she’s got plenty on her plate as a TV host, actress, and mom of two, the “Cougar Town” star fits a workout into her day every day — no matter what she has going on in her life.
In 2017, she gave her morning routine to Well + Good, revealing that she works out at 8 or 9 a.m. each day. She said, “I live in Los Angeles, so I feel like the entire place is geared toward health and wellness. But I think it’s important for people to find it for themselves — and for me, sweating every single day is important. It makes me feel like a human being. I’m able to be a better parent and a better friend, and it calms me down. I need that endorphin release.”
In 2018, she told Shape magazine more about why she makes exercise a top priority in her life. She said, “Exercising has really helped me so much, so I do make sure that I make time for that every morning, even if it means I have to move that meeting I have to go do my workout, you know? It’s non-negotiable for me and that is directly tied to my mental health. It’s not even about , but just the way I feel. I know that if I make it to that workout every day, that’s the one priority that I have set for myself.”
She revealed that regular exercise helps her with both anxiety and depression
In a 2017 Instagram post, Philipps revealed that she battles both depression and anxiety. In her caption, she wrote, “I have anxiety and I have a tendency towards depression but I have found if I sweat like this, EVERY SINGLE DAY, I feel better, I’m calmer, I’m a better mom and those fogs of anxiety or sadness seem a little lighter. I’ve been picking my skin less, engaging in less binge eating and I’ve just felt better about myself,” sharing that she goes to therapy, too.
She added, “My goal is not some perfect bod (I like chips and salsa and margs too much for that) My goal is to feel the best I can in my body and my brain for the rest of my life.”
She’s also never afraid to shut down body shaming when it comes to her workout posts, calling out those in the comments section who have criticisms about her body or the way she looks.
She also loves the community aspect of fitness classes
You won’t find Philipps slogging away on a treadmill — in fact, she loves a group class, telling Well + Good in 2017, “I also love the community. It’s not just an anonymous going to the gym to use the treadmill — I’ve become friends, like real friends, with the girls I work out with. We support each other, we’ve all cried.”
Her workout of choice is LEKFit, a total body workout featuring both cardio and strength training elements
Philipps swears by a workout routine titled LEKFit. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images
Philipps has been a regular at LEKFit, described by creator Lauren Kleban as a “dance-inspired fitness method” that uses “intervals of low impact, high intensity, fat burning cardio with muscle sculpting techniques created to strengthen and tone.”
Of the workout, Philipps told Well + Good, “LEKFit is honestly the best workout I’ve ever done in my life. I sweat more; I get all my cardio and strength training. Lauren Kleban, who created it, is sort of my workout guru. She helps me stay motivated every day to go to her class.”
She added to Shape, “I do LEKFit when in L.A. I’m obsessed with it. It’s a mini trampoline workout, and you also use ankle weights and 5-pound arm weights. Classes are usually 50 to 60 minutes and you’re on the trampoline probably half the time. There are also infrared heaters on the ceiling, so it’s a warmer room; not unbearably hot, but you heat up real fast. It’s amazing. I’m drenched afterward.”
LEKFit has two class offerings: a mat-based workout and a trampoline-based workout.
The LEKFit workout has gained a following largely because of the use of trampolines, which Philipps told InStyle magazine she loves. She said, “Low-impact, high-cardio trampoline jumping really works for my body. I’ve only fallen off once, and I do it every day. It’s just young, dumb fun.”
In 2018, Kleban told Well + Good about why her workouts incorporate the “rebounder” — or trampoline — saying, “Doing your strength work on the rebounder — for example, with your legs on all fours — forces you to engage your core by preventing yourself from sinking down, much more than you would if you were doing the same exercise on the floor using a mat. The rebounder is also much more comfortable on your knees than being on the floor.”
She added, “The rebounder is excellent for activating the lymphatic system, which helps to rid your body of toxins. It also improves digestion, builds endurance, improves balance and full-body muscle tone, and has zero impact, which is great for any body at any age.”
Kleban and Philipps recently detailed five of their go-to moves
Today is #TheAwesomeChallenge and my workout every morning makes me feel awesome(even on the days when I’d rather stay in bed, like today) For every post using #TheAwesomeChallenge @RocketsofAwesome will donate back-to-school clothing to a @Baby2Baby child in need. Let’s do this! TAG 3 FRIENDS! @jengotch @tessholliday @kellyoxford @michellemonaghan @sophiabush
In a 2018 interview with Coveteur, the duo gave more insight into their workout routine, revealing their top five favorite moves on the trampoline.
They love knee-ups, which you can do by “standing straight with your knees soft, arms raised, and core pulled in tight. Pull your right knee up by using your lower abdominal muscles while you pull your arms down with them bent at your waist. Return to your starting position,” and repeat for 10 reps.
Side-leg kicks involve “bouncing in a standing position with knees soft and core pulled in tight for 10-15 reps. Kick your right leg out to the side for 10 reps, then repeat on the left side. Repeat the entire movement,” being sure to “stay low throughout.”
Then there’s an oblique twist: “While jumping, twist from side to side and activate your oblique muscles. Curl your biceps for an added arm benefit.”
Off the trampoline, Philipps and Kleban love a side plank with développé, which adds a ballet movement to a traditional side plank, as well as banded arm twists using resistance bands to engage side muscles throughout your body, not just in your arms.
She sometimes joins her husband for SoulCycle classes, too
LEKFit isn’t the only high-intensity class you might find the “Dawson’s Creek” star in. Philipps’ husband, producer Marc Silverstein, has famously crushed more than 1,000 SoulCycle classes, and she joined him for his milestone ride in 2018, joking on Instagram Stories about how much money he’s paid for all those cycle classes over the years.
With a single SoulCycle class running between $30 and $38 in some markets, those candlelit rides add up quickly. And though she’s not as big a devotee as Silverstein, she does enjoy the occasional class with SoulCycle master instructor Angela M. Davis.
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