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Brittany Ishibashi
Brittany Ishibashi
Born (1980-11-02) November 2, 1980 (age 39)
Years active1999-present
Jeff Horowitz

Brittany Mariko Ishibashi (born November 2, 1980) is an American film and television actress, best known for her roles as Anne Ogami on the USA Network miniseries Political Animals and Maggie Zeddmore in the Supernatural web series Ghostfacers. Ishibashi portrayed Karai in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and currently portrays Tina Minoru on Runaways, streaming on Hulu.

Early life

Ishibashi was born and raised in Orange County, California and comes from a family of entertainers. Her father, Gerald Ishibashi, is a concert promoter and musician.[1] Her mother, Lisa Ishibashi, is a singer. Her grandmother, Mary Nomura, is a singer who became known as the songbird of Manzanar.[2] Her two sisters, Brianna Ishibashi and Brooke Ishibashi, are actresses and writers. Growing up backstage with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers naturally fueled her interest in the arts, and Ishibashi discovered her passion for musical theatre at a very young age. A formally trained dancer, singer and actress, Ishibashi is also a black belt in taekwondo.

She attended Jordan Elementary School, Santiago High School, and El Modena High School. She majored in theater at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).[3]


Ishibashi's first big break came when JJ Abrams cast her in Felicity just out of high school. She continued her formal education at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television while continuing to build her resume outside of classes. Ishibashi has been consistently working ever since, with recurring roles and guest appearances in over three dozen television shows, including The Office, Grey's Anatomy, and Supernatural. After an exciting debut at Comic-Con, Ishibashi reprised her role as Maggie Zeddmore in the Supernatural spin-off Ghostfacers,[4] which has developed a global fan following. She has also worked on nearly two dozen films and multimedia projects, under the direction of such creatives as Joan Scheckel, Robert Redford, and Danny DeVito.

Ishibashi is probably best known for her role as Anne Ogami on USA Network's Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated series, Political Animals.[5] Ishibashi was next seen in the original Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, and starring in Wong Fu Productions first feature film, Everything Before Us, released June 3, 2015.[6]

In early 2015, Ishibashi launched her production shingle, Mana Moments, with a focus on comedic, female driven content.[7]

Ishibashi played Karai in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,[8] released in theaters on June 3, 2016.

In 2017, Ishibashi joined the cast of the Hulu original series Runaways as Tina Minoru.[9]

Personal life

On May 29, 2011, Ishibashi married Jeff Horowitz at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. SNL alum Nasim Pedrad was the officiant at their wedding. The couple lives in Los Angeles with their son, Kai, born June 3, 2014. Ishibashi later had a daughter, Lilia, who appeared as the infant version of Ishibashi's character's daughter Nico Minoru in Runaways[10].



Year Title Role Notes
1999 After One Cigarette Michiko Short Film
2004 November Lim
2004 Stand Up For Justice Ruby Short Film
2005 Undiscovered Trapeze Instructor
2005 Enter The Dragonfly Teacher Short Film
2005 Another Part of Town Brittany Short Film
2006 The Heart Specialist Translator
2007 Primal Doubt Carla TV Movie
2007 Lions For Lambs
2008 Stone and Ed Suzy
2008 Eagle Eye Rachel's Friend
2009 Uncorked Renee TV Movie
2010 The Bannen Way Stiletto
2010 Revenge Of The Bridesmaids Bitsy TV Movie
2011 Keeping Up With The Randalls Macy TV Movie
2012 Cupid, Inc. Rita TV Movie
2014 The Harvesting Bree
2015 Everything Before Us Sara
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Karai
2018 Surviving Theatre Liz Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Felicity Advisee Episode: "Sophomoric"
2000 Charmed Receptionist Episode: "Primrose Empath"
2001 That's Life Student Episode: "Sex In The Suburbs"
2002 The Division Allison Episode: "This Thing Called Love"
2002 Off Centre Allison Episode: "The Deflower Half Hour"
2002 Angel Vivian Episode: "The House Always Wins"
2003 Miss Match Jilted Elf Episode: "Santa Baby"
2005 24 Melanie Episode: "Day 4: 7:00am - 8:00am"
2005-2006 E-Ring Ashley Nakahino 5 episodes
2005 Grey's Anatomy Talia Episode: "Let It Be"
2006 In Justice Sou-Min 2 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Pizza Gal Episode: "Burn Out"
2006 The Office Cindy Episode: "A Benihana Christmas"
2007 Veronica Mars Emi Episode: "Show Me the Monkey"
2007 HBO Voyeur Series The Temptress Miniseries
2007 Journeyman Melissa Waters Episode: "The Year Of The Rabbit"
2007 Nip/Tuck Girl in club Episode: "Carly Summers"
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Receptionist Episode: "The Blackout"
2008 Supernatural Maggie Zeddmore 2 episodes (1 uncredited)
2008 The Madness of Jane Soraya Jindal Main cast
2008 No Heroics Jill Episode: "Supergroupie"
2009 Roommates Heather Episode: "The Game Night"
2009 My Boys Emily Episode: "Friends of Friends"
2010 Desperate Housewives Mimi Episode: "Excited and Scared"
2010 Oh Those Lips Salome Web short
2011 House, M.D. Ms. Corwin Episode: "Two Stories"
2011 Fairly Legal Julie Chang Episode: "My Best Friend's Pre-nup"
2011 Parenthood Grace Woo 2 episodes
2011 The Mentalist Ariel Martin Episode: "Rhapsody in Red"
2012 Blackout Meghan Episode: "Part 1"
2012 Political Animals Anne Ogami Miniseries; Main cast
2013 Emily Owens M.D. Dr. Kelly Hamata 5 episodes
2013 Bones Emma Pak Episode: "The Cheat in the Retreat"
2014 Mind Games Karen Episode: "N.D.E."
2014 Castle Saya Ozu Episode: "The Way of the Ninja"
2015-2016, 2018 Grace and Frankie Erica 4 episodes
2015 Satisfaction Satomi Kaneshireo Episode: "...Through Bondage"
2016 Young and Hungry Ella Episode: "Young & Rachael Ray"
2016-2017 This Is Us Tracy 2 episodes
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Akemi (voice),
Jor?gumo (voice)
2 episodes
2017-present Runaways Tina Minoru Main cast
2018 Hawaii Five-0 Tamiko Masuda Episode: "O ke kumu, o ka mana, ho'opuka 'ia"

"The teacher, the pupil-let it come forth"

2018 The Affair Jules Episode: "407"


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Imaginary Bitches Brittany Episode: "A Spiritual Bitch-Bath"
2010 Ghostfacers Maggie Zeddmore 11 episodes

See also


  1. ^ "INTO THE NEXT STAGE: Gerald Ishibashi -- Concert Promoter and Producer of the Stars". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Hsieh, Andrew (December 15, 2017), "6 Questions with Brooke Ishibashi", The Slant
  3. ^ "TV's 'Political Animals' has O.C. connection". The Orange County Register. 2012-05-04. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Maggie Zeddmore - Super-wiki". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "USA's Acclaimed Miniseries, Political Animals, Nets 5 Emmy Nominations". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Wong Fu Productions' Feature Film 'Everything Before Us' Heads To Vimeo". Tubefilter. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Actress Brittany Ishibashi Launches Production Company". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Casts Brittany Ishibashi as Karai -". Retrieved .
  9. ^ Dinh, Christine (February 9, 2017). "'Marvel's Runaways' Sets Remaining Cast For Television Project With Hulu". Archived from the original on February 10, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
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