BusyPhilipps (Elizabeth Jean) (born June 25, 1979) is an American actress and Writer. Philipps’s memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, was released October 18, 2018. Her memoir includes a passage in which the actress describes a physical altercation that took place between James Franco and herself while on the set of Freaks and Geeks. Philips said she was “bummed” by the amount of attention drawn to just this incident in the book, saying the story was not new, and that she meant for it “to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life.”
She is best known for her roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Dawson’s Creek (2001–2003), Love, Inc. (2005–2006) and ER (2006–2007), for her abortion access advocacy, and for her portrayal of Laurie Keller on the ABC series Cougar Town (2009–2015), for which she received the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Busy Philipps has also appeared in supporting roles in numerous films, such as The Smokers (2000), Home Room (2002), White Chicks (2004), Made of Honor (2008), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), The Gift (2015), and I Feel Pretty (2018). From 2018 to 2019, Philipps hosted her own television talk show Busy Tonight, on E!. She currently stars in the Peacock original series Girls5eva.