Jacobs’ first national exposure came as Adele Congrave on the television series “Book of Daniel.” Although she played Kimberly in the television pilot of “Traveler,” the role was recast when ABC acquired the series. She subsequently made guest appearances on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “Fringe.”
In 2006, Jacobs starred in an Off-Off-Broadway theatre production of playwright Chris Denham’s ‘Cagelove.” While overall critical reaction to the play was negative, Jacobs earned praise in several reviews. The New York Times advised readers to “make sure to remember the name of Gillian Jacobs, a stunning Julliard graduate who has the glow of a star in the making.”
She has also appeared in theatrical productions of “The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero” (2007), “A Feminine Ending” (2007), and “The Little Flower of East Orange” (2008), directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Jacob’s film work includes “Gardens of the Night” (2007), writer-director Adam Rapp’s “Blackbird” (2007), “Choke” (2008), based on the Chuck Palahnuik novel, and “The Box” (2009).
In 2009, she became a regular on “Community.” Jacobs comments on it in an interview in Venus Zine’s Fall 2010 issue. “There’s an absurdity to the show. We exist in a world in which anything can happen week to week, and that pushes me in so many ways.”