Donna Lynne Champlin

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Portrays: Paula ProctorShow debut: "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!"
Family: Andrew Arrow (husband), Charlie (son), Rachel Bloom (second cousin)


I absolutely think that if you're unhappy, even if you're making a bajillion dollars, the brave choice is to walk away and try something different, which is what Rebecca does.
— Donna Lynne Champlin, "

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Donna Lynne Champlin
Donna Lynne Champlin is an American actress known primarily for her theater work on Broadway. She was born on January 21, 1971 in Rochester, New York, to a technical writer mother and a scientist father. She participated in various lessons, theatre productions, and national, and international competitions throughout her childhood, in voice, piano, flute, theatre and dance. She attended the University of Oxford earning in 1992 an Advanced Acting Scholar in Shakespeare and Chekhov. She later studied musical theatre at Carnegie Mellon University and graduated with her BFA in 1993. She is married to actor Andrew Arrow with whom she has one child named Charlie. Champlin currently stars on The CW network on the show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" as Paula Proctor. Not long after filming Season One Pilot it was discovered that show creator and star Rachel Bloom is her second cousin.


TV and FilmsEdit

Year Show Role Number of episodes
2015-2019 "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Paula Proctor 62 episodes
2015 "Younger (TV show)" Lori 1 episode
2014 "The Good wife" Myra Weymouth 1 episode
2013 "Mother's Day" Performer TV movie
2001 "By Jeeves" Honoria Glossop TV movie
Online media
Year Show Role Type
2011 - 2014 "Submissions only" Kim Gifford Web series
2008 The Audition Monitor Short


Show Role Run
November 13, 2008 - January 8, 2012 "Billy Elliot: The Musical" Performer, understudy
"Sweeney Todd" Pirelli November 3, 2005 - September 3, 2006
"Hollywood Arms" Older Helen October 31, 2002 - January 5, 2003
"By Jeeves" Honoria Glossop October 28, 2001 - December 30, 2001
"James Joyce's The Dead" Mary Jane Morkan, Miss Molly Ivors January 11, 2000 - April 16, 2000


Rachel BloomEdit

In an article on "", it was mentioned in passing that "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" co-creator Rachel Bloom" is Donna Lynne Champlin's second cousin. They first met in 2005 at a "Sweeney Todd" CD signing for the Broadway revival of that musical. Champlin was a part of the cast playing the part of Pirelli and Bloom was a student at New York university. Champlin recalls:

I distinctly remember her. A) It was her coat. B) She said something that was so incredibly insightful and intelligent. It made an impression on me. I thought, ‘That orange coat girl is going to do something amazing.’ I had this premonition.

Submissions OnlyEdit

Champlin is one of three actors on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (David Hull and Santino Fontana are the other two) who has appeared in the online comedy web series "Submissions Only".

External linksEdit

  Cast edit
Rachel Bloom ("Rebecca Bunch") 🎈 Donna Lynne Champlin ("Paula Proctor") 🎈 Vincent Rodriguez III ("Josh Chan")
Santino Fontana/Skylar Astin ("Greg Serrano") 🎈 Pete Gardner ("Darryl Whitefeather") 🎈 Vella Lovell ("Heather Davis")
Gabrielle Ruiz ("Valencia Perez") 🎈 Scott Michael Foster ("Nathaniel") 🎈 David Hull ("White Josh")

Rene Gube ("Father Brah") 🎈 Erick Lopez ("Hector") 🎈 Ava Acres ("Young Rebecca")
Gina Gallego ("Mrs.Hernandez") 🎈 Danny Jolles ("George”) 🎈 Amy Hill ("Lourdes Chan")
Tess Paras ("Jayma Epstein") 🎈 Coryn Mabalot ("Jastinity Chan") 🎈 Stephnie Weir ("Karen")
Michael Hyatt ("Dr. Noelle Akopian") 🎈 Jacob Guenther ("Chris") 🎈 Michael McMillian ("Tim")
Eugene Cordero ("Alex") 🎈 Paul Welsh ("Trent Maddock") 🎈 Parvesh Cheena ("Sunil Odhav")
Robin Thomas ("Marco Serrano") 🎈 Esther Povitsky ("Maya") 🎈 Olivia Edward ("Madison Whitefeather")
Burl Moseley ("Jim Kittsworth")


Tovah Feldshuh ("Naomi Bunch") 🎈 Briga Heelan ("Connie Cavanagh") 🎈 Nipsey Hussle
Brittany Snow ("Anna Hicks") 🎈 Rachel Grate ("Audra Levine") 🎈 Andrew Arrow ("Hank")
Patti LuPone ("Rabbi Shari") 🎈 Lea Salonga ("Tita Myrna)" 🎈 Grant Rosenmeyer ("Jason")
Jayden Lund ("Guardrail") 🎈 Thor Knai (“Xander”) 🎈 John Allen Nelson ("Silas Bunch")
Britney Young ("Nicky") 🎈 Dr.Phil

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