(42 years old)
2 February 1975
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
5' (1,52 m)
Naomi Grossman is best known for her portrayal of "Pepper" in "American Horror Story" Previously, she wrote, produced, and starred in her second hit solo show, "Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust, and other Human Oddities," which enjoyed a twice-extended, sold-out run and rave reviews ("Recommended" by LA Weekly); the show was then reprised at the world-famous fringe theatre festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, where it received more critical praise (4 stars: The Scotsman, Broadway Baby, Fringe Review) and a transfer to London's West End (Leicester Square Theatre).
It was later reprised Off Off Broadway in New York. Its predecessor, "Girl in Argentine Landscape," also received critical acclaim (LA Weekly, "Pick of the Week") and earned her an LA Weekly Theater Award nomination for best solo performance. Naomi also toured with "Girl..." to Chicago's Single File Festival, the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, and the New York International Fringe Festival. A graduate in theatre from Northwestern University and a former member of the esteemed Groundlings Sunday Company, Naomi has starred in numerous self-penned/produced comedic shorts under her "Red Meat Entertainment" umbrella, as well as recently appeared in her first feature film, "Table for Three." - IMDb Mini Biography By: Naomi Grossman
Early lifeGrossman was born in Denver, Colorado. In her early life, she performed in community theatreshows. After attending high school in Argentina, she attended and graduated from Northwestern University with a theatre major, as the only university she applied to. She was a member of improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings in Los Angeles, California, and wanted to ultimately perform on Saturday Night Live. When the group cut ties with her, she began teaching the Spanish language and separating herself from her acting career. Grossman also writes and produces and has cited Lily Tomlin, Tracy Ullman, Gilda Radner and Carol Burnett as inspirations.
CareerGrossman began her career in 1990 with minor television roles, along with commercial and theatre appearances.
Not knowing what role she was auditioning for, Grossman sent in an audition for American Horror Story: Asylum in mid-2012 and was cast in soon after as Pepper, a microcephalic; the season premiered later that year on October 17. In preparation for the role, she shaved her head bald. In 2014, it was revealed that Grossman would return to the series in its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show, reprising her role as Pepper from the second season, making her the first to play the same role in two different seasons of the show. She spoke of her casting in the fourth season saying that reprising her role was "the last thing from [her] mind" since it had never been done before.