Wrenn Schmidt stars alongside Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, and Peter Sarsgaard in Hulu’s new drama, “The Looming Tower,” which premieres February 28, 2018.
Adapted from Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer prize-winning book chronicling the history of Al-Qaeda, “The Looming Tower” explores the devastating consequences of a brutal turf war between the FBI and CIA. Schmidt plays Diane Marsh, an ambitious analyst, and ruthless tactician, at the CIA's Alec Station.
In television, film and theatre, Wrenn Schmidt is a respected, versatile actress who frequently traverses genre and medium. She first drew attention for her work as Richard Harrow’s kind-hearted, sensitive love interest, Julia Sagorsky, on HBO’s critically acclaimed “Boardwalk Empire”. In the same period, she appeared opposite John Turturro as the fiery Hilda Wangel in The Master Builder at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, landing on INDIEWIRE’s list of ’10 Actresses to Watch.’
Schmidt starred next as Wit Neary in Christopher Denham’s action thriller Preservation, with Pablo Schreiber and Aaron Staton (2014 Tribeca FF), followed by a recurring role as Kate on FX’s award-winning Cold-War drama “The Americans,” the seemingly novice and naive KGB handler who met an unfortunate end, swinging from a ceiling fan.
Schmidt then boarded FX’s drama “Tyrant” as Jenna Olson, Molly Al-Fayeed’s fun-loving and hapless sister, as well as CBS’s beloved procedural drama “Person of Interest” as Dr. Iris Campbell.
Following “The Americans” and “Tyrant”, Schmidt joined Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, which starred Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. One day after wrapping, Schmidt joined Cinemax’s exorcism drama, “Outcast”, from “The Walking Dead”’s executive producer Robert Kirkman. Schmidt stars as Megan Holter, opposite Patrick Fugit, Phil Glenister and Reg E. Cathey. While filming the first season of “Outcast”, Schmidt took a quick break to shoot scenes with John Krasinski in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
“Outcast”’s second season premieres on Cinemax in summer of 2018.
Early in her career, Schmidt worked under Tony award-winning director Anthony Page in the National Broadway tour of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin. Numerous stage turns Off-Broadway and on Broadway followed: world premieres of Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova) and Jailbait (Cherry Lane - Cherry Pit), Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon (Irish Rep Theatre), and the Broadway production of Come Back, Little Sheba (MTC), among others.