Who is Laurel Coppock?
Laurel Coppock was born on 22 August 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and is an actress, probably best known for her role as Toyota’s Jan, appearing in numerous commercials for the brand. She’s also done several television and film projects, including roles in “Arrested Development”, and “Modern Family”.
The Wealth of Laurel Coppock
Laurel Coppock has an estimated net worth of over $1 million, earned through a successful career in acting. Her consistent work with Toyota has helped increase her wealth.
Early Life and Education
Laurel is the daughter of Broadway performer Susan Coppock. She grew up alongside two sisters who also pursued careers in the arts, though different fields. She spent most of her youth around the East Coast and at a young age became determined to pursue a career in acting. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Colby College for her bachelor’s degree. The private college is located in Waterville, Maine and has over 1,800 students enrolled annually. It was originally called the Maine Literary and Theological Institution during the 1800s though was later renamed to Colby College thanks to the donations of Christian philanthropist Gardner Colby.
The campus resides on 714 acres overlooking downtown Waterville and is the 18th best liberal arts college in the US-based on the publication “US News & World Report”. It is also ranked 61st among institutions of higher learning by the publication “Forbes”. Laurel completed a degree in Performing Arts, and then furthered her studies at the Circle in the Square Theatre School. The school offers two-year programs and is the only conservatory attached to a Broadway theatre while having accredited status. They train students to work in professional entertainment, specifically for television, film, and theatre.
Acting Beginnings and Development
Following Coppock’s education in Circle in the Square, she was hired by an Amsterdam-based company called Boom Chicago, for which she worked as an actor and improviser. The international creative group is known for their improvisational and sketch comedy which they perform on stage. It has been in operations since 1993, and is currently located in Rozengracht, Amsterdam. Their performances often tackle political and social issues, including extremism, social media, economy, Europe, and technology.
Eventually she returned to the US, and become one of the main members of the comedy sketch and improvisational group called The Groundlings, which is based in Los Angeles, California. The name is taken from a scene in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, and it has become known for their consistent acting sessions done every six weeks. Many of the people in the troupe would go on to become writers or cast members of comedy shows. While working with The Groundlings, Laurel continued to do improvisational work, which eventually led to more roles which had her perform in front of the camera.
Rise to Prominence
Over the years, Laurel would gain guest roles and recurring roles in several popular television series. She worked on the show “Modern Family”, a mockumentary sitcom following the lives of the family of Jay Pritchett, who live in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and which has received a lot of critical acclaim, especially during their earlier seasons. She also worked on “Arrested Development”, “The Office”, “Hot in Cleveland”, and “2Broke Girls”. One of her first film projects was “Food Jam” in 2006, and she also had a role in the film “Crazy, Stupid Love” which is a romantic comedy starring Steve Carrell as well as Ryan Gosling.
Her popularity would really skyrocket when she was hired by Toyota to start doing commercials as the character Jan, or Toyota’s Jan. In her first advertising series, she is seen taking calls from customers of the company, to disperse more information about the Toyota Annual Clearance Event. She’s subsequently appeared in other commercials for the Japanese company, the sixth largest in the world by revenue, and the first manufacturer of automobiles to produce over 10 million cars a year. It dates its origin back to 1936, and is now the leader of hybrid electric vehicles as well as the leader in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.
She hasn’t taken any new roles on television or in films in recent years.
Coppock is married to actor and producer Bobby Mart, who’s worked on films such as “Locked Down” and “Beat Down”. They have a child together though they have kept their relationship mostly away from the public. In recent years, she’s been interested in production, though improvisation remains her top priority as she continues to work with The Groundlings.
Many of her television commercials have been posted online though she draws a very noticeable line between her professional and personal life, so doesn’t have any public presence online or on social media websites. She doesn’t appear in public events either, combined with the fact that not a lot of publications cover her endeavors.