Born to parents Dina Burke and Tony Shawkat on 18th April 1989 in Riverside, California, Alia Martine Shawkat is an American actress best known for her role as Maeby Funke in the sitcom Arrested Development.
While her father is from Baghdad, Iraq, her mother, the daughter of Paul Burke carries a mixed ancestry; Irish, Italian and Norwegian. The actress was raised in Palm Springs, California.
Shawkat is not just engrossed into acting, she is a paint lover who’s participated in several gallery shows while the actress also likes making music and singing in jazz bars.
Alia Shawkat is an American actress and artist.
Best friends with Ellen Page since starring together in the comedy-drama Whip It (2009), the actress has featured in several movies and TV series. Most notably, she played Hannah Rayburn in the comedy-drama State of Grace (2002), and Gertie Michaels in the horror-comedy The Final Girls (2015).
Shawkat is currently portraying the character of Dory Sief in the satirical dark comedy series Search Party since 2016.
Alia Shawkat dated Jack Antonoff (2009-2010) and Michael Angarano (2010-2011)
Alia Shawkat was in a relationship with Jack Antonoff in 2009.
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Alia Shawkat dated singer boyfriend Jack Antonoff back in 2009. They were together for a year before the couple went their separate ways.
The actress then moved on with Michael Angarano, the actor best known for Sky High (2005). Back in January 2010, the pair was initially spotted cozying up at a club in Los Angeles.
Alia Shawkat dated Michael Angarano for a year.
An Insider told Life & Style Mag,
At first Michael and Alia just sat next to each other and didn’t seem terribly intimate.
The Insider added,
But as time went on Michael was leaning in to her and always made sure that he was touching her or brushing her arm.
Just like her previous relationship, however, Alia and Michael were together for merely a year before calling it quits in 2011.
Alia Shawkat came out as bisexual
Alia Shawkat came out as bisexual during an interview with ‘Out’.
Back in May 2017, Alia Shawkat was interviewed by Out about her new movie Paint it Black. The film contained some extremely weird queer overtones. While they were discussing at length on the subject of queer, Shawkat did not even hesitate to jump right ahead and came out.
Shawkat revealed she was a tomboy as a kid and whenever her mom asked her if she was into boys or girls, she was quite clueless as she did not know it yet. She added,
Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.
Alia was subsequently asked if working with Portia de Rossi on Arrested Development helped shape her identity. She responded by bringing up Ellen DeGeneres, who she came to know was dating Portia for the first three seasons in the series. She claimed to have known Rossi’s previous girlfriend as well. However, the actress stated Portia did not influence her discovering her sexuality.
I think my influences are more from growing up in Los Angeles and being exposed to lots of gay artists.
Shawkat, meanwhile, is striving to learn to use her voice more in the current political climate. Previously, she used to be less outspoken. But now she means to change this.
As a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet.
Since coming out as bisexual, Alia has largely kept her relationship status to herself. She prefers to be as low-key as possible. It remains to be seen when she decides to embrace a life partner and whether it’ll be a husband or a wife.
The actress had a weird sexual encounter with a celebrity; rumored to be Joaquin Phoenix
Back in July 2016, Shawkat opened up about a weird sexual encounter with a celebrity she preferred not to name (for obvious reasons). The incident took place around 2009, and she was 20 at the time.
The actress was at a party in a famous actor’s house who apparently asked her to shower before going down on her. That’s not all. In a bizarre turn of events, he then shaved her private parts before sleeping with her.
The famous celeb is rumored to be the Joker star Joaquin Phoenix. Although there’s no confirmation yet, we’re inclined to believe there’s no smoke without fire.