Simon Helberg aka Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, shares a love of acting with his wife, Jocelyn Towne.
During a Reddit Q&A, Helberg described them as “married working filmmakers who made 2 babies and 2 films in the last 2 years.”
A California native, Towne, 38, balances a career with motherhood.
Here’s what you need to know about her personal life and career highlights.
1. She’s an Actress/Director
Just finished up Q&A with the multi-talented @jocelyntowne #writer #leadactor #director #iamithefilm pic.twitter.com/HYdmYRpc55
— Crossroads Alumni (@xrdsalumni) April 28, 2013
Her father, Roger Towne, screenwriter of The Natural and The Recruit, influenced her early on in life.
“I was always interested in writing from a young age. I think that was definitely a huge influence from my dad because I always watched him writing in his office. That was something that’s always been part of the grand scheme of things,” she told the Kickstarter Blog.
She went to the Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, and got her B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
2. She Has 2 Kids with Simon
Ask us anything! @simonhelberg and I answer questions about @iamithefilm @reddit_ama – June 12th at 5pm EST. pic.twitter.com/GrCgrMpoh4
— Jocelyn Towne (@jocelyntowne) June 10, 2014
In January of 2014, he confirmed that they were expecting again at the SAG Awards, telling ET,
“Yes, my wife is [expecting,] — I can’t take all the credit. Every time I come to the SAG Awards there’s something about this night…About 8 months before [the SAG Awards] I get really the urge, I feel the romance and then we get nominated so it’s hand in hand.”
Wilder Towne Helberg joined his sister Adeline on April 23.
3. She Directed a Movie About Her & Simon’s Breakup
At the film’s premiere at SXSW, the couple was interviewed in the clip above.
Titled, We’ll Never Have Paris, the movie is based on the real-life breakup of the couple, when Helberg followed his then- ex to Paris, where she had met another man.
“It’s our story about our breakup before I proposed, which seems to be a mandatory event in people’s lives,” he said.
4. She Started a Kickstarter
Towne created a Kickstarter campaign For her movie, I am I, which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in.
Helberg acted alongside her in the film, and he said this about the experience:
It was very exciting to see her with such a clear vision and with such confidence, stepping into something completely unknown. It was not unlike the themes of the movie, I guess. She put on a different hat, or a different outfit, and went into this scary place and just took complete control over it. She really had an incredible sense of the story she wanted to tell. So, it was great to be in scenes with her and be directed by her because there was such a focus there.
This was the second film the couple worked on together and Helberg told Collider:
You bring your work home and you work 24 hours a day, but it’s good. We have a very similar vision for these things, and our tastes are very similar. We trust each other and we challenge each other. It was a pretty fruitful experience on both of our movies.
5. She Was a Dancer
Star of the @BigBang_CBS @simonhelberg has teamed up with his wife Jocelyn Towne for "I Am I". They are on now pic.twitter.com/1gx46HrgFH
— KTLA Entertainment (@ktlaENT) June 11, 2014
She moved to New York to pursue dance at Alvin Ailey, but decided to come to L.A. and focus on her acting.