Aya Cash Wiki
One of the main characters in the series “You’re the Worst” is a toxic, self-destructive Gretchen Cutler, and the actress who portrayed this role is Aya Cash. This romantic comedy-drama series had 23 award nominations and won one, and that was Aya’s International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
Aya has 50 acting credits to her name, and in addition to the previously mentioned role, we will say that Aya is well-known for her role as Stormfront in the action comedy series “The Boys” which brought her the Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actress in a Superhero Series, in 2021.
Early life, family, and education
Aya Rachel Cash was born in San Francisco, California USA, on 13 July 1982; she holds American nationality although she comes from a family of German, Irish and Italian descent.
Her father, Eugene Cash, is Ashkenazi Jewish who become a Buddhist teacher, and her mother, Kim Addonizio is a novelist and poet. Kim is the daughter of sports writer Bob Addie and former tennis champion Pauline Betz.
Aya enjoyed watching movies and television from a young age, and once while watching the movie “Star Trek” with her father, she told him that she would do it one day. Today, they joke that she was thinking of going into space, not acting.
She attended San Francisco School of the Arts, and upon matriculating in 2000, she enrolled at the University of Minnesota, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Acting) in 2004.
After she graduated, Aya moved to New York City to launch her acting career, but before she got her chance in the entertainment industry, she worked as a waitress to provide for herself.
Roles in series
Aya made her acting debut portraying Janine Lesko in an episode of the series “Law & Order” in 2006, followed by guest roles in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “In Men We Trust” in the same year.
In the following years, Aya mostly guest starred in numerous series before she was cast to play Callie in the 2011 series “Traffic Light”, also starring David Denman, Kris Marshall, and Nelson Franklin. This comedy follows three friends as they try to balance friendship and relationships that complicate their lives.
Next, Aya had recurring roles in “The Newsroom” and “We Are Men” in 2013, before she was seen as Gretchen Cutler in 62 episodes of the series “You’re the Worst” between 2014 and 2019. Besides the aforementioned award, for her performance in the series, Aya was nominated for the Gold Derby Award for Comedy Lead Actress, and Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, among others.
Concurrently, Aya was seen in “Modern Family” (2015), “American Dad!” (2016), and from 2016 until 2019, Aya portrayed Sherii in the comedy “Easy”. She then appeared in “Will & Grace” (2019), before being cast to play Joan Simon in the 2019 TV mini-series “Fosse/Verdon”. Stars of the series were Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, and Norbert Leo Butz, which followed the story of two great Broadway dancers, Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse, their romantic relationship and how it influenced their creativity. This biographic musical drama had 51 award nominations and won 18, including four Primetime Emmys.
In the following year, Aya was Stormfront in “The Boys”, and was seen in 10 episodes during 2020 and 2021. This action crime-drama, starring Jack Quaid, Karl Urban, and Antony Star, follows the story of a group of vigilantes on their mission to stop superheroes who abuse their superpowers. For her performance in the series, Aya was nominated for Music Television (MTV) Movie + TV Award for Best Villain.
In 2022, Aya was cast to play Katie Rayburn in the TV mini-series “The Girl from Plainville”, followed by her role as Shirley Leibowitz in “The First Lady”, and as Cheryl Peterson in “Welcome to Flatch”, which are currently airing.
Roles in movies
Aya made her big-screen debut as Olga in the 2008 movie “Off Jackson Avenue”, and in the same year, she was seen as a Secretary in “Deception”, followed in 2009 by co-starring in “Winter of Frozen Dreams” and “The Bits in Between”.
Aya’s next role was as Maya in the 2011 romantic comedy-drama “The Oranges”, starring Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, and Catherine Keener, and was then seen as Hannah in “Sleepwalk with Me” in 2012.
Aya’s first lead role was in the 2013 comedy horror “The Happy House,” which followed the story of a young couple who went to the Happy House to try to work things out after their relationship became rocky, but events in the house made them suspect that they had been inserted into a real-life horror film.
Aya had a small part as Janet in the five-time Oscar-nominated “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based on the true story of Jordan Belfort and his memoirs; it had 179 award nominations, including five for Oscars-Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (L. DiCaprio), and won 37.
In 2014, Aya was seen as Jesse in “Loitering with Intent”, followed by her role as Barbara in the 2017 movie “Big Brother Volcano”. In the same year, Aya starred as Mary in the drama “Mary Goes Around” which received numerous accolades, including the Jefferson State Flixx Fest Audience Award for Best Feature.
The following years saw Aya in “Brand New Love” (2018), “Scare Me” (2020), and “We Broke Up” (2021), which was her most recent movie role.
Aya’s fans will see her starring in the comedy-drama “The Young Wife”, which is in development as of late 2022.
Love life, husband, and children
Aya hasn’t been the subject of any rumors, and has mostly kept her private life away from the public eye. When she married her husband, Josh Alexander in 2012, she shared that the two had dated for seven years before they tied the knot.
Josh Alexander is a producer, but the two met while Aya was working as a waitress – Josh left her his e-mail with the tip. As of late 2022, the couple is still together, and they live in New York City. They don’t have children.
Age, height, and net worth
Aya’s age is 40. She has red hair and green eyes, and if you have wondered about her height she’s 5ft 1in (1.54m) tall, while she weighs around 120lbs (54kgs).
When it comes to the wealth that she’s accumulated during her more than 15-year-long acting career, according to sources, Aya has a net worth estimated at over $1 million.