Gillian was voted to be the third most beautiful woman, trumping the ranks of Alessandra Ambrossia, and Anna Barros in People Magazine's 2010 list of the 'Hundred Most Beautiful Woman' alive. Her new show, Community, has earned critical acclaim, and commands a massive viewer-ship, with over 3 million Americans tuning in watch the first season the new sit-com each week.
Gillian began her career in local theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from a young age until high school. She applied to acting programs at Carnigie Mellon (where her mother worked in alumni affairs) and Julliard, and also applied to Harvard. She was accepted into all three programs, but ultimately decied to study at the Julliard School in New York City.