Anjelah N. Johnson is about (a boy) to start work on her next project…
The 30-year-old half-Mexican American actress and stand-up comedian has landed a role in NBC’s pilot About a Boy, which is based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name, as well as the 2002 Hugh Grant film it inspired.
The pilot – written by Jason Katims and directed by Revolution’s Jon Favreau – centers on Will (portrayed by David Walton), a bachelor man-child going through a revolving door of women, and the young boy who moves in next door with his quirky single mom, Fiona (portrayed by Minnie Driver).
Johnson has been cast as Laurie, the well-meaning but often overbearing wife of Will’s best friend and a mother of three frustrated by Will’s childishness.
She, who previously co-starred in the 2011 NBC comedy pilot My Life is an Experiment, gained acclaim for portraying one of the most notable characters from Fox’s sketch comedy series MADtv, rude fast food employee Bon Qui Qui. Johnson’s other credits include a guest-starring role on Ugly Betty and appearances in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Our Family Wedding.