Side by side images of Jameela Jamil in stills from She Hulk and The Good Place.

Jameela Jamil plays villain Titania in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and many fans of the talented actor are excited to see her devious turn in the MCU series.

While many are familiar with Jamil’s time on The Good Place and her appearances as a judge on Legendary, there are some who may not know her interesting life story that has seen so many unexpected twists and turns. One thing that people can undoubtedly recognize in Jamil is that she is a fantastic actor and a tenacious activist who is actively and passionately engaged in her work.


She Is A Big Fan Of The Rock

Like most of the world, Jameela Jamil is a huge fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She even went so far as to say that she was obsessed with the wrestler turned actor in a 2021 article with Us Weekly and she wants to desperately be invited to one of his envy-inducing cheat meals.

Jamil got to work with her idol, too, as she costars with The Rock in the animated movie DC League of Super Pets cast, which released in July 2022.

She Used To Be A Teacher

While Jameela Jamil is best known for her role as the self-involved Tahani Al-Jamil in The Good Place, she had a very admirable job before breaking into the entrainment industry. She worked as an English teacher to those who were learning English as a second language, as told by Jamil in an interview with NPR.

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Jamil noted that she often had to mime what she was trying to get her students to understand in order for them to learn the basics of the human language. Interestingly enough, some of her students in her time teaching were Polish nuns, who struggled to pronounce the word “sitting” in a non-expletive-sounding way.

She Was A TV Presenter In The UK

When she was an English teacher, Jamil was spotted in a pub by a U.K television producer, who thought she would be good on TV. They called her in for an audition, and a week later, she was working as a presenter on the biggest youth entertainment program on British national TV.

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After working as a presenter on other related programs, she then went on to become the first female presenter for BBC Radio 1 Official Chart in the 60 years it had been on the air at that point, as noted in Us Weekly.

She Had Her First Kiss At 21

Everyone goes through different milestones at different ages and Jameela Jamil had her first kiss when she was 21. She also isn’t one to throw her kisses out for nothing. Her onscreen kiss with Manny Jacinto’s Jason Mendoza in The Good Place was her seventh kiss in her lifetime.

She has said that people have told her that it doesn’t count since it was for work, but she likes to count it as her seventh anyways, as she wrote in Us Weekly.

Her First Audition Ever Was For The Good Place

After working as a TV presenter for years in the U.K, Jamil experienced a cancer scare that made her rethink her career trajectory, as reported in CNBC. As a result, she felt compelled to try her luck in Hollywood and pursue acting full-time. Just a few months after she arrived, Jamil got an audition for The Good Place.

She had no prior acting experience and yet got the lead in her first role ever, in a career-making part to boot. It is hard to think of anyone else playing Tahani, so Schur was right to cast the novice.

She Is An Award Winning Writer

A TV presenter, actor, activist, and, on top of it all, journalist, Jameela Jamil has a long list of accomplishments already. She wrote a monthly column for The Company magazine from 2013 to 2014 on topics ranging from abortion, porn, perfectionism, and self-criticism, among many others.

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Her writing is insightful and sharp, while also showing a strong and funny sense of humor. Her knack for writing resulted in her being nominated for columnist of the year at both the PPA Awards and the BSME Awards, shown in a bio for Jamil at Warner Media.

She Fights Against Problematic Dieting Product Endorsements

When working as a presenter, U.K tabloids launched harsh and cruel headlines about Jamil’s body, body-shaming her on a national scale. The experience prompted Jamil to hold body image issues near to her heart.

Consequently, she refuses to tolerate problematic diet products that are endorsed by celebrities and influencers on social media. She has even called out celebrities such as the Kardashians, who promote weight loss products like appetite suppressant lollipops and laxatives.

Her Health Battles

Jamil has had her fair share of luck, but she also has had many tribulations in her life. At only 17, she was hit by a car and the resulting back injury led to her being unable to walk for more than a year, as reported in CNBC. This changed her perspective to be grateful for life and not take herself too seriously.

Jamil also has shared in a Parade article that she has a chronic illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects the connective tissues in the body. In addition to Jamil, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 winner Yvie Oddly also has Ehlers-Danlos.

The Interesting Way She Got Into Deejaying

Jamil told NPR how she stumbled into deejaying in an unlikely way. She was talking to someone at an event where she discussed that she wished that she could be a DJ.

The woman Jamil was talking to replied that she was in need of a DJ for Elton John’s party next week and if Jamil could do the job. Jamil, despite no knowledge of deejaying or experience, accepted the offer. She had a little less than a week to learn how to DJ, which she amazingly pulled off.

She Is The Founder Of I, Weigh

Vocal about body image issues and the media’s treatment of appearances, Jameel Jamil founded her own movement called I, Weigh, in 2018 which promotes inclusivity. I, Weigh consists of a website, an Instagram account, and a podcast.

The organization has enacted positive change in the online community, where they have assisted in changes made to Facebook and Instagram on diet/detox products aimed at minors, as noted on the I, Weigh website. At the moment, I, Weigh is currently campaigning for two bills to reach the senate.

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