Mageina Tovah - born July 26, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii - is an American actress who portrayed Molly Ackerman in the second season on ABC's Scandal.

Personal Background

She lived in Honolulu for a short time where her father was a US Army psychiatrist in the Greet Berets, and her mother was an Army physical therapist. Her family later settled in Clarksville, Tennessee and then moved to Nashville.

Mageina attended Martin Luther King Junior Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee. She skipped a year of high school, taking both her Junior year of honors English and Senior year of AP English at the same time. She graduated from high school at the age of 16. For college she started at The California Institute of the Arts, spending a year there in the BFA program. She then graduated Magna Cum Laude from USC in three and half years with a Bachelors of Arts Theatre degree. She later moved to New York, then back California to live in Los Angeles.

Career Background

She is best known for her as Glynis Figliola in the television series Joan of Arcadia; as well as Ursula Ditkovich in the Spider-Man films. She has made numerous guest appearances on television shows and been in her fair share of feature films. Mageina also made an appearance in the Jonas Akerlund directed music video for Christina Aguilera's hit song "Beautiful".

TV Roles

TV Recurring Roles

TV Show Character No. of Episodes Year(s)
Hung Christina 3 2010-2011
The Shield Farrah Bottom Bitch
Bitchs Brew
Joan of Arcadia Glynis Figliola 23 2003-2005

TV Guest Roles

TV Show Character Episode Year
CSI: NY Eva Mason Reignited 2012
The Finder Joyce Weatherby The Inheritance 2012
Shameless Attorney Steve Duprey I’ll Light a Candle for You Every Day 2012
American Horror Story Bianca Forrest Home Invasion 2011
The Mentalist Constance Rhapsody in Red 2011
Breakout Kings Jill Kincaid Collected 2011
Chase Missy Above the Law 2010
Southland Misty Maximum Deployment 2010
Lie to Me Natalie Blinded 2009
Bones Madame Nina Double Trouble in the Panhandle 2009
Private Practice Rebecca Hobart In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together 2007
Standoff Gwen Keegan Road Trip 2007
Cold Case Crystal Eckersdorf Joseph 2006
Half & Half Ginny The Big Diva Down Episode 2006
Crossing Jordan Laura Bennett Death Goes On 2005
Six Feet Under Pink-Haired Girl The Eye Inside 2003
NYPD Blue Anne Knepper Half-Ashed 2002
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jonesing Girl Wrecked 2001
The Guardian Debbie Feeding Frenzy 2001


Motion Pictures

Title Character Year Type or Note
The Factory Brittany 2012 Screamfest Film Festival
Live! Kelly 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Spider-Man 3 Ursula 2007 Recurring Character
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Sam 2006 Limited Theatres
Dark Heart Jessica 2006 Phoenix Film Festival
Failure to Launch Barista 2006 Uncredited
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Usher 2004 Animated Movie
Spider-Man 2 Ursula 2004 Recurring Character

TV Movies & Short Films

Title Character Year Type
Neighbors Sara Jerritt 2012 Short Film
The Walking Wounded Sadie 2008 Short Film
In from the Night Priscilla Miller 2006 TV Movie
Do Geese See God? Rose Vendor 2004 Short Film
Hope Abandoned Maid 2003 Short Film


  • Her birth name is Mageina Begtrup
  • She is an extremely slender actress who usually plays attractive but clumsy young girls with unrequited crushes.


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