Who Is Toyota Jan?
So it turns out, a lot of people are really interested in Toyota Jan and if she is actually pregnant as she appears in Toyota’s commercials. (She is.) It was odd to me that people cared so much for this wannabe Flo from Progressive, because before the explosion of internet searches asking, “Is Toyota Jan really pregnant?” I didn’t even have any idea who the heck she was. Or so I thought.
When I really began to consider the question, “Who is Toyota Jan and why are people so obsessed with her?” I discovered that the actress, Laurel Coppock, is actually someone I’ve seen in quite a few other projects that did not involve Toyota or the fetus gestating inside of her.
Learn all you’ve ever wanted to know (and then some) about Laurel Coppock, who plays Toyota Jan on TV
Most importantly, of course, she was featured in an episode of The Office. The episode was “Trivia,” when the majority of the office follows Oscar to a gay bar for a trivia night in an attempt to earn enough money to buy their own paper products from themselves to meet their quarterly quota set by strange CEO, Robert California. (Yeah, they kind of ran out of fresh material by season seven, but that doesn’t mean it still wasn’t America’s best TV show ever. Because it was.) Anyways, in a B plot in that episode, Dwight goes to Florida to earn a management position within the company, and Stephanie (aka Toyota Jan aka Laurel Coppock) works in the corporate office.
But not only did she work on The Office, she also worked on one of my favorite Steve Carell movies, Crazy, Stupid, Love. Other credits for Coppock include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Workaholics, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, and even the newest Netflix season of Arrested Development.
Coppock’s/Jan’s IMDb stats seemed sufficient enough for me, but given that too many of our readers are constantly searching things like, “Did Toyota Jan get pregnant just for the commercials?” I figured I should do some more digging and set the record straight. (And the answer is no, no, she did not.) So let me further paint the answer to the question, “Who plays Toyota Jan on those hilarious commercials?”
Laurel Coppock is from the East Coast (even studied up in Maine up at Colby College and then in NYC at the Square Acting Conservatory). Coppock also spent some time working and studying in Chicago—and, strangely, Amsterdam—before making it out to L.A.
The rest, as they say, is history: Coppock started acting, became Toyota’s most exciting mascot, and then spent some time enjoying the finer things in life which will eventually lead to the joy of stretch marks and diapers full of fecal matter. (Was it worth it, Toyota Jan? Was it worth it?)
Check out some fan favorite Toyota Jan commercials below:
- Timothy MooreManaging Editor
Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.