Maile Flanagan

Maile Flanagan (born May 19, 1965) is an American actress known for her role as the protagonist ninja Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto, Geri O'Flanagan in 3Way, and Janet in Yes Man. Maile is her middle name, a Hawaiian word for the green laurel commonly used in leis. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father worked for U.S. military intelligence as a spy for the military so when Flanagan was four-and-a-half, the family moved to Bangkok, Thailand and when she was ten they moved to Germany. While in Germany, Flanagan and family lived in Nuremberg, and Munich. She graduated from a Department of Defense (DOD) school Munich America High School (MAHS) in 1983. Upon arrival at Boston College (BC), Flanagan says "It took me three years to acclimate" because "I hadn't lived in the States since I was four and a half. I have used some of this in my characters—the wide-eyed wonder." While attending BC she was a member of the student comedy troupe My Mother's Fleabag with best friends Nancy Walls Carell, Andrea Beutner Hutchman, Wayne Wilderson and Tom McCarthy. Flanagan is openly gay and is married to her partner Lesa Hammett.


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