Alison Lohman

Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979)[1][2][3] is an American actress. She starred as Astrid in White Oleander (2002), and has appeared in Matchstick Men (2003), Where the Truth Lies (2005), The Big White (2005), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (2005), Flicka (2006), and Drag Me to Hell (2009); as well as smaller parts in Big Fish (2003), Beowulf (2007), and Gamer (2009). She has also been on television shows such as Tucker and Pasadena.

Alison Lohman
Lohman in 2017
Alison Marion Lohman

(1979-09-18) September 18, 1979
Years active1998–present
Mark Neveldine (m. 2009)

Early life

Lohman was born and raised in Palm Springs, California, the daughter of Diane (née Dunham), a patisserie owner, and Gary Lohman, a Minnesota-born architect.[3][4] She has one younger brother, Robert (born 1982).[5] At age nine, she played Gretl in The Sound of Music at the Palm Desert's McCallum Theater. Two years later, she won the Desert Theater League's award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the title role in Annie. She went on to perform locally as a child singer, which included alongside Frank Sinatra at a benefit event in Palm Springs.[6]

Lohman excelled in high school, and obtained A letter grades in all her school subjects except drama, because she suffered from shyness.[7] During her senior year, Lohman was an awardee of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.[8] She was offered a full scholarship to attend New York University but declined, opting instead to directly pursue an acting career.[8]


In 1997, after graduating from high school, Lohman moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screen acting career.[9] For the next few years, her work consisted of science fiction B-movies (such as Kraa! The Sea Monster and Planet Patrol), television productions (including the television film Sharing the Secret) and children's films (such as Delivering Milo and The Million Dollar Kid). Also included was the dark urban drama White Boy.

Lohman starred in White Oleander, an adaptation of Janet Fitch’s novel, alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn and Renée Zellweger and directed by Peter Kosminsky. Though the film was unsuccessful at the box office (it opened to $5.6 million in 1,510 theaters),[10] it received generous reviews and her performance met with wide critical acclaim, being described as her "breakthrough role" by media sources.[9]

The following year, Lohman appeared in Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott, starring with Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell. Although it was a moderate box office success, Lohman continued to receive critical praise. Later that year, she appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Fish, which continued her trend of appearing in acclaimed but was also a moderate success.

In 2005, Lohman appeared in Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies. The film originally received an NC-17 rating for its graphic sexual content,[11] and failed at the box office afterwards.[12] Some critics (such as Roger Ebert) felt that she was well-suited for the role.[13] Her next feature, The Big White, featured her alongside actors Robin Williams, Holly Hunter and Tim Blake Nelson, but nevertheless went direct-to-video. In the same year, Lohman voiced the title character in the English language re-dubbing of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Lohman's next film was the drama Flicka, which was released on October 20, 2006. At the age of 25, she played a 16-year-old girl who befriends a wild mustang in the film. Lohman had never ridden a horse prior to filming and trained rigorously for a month. She said that she was "constantly thrown emotionally and physically" while working with the horses for this role.[9] Flicka went on to become a surprise hit in the DVD market. She then played a recovering heroin addict in Things We Lost in the Fire.

Lohman, who was frequently cast as a teenager, has said that she believes she "look[s] younger, but act[s] older" than her age.[9]

Lohman was then signed to replace Ellen Page in Sam Raimi's critically acclaimed horror film, Drag Me to Hell, which was released on May 29, 2009.[14]

Personal life

Lohman married filmmaker Mark Neveldine[15] in Watertown, New York on August 19, 2009, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.[16]

In 2010, Lohman gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, named Billy, in Bucharest, Romania, where Neveldine's 2012 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was filming (starring her 2003 Matchstick Men co-star, Nicolas Cage). News of the child's birth was not revealed until August 2011.[17] She has since given birth to two more children.[18]

Following the release of Drag Me to Hell and marrying Neveldine, Lohman has somewhat semi-retired from acting with the exception of a few small roles in film projects directed or produced by her husband. She has focused more on motherhood and primarily works as an online acting coach.[19]

Lohman is a fan of Nirvana, Paramore, and Keane.[20]



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
1998 Kraa! The Sea Monster Curtis
  • Aaron Osborne
  • Dave Parker
1999 Planet Patrol Patrolman Curtis Russ Mazzolla
1999 The Auteur Theory Teen Rosemary – Elliot's Film Evan Oppenheimer
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Honey Bear Girl Josef Rusnak
2000 The Million Dollar Kid Courtney Hunter Neil Mandt
2001 Alex in Wonder Camelia Drew Ann Rosenberg
2001 Delivering Milo Ms. Madeline Nick Castle
2002 White Oleander Astrid Magnussen Peter Kosminsky Young Hollywood Award for Superstar of Tomorrow
Nominated–Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer
2002 White Boy Amy John Marino [21]
2003 Big Fish Young Sandra Templeton Tim Burton
2003 Matchstick Men Angela Ridley Scott [21]
2005 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaä (voice) Hayao Miyazaki English dub
2005 The Big White Tiffany Mark Mylod
2005 Where the Truth Lies Karen O'Connor Atom Egoyan [21]
2006 Delirious K'harma Leeds Tom DiCillo [21]
2006 Flicka Katy McLaughlin Michael Mayer [21]
2007 Beowulf Ursula Robert Zemeckis [21]
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Kelly Susanne Bier [21]
2009 Gamer Trace
2009 Drag Me to Hell Christine Brown Sam Raimi Nominated–Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated–MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
2015 The Vatican Tapes Psych Patient Mark Neveldine
2016 Urge Mother Aaron Kaufman
2016 Officer Downe Sister Blister Shawn Crahan


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1998 Pacific Blue Molly Episode: "Seduced"
1998 7th Heaven Barbara Episode: "Let's Talk About Sex"
1999 Crusade Claire Episode: "The Long Road"
1999 Safe Harbor Hayley 4 episodes
2000 Sharing the Secret Beth Moss Television film
2000–2001 Tucker McKenna Reid 13 episodes
2001–2002 Pasadena Lily McAllister 13 episodes


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  12. Where the Truth Lies (2005), Box Office Mojo
  13. "Where the Truth Lies ", Roger Ebert review, October 28, 2005.
  14. "2010 MTV Movie Awards Nominees Announced; New Category for Horror". Dread Central.
  15. Weiner, Jonah (August 30, 2009). "The Fast and Furiously Lampooned". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  16. "Celebrity wedding in Watertown". August 19, 2009. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  17. Benardello, Karen (August 19, 2011). "Alison Lohman Secretly Gave Birth to a Son Months Ago". Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  18. Lohman, Alison (September 8, 2019). "Most of the time I'm just a mother of 3..." Instagram. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  19. Reuben, Emily (2018). "Whatever happened to the star of Drag Me to Hell". Looper. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  20. "Alison Lohman of Movie - Beowulf - Loves Paramore" via
  21. "Alison Lohman". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Los Angeles, California: American Film Institute. Retrieved October 19, 2019.

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