Alison Marion Lohman is an American actress probably best known for her roles in “While Oleander” and “Drag Me To Hell,” among others.
Alison Lohman grew up in Palm Springs, California and is of Irish descent. She said, “I was really shy, like so shy that I would behind [my mother’s] skirt when being introduced to people.”
When she was nine, she performed in community theatre. She won the Theater League’s award for “Most Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for her role in “Annie.” By the time she was 17, she’d appeared in 12 productions. She was even a singer, and joined Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope on stage.
“I’ve always loved acting with adults versus like the whole high school feel.” Though she appeared in one play in high school, she found the high school experience “too petty and gossipy. Like, whose boobs are bigger and who is sleeping with who.”
Alison Lohman was offered a scholarship to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but she declined and instead moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She appeared in a variety of B-movies, but her breakthrough role was in “White Oleander.” She followed it up with roles in “Matchstick Men” and “Big Fish.”
In 2009, Alison appeared in “Drag Me To Hell,” a role originally meant for Ellen Page. As for her career, she said in an earlier interview, “I don’t think I like to think of myself [as famous]. I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable with the idea of being famous. I don’t really want that…I just want to act. I just want to do the work.”
She added later, “For me, I would rather not be photographed, I would rather not have to do interviews, because I feel uncomfortable doing it. I don’t like to expose myself.”
In 2010, she gave birth to her first child, a son, Billy Neveldine, from her marriage to Mark Neveldine.
At 5’ 2”, she said, “I’ve always wanted to be tall. In high school I’d wear longer pants and platform shoes. I have to wear heels so people don’t see how short I am.”
Alison Lohman resides in Los Angeles.