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Alison Lohman

  • American actress
  • Born September 18, 1979

Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979) 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 Sam Raimi's 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.


I mean, I like to think of myself as being strong and independent, but I definitely wasn't like that at 14.




I still get really nervous, though, before each performance. It kind of hits about 15 minutes before we go onstage - sometimes I don't even want to go on. But once I'm onstage I'm fine.




Obviously you don't want to be anonymous, but you don't want everyone to know your life.




For Astrid, no matter what challenges they go through, they are going to face each other. It's hard for a daughter to accept that her mother is that selfish and that terrible.




But you're not necessarily ever going to be handed a script where you can say: it's all done and perfect.




My private life... Nobody should care. I think it's weird.




I just want to act. I just want to do the work.




But, you know, it really depends on the character. Age doesn't really matter.




I think everybody faces challenges in their lives. I've definitely been through it - not to the extreme that Astrid did. I try to keep some kind of identity and strength.




I don't think I'll ever be comfortable with the idea of being famous.




You know what? It's a great conversation starter, right? You meet friends that way. Sometimes it's a good thing. And then other times, I guess, the person is just a little too... then you kind of like want to back away. It depends on the person, you know?




I did musicals from about age 10 to 18.




I like to take a character and develop it.




I'd like to play characters who are older - I don't want to be playing 14-year-olds too much longer.




I've always loved acting with adults versus like the whole High School feel.




I mean, God, I'm so lucky right now with the opportunities that I've had. There's nothing to worry about.




My dad's an architect and my mom owned a French bakery for twelve years.




I'm 24. I think when I was 18, 19, I had a problem with it because I wanted to look older and more womanly. I look in the mirror and I don't feel or look 14 to myself, regardless of what other people think. I'm fine with it and it really doesn't matter what age I'm playing.




I don't know... I don't want people to know everything about me.



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