Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas


7/25/1965, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Illeana Hesselberg



Also Known As

Ileana Douglas, Illeanna Douglas
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Indy Queen, Illeana Douglas first came to prominence as Matt Dillon's suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant's TO DIE FOR (NY Film Critic's Nominee). Since then she has been a staple on the independent film scene with memorable performances in GHOST WORLD, HAPPY TEXAS, WEDDING BELL BLUES, DUMMY,…more


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    • Illeana: When I do a character, I try to base it on someone I have met or an experience I've had.

    • Illeana: There's too much insecurity on studio sets, with all the people standing around, whispering.

    • Illeana: There are embarrassing pictures of me from high school. I don't know what kind of look I was trying to achieve.

    • Illeana: The best situation is where they cast you and then they trust you.

    • Illeana: The Adventures of Pluto Nash, by the time it came out, it was completely different from what we had signed up for. I don't know what happened.

    • Illeana: It's nice to see a movie where people are actually succeeding.

    • Illeana: It used to be much easier for me to flit between a studio and an independent film, but now it depends a lot more on the director.

    • Illeana: It is nice to do an independent film that can be a commercial hit. I think comedies do really well. I wish more independent films were comedies.

    • Illeana: I've done a few studio films in the last few years where I feel like I've done good work, and then I only end up in two scenes. That's been very disappointing.

    • illeana: I'm a huge poster collector.

    • Illeana: I'm a big fan of Albert Brooks, Nichols and May. I'd like to follow in their footsteps and do comedy films.

    • Illana: I wore a lot of vintage clothing. I dressed like a reporter, with a little card in my hat. I had these fantasies of who I wanted to be, so I'd dress like an explorer, a cowboy. I dressed up like Elton John a lot too. That was another period.

    • Illeana: I want to bring back some sketch comedy. I did work with a group called Manhattan Punch Line with Oliver Platt in the early '80s.

    • Illeana: I want to be an animated character. I'm also doing more writing and directing.

    • Illeana: I often take clothes from my mom's closet, because she was a Simplicity pattern model in the 1950s and loves clothes. She's also a total pack rat.

    • Illeana: I met Patricia Neal, John Houseman. But I loved my grandfather because he was this kind, talented man.

    • Illeana: I loved the idea of the Nerd as Hero, which Ghost World also had.

    • Illeana: I love sketch comedy. My real goal is to do something with Albert Brooks. That would be my fantasy. I stay up night and day thinking up stuff he might find funny.

    • Illeana: I love anything to dowith ventriloquism and magic.

    • Illeana: I like the idea of capturing people who aren't there to save the world.

    • Illeana: I had an obsession that I was male characters from movies.

    • Illeana: I enjoy doing independent films more, only because there's more freedom. There's not as many cooks tampering with what you are trying to do.

    • Illeana:I always wanted to get into the horror genre. I like scary movies. I want to go to the fan shows and sign posters with my head hanging by a thread like a B-movie actress.

    • Illeana: God only knows what else is on the web about me.

    • Illeana: Women don't want to be listened to. They only want to be agreed with.