Joan Allen

Joan Allen


8/20/1956, Rochelle, Illinois, USA

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Joan Allen is the daughter of Jeff and Dorothy Allen. She has two sisters, Mary and Lynn, and a brother, David. She attended Rochelle Township High School and was voted most likely to succeed. She later attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and later Northern Illinois University. Allen,…more


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    • Joan: (on her Oscar nomination for "The Contender") It's just wonderful to be nominated. You're one of just five women in the world and it's been so beneficial to my career. I got to meet some wonderful people. To be able to go up to Ellen Burstyn and say, 'I've loved your work for years'. That was just great.

    • Joan: (on her portrayal of the first female vice-president in "The Contender" in 2000) It's true. I was queuing up to vote in our election last year and some people were saying, 'I want you, you're the one I want', and I was like, 'It's just a role'.

    • Joan: (on meeting John Malkovich for the first time) I was really drawn to him and probably terrified at the same time. I didn't know what to make of him because I was just this naive little gal from a small town in northern Illinois.

    • Joan: (on the people she worked with at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) It was the most amazing, talented group. We could pick our seasons, cast who we wanted. I thought I was the luckiest person in the world. And that group of people is responsible for who I am today.

    • Joan: (on her role in "The Bourne Supremacy") It was one of the hardest roles I've ever done. The language was so unemotional it was almost impossible for me to memorize.

    • Joan: I just try and do the best with every role I get to do. Hopefully the experience in itself is a good experience and people will want to work with me.

    • Joan: I think in someways doing film is a little bit more parent friendly. It's less of a commitment and in someways that sort of facilities my personal life a little bit better in someways.

    • Joan: I was always much more shy. All I knew was that I loved to act. But I don't know about the other part of it. I'm not sure I had the chutzpah to go and prove yourself.

    • Joan: I'm hard to pin down. I tend to look different in films. I get recognised sometimes. But I just live my life. I get on the bus, I get on the subway, it's not a problem. I think of myself more as a character actor than that ingenue leading lady, who started out something like Michelle Pfeiffer, or Jessica Lange. I'm a bit quirkier than that.

    • Joan: I think the people who cast films tend to think of me in regard to strong women with integrity and a lot of it has been very good.

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    Joan Allen is really a talented actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "The Bourne Supremacy."