Alison Folland

Actor
Alison Folland was a ninth grader at a private school near her family's home in Wellesley, MA, when her drama teacher suggested she audition for Gus Van Sant who was casting "To Die For" (1995). Impressing the director ... Read more »
Born: 08/09/1978 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

The Fighter 2010 (Movie)

Laurie Carroll (Actor)

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

Woman Reading on Bench with Hair Pin (Actor)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 2008 (Movie)

Stage Manager Margaret (Actor)

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

CSI: New York 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zerophilia 2006 (Movie)

Janine (Actor)

Milwaukee, Minnesota 2005 (Movie)

Tuey Stites (Actor)

She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

Jeopardy Contestant (Actor)

Stay Until Tomorrow 2000 (Movie)

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Boys Don't Cry 1999 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Pigeonholed 1999 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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All Over Me 1997 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

MIT Student (Actor)

Before and After 1996 (Movie)

Martha Taverner (Actor)

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

Lydia Mertz (Actor)

Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Alison Folland was a ninth grader at a private school near her family's home in Wellesley, MA, when her drama teacher suggested she audition for Gus Van Sant who was casting "To Die For" (1995). Impressing the director, the neophyte won the role of Lydia, the misfit youth who idolizes an ambitious wannabe TV personality (Nicole Kidman) to the point of aiding in the murder of the older woman's husband. The spell between the two women is broken only when Kidman's Suzanne Stone cruelly accuses the younger girl of exhibiting lesbian tendencies. Yet Lydia, however cynically, gains the media attention Suzanne so desperately craved. Folland received positive reviews and reaction to her delicate, nuanced performance. Barbet Schroeder was sufficiently impressed enough to cast her opposite Edward Furlong in a key role in "Before and After" (1996). The stocky actress had her best screen role to date, however, as a shy lesbian with a crush on her best friend in Alex Sichel's "All Over Me" (1997). Folland won critical kudos for her heartfelt depiction of an adolescent coping with conflicting emotions.

Milestones

2005

Cast with Randy Quaid and Bruce Dern in "Milwaukee, Minnesota"

1999

Had supporting in "Boys Don't Cry"

1998

Made guest appearance on NBC's "Law & Order"

1997

Had leading role in "All Over Me"

1997

Played small role in "Good Will Hunting"

1996

Continued acting career with "Before and After" for director Barbet Schroeder

1995

Made feature film debut in "To Die For"

Bonus Trivia

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"I wish I had the clarity of vision Claude [her character in 'All Over Me'] has. She has that rare ability to put her mind over her emotions. It's hard enough to experience the kind of pain she feels over and over again than to actually recognize what it is and make positive changes." --Alison Folland quoted in INTERVIEW, May 1997

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