Pill at the 2013 PaleyFest
November 27, 1985|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||Vaughan Road Academy|
Joshua Leonard (m. 2015)
Alison Pill (born November 27, 1985) is a Canadian actress. A former child actress, Pill began her career at age twelve, appearing in numerous films and television series. She transitioned to adult roles and her breakthrough came with the television series The Book of Daniel (2006). That same year, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2006).
Pill had prominent roles in the films Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Plain Truth (2004), Milk (2008), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011), Zoom (2015), the television series In Treatment (2009), The Pillars of the Earth (2010), The Newsroom (2012–14) and American Horror Story: Cult (2017).
Pill was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her father, a professional engineer, is Estonian. Pill attended Vaughan Road Academy, where she was in its Interact program, designed for students interested in dance, music, athletics, and theatre.
Pill decided to embark on an acting career when she was 10 years old. As a member of the Toronto Children's Chorus, she was chosen to narrate one of their performances. Her mother tried to discourage Pill by getting her a job as a background performer on the series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. By the time she was 11, she'd played a guest role on an episode of the kids' series The New Ghostwriter Mysteries. At 12, she landed roles in two TV movies and a mini-series, a guest appearance on the TV series PSI Factor and voiced a character on an animated series. After roles in two more television movies, she landed her first feature film role, a small budget Canadian movie called The Life Before This in 1999, followed by the role of Jacob's older sister Marfa in Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Pill played roles in four more TV movies before the age of fourteen. The next year, she landed a small role in Skipped Parts in 2000 starring Drew Barrymore and Mischa Barton, then appeared in four more TV movies and features that year, including playing Farrah Fawcett's daughter in the TNT network movie Baby and a lead role in the Canadian film The Dinosaur Hunter, which was originally intended to be shown at a dinosaur museum and on a provincial education channel, but which made its way to the Burbank International Film Festival, winning Pill an award for Best Child Actress. She landed the role of young Lorna in the ABC-TV biopic Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows in 2001, based on the memoir by Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft. That year, Pill also played Sissy Spacek's daughter in the TV flick Midwives.
In 2003, she played Katie Holmes' sister in the indie feature Pieces of April. Pill won the lead in the CTV-TV movie Fast Food High, about a teenager who gets a job at a fast food restaurant and tries to set up a union. She also landed a supporting role in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen in 2003, starring Lindsay Lohan. Pill ventured off into stage acting, with the New York City staging of None of the Above as the first item in her theater credentials. This was followed by The Distance From Here, On the Mountain, Blackbird, and Mauritius. In 2006, she starred as Grace Webster in the short-lived NBC drama The Book of Daniel. That same year, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Mairead in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Because of her busy work schedule, Pill's schooling was done through a program for youngsters in the business. Since graduating from high school, Pill moved to New York to pursue a career in theatre, but continued to work in movies such as Dan in Real Life in 2007.
Pill had a major supporting role as campaign manager Anne Kronenberg in the Oscar-winning 2008 film Milk. In 2009, she performed with Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp playing the Twilight Zone-inspired "Meredith Moon" and "The Real North Pole" sci-fi Christmas Harp. Pill was cast as April on In Treatment. She later played Kim Pine in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as well as in Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation. She portrayed Empress Maud in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. In theatre, Pill starred with Abigail Breslin in Broadway's The Miracle Worker. She has worked with Woody Allen twice, as Zelda Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris and as Hayley in To Rome with Love.
She has starred in short films including Denise in 2012 with Chris Messina and Santa Baby in which she sang and danced. In 2016, she appeared in Cover Up by Satya Bhabha with Jason Ritter, to be released at the LA Shorts Fest, and Woman in Deep, where she played a woman who calls a suicide prevention hot line and is put on hold, directed by Janicza Bravo. In a new theater production of Wait Until Dark, Pill starred as a blind woman who must fend for her life. She also starred in the film Snowpiercer, alongside Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, which was released in 2013. From 2012 until its ending in 2014, she appeared in Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom as Maggie Jordan. Pill appeared in Cooties starring Elijah Wood. In Zoom, Pill played Emma, an aspiring comic book artist. She had a part in Hail, Caesar! as Eddie Mannix's wife. Pill is attached to star in Sook-Yin Lee's Canadian indie Octavio is Dead, a role that will chase her late father's ghost in Mexico City. Pill starred in Goon: Last of the Enforcers as Eva Glatt, Glatt's love interest in first movie Goon, now married to Glatt. Pill was part of the cast of The Family as Willa Warren. In 2016, Pill co-starred with Jessica Chastain in the EuropaCorp thriller Miss Sloane. In 2017, she joined American Horror Story: Cult, starring as Ivy Mayfair-Richards, one of the main characters of the storyline.
Pill was engaged to actor Jay Baruchel from 2011 to 2013. Baruchel made their engagement public when he thanked Pill as his fiancée during an acceptance speech at the Genie Awards in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Baruchel alluded to their break-up in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.
Pill became engaged to actor Joshua Leonard in January 2015. They were married on May 24, 2015 after a four month long engagement. They have a daughter, Wilder Grace Leonard, born on November 19, 2016.
|1998||The Last Don II||Bethany|
|1998||You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Camp Out Party||Friend #2|
|1999||The Life Before This||Jessica|
|1999||Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang||Shapiro/Marfa|
|2000||Skipped Parts||Chuckette Morris|
|2002||Perfect Pie||Marie (age 15)|
|2003||Pieces of April||Beth Burns|
|2003||Fast Food High||Emma Redding|
|2004||Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen||Ella Gerard|
|2004||The Crypt Club||Liesl||Short film|
|2007||Dan in Real Life||Jane Burns|
|2009||The Awakening of Abigail Harris||Abigail Harris||Short film|
|2009||One Way to Valhalla||Dale|
|2010||Goldstar, Ohio||Kendra Harper||Short film|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Kim Pine|
|2011||Midnight in Paris||Zelda Fitzgerald|
|2011||Portraits in Dramatic Time||Alison Pill|
|2012||To Rome with Love||Hayley|
|2012||Santa Baby||Alice||Short film|
|2016||Hail, Caesar!||Mrs. Mannix|
|2016||Woman in Deep||Birdie||Short film|
|2016||Cover Up||Emma||Short film|
|2016||Miss Sloane||Jane Molloy|
|2017||Goon: Last of the Enforcers||Eva Glatt|
|1997||The New Ghostwriter Mysteries||Lucy||Episode: "Moving Parts"|
|1998||Fast Track||Alexa Stokes||Episode: "Real Time"|
|1998||Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal||Sophie Schulman||Episode: "The Night of the Setting Sun"|
|1998||The Last Don II||Bethany||Episode: "1.1"|
|1998||Anatole||Paulette (voice)||5 episodes|
|1998||Degas & the Dancer||Marie van Goethem||Television film|
|1998||Stranger in Town||Hetty||Television film|
|1999||Locked in Silence||Lacey||Television film|
|1999||God's New Plan||Samantha Hutton||Television film|
|1999||Different||Sally Reed||Television film|
|1999||Redwall||Cornflower (voice)||13 episodes|
|1999||Dear America: A Journey to the New World||Remember Patience Whipple||Television special|
|1999||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Paige||Episode: "Forget Me Not"|
|1999||A Holiday Romance||Fern||Television film|
|2000||Redwall: The Movie||Cornflower (voice)||Television film|
|2000||Traders||Andrea Exter||Episode: "Hawks"|
|2000||The Dinosaur Hunter||Julia Creath||Television film|
|2000||The Other Me||Allana Browning||Television film|
|2000||Baby||Larkin Malone||Television film|
|2001||Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series||Victoria (voice)||Episode: "Butterflies!"|
|2001||Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows||Young Lorna Luft||Television film|
|2001||Midwives||Constance Danforth||Television film|
|2001||What Girls Learn||Tilden||Television film|
|2002||The Pilot's Wife||Mattie Lyons||Television film|
|2003||An Unexpected Love||Samantha Mayer||Television film|
|2004||What Katy Did||Katy Carr||Television film|
|2004||A Separate Peace||Beth||Television film|
|2004||Plain Truth||Katie Fisher||Television film|
|2006||The Book of Daniel||Grace Webster||8 episodes|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Lisa Ramsey||Episode: "Wrongful Life"|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kelsey Murphy||Episode: "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda"|
|2009||In Treatment||April||7 episodes|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation||Kim Pine (voice)||Television short|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Princess Maude||8 episodes|
|2012–2014||The Newsroom||Maggie Jordan||25 episodes|
|2014||7p/10e||Alison||Episode: "Day 16"|
|2014||Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends||Herself||Television short|
|2016||The Family||Willa Warren||12 episodes|
|2017||American Horror Story: Cult||Ivy Mayfair-Richards||9 episodes|
|2004||Lindsay Lohan||"Drama Queen (That Girl)"|
|2010||Owen Pallett||"Lewis Takes Off His Shirt"|
|2016||Funny or Die||"Honest Phone Sex For Married Couples"|
|2016||WeatherFrom||"Angel and Demon"|
|2003||None of the Above||Jamie||Ohio Theatre|
|2004||The Distance From Here||Jenn||MCC Theater|
|2005||On The Mountain||Jaime||Playwrights Horizons|
|2006||The Lieutenant of Inishmore||Mairead||Lyceum Theatre|
|2007||Blackbird||Una||Manhattan Theater Club|
|2008||reasons to be pretty||Steph||Lucille Lortel Theatre|
|2010||The Miracle Worker||Anne Sullivan||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|2010||This Wide Night||Marie||Peter Jay Sharp Theatre|
|2011||The House of Blue Leaves||Corrinna Stroller||Walter Kerr Theatre|
|2013||Wait Until Dark||Susan||Geffen Playhouse|
|2018||Three Tall Women||C||John Golden Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2000||Burbank International Children's Film Festival||Best Child Actress Performance||The Dinosaur Hunter||Won|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot – Supporting Young Actress||Degas and the Dancer||Nominated|
|2001||Best Ensemble in a TV Movie (Shared with cast)||The Other Me||Nominated|
|2002||Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actress||What Girls Learn||Nominated|
|2003||Gemini Awards||Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series||The Dinosaur Hunter||Nominated|
|2004||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Play (Shared with cast)||The Distance From Here||Nominated|
|Outstanding Ensemble Performance||Won|
|2005||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress||On the Mountain||Nominated|
|2006||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||The Lieutenant of Inishmore||Nominated|
|2007||Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Blackbird||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|2008||Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Lead Actress||Nominated|
|2009||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Shared with cast)||Milk||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Ensemble Cast (Shared with cast)||Nominated|
|15th Critics' Choice Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Won|
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||In Treatment||Nominated|
|2011||Best Original Song (Shared with cast)||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||This Wide Night||Nominated|
|Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role
in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
|The Pillars of the Earth||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting (Shared with cast)||Midnight in Paris||Nominated|
|2012||Gold Derby Awards||Ensemble Cast (Shared with cast)||Nominated|
|2013||Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film||Goon||Nominated|
|2014||Virtuoso Award||Best Breakthrough Performances||The Newsroom||Won|
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- "Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement". Us Weekly. March 4, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
- "Alison Pill Engaged to Actor Joshua Leonard: See Her Engagement Ring!". Us Weekly. January 3, 2015.
- "Alison Pill Marries Joshua Leonard in Yellow Wedding Dress: See Photos From the Newsroom Star's Nuptials". Us Weekly. May 25, 2015.
- Juneau, Jen (November 25, 2016). "Joshua Leonard and Alison Pill Welcome Daughter Wilder Grace". People. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
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- "Mauritius". IBDB.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- "The Miracle Worker". IBDB.com. The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- Brantley, Ben (May 17, 2010). "Two Ex-Cellmates Disoriented by Time". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- "The House of Blue Leaves". IBDB.com. The Broadway League. October 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- "Wait Until Dark". geffenplayhouse.com. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- Hetrick, Adam. "Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill Open Broadway Premiere of Edward Albee’s 'Three Tall Women'" Playbill, March 29, 2018
- McHenry, Jackson. "Triple Whammy: Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill Unite for 'Three Tall Women'" vulture.com (New York Magazine), March 5, 2018