Allison Mack

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Allison Mack
Allison Mack (2018 crop).jpg
Mack in February 2018
Born
Allison Christin Mack

(1982-07-29) July 29, 1982 (age 39)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active1989–2017
Spouse(s)
(m. 2017)

Allison Christin Mack (born July 29, 1982) is an American actress. She played Chloe Sullivan on the superhero series Smallville (2001–2011) and had a recurring role on the comedy series Wilfred (2012; 2014).

Mack was a member of NXIVM, a sex cult posing as a multilevel marketing company. In 2018, she was arrested on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy in relation to NXIVM activities. She pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2021.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mack was born on July 29, 1982, in Preetz, West Germany,[2][3][4] to Americans Jonathan Mack, an opera singer, and Mindy Mack, a schoolteacher and bookkeeper.[3][4] Her parents were in Germany at the time of her birth because Jonathan was performing there; they lived in Germany for two years before moving to California.[5]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Mack's first job was for a German chocolate company in a series of print ads and commercials.[5] She went into modeling for a short period[6] and studied at the Young Actors Space in Los Angeles at age seven.[2]

Mack's first major television role was in an episode of the WB series 7th Heaven, in which she gained attention playing a teenager who cut herself. In 2000, she co-starred in the short-lived series Opposite Sex. Her film credits include roles in My Horrible Year! (Eric Stoltz's directorial debut) as a girl having great difficulties in her life as she turns 16. She was also featured in Camp Nowhere and in the Disney film Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.

Smallville (2001–2011)[edit]

Mack at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con

In October 2001, Mack began starring as Chloe Sullivan (an original character created for the show) one of Clark Kent's best friends in the WB/CW television series Smallville. Mack earned several awards and nominations for her portrayal of Chloe, including the Teen Choice Award for Best Sidekick in 2006 and 2007.[7][8] She appeared as a series regular for nine seasons and returned as an intermittent main cast member in the tenth season, including the two-part series finale. From 2003 to 2006, Mack's character appeared in her own miniseries Smallville: Chloe Chronicles and Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles. In 2008, Mack made her directorial debut in Smallville season 8 episode "Power".[9]

In 2002, she made a couple of appearances along with her Smallville castmate Sam Jones III in R. L. Stine's miniseries The Nightmare Room. In 2006, Mack appeared in the animated movie The Ant Bully. That same year, she voiced Clea, a museum curator, in an episode of The Batman. Adding to her Superman resume, she lent her voice for Power Girl in the animated feature Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009).[10] Since May 2009, Mack has been part of a project with the Iris Theatre Company.[11]

After Smallville[edit]

In March 2012, Mack was cast in a recurring role in the second season of the FX sitcom Wilfred. She played Amanda, the love interest of Elijah Wood's lead character Ryan. Mack returned to Wilfred for one episode of the fourth and final season.[12] In 2014, Mack guest-starred as a policewoman named Hilary in an episode of the Fox thriller The Following. On March 21, 2015, she tweeted that she would be appearing in American Odyssey as Julia, who befriends Suzanne, the daughter of Anna Friel's lead character Sgt. Odelle Ballard.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Mack had a long-term relationship with actor Chad Krowchuk during the 2000s.[14] She was engaged to fellow Smallville actor Sam Witwer in 2013, but the engagement was called off a year later.[15] Mack married Canadian actress Nicki Clyne, a NXIVM member, in February 2017. The marriage was alleged to have been a sham to get Clyne around US immigration laws and only became public a year later during legal proceedings on the conspiracy and racketeering charges as part of Mack's involvement with NXIVM.[16][17][18] In December 2020, Mack filed for divorce from Clyne.[19][20] It was reported in 2020 that Mack had attended classes at UC Berkeley.[21]

Federal prosecutors have revealed that Mack, Clyne, and Lauren Salzman (the daughter of NXIVM president Nancy Salzman) were founder Keith Raniere's inner circle and sexual partners and his "first-line masters" in the secret group "DOS".[22][23][24]

NXIVM and criminal prosecution[edit]

The indictment of Mack and other NXIVM members

In 2006, Mack joined NXIVM after attending a two-day introduction to "Jness", a women's group within NXIVM.[25][26][27][28] In a 2003 article from Forbes, advocates of NXIVM portrayed it as an organization focused on inspirational executive coaching, "like a practical MBA", while detractors accused the founder Keith Raniere of running "a cult-like program aimed at breaking down his subjects psychologically".[29][30] The group had a practice of branding their victims, a ritual created by Mack.[31]

Former NXIVM member Sarah Edmondson stated in a 2017 New York Times exposé and a 2018 A&E special on cults that Mack recruited her into an enclave within NXIVM, "Dominus Obsequious Sororium" (DOS), and that she had been branded in an initiation ceremony at Mack's house, under Mack's supervision.[32][33] By one account, some women appeared to have been branded with Mack's initials (AM) and Raniere's initials (KR).[31]

Mack was arrested in Brooklyn by the FBI on April 20, 2018, on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.[34][35] During her arraignment proceedings, prosecutors also accused her of entering a sham marriage with Nicki Clyne to help Clyne circumvent US immigration laws.[18][16][17][36] According to prosecutors, after she recruited women to join the organization, she used tactics such as blackmail to force them into engaging in sexual activity with Raniere against their wishes and enslaved them to do menial tasks, for which Raniere allegedly paid Mack. Mack is said to be second-in-command of NXIVM after Raniere.[37][38][39]

On April 24, 2018, Mack was released on a $5 million bond and held under house arrest under the custody of her parents in California.[40] She was charged with recruiting women into "DOS" or "The Vow", a sex cult propagated by NXIVM that presented itself as a women's self-help group.[41][42][43][44] If convicted of all charges, Mack and Raniere faced imprisonment for a minimum of 15 years.[45][46][26] In March 2019, it was revealed in court that Mack and the other defendants in the case were in "active plea negotiations" as Raniere appeared in court to plead not guilty to child pornography charges related to the case.[47] On April 8, 2019, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges and was scheduled for sentencing in September 2019.[48][49] The sentencing was postponed by the court to grant sufficient time to conduct pre-sentencing investigations.[23]

In 2019, Catherine Oxenberg produced the Lifetime television film Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter with actress Sara Fletcher as Mack.[50] On October 27, 2020, Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison.[51]

In January 2020, Mack, Keith Raniere, Nicki Clyne and other NXIVM individuals were named as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court by 80 former NXIVM members. The lawsuit details allegations of fraud and abuse and charges of being a pyramid scheme, exploitation of its recruits, conducting illegal human experiments, and making it "physically and psychologically difficult, and in some cases impossible, to leave the coercive community."[29][52][53]

Mack faced a minimum of 15 years to life in prison.[54] Days before the sentencing, Mack released a statement saying that her involvement was "the biggest mistake and regret of [her] life" and expressed remorse in regard to those affected. In addition to the letter, her attorneys asked for no jail time in consideration for Mack's remorse and her cooperation with Raniere's prosecution.[55] On June 30, 2021, Mack was sentenced to three years in federal prison, must complete 1,000 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.[56][1] Mack reported to Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin in Dublin, California, on September 13, 2021, to begin serving her three year sentence.[57]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Little Girl
1993 Night Eyes 3 Natalie
1994 Camp Nowhere Heather
1995 No Dessert, Dad, till You Mow the Lawn Monica Cochran
1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Jenny Szalinski
2006 The Ant Bully Tiffany Nickle Voice only
2008 Alice & Huck Alice Short film
2009 You Quincey
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Power Girl Voice only
2010 Frog Her Short film
2010 Purgatory Woman Short film
2011 Marilyn Marilyn
2011 Blink Producer Short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 I Know My First Name Is Steven Nettie TV film
1990 Shangri-La Plaza Jenny Episode: "Pilot"
1990 Empty Nest Gloria Episode: "There's No Accounting"
1991 Switched at Birth Normia Twigg TV film
1991 Living a Lie Stella TV film
1992 The Perfect Bride Little Stephanie TV film
1992 A Private Matter Terri Finkbine TV film
1992 A Message from Holly Ida TV film
1993 Evening Shade Julia
Recurring role, 2 Episodes:
  • "The Diary of Molly Newton"
  • "The Dance"
1993 A Mother's Revenge Wendy Sanders TV film
1995 Dad, the Angel & Me Andrea TV film
1995 Sweet Justice Jessica Episode: "Broken Ties"
1996 Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden Katie TV film
1996 The Care and Handling of Roses Bess Townsend TV film
1996 Unlikely Angel Sarah Bartilson TV film
1997 Hiller and Diller Brooke TV series
1998 7th Heaven Nicole Jacob Episode: "Cutters"
1999 Providence Alicia Episode: "Good Fellows"
2000 Opposite Sex Kate Jacobs Recurring role, 8 episodes
2001 Kate Brasher Georgia Episode: "Georgia"
2001 My Horrible Year! Nicola 'Nik' Faulkner TV film
2001–2011 Smallville Chloe Sullivan Series regular, 204 episodes
2002 The Nightmare Room Charlotte Scott
Recurring role

Episodes

  • "Camp Nowhere, Part 1"
  • "Camp Nowhere, Part 2"
2006 The Batman Clea
  • Episode: "The Everywhere Man"
  • Voice only
2012; 2014 Wilfred Amanda Recurring role
2015 The Following Hilary Guest Role
2015 American Odyssey Julia Guest Role
2017 Lost in Oz Evelyn Recurring Role, voice only (season 1)
Credit subsequently removed
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 Smallville: Chloe Chronicles Chloe Sullivan 8 episodes
2006 Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles Chloe Sullivan 6 episodes
2010 Riese Marlise 3 episodes
2010 Dirty Little Secret Lauren Belle Voice only
Director
Year Title Episodes Notes
2009–2010 Smallville
  • "Power"
  • "Warrior"
2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Nominated
2005 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Smallville Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Won[7]
2006 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Smallville Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Won[8]
2008 SyFy Genre Award Best Supporting Actress Smallville Won[58]
2009 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Nominated

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