Allie Grant – Seattle Shorts Film Festival

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Career highlights​WeedsSuburgatory​The GoldbergsStruck By Lightning

Allie Grant will be exclusively voting on the 2017 “Best Actor” award category.

Since the age of three, Allie Grant and her mother Angie have been on a journey to see Allie’s dreams come to life. After appearing in a couple of talent showcases throughout the country and having received several callbacks and words of encouragement from agents and casting directors, Allie, then ten, and Angie packed up their car and left Tupelo, Mississippi only knowing one thing for certain; they were headed west. Allie began auditioning and soon found herself on a Showtime pilot called “Weeds” as a guest star, little did she know she would later become a series regular. In the five seasons she spent on the show, the series was nominated for five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, all including Best Comedy. Allie and the cast were also nominated for the distinguished Best Cast Ensemble at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards in both 2007 and 2009.In 2011, her ABC series “Suburgatory” debuted to enthusiastic viewers and critics alike, making it the highest rated series in six years for the network’s time slot. Created by Emily Kapnek, (producer and writer of “Parks and Recreation”) the show is a satirical exploration of the suburbs through the eyes of Manhattan natives Tessa and George (Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto), a disillusioned teenage girl and her single father. As Tessa sinks deeper into the obscure little neighborhood, she meets Lisa Shay (Grant), her “explosively soft” neighbor. As they develop their friendship, they realize you don’t have to be an outsider to feel displaced. The show also stars Cheryl Hines with “Saturday Night Live” alums Chris Parnell and Ana Gasteyer as Grant’s parents. The series ended in 2014 after becoming a staple in TV’s Wednesday night line up as both a fan favorite and critic’s pick. From New York’s Tribeca Film Festival to France’s Festival de Cannes, Grant’s “Struck by Lightning” (written by and starring Chris Colfer, alongside Alison Janney, Christina Hendricks, and Dermot Mulroney) caused quite the stir amongst distributors, and reunited Allie with her first director, Brian Dannelly. The movie was released in January of 2013 and was soon met with a cult following.

​In 2015, Allie played a starring role in what is considered “one of the year’s most shocking moments in television”, as fans said goodbye to their beloved Dr. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) in “Grey’s Anatomy.” Later last year, she also began guest starring on “The Goldbergs” where she plays the fierce and overtly loving Evy Silver, who bares a striking resemblance both physically and in essence to Mrs. Goldberg (Wendi Mclendon-Covey.) Allie continues to play a key role today in the series’ celebrated love triangle between Geoff Schwartz (Sam Lerner) and Erica Goldberg (Hayley Orranatia) Allie’s work also expands into the theatre, including the Los Angeles run of “How I Learned to Drive”, and the production of her original piece “Who Sings to the Sparrow,” inspired by the Elie Wiesel memoir “Night”, which she also directed. With successful readings of William Inge’s “Bus Stop” and Paul Zindel’s “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds,” her eyes are always set on her first love, the stage, Allie, now twenty-two, lives in New York, with her mother, Angie, where she continues to thrive in the theater, film and television.

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