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The Case of the Disappearing Actress: Alison Lohman, Everyone's Favorite 30-Year-Old Teenager

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrities Are Better than You | April 22, 2014 | Comments ()


It happens sometimes, more often with actresses, that someone who we love seeing onscreen just one day disappears: Poof! They’ve made like Bridget Fonda and vanished. It often doesn’t occur to us that he or she left the industry until we’re reminiscing about an old movie like Drag Me to Hell, as we were on last night’s Station Agents, and we think: Oh sh*t. What happened to Alison Lohman? She hasn’t made anything memorable in a while…

checks IMDB …

Actually, Alison Lohman hasn’t made anything since Drag Me to Hell and Gamer in 2009. She’s been gone for five years! Her last apparent public appearance was two years ago, at the premiere for Dark Shadows with her husband.

She still looks great. And at 35 (33 in the picture), she still looks every bit of 18 as she always did. So, what the hell happened to Lohman?

The answer is: I don’t know. Wikipedia suggests that she might have decided to quit to devote her time to raising her children, after she gave birth to her first child in 2010 (although, it wasn’t even announced publicly until 2011), and that makes sense. She’s actually married to Mark Neveldine (pictured, above), the co-writer/director behind Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Jonah Hex. She does have a Twitter account, but it hasn’t been updated since 2009. Her fanpage on Facebook was last updated two months ago with this message: “Do you want to see Alison in new movie?”

Uh, yes. Yes, I do.

But until she resurfaces at the age of 40, looking 25, we’ll have to settle with rewatching Drag Me to Hell and her fantastic performance in Matchstick Men. And wherever you are, Ms. Lohman, just know that we’re thinking fondly of you. Please come back, because there are plenty of roles that Amy Adams and Ellen Page can’t fill all by themselves.




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  • KC

    Ah man I miss Alison Lohman. I check her IMDB page every once in a while to see if she decided to come back to the movie industry. I understand her decision but it makes me sad because she's awesome!

  • TotesMcGotes

    Cool, I also tried to find out what she's been up to some time ago. Always liked her, I hope she comes back. If she wants to.

  • kirbyjay

    Eek, her husband is a bit of a hack, no?

  • Mrs. Julien

    I would LOVE for my husband to be a bit of a hack if it meant we had more money. He can write good stuff on the side.

  • stella

    Between her and Gabrielle union, I think the Fountain of youth has been discovered.

  • Amy

    She had a baby. Maybe she chose to just focus on her family. Aaaaand now I see that you mentioned that.

  • DarthBrookes

    Maybe she just quit because, well, she's had enough. Acting is hard. Not performing surgery hard or construction work hard, but emotionally it's tough. It's harder than not acting. Then there's the whole celebrity bullshit. If she has enough money, wisely invested and is enjoying her life as it is, then why not retire.

    She's beautiful and talented, but if she doesn't need to work and working is more stress than not working, I say good luck to her.

    Now stop poking around at the door to my basement. There's nothing down there. That noise you heard was just the pipes... Or the water heater.

  • Joe

    Wow, she looks super, super cute with the short spiky hair in the third picture.

  • Considering I keep foolishly holding out hope for Raimi to make "Drag Her Out Of Hell" I share your wish for her cinematic return.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I just went through this with Simon Woods who played Bingley in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice and then Gaius Octavian on HBO's Rome. He was completely different in each role and downright spectacular in Rome. Nothing on IMDb since 2008. I keep hoping he's doing stage work. He's beautiful and talented. What happened?

  • Will Holston

    He married the creative director of Burberry, so I think he's off in Yorkshire living in their farm house.


    Most recent photo.

  • Mrs. Julien

    a. Lucky guy from Burberry.
    b. But can't he still act. Pleeeease?
    c. Failing that, can I come over for the weekend?

  • manhattan

    Oh, lordy. That scene in Rome when he, um, emerged from the water? I say it again, and you can all say it with me: lordy.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I found some of the Rome stuff a bit much actually, but that is true of most HBO shows for me.

  • John W

    She was also decent in White Oleander (2002) with Michele Pfieffer, Rene Zelwegger, and Robin Wright.

    ETA Dinosaurpuke beat me to it.

  • APOCooter

    I had the biggest crush on Alison Lohman when Matchstick Men came out; I was shocked when I found out she's like six years older than I am.

  • Dang it, Dustin, I thought you'd found out news about her. ::grump:: Cause I was wondering the same thing.

  • BlackRabbit

    The baseball cap/tie combo always annoys me though.

  • Guest

    And wherever you are, Ms. Lohman, just know that we’re thinking fondly of you.

    +1. Big Fish!

  • dinosaurpuke

    She was awesome in White Oleander, too.

  • she and Patrick Fugit both, and happily he's still working quite a bit.

  • John W

    You beat me to it.

  • Merski

    I was just gonna say... She was really magnificent in it. I miss her. :(

  • mrsachmo

    drag me to hell is the movie that wins the "most likely to make me throw up" award/ there is some really gross stuff in that movie, specifically when the old lady spits in the hero's mouth. ugh.

  • What's with the undie pictures? Deeply unsettling when placed in a row with images of her playing a pre-teen.

  • Repo

    She looks a lot like Mae Whitman in those younger photos.

  • Dan Scott


  • dizzylucy

    It's as Ann as the nose on Plain's face.

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