Alison Pill

Alison Pill

Pill at the 2013 PaleyFest
Born (1985-11-27) November 27, 1985
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater Vaughan Road Academy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Joshua Leonard (m. 2015)
Children 1

Alison Pill (born November 27, 1985)[1][2] 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), Milk (2008), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Midnight in Paris (2011), and the television series In Treatment (2009), The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and The Newsroom (2012–14).

Early life

Pill was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her father, a financier, is Estonian.[3][4] Pill attended Vaughan Road Academy,[5] where she enrolled in the "Interact" program, designed for students interested in dance, music, athletics, and theatre.[6]



She decided to involve in 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 Alison 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 Jacobs older sister Marfa in Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Pill played roles in four more TV movies before the age of fourteen.[7]

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.[8]

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 credential. This was followed by The Distance From Here, On the Mountain, Blackbird, Mauritius.[9] 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.[10] 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 continues 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 performing with Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp playing the Twilight Zone-inspired "Meredith Moon" and "The Real North Pole" sci-fi Christmas Harp;[11] she was cast as April on In In Treatment. She later played Kim Pine in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as well as on Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation. She portrayed Empress Maud in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. In Theatre, Actresses Abigail Breslin and Pill starring in Broadway's "The Miracle Worker"; She has worked with Woody Allen twice, first as Zelda Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris and Hayley in To Rome with Love.[12]

She starred in short films including Denise in 2012 with Chris Messina, Santa Baby in which she sang and danced. In 2016, Cover Up by Satya Bhabha with Jason Ritter who will be released 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.[13]

In a new adaptation 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. Cooties starring Elijah Wood and Pill discuss the film's blend of horror and comedy,[14] In Zoom, Pill is Emma, an aspiring comic book artist; She has a part in Hail, Caesar! as Eddie Mannix's wife,;[15] 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; In Goon: Last of the Enforcers as Eva Glatt, Glatt's love interest in first movie Goon, now married to Glatt. Um role in pilot My Time/Your Time, It is an adaptation of webserie 7P/10E; At present, she is part of the cast of The Family as Willa Warren. In 2016, Pill is set to co-star with Jessica Chastain in the EuropaCorp thriller Miss Sloane.[16]

Personal life

Pill was engaged to actor Jay Baruchel from 2011 to 2013. Baruchel made their engagement public when he thanked his fiancée (Pill) during an acceptance speech at the Genie Awards in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[17] Baruchel alluded to their break-up in a Twitter posting on February 16, 2013.[18] Pill became engaged to actor Joshua Leonard in January 2015.[19] They were married on May 24, 2015 after a four month long engagement.[20] In July 2016, it was announced Pill and Leonard were expecting their first child, a girl.[21] Their daughter, Wilder Grace Leonard, was born on November 19, 2016.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
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 A.W.O.L. Patient Short film
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
2004 Dear Wendy Susan
2007 Dan in Real Life Jane Burns
2008 Milk Anne Kronenberg
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
2011 Goon Eva
2012 To Rome with Love Hayley
2012 Denise Denise Short film
2012 Santa Baby Alice Short film
2013 Snowpiercer Pregnant Teacher
2014 Cooties Lucy McCormick
2015 Zoom Emma Boyle
2016 Hail, Caesar! Mrs. Mannix
2016 Woman in Deep Birdie Short film
2016 Cover Up Emma Short film
2016 Miss Sloane Jane Molloy
2016 Normcore In post-production
2017 Goon: Last of the Enforcers Eva Glatt In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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 only; 5 episodes
1998 Degas & the Dancer Marie van Goethem TV movie
1998 Stranger in Town Hetty TV movie
1999 Locked in Silence Lacey TV movie
1999 God's New Plan Samantha Hutton TV movie
1999 Different Sally Reed TV movie
1999 Redwall Cornflower Voice only; 13 episodes
1999 Dear America: A Journey to the New World Remember Patience Whipple TV special
1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy Paige Episode: "Forget Me Not"
1999 A Holiday Romance Fern TV movie
2000 Redwall: The Movie Cornflower Voice only; TV movie
2000 Traders Andrea Exter Episode: "Hawks"
2000 The Dinosaur Hunter Julia Creath TV movie
2000 The Other Me Allana Browning TV movie
2000 Baby Larkin Malone TV movie
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Young Lorna Luft TV movie
2001 Midwives Constance Danforth TV movie
2001 What Girls Learn Tilden TV movie
2002 The Pilot's Wife Mattie Lyons TV movie
2003 An Unexpected Love Samantha Mayer TV movie
2004 What Katy Did Katy Carr TV movie
2004 A Separate Peace Beth TV movie
2004 Plain Truth Katie Fisher TV movie
2006 The Book of Daniel Grace Webster Main role; 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 Main role; 7 episodes
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation Kim Pine Voice only; TV short
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Princess Maude Main role; 8 episodes
2012–14 The Newsroom Maggie Jordan Main role; 25 episodes
2014 7p/10e Alison Episode: "Day 16"
2014 Therapy Lucy Episode: "1.1"
2014 Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends Herself TV short
2016 The Family Willa Warren Main role; 12 episodes


Year Title Role Venue
2003 None of the Above Jamie Ohio Theatre [23]
2004 The Distance From Here Jenn MCC Theater [24]
2005 On The Mountain Jaime Playwrights Horizons [25]
2006 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead Lyceum Theatre [26]
2007 Blackbird Una Manhattan Theater Club [27]
2007 Mauritius Jackie Biltmore Theatre [28]
2008 reasons to be pretty Steph Lucille Lortel Theatre
2010 The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan Circle in the Square Theatre [29]
2010 This Wide Night Marie Peter Jay Sharp Theatre [30]
2011 The House of Blue Leaves Corrinna Stroller Walter Kerr Theatre [31]
2013 Wait Until Dark Susan Geffen Playhouse [32]
2015 The House That Jake Built Iama Theatre Company [33]

Music videos

Year Artist Song
2004 Lindsay Lohan "Drama Queen (That Girl)"
2010 Owen Pallett "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt"
2010 Nick Casey "Medicine"


Year Website Episode
2016 Funny or Die "Honest Phone Sex For Married Couples"
2016 WeatherFrom "Angel and Demon"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
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
Drama Desk Award 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
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
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
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting (Shared with cast) Midnight in Paris 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
2013 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film Goon Nominated
2014 Virtuoso Award Best Breakthrough Performances Cooties Won


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  13. "Woman in Deep". South by Southwest. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  14. Woods, Kevin. "Cooties to open Stanley Film Festival; hits theaters/VOD in September - Horror Movie News | Arrow in the Head". Joblo. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  15. Chang, Justin (February 3, 2016). "Film Review: 'Hail, Caesar!'". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  16. Kroll, Justin (January 6, 2016). "Alison Pill to Co-Star With Jessica Chastain in Gun Control Drama 'Miss Sloane'". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  17. "Celebraty Weddings We Can't Wait For – Alison Pill & Jay Baruchel" E! News
  18. "Exclusive: Alison Pill, Jay Baruchel Call Off Engagement" Us Weekly. Retrieved March 4, 2013
  19. "Alison Pill Engaged to Actor Joshua Leonard: See Her Engagement Ring!". Us Magazine. January 3, 2015.
  20. "Alison Pill Marries Joshua Leonard in Yellow Wedding Dress: See Photos From the Newsroom Star's Nuptials". Us Weekly. May 25, 2015.
  21. Pill, Alison (July 18, 2016). "This is happening... Baby lady 2016. @thejoshualeonard". Instagram. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  22. Juneau, Jen (November 25, 2016). "Joshua Leonard and Alison Pill Welcome Daughter Wilder Grace". People. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
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  24. Sommer, Elyse (2004). "The Distance From Here, a CurtainUp review". CurtainUp. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  25. Isherwood, Charles (February 25, 2005). "Seeking the Lost Song of a Lost Rock Star". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  26. "The Lieutenant of Inishmore". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  27. Brantley, Ben (April 11, 2005). "Sorting Through the Wreckage of a Love Most Foul". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  28. "Mauritius". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  29. "The Miracle Worker". The Broadway League. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  30. Brantley, Ben (May 17, 2010). "Two Ex-Cellmates Disoriented by Time". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  31. "The House of Blue Leaves". The Broadway League. October 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  32. "Wait Until Dark". Jenny Lyn Bader. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  33. "The House That Jake Built with Alison Pill, Katie Lowes and more...". JONATHAN CAREN – Playwright TV/Film. Retrieved July 14, 2015.

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