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Allison Christin Mack (born July 29, 1982) is a German-born American actress, known for her roles as Chloe Sullivan on the WB/CW series Smallville and as Amanda on the FX series Wilfred. She was arrested in Brooklyn by the FBI on April 20, 2018, on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy in relation to her role in the NXIVM organization. Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in April 2019, and is currently awaiting sentencing in September 2019.

Allison Mack
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Mack in February 2018
Born
Allison Christin Mack

(1982-07-29) July 29, 1982 (age 36)
OccupationActress
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)
Nicki Clyne (m. 2017)

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Early life

Allison Mack was born on July 29, 1982, in Preetz, West Germany,[1][2][3] to Jonathan, an opera singer, and Mindy Mack.[2][3] Her American parents were in Germany at the time of her birth because Jonathan was performing there; they continued to live in Germany for two years.[4]

Career

Early work

Mack's family lived in Germany for two years, and after they moved to California, Mack's first job was for a German chocolate company in a series of print ads and commercials. Mack recalled that her "very first job was a commercial for German chocolate and it was all in German. . . I wasn’t allowed to swallow the chocolate. I would take a bite and then at the end of every take I’d have to spit it out. That was very frustrating, especially for a kid".[4] She then went into modeling for a short period,[5] and later began studying at the Young Actors Space in Los Angeles at age seven.[1]

Mack's first major television role was 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 Eric Stoltz's directorial debut My Horrible Year! 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)

 
Mack at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con

In October 2001, Mack began starring as Chloe Sullivan, one of Clark Kent's best friends, in the WB/CW hit series, Smallville; Chloe, an original character created solely for the show, was eventually introduced into DC Comics in 2010. Mack earned several awards and nominations for her portrayal of Chloe, including the Teen Choice Award for Best Sidekick in 2006[6] and 2007.[7] She appeared as a series regular for nine seasons, and returned as an intermittent main cast member in the tenth and final season including the two-part series finale. From 2003–2004, Mack's character appeared in her own miniseries titled Smallville: Chloe Chronicles, and in 2006, Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles. In November 2008, Mack made her directorial debut in Smallville season 8 episode 13 titled "Power",[8] which aired January 29, 2009.

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 voiced the sister of the main character in the Warner Bros. CG-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 Warner Premiere animated feature, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, in September 2009.[9] Since May 2009, Mack has been part of a project with the Iris Theatre Company.[10]

After Smallville

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.[11] 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.[12]

Personal life

Mack married actress Nicki Clyne in February 2017. The marriage was alleged to have been a sham to get around US immigration laws, and only became public a year later during legal proceedings on the conspiracy and racketeering charges as part of her involvement with NXIVM.[13][14][15]

Legal issues and association with NXIVM

 
The indictment of Mack and other NXIVM members

In 2010, Mack was reported to have been recruited to the Vancouver chapter of the multi-level marketing organization NXIVM, along with her Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk.[16] 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".[attribution needed] [17] The group had a practice of branding their victims, which was first created by Mack.[18]

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 Jness, "DOS," and that she had been branded in an initiation ceremony at Mack's house under Mack's supervision.[19] In an interview with The New York Times, Mack took responsibility for having introduced the branding ritual to the DOS group. It was also discovered that some women had been branded with Mack's initials (AM) in addition to Raniere's initials.[18]

Mack was arrested in Brooklyn by the FBI on April 20, 2018, on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.[20][21] During her arraignment proceedings, prosecutors also accused her of entering a sham marriage with Nicki Clyne to help Clyne circumvent US immigration laws.[15][13][22][23] 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.[24][25][26]

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.[27] 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.[28][29][30][31] If convicted of all charges, Mack and Raniere could each be imprisoned for a minimum of 15 years.[32][33][34] In late May, in an interview after hosting an A&E special on cults including NXIVM, journalist Elizabeth Vargas stated that Mack is negotiating a plea deal.[35] 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.[36] On April 8, 2019, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges.[37][38]

Filmography

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)
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 Notes
2009–2010 Smallville
Episodes
  • "Power"
  • "Warrior"

Awards and nominations

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[6]
2006 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Smallville Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Won[7]
2008 SyFy Genre Award Best Supporting Actress Smallville Won[citation needed]
2009 Teen Choice Award Best Sidekick in a TV Series Smallville Nominated

References

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