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.
Mack in February 2018
Allison Christin Mack
July 29, 1982
Nicki Clyne (m. 2017)
Allison Mack was born on July 29, 1982, in Preetz, West Germany, to Jonathan, an opera singer, and Mindy Mack. 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.
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". She then went into modeling for a short period, and later began studying at the Young Actors Space in Los Angeles at age seven.
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.
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 and 2007. 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", which aired January 29, 2009.
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. Since May 2009, Mack has been part of a project with the Iris Theatre Company.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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".  The group had a practice of branding their victims, which was first created by Mack.
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. 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.
Mack was arrested in Brooklyn by the FBI on April 20, 2018, on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. During her arraignment proceedings, prosecutors also accused her of entering a sham marriage with Nicki Clyne to help Clyne circumvent US immigration laws. 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.
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. 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. If convicted of all charges, Mack and Raniere could each be imprisoned for a minimum of 15 years. 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. 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. On April 8, 2019, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges.
|1989||Police Academy 6: City Under Siege||Little Girl|
|1993||Night Eyes 3||Natalie|
|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||Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Power Girl||Voice only|
|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|
Recurring role, 2 Episodes:
|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|
|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)|
|2003–2004||Smallville: Chloe Chronicles||Chloe Sullivan||8 episodes|
|2006||Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles||Chloe Sullivan||6 episodes|
|2010||Dirty Little Secret||Lauren Belle||Voice only|
|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|
|2006||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Smallville||Nominated|
|2007||Teen Choice Award||Best Sidekick in a TV Series||Smallville||Won|
|2008||SyFy Genre Award||Best Supporting Actress||Smallville||Won|
|2009||Teen Choice Award||Best Sidekick in a TV Series||Smallville||Nominated|
The 2002 Teen Choice Awards were held on August 19, 2002, at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, California. The event had no designated host but Britney Spears and Verne Troyer introduced the show with Nelly, Jennifer Love Hewitt and BBMak as performers. Reese Witherspoon received the Extraordinary Achievement Award.Chloe Sullivan
Chloe Sullivan is a fictional character in the television series Smallville, which is based on the Superman and Superboy comics published by DC Comics. Portrayed by series regular Allison Mack, the character was created exclusively for Smallville by series developers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Other than main character Clark Kent, Chloe is the only main character to last the duration of the show, though Mack signed on for only five episodes in the tenth and final season. The character has also appeared in various literature based on Smallville, an internet series, and was then later adapted back into the original Superman comics which inspired Smallville.
In Smallville, Chloe is Clark Kent's best friend, Lois Lane's cousin, and the editor of the high school newspaper the Torch; she notices that the meteor rocks (kryptonite) are mutating the citizens of Smallville which she tracks on her "Wall of Weird". She generally teams up with Clark and Pete Ross in tracking and stopping meteor-infected people from harming other citizens. In the first five seasons, Chloe harbors an unrequited love for Clark, but eventually accepts her place as his best friend and nothing more. In later seasons, Chloe discovers she has a meteor rock power of her own, until she apparently loses them during an encounter with the alien supervillain Brainiac. In terms of romantic storylines, after Superman supporting character Jimmy Olsen is introduced to the show, he becomes Chloe's boyfriend and later husband, but the pair later divorce. In the show's final seasons, Chloe finds romance with Oliver Queen, otherwise known as the costumed vigilante-archer Green Arrow, whom she eventually marries and has a son with.
Chloe Sullivan has been characterized as independent, intelligent, curious and impulsive by both the writers and the actress that portrays her. The latter two characteristics often cause Chloe to get into trouble with both her friends and with local industrialists Lionel Luthor and his son Lex, two of the show's primary antagonists. Mack has been recognized with multiple award nominations and wins for her portrayal of Chloe.Hiller and Diller
Hiller and Diller is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 23, 1997 to March 6, 1998.Marilyn (2011 film)
Marilyn is a 2011 romantic crime drama film written and directed by Christopher Petry, starring Ryan Robbins and Allison Mack. It is based upon the true story of Paddy Mitchell, a notorious bank robber who was part of the Stopwatch Gang, who appeared on many of the top FBI most wanted lists during his tenure as a criminal. The film is noted for having been released via Distrify, a video on demand system which allows for the distributor to make money from the film via either rental or purchase.My Horrible Year!
My Horrible Year! is a 2001 television movie produced for Showtime, starring Allison Mack, Caterina Scorsone, and Dan Petronijevic. The film was directed by Eric Stoltz, and includes a cameo by Bret Hart, the professional wrestler. This production was filmed in Toronto.The film was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special - Supporting Young Actor.NXIVM
NXIVM ( NEKS-ee-əm) is an American multi-level marketing company based near Albany, New York that offered personal and professional development seminars through its "Executive Success Programs". The company has been described as a cult and a pyramid scheme, and has also been alleged to be a recruiting platform for a secret society (variously called "DOS" or "The Vow") in which women were branded and forced into sexual slavery.
In early 2018, NXIVM founder Keith Raniere and his associate, actress Allison Mack, were arrested and indicted on federal charges related to DOS, including sex trafficking. Others associated with NXIVM were also charged with federal crimes. As of April 2018, five people associated with NXIVM—Mack, NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, and bookkeeper Kathy Russell—had pleaded guilty to various charges. Raniere's federal trial began on May 7, 2019.Nicki Clyne
Nicki Clyne (born February 11, 1983) is a Canadian actress. She played Cally Henderson Tyrol on the Sci-Fi Channel television series Battlestar Galactica.Opposite Sex (TV series)
Opposite Sex is an American comedy-drama series that aired during Fox's summer 2000 schedule. The series was one of the first teen dramas to primarily use independent artists on its soundtrack by such acts as Elliott Smith and Ben Lee.Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
The Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, honoring the work of actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction on television.
The Walking Dead holds the record for the most wins in the category with four, for three different actress including Melissa McBride, the only person to have won the award twice.
(NOTE: Year refers to year of eligibility, the actual ceremonies are held the following year.).
The winners are listed in bold.Shangri-La Plaza (TV pilot)
Shangri-La Plaza is a musical-comedy pilot made for CBS in 1990.It was directed by Nick Castle and written and created by Mark Mueller and Nick Castle. It starred The Office’s Melora Hardin, Oscar nominee Chris Sarandon, jazz singer Carmen Lundy, and Broadway’s original Beast and Javert (of Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables) Terrence Mann, a two-time Tony Award Nominee for Best Actor. It also featured the tap dancer Savion Glover in one of his first television appearances, as well as eight-year-old Allison Mack, of Smallville fame.
It was filmed on location in an actual mini-mall at the corner of Vineland Avenue and Burbank Boulevard in North Hollywood, California.
The episode is available on YouTube.Smallville (season 10)
Season ten of Smallville, an American television series, premiered on September 24, 2010 and consisted of 22 episodes. It was the tenth and final season to air, and the fifth one to air on The CW television network. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman.
Regular cast members during season ten include Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, Cassidy Freeman, and Allison Mack. John Schneider, Annette O'Toole, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, and Callum Blue all returned sporadically throughout the season as Jonathan Kent, Martha Kent, Lionel Luthor, Kara, and Zod respectively, while Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) and Aaron Ashmore (Jimmy Olsen) returned for the series finale.
In the final season of the series, season ten continues the romance first developed between Clark Kent and Lois Lane in season nine, as well as the continuation of Clark's trials, and the forging of his superhero identity "Superman". The season premiere was seen by 2.98 million U.S. viewers. The series finale aired on May 13, 2011. By the end of this season, Smallville had become the longest running science fiction television series in North America.Smallville (season 4)
Season four of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 22, 2004. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The fourth season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 18, 2005. Regular cast members during season four include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Jensen Ackles, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider.
Season four chronicles Clark and his classmates' senior year of high school and centers on his attempt to unite the three stones of knowledge, and trying to cope with Lana's new relationship with Jason Teague. Clark's friendship with Lex becomes increasingly strained, as he begins to distrust Lex more and more. At the end of season 3, Sam Jones III left the series as Pete Ross, and Jensen Ackles was brought in as Jason Teague and given star billing. Erica Durance was cast as Lois Lane, and became a recurring character for 13 episodes. Writers also brought in other popular DC Comics characters, such as Bart Allen, Mister Mxyzptlk, and Sam and Lucy Lane.
Smallville's Season four slipped in the ratings, averaging at 4.4 million viewers a week.Smallville (season 5)
Season five of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 29, 2005. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The fifth season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 11, 2006, marking the final season that aired on The WB. Regular cast members during season five include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Erica Durance, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider.
Season 5 deals with the aftermath of the second meteor shower. Clark deals with adult life, going to college, a real relationship with Lana, and the loss of someone he loves. His distrust for Lex continues to grow, as Clark's professor begins supplying him with evidence of LuthorCorp's secret projects. Clark looks to Chloe for support, while Lionel's transformation into a better person draws skepticism from everyone. Jensen Ackles, who played Jason Teague, left the show after season four, and Erica Durance became a series regular as Lois Lane. The writers also brought in Arthur Curry, Victor Stone, and Andrea Rojas, DC Comics superheroes, in three separate guest spots as well as the classic Superman villain Brainiac.
After spending seasons three and four airing on Wednesday at 8:00 pm (ET), Smallville was moved to Thursday at 8:00 pm, where it stayed for four seasons. Season five rose from the previous season, averaging 4.7 million viewers weekly. This was the last season to air on the WB Network. Season 6 and all following seasons aired on the CW Network following a merger of the WB and UPN networks.Smallville (season 6)
Season six of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 28, 2006. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The sixth season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 17, 2007, marking the first season to air on the newly formed The CW television network. Regular cast members during season six include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Erica Durance, Allison Mack, John Glover, and Annette O'Toole.
Season six key story arcs involve Clark (Welling) trying to recapture several escaped criminals from the Phantom Zone, the destinies of Lionel (Glover) and Lex (Rosenbaum) following the aftermath of Lex's possession by Zod and Lionel's adoption as the emissary of Jor-El, and the introductions of DC Comics characters Jimmy Olsen, Oliver Queen and Martian Manhunter, played by Aaron Ashmore, Justin Hartley, and Phil Morris respectively. Other key storylines involve Lana and Lex's marriage, as well as Lex's secret 33.1 projects.
Smallville's Season six slipped in the ratings, averaging 4.1 million viewers weekly. It was nominated for an Emmy Award, among other awards, in the category of Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series for the episode "Zod".Smallville (season 7)
Season seven of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 27, 2007. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The seventh season comprises 20 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 15, 2008, marking the second season to air on The CW television network. Regular cast members during season seven include Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, Laura Vandervoort, and John Glover. In addition to bringing in new regular cast members this season, the Smallville team brought in familiar faces from the Superman media history, old villains from the show's past, as well as new DC Comics characters.
This season focuses on Clark Kent meeting his biological cousin Kara (Vandervoort), and teaching her how to control her abilities in public; Lana Lang's behavior toward her friends, Lex Luthor, and after it is discovered that she faked her own death; Chloe coming to terms with her newly discovered kryptonite-induced ability; and the secret of the Daily Planet's new editor Grant Gabriel. Towards the end of the season, Clark faces the dual threat from returning villain Brainiac (James Marsters), and Lex's discovery of his father's secret society who possess the means to control Clark. The season culminates with a showdown between Lex and Clark at the Fortress of Solitude, wherein the fortress is brought down, setting the series up for the following season.
Smallville's season seven, along with many other American television shows, was caught in the middle of a contract dispute between the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The dispute led to a strike by the writers, which has caused this season to end prematurely with only twenty episodes being produced, instead of the standard twenty-two episodes. The strike also forced The CW to push back airdates on several episodes, and cost Allison Mack her directorial debut. Smallville's Season seven slipped in the ratings, averaging 3.7 million viewers weekly, and the series ranked as the 175th most-watched television series, out of 220, for the 2007–08 television year.Smallville (season 8)
Season eight of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 18, 2008. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The eighth season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 14, 2009, marking the third season to air on The CW television network. Regular cast members during season eight include Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, along with new series regulars Cassidy Freeman, Sam Witwer, and Justin Hartley.
This season focuses on Clark Kent as he starts his job at the Daily Planet, begins to accept more of his destiny as Earth's hero, and develops romantic feelings for Lois Lane. While Lex Luthor is presumed dead, and Lana Lang has left Smallville for good, Clark also meets new characters Davis Bloome, Smallville's interpretation of Doomsday, as well as the new CEO of LuthorCorp, Tess Mercer. In other storylines, Clark and Oliver Queen clash over how to handle Lex when he resurfaces, while Chloe Sullivan and Jimmy Olsen take their relationship to the next level. In addition, this season sees the appearance of more DC Comics characters, including recurring appearances from Plastique and members of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Following the end of season seven, it was announced that series regulars Kristin Kreuk and Michael Rosenbaum, who had been with the show since the first episode, would not return as regulars for the eighth season, though Kreuk did return as a recurring guest to conclude her story. while Laura Vandervoort and John Glover departed the series alongside Kreuk and Rosenbaum; Glover was killed off in season seven's "Descent", while Vandervoort was written out of the series after one season but made one guest appearance in this season. Show creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar also departed the series, allowing Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer to continue as executive producers. This allowed the show to "reinvigorate" itself by introducing new characters and storylines, as well as developing Clark's understanding of his destiny.Averaging 3.74 million viewers per episode, the season out-ranked other high-profile shows on the network, such as Reaper and Gossip Girl. It also received an Emmy Award nomination in the Sound Editing for a Series category.Superman curse
The Superman curse refers to a series of supposedly related misfortunes that have plagued creative people involved in adaptations of Superman in various media, particularly actors who have played the role of Superman on film and television. The "curse" is frequently associated with George Reeves, who starred in Adventures of Superman on television from 1952 to 1958, and died of a gunshot wound at age 45 under disputed circumstances (officially ruled a suicide); and Christopher Reeve, who played the superhero in four theatrical films from 1978 to 1987, was paralyzed in a 1995 horseback riding accident, and died nine years later at age 52 from heart failure.The curse is often invoked whenever misfortune is experienced by actors and other personnel who work on Superman adaptations, so much so that some talent agents cite the curse as the reason for the difficulty in casting actors in the role in live-action feature films.A more prosaic explanation for the alleged 'curse' is that given the high number of people involved in the many adaptations and treatments of the Superman story over the years, a number of significant misfortunes would inevitably occur, as they would do in any substantial sampling of random individuals.Unlikely Angel
Unlikely Angel is a 1996 American made-for-television Christmas fantasy-comedy film directed by Michael Switzer and starring Dolly Parton. It premiered on CBS on December 17, 1996.You (2009 film)
You is a 2009 American drama film starring and directed by Melora Hardin (in her directorial debut). The film also stars Gildart Jackson (Hardin's husband, who also wrote the film), Brenda Strong, Joely Fisher, Allison Mack, Amy Pietz, Jerry Hardin, and Don Michael Paul.