Five Questions for Allison Mack

by mattdentler
May 11, 2009 12:00 PM
27 Comments
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I first became friends with Allison Mack when I was speaking on a panel in Vancouver, and she was visibly heckling me from the audience (she'll deny that's the right word for it, but she was). Someone introduced us and we got along well, and I had no idea until later that she's been a regular on the WB/CW series, Smallville, for nearly 200 episodes. On the show, Allison plays Chloe Sullivan, friend to Clark Kent/Superman (played by Tom Welling). By total coincidence, Allison is also a co-star in a new Cinetic release, Melora Hardin's You (now available on iTunes). Hardin, herself a TV actress in shows like The Office, makes her directorial debut in this film about a grieving widower struggling to raise his daughter as a single parent. Allison Mack portrays the daughter in adulthood. I decided to take the opportunity to check in with Allison (who lives in Vancouver, where Smallville is filmed) to talk about the new movie:

Me: How did you get involved with the film You?

Mack: I have grown up with both Melora and her mother Diane as being hugely inspirational and influential women in my life. I looked to both of them to build my sense of who I would like to grow myself into being. So when the opportunity arose to work with both women who have mentored me most of my life, I jumped at the chance.

Me: How did your own childhood experiences inspire your performance?

Mack: My childhood experiences with Melora and the whole Hardin family really gave me a sense of familiarity and confidence that was so genuine and true. It was a very easy role to walk into because it felt as though I had so much real life experience to draw from in respect to relating with everyone in the family.


(Allison Mack in You.)

Me: You're an actress, but like Melora, you've started stepping behind the camera recently (as a producer of a short film and a director for an episode of Smallville). What has that experience been like?

Mack: The experience of becoming what I would consider to be a "filmmaker" rather than an actress-for-hire has been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life. I find I am so much more fullfilled and gracious knowing the things I learned about the whole process of creating a film. My love for the craft is infinitely deeper, as well as my appreciation for humanity and teamwork in general. It strengthened my belief that anything is possible if we all work as a team.

Me: What's the latest with Smallville? How do you like living in Vancouver?

Mack: The latest with Smallville is that we have another season [after this season's finale on May 14]. Tom has signed for two more, so the show will go until season 10. I will be completed with my contract next year, and I am looking for new and exciting ways to carry out my character's exit. I love living in Vancouver, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I love the people, the food, the aesthetic, and the life I have built here. It's wonderful.

Me: You're a very consistent blogger on your own site. How do you keep that up?

Mack: I made a committment with myself, and then made it public so I would be held accountable, that I would write my thoughts every day. Just a little note checking in with me and the people in the community. It's a wonderful way to self-reflect, as well as work through whatever is on my mind that night. It's a nice little check-in.

You is now available on DVD at Amazon and for rental/purchase at iTunes.

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27 Comments

  • Zayed. | August 17, 2010 7:57 AMReply

    Hey, I just wish u da best Allison if leaving smallville was ur choice then do it. P.s. I just wish, u could finish da last season.plz i beg u send me ur autograph but da limitation is that i am in Africa (KENYA) i just wish u coulĂ° send me da autograph of u and clark.plz.... I beg u it iz worthy 2 me.contact me through facebook if u r ready.

  • keem | July 24, 2010 10:08 AMReply

    let me tell you something Chloe if she's gone i will never watching smallville again. lol. i love her so much

  • Rich | June 22, 2010 4:31 AMReply

    Going to miss you on Smallville Allison Mack, you are a great and lovely actress!!!! you turned into this most amazing actress and much more BETTER,,,, but don't know how Tom will get on without you lol on his last Season,,,

    All the best in the Future!!!

  • Jarret | April 17, 2010 4:20 AMReply

    WHY!!! i dont ever want chole to leave smallville!!! :(

  • Tunji | March 28, 2010 3:48 AMReply

    She performs excellently in movies. keep it up...

  • Donna Bennett | February 21, 2010 6:35 AMReply

    Hope the writers, come up with something, of a mystery... Clark, and other help has to find her....

  • george | February 13, 2010 7:02 AMReply

    Allison is the best emotional actress in the world Kristin didnt really sell it in seaon 8 so sad that Mack is leaving smallville cant wait to see YOU

  • josephine | December 16, 2009 8:33 AMReply

    i luv mack so much and her characters are so good i wish that after the completion of smallville they carry out another movie for us .

    anyway it is so interesting.

  • Doug | November 23, 2009 4:55 AMReply

    Allison sounds like a terrific woman and wonderful role model for young women. God Bless, Miss mack :-).

  • cassie | November 23, 2009 1:14 AMReply

    OMG i love allison mack and if she leaves smallville i will be so sad :( me and my friends talk about it all the time PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE SHOW!!

  • David DeRamus | November 22, 2009 2:07 AMReply

    I love smallville n what they done with the superman plot ive been a superman fan since i was 2 things keep getting better for it i say any ways i wish the best for all actors n actreeses on smallville i wish i cold find a way to get there autograph im not good at the net thingy anywho Allison mack rocks as well as she is a hotty so if u have any ifo on how i could get her autograph it would mean the world to me N tell her she kicks but if u see her again sincerly a hough smallville/superman fan David DeRamus

  • Lane turner | November 3, 2009 2:43 AMReply

    I think Allison is the greatest. She is the one of the reasons I enjoyed watching Smallville. Nothing personal again the characters Clark and Lois, but I was so hoping it would be Clark and Chloe. I am sure you will understand why the show is not as interesting for me. I do check in every now and then to see what they are doing with you character, but not as before.

    I wish Allison Mack all best with her new and upcoming projects. She is now and was the best thing that happen to Smallville.

  • Kathy | October 30, 2009 4:37 AMReply

    i really love watching her in smallville. i like her so much..smallville rocks! ^__^

  • Dravid | October 26, 2009 1:22 AMReply

    I think Alison Mack is gorgous,

    and a fantastic actresss also!

  • shane | October 23, 2009 11:31 AMReply

    plzz pass this message on to allison mack big fan of smallville love to see cloie die with superman/clark kent cryin over her body it would be the best way to kill her of the fan want to see it and its all for the fans anyway thx for being smallville allways liked you in it p.s. dont want you to go but thx for all you done in smallville love yours and smallvilles biggest fan shane xxxxxxxxx

  • BERNARD BEETZ | October 12, 2009 11:19 AMReply

    I LOVE SMALLVILLE

  • Robert Schuh | July 26, 2009 12:18 PMReply

    Allison Mack you are one of the best actresses that keep in touch with her own fans & likes to know about them & you keep us informed on Smallville about Tom signing on for 2 more seasons I would like season 9 at maybe the almost the middle of season 9 or earlier for Clark to realize Lois is his true love & that they have children on the show Smallville & that clark flies soon.I also think if everything goes good for season 9 and 10 that they would go for some more seasons & even if the rating aren't great that they go for a single of couple more seasonst hen 10. also how many seasons has Erica Durance signed for.I hope you still stay with Smallville for a long time also I hope they have Clark fly in season 9.Allison mack if you write & produce in the future you would do excellent.Tom would do great also as well as playing the superman role as well as Clark Kent.Best wishes to all in Smallville.all of you have made fans very happy please keep your site open Allison Mack for your fans as well as other actors & actresses. God Bless you all

  • Autumn | July 24, 2009 11:52 AMReply

    Hello, Allison is a sweet person. I got to meet her & get her autograph last year 08' at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, ILLinois. She sign my Smallville magazine & had my picture made w/ her. She also talk to my husband & I for a min. She seem so real, she really acted like she care about what I had to say. If you havent been to the Superman Celebration you need to go! Iv got Michael Rosenbaum (Lex) Justin Hartley (Green Arrow) & Phil Morris (Martian Manhunter) autographs & pics. Sadly I didnt know of it when John Schneider went.

  • roy | July 16, 2009 11:36 AMReply

    i think smallville has had good runing seasons the past 8 years
    and has alot more to come.i think its a bad idea to run the show
    on friday nights,this could hirt the ratings.

    p.s. keep the thursdays or wednesdays.

  • john | July 16, 2009 4:35 AMReply

    is it true that u still have feelings 4 Tom Weilings????
    Do u have a email msn ????
    Can u send me picz of u and Kirsten ( Lana Lang) ?????
    Are u a computer hacker because u in smallville u were a computer hacker
    plzzzzzzz if u have a email msn can u send it 2 me am a big fan of yours plzzzzzzzzzz

  • delbert d mcnew jr | July 10, 2009 5:13 AMReply

    dear ms mr
    is go be a season 10 of Smallville and is going be moore seasons of Smallville and is Clark Kent be it of Smallville is Tom Welling go be moore seasons of Smallville and is all the same starring going be in all seasons of Smallville

  • Troy | May 29, 2009 4:24 AMReply

    Does she know for sure that she is not coming back for season 10? It would be hard to see the show without her.

  • Stefano | May 27, 2009 10:21 AMReply

    Chloe you are so sweet *g* =) Smallville makes me happy !!! Please dont stop !!!!

    Smallville 4-EVER

    Smallville will never die!!!

  • cat | May 16, 2009 5:08 AMReply

    awesome!!

  • Stan | May 11, 2009 6:29 AMReply

    Thanks for the interview!

    I love this woman. Allison is a great actress and a better person and she does deserves the best in her career.
    Hopefully she will keep making big things when she is done with Smallville (one more year at least :P)

  • Lydia | May 11, 2009 4:55 AMReply

    Hi Matt,

    Do you know when the movie YOU was actually filmed?

    Thank you in advance.

    And, thanks for this great interview.

    Lydia

  • Dionne | May 11, 2009 4:51 AMReply

    She sounds like a nice girl. All the best to her in her career!