Allison was born on Sept 24 in Erie, Pennsylvania; and grew up 20 minutes south in the small town of Edinboro. Allison is an only child but grew up surrounded by family as her father is one of nine children. “I didn’t really have a traditional ‘only child’ experience as I was lucky enough to be surrounded by so many cousins, aunts, and uncles,” she says. Much of her family remains in Pennsylvania.
Allison always loved the stage. She began dance lessons at the age of 3 and singing lessons as a pre-teen. Her professional career, however, didn’t get started until the age of 14, when she was spotted in a Dr.’s office by a model scout. She spent a summer in Toronto modeling and subsequent summers in New York City throughout high school. After graduating, she enrolled in the Theatre Arts Program at The University of Pittsburgh and spent a semester abroad studying theatre in London. Allison graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Theatre, Film & TV
Upon graduation, Allison moved to New York City to pursue acting. She starred in several Off-Broadway Productions, and quickly made fans in TV casting offices and began booking television Guest Star roles. In 2008, Allison was prompted to go to LA, to star opposite Michael Madsen and Dennis Hopper in Quentin Tarantino’s: ‘Hell Ride.’ She spent the next few years being bi-coastal, finally settling in LA. Next was a role opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow in Jon Favreau’s: ‘Iron Man’, which grossed $318 million at the domestic box office. Followed by the indie cult classic: ‘Bloomington’ and Showtime’s: ‘Californication.’ Allison then booked Tyler Perry’s: ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ on OWN and was a regular for nearly 50 episodes.