With her recent appearances on Lifetime’s legal dramedy “Drop Dead Diva” and FX’s hit-drama “Justified,” actress HOPE ALLEN is proving to be a southern belle worth watching.
You might also remember Hope from her roles in the comedy film “Liar, Liar” and on the TV shows “Pan Am,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Franklin and Bash” and “Rules of Engagement.”
Originally from Thomaston, Georgia, Hope’s natural poise and beauty helped her take home the Miss Georgia Teen USA title and then onto a modeling career in New York. She went on to win the Spokesmodel competition on the talent show “Star Search” and then turned to film and television acting.
We recently had a chance to catch up with Hope Allen to find out more about her latest TV appearances and her other new venture.
Tell us about your role on the recent episode of “Drop Dead Diva.”
HOPE: In the episode titled “Cheaters,” I play Pesha Van Horn, a Beverly Hills housewife, who’s Maltese has been impregnated by her neighbor’s Rottweiler. My estranged husband and I are suing those neighbors for a quarter million dollars in lost potential monies we expected to make from endorsement deals, given her blue ribbon lineage.
Soap opera superstar Michael Knight played your husband in the show, what was that like…overly dramatic or just enough?
HOPE: Michael Knight was actually terrific to work with in the scenes, and as a pal in real life. He had an unexpectedly good comedic sense. When he cross-examined a “Best in Show” judge I could hardly keep a straight face. Michael happens to be a history buff like me, so it was like ‘old home week’ when we got together. I had recently visited Gettysburg and Antietam, and he knew details I didn’t learn after 10 hours of private touring on those battlegrounds. Impressive! His love of animals also matched mine, so having dogs around while working, and being paid, was kind of ridiculously fun.
You were also on the FX show “Justified” earlier this year; can you share a little bit from behind the scenes with us?
HOPE: Walton Goggins (Boyd Crowder) and Joelle Carter (Ava Crowder) are both from Georgia, as am I, so there was an ease already in place. I’ve actually known Walton since I was 17 when we had the same manager in Atlanta! They used a lot of my real high school pictures to create a yearbook for my scene, which cracked up all the people on set. I got a lot of ribbing for my hairdos, but I’m pretty sure they were just jealous that I could get my bangs to stand so high. I actually auditioned for Justified many times over the last few years, but when I finally booked a role I understood how I hadn’t been exactly the right fit until I was cast as April. I love the way Graham Yost tells stories, and how involved he is in casting really makes the show flawless in terms of authenticity. He also executive produces The Americans, where his uncanny ability to find the perfect actors is again evident in every scene. Both show are just so good in there own right.
We hear that you’re taking your beauty background in a new direction. What’s up?
HOPE: Yes, I co-own a health conscious nail salon called Lollipop Nail Studio with a friend down in Costa Mesa, California. Everything that touches the client’s skin is organic and we sterilize all metal implements with a medical grade autoclave. Many of our clients are pregnant women, cancer survivors, and children because we offer water based paints and soy removers. We also do all the fun stuff like nail art and glitter; we just offer them in the safest, greenest ways we can find on the market.
Lastly, how can we keep up with your busy career?
HOPE: Right now the best place to keep up with me is through IMDB, or Lollipop Nail Studio’s Facebook page. I am working on a website of my own. Stay tuned!
Thanks for talking with us, Hope. And, no worries…your fans will definitely find you!