With an innate combination of beauty and charm, actress ALI HILLIS has built an impressive list of credits since moving west. Though the streets of Hollywood can be merciless for a majority of actors, Hillis’ talent has helped her land a succession of diverse and memorable film roles, her first of which was in the acclaimed independent feature KISS KISS BANG BANG as Robert Downey, Jr’s tweaky tryst. The romantic comedy MUST LOVE DOGS as Diane Lane’s smart-talking younger sister, the Farrelly Bros. HEARTBREAK KID as Ben Stiller’s would-be bride, and the comedy OVER MY DEAD BODY with Eva Longoria and Paul Rudd soon followed. Recently she’s kept audiences of all ages smiling with her performances in Disney’s BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA with Jaime Lee Curtis and Piper Parabo, and SPACEBUDDIES with Deidrich Bader, and she just wrapped shooting a new movie for Disney whose title will be released in fall 2012.
Additional film credits include Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin’s strong-willed mother in Twentieth Century Fox’s drama THE ULTIMATE GIFT. Ali starred alongside Eric Dane in ADRIFT: OWII, the suspense filled drama which bowed at Cannes, the ensemble comedy THROWING STARS which premiered at the Las Vegas Film Festival, and she appeared as leading lady in the independent feature NESTING, which is on the festival circuit and was released in theatres in spring 2012.
Born in Huntington Beach, CA, Hillis spent her childhood in Sheboygan Falls, WI, then moved to Charlotte NC. She received a full vocal music scholarship from East Carolina University, and entered a 2 year Meisner study. Hillis took her regional stage experience to New York City where she further honed her craft off-Broadway and in various indie films; culminating with a guest-starring role on LAW & ORDER which gave her the confidence to move cross-country to Los Angeles.
The transition proved a successful one, as it wasn’t long before she garnered guest starring and recurring roles in numerous television comedies and dramas, including her most recent appearances on CSI opposite Laurence Fishburne, and MEMPHIS BEAT opposite Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard.
Only recently did she stumble into the world of video gaming and anime, finding fast friends in a world of controllable characters. The XENOSAGA series was her first experience with voicing video games, but her roles as Dr. Liara T’Soni in Biowore’s MASS EFFECT, Lightning in Square Enix’s FINAL FANTASY XIII, Dr. Ariel Hanson in Blizzard’s STARCRAFT II, Black Cat in THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN, and Palutena in KID ICARUS: UPRISING, along with anime roles such as Emma Frost in Marvel X-MEN and Karin in Disney’s NARUTO have earned her new fans across the globe, with more undisclosed characters in high profile games in the works!
Hillis currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dogs and hedge fund manager husband, who is also part owner of the NYC hot spot Brother Jimmy’s BBQ where the two met.