Iconic Indy Queen Illeana Douglas is a hit with critics and movie goers alike. With her latest foray into web series, she continues to impress with her incredible passion and talent.
On the big screen, Illeana has the comedic thriller Chez Upshaw, which she stars opposite Kevin Pollak, Molly Sims and Greg Grunberg. The dark tale tells of a couple who run a fledging Bed and Breakfast who decide to take in guests who need assistance in committing suicide. The film will play the Festival circuit this year for an end of year release. Also, for next holiday season, she will star in the independent feature Saving Santa, a family comedy. She recently starred in the critically acclaimed The Green (2011) alongside Cheyenne Jackson and Julia Ormond. The story follows two gay men who leave the hustle of New York City for the slower pace in Connecticut shoreline but one is accused of inappropriate conduct by a high school student. Among other accolades awarded the film, Douglas won best supporting actress for her role at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Douglas was most recently seen guest starring in the eighth and final season of HBO's Entourage. She reprised her role as the sister of Ari Gold's wife.
Her hit web series Easy To Assemble, available on MyDamnChannel.com and on the official website, EasyToAssembleSeries.com, begins shooting a unprecedented fourth season next month for release later this year. Born of her short film Supermarket (2004) and created for IKEA, Easy To Assemble became an instant web sensation featuring such stars as Jeff Goldblum, Craig Bierko, Kevin Pollack, Jane Lynch, Cheri Oteri, Patricia Heaton, Tim Meadows, Daryl Sabara, Ricki Lake and more. The series follows Douglas as she adjusts to life outside of the spotlight working at IKEA. In season two, she could not escape Hollywood when she found herself competing for the prestigious Co-Worker of the Year title at IKEA against co-worker and fellow actress Justine Bateman. The second and third seasons reached a record breaking 8 million views and added additional episodes due to popular demand.
In recognition of its tremendous contribution to web-based entertainment, Easy To Assemble took home "Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series" and "Best Product Integration in a Web Series" Awards at the 2010 Streamy Awards. For her work on the show, Douglas recently won the BANFF "Outstanding Online Performance Award," the NAPTE Digital Luminary Award, was nominated for the "Best Individual Performance" category for the 14th Annual Webby Awards, and will receive the "Innovator Award" at the upcoming fifth annual Independent Television Festival, which focuses on original indie TV pilots and Web series. The show is often used and sited as a case study of successful branded entertainment and Douglas is often called upon to consult with marketers and other brands.
Douglas was most recently seen starring in a series of independent films; April Showers (2009), a true events-based story that takes a look inside the events of a school shooting through the eyes of a survivor, Otis (2008), which premiered at the SXSW and The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also starred in the indie feature Life is Hot in Cracktown (2009), a drama about how crack cocaine has become ubiquitous in inner cities, in the can. These films capped a two-year, ten-project run for Douglas which also included titles such as Factory Girl (2006), The Bondage (2006), Walk the Talk (2007), and Pittsburgh (2006) with Jeff Goldblum to name a few.
Douglas has done additional web work writing, producing and starring in Suite 7 with CJP for Lifetime.com and the Sleep Council of America. She was also one of the producers and stars of The Adventures with Justin and Alden with CJP and Horizon Media for Trident. She also appeared as Sheila on ABC's Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winning show Ugly Betty.
While working as a New York film publicist, Douglas was asked to dub screams and provide additional dialogue for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). This led to a long association with Scorsese, acting in New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991) and developing and co-producing Search and Destroy (1995) and Grace of My Heart (1996), which earned a London Film Critics nomination.
With Scorsese's encouragement she also began writing and directing. Her first effort, The Perfect Woman (1993), won Best Short at Aspen Shorts Fest and was a nominee for a Cable Ace Award. Another of Douglas' projects Everybody Just Stay Calm (1994) was a documentary made for Bravo about the comedic trials of independent filmmaking. Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier (1996) and the television pilot Confessions of a Movie Lover (2001) were made for Bravo and IFC.
She was Executive Producer on the film Life Without Dick (2002) starring Sarah Jessica Parker. She premiered her short Devil Talk at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and later created Supermarket, a collection of her shorts for The Sundance Channel. Supermarket was nominated for a regional Emmy and later developed into Illeanarama Supermarket of the Stars as a pilot for the Oxygen Network.
Douglas has starred in numerous big screen hits including Stir of Echoes (1999), Alive (1993), Picture Perfect (1997), Message in a Bottle (1999), The Next Best Thing (2000), and more. She has also been in such notable television dramas as HBO's Lansky, Weapons of Mass Distraction, and Six Feet Under, which earned her an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Angela. Additionally, she has been featured in recurring and guest starring roles on many of television's biggest shows including Law & Order: SVU, The Drew Carey Show, Frasier, Seinfeld, the comedy reality series Celebrity Garage Sale and more including the TV movies Rough Riders (1997) for TNT and Bella Mafia (1997) for CBS. Douglas has been a frequent guest on Politically Incorrect to discuss politics and women's issues.
She first came to prominence as Matt Dillon's suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995), which garnered a NY Film Critic's nomination, and has since been a staple on the independent film scene with memorable performances in Ghost World (2001), Happy, Texas (1999), Wedding Bell Blues (1996), Dummy (2002), Hacks (1997), and many more.
Douglas began her career as a stand up and sketch comedian at Stand Up New York and Manhattan Punchline so situation comedy was an easy transition. She starred as Gary Shandling's girlfriend on the final season of The Larry Sanders Show and starred in FOX's ahead-of-its-time comedy Action, with Jay Mohr.