Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
August 8, 1977
1991 - Present
Currently Known For:
TV Acting Career
Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Odd Couple, Bring It On
A lot of actors and actresses have the ability to blend into a performance to the point where you can probably remember their face, but maybe not their name. For nearly 30 years, Lindsay Sloane has been one of those actresses that’s been called upon for supporting and guest roles, between both film and television. Even though her acting career started back in her pre-teen years, Sloane is now just 41 and still working regularly. While you might not realize it at first, she’s been part of some pretty notable productions.
While many actors who got their start at a young age tend to come from families that have backgrounds in entertainment, that wasn’t the case for Sloane. She was born on August 8, 1977 in Long Island, New York, with her mother working as a librarian while her father worked in sales. When she was eight years old, Sloane’s family had moved out to the west coast with hopes of landing her roles in acting, which ended up being the right choice.
Sloane’s first acting role actually came in the form of a voice role when she played the big sister on the 1990 TV film “Why, Charlie Brown, Why?” Sloane’s second role as a professional actress would come in her early teenage years, playing the role of Alice Pedermeir on “The Wonder Years”. Sloane appeared on a recurring basis as the character, and was a potential love interest for Fred Savage’s main character of Kevin Arnold. Sloane appeared in a total of six episodes from her debut in 1991’s episode “Triangle” to her final appearance in 1993’s “Eclipse”. Her character had been paired up with the character Chuck Coleman throughout the series, who was also a friend of Kevin’s and the three would be involved in a love triangle before smoothing things out.
Speaking about her time on the show, Sloane said that during her audition that “I made the choice to be whiny, and be a version of myself if I were mad,” adding that “It was the first time in an audition that I was confused, because I wasn’t trying to be funny, but what was happening was funny. I started to realize that the crazier I am, the funnier it is to people.”
“The Wonder Years” would set up Sloane for a solid career on television, helping her to land guest roles on popular series throughout the 1990s such as “Dharma & Greg” and “My So-Called Life”. The early 1990s was a good time to be a young actor, and Sloane was a beneficiary. “It was around the time when shows like ‘Party of Five’ started where it felt like young people were really being given a chance to act,” she said. “It wasn’t just about walking on a set and acting precocious which I think is mostly what kids had been taught to do up until shows like this started.”
Sloane would also become a series regular on the shows “Mr. Rhodes” and in 1997 played Valerie on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” for three seasons. Heading into the 2000s, Sloane would also appear more frequently on the big screen, having a notable role in the 2000 film “Bring It On” and another main role in the WB series “Grosse Pointe”, which would be cancelled after 17 episodes.
When talking about the starring role that she was hoping would resonate with audiences more, Sloane says “It is so unfortunate because I feel like if it had debuted just a few years later, it would have been (successful). In a dream world, I could go back to that but I just don’t ever see that happening.”
Since then, Sloane has had roles in wide released films such as “Over Her Dead Body”, “She’s Out of My League” and “The Other Guys”. While on television, Sloane has had many TV movie and recurring roles, and had a main role on the 2004 TV series “The Stones”. Unfortunately, the series would be cancelled after just three episodes, but Sloane wouldn’t wait long to get back to work as she appeared in several more shows in the subsequent years.
It’s been a few years since Sloane has appeared on the big screen, with two of her three most recent film credits coming from the “Horrible Bosses” pair of movies that would do well at the box office, with the most recent being released in 2014. However, Sloane has continued to be very busy on television, and has been one of those go-to actresses that appears in guest roles. Over the past few years, she’s guest starred on a slew of shows that include “Psych”, “The League” and “Drunk History”.
In 2014, Sloane would appear on a recurring basis on the comedy series “Playing House”, and the next year would land a regular role on “The Odd Couple”. The series came to an end in 2017, the same year in which Sloane had her most recent appearance on the truTV series “I’m Sorry”. Sloane is now taking some time to start her family, as she welcomed her second child in May 2017 with husband Dar Rollins.