Iconic indie queen Illeana Douglas is a hit with critics and moviegoers alike. She is currently playing herself on the hit show MARON for IFC. In May, Illeana, an avid film buff, will be hosting “Second Looks,” showing films that deserve a second chance for Turner Classic Movies. She just wrapped filming the comedy Max Rose (2013) with Jerry Lewis and Kevin Pollak and has been winning awards for Chez Upshaw (2012), in which she stars opposite Kevin Pollak, Molly Sims and Greg Grunberg. She also recently wrapped two independent films: Saving Santa, out at Christmas 2013, and It's Dark Here (2013), based on a true story of a mother’s struggle with her son’s descent into schizophrenia.
She recently starred in the critically acclaimed The Green (2011) alongside Cheyenne Jackson and Julia Ormond. Among other accolades awarded the film, Douglas won best supporting actress for her role at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. She also produced the film Kingdom Come (2012) which was recently sold to Showtime.
Illeana's hit web series Easy To Assemble, available on Daily Motion and on the official website, www.YouTube.com/EasyToAssembleTV, is in its fourth season entitled "This Side Up." It has garnered over 5 million views this year and will return next year in its fifth season. Easy to Assemble has been downloaded over 30 million times. 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, Roger Bart, Greg Proops and more. The series follows Douglas as she starts a talk show on the main floor of IKEA called This Side Up and discovers the best role she never played was herself.
In recognition of its tremendous contribution to web-based entertainment, Easy To Assemble took home two Webbys at the 2012 16th Annual Webby Awards for Best Performance and Best Writing, Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series and Best Product Integration in a Web Series awards at the 2010 Streamy Awards, the 2010 BANFF Outstanding Online Performance Award and the 2010 NAPTE Digital Luminary Award. She was nominated for the Best Individual Performance category for the 14th Annual Webby Awards and won the Innovator Award at the 2010 Independent Television Festival.
Illeana Douglas first came to prominence as Matt Dillon’s suspicious sister in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For (1995), for which she was New York Film Critics award nominee, 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), Otis (2008), which premiered at SXSW, April Showers (2009), and many more. Douglas has starred in numerous big-screen features including Stir of Echoes (1999), Alive (1993), Picture Perfect (1997), Message in a Bottle (1999), The Next Best Thing (2000), Factory Girl (2006), Pittsburgh (2006) with Jeff Goldblum, to name a few.
On television, she was on the eighth and final season of HBO’s Entourage, reprising her role as the sister of Ari Gold’s wife, and was a regular on Ugly Betty 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, Frazier, Seinfeld, the comedy reality series Celebrity Garage Sale, which she developed Celebrity Garage Sale for A&E with Tom Arnold, and more.
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) and Cape Fear (1991) and developing and co-producing Search and Destroy (1995) and Grace of My Heart (1996), a London Film Critics award nominee. 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 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 (2004), 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.