Imitation Of Christ
Tara Subkoff is an American actress, fashion designer and a co-founder of the clothing line Imitation of Christ. She has appeared in many movies, including her debut “When the Bough Breaks” (1994, with Martin Sheen), “Freeway” (1994, with Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon),“All Over Me” (1997, co-starred with Alison Folland), “As Good as It Gets” (1997, with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear), “The Last Days of Disco” (1998, with Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale), “American Pie” (1999), “The Cell” (2000, with Jennifer Lopez) and “The Notorious Bettie Page” (2005, with Gretchen Mol). She also appeared in a few television series, including one episode of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and the TV film “Teenage Caveman” (2002).
Recently appearing in the straight to video release “Abandoned” (2010), the Connecticut native will have a role in James L. Brooks' “How Do You Know” (2010).
Subkoff has been romantically involved with Anton Newcombe from the rock group The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Jimmy Fallon of “Saturday Nigh Live” fame. She is a casual smoker and loves dancing and cocktails.
In 2009, Subkoff was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. The tumor has been successfully removed.
Childhood and Family:
Tara Lyn Subkoff was born on December 10, 1972, in Westport, Connecticut. She briefly attended the Otis College of Art and Design.
When the Bough Breaks
Tara Subkoff made her television debut in a 1994 episode of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” called “Orphan Train.” She then appeared in a guest spot in “Northern Exposure” (also 1994). Her film break came that same year when she was cast in the main role of a mentally challenged woman on “When the Bough Breaks,” opposite Ally Walker, Martin Sheen, Ron Perlman and Robert Knepper. A thriller written and directed by Michael Cohn, the film won a Grand Prix Vidéo at the 1995 Cognac Festival du Film Policier.
In 1996, Subkoff landed a supporting role in the well received crime movie “Freeway,” which was written and directed by Matthew Bright and starred Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon and Brooke Shields. “Freeway” won a Critics Award, a Grand Prix, and Best Actress for Witherspoon at the 1997 Cognac Festival du Film Policier awards, to name a few honors. Subkoff then portrayed Liz McConnell in Pat Verducci's mystery “True Crime” (also 1996).
After appearing in an episode of Fox's short lived science fiction series “Kindred: The Embraced” (1996), which was loosely adapted from the role playing game “Vampire: The Masquerade,” Subkoff co-starred with Scott Bairstow, Eric Mabius, Chad Lindberg and Donnie Wahlberg in the thriller “Black Circle Boys” (1997), the feature directorial debut of Matthew Carnahan, and the best friend of Alison Folland, Ellen, in “All Over Me” (1997), a drama by the Sichel sisters. “All Over Me” received generally positive reviews from critics and earned several awards.
Still in 1997, Subkoff starred as a teenager abandoned by her mother in the offbeat “Lover Girl,” which was directed and written by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse. In addition, she had a featured role in the dramatic comedy “As Good as It Gets.” The film, directed and co-scripted by James L. Brooks and starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear, earned primarily positive reviews from critics and received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and a Golden Globe Award for Best Film-Musical or Comedy. “As Good as It Gets” was also a box office success.
Subkoff was next cast as Holly, Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale's roommate in the dramatic film “The Last Days of Disco” (1998), which was written and directed by Whit Stillman. The film received good reviews from critics, but was a disappointment at the box office. The following year, Subkoff supported Ione Skye, Lumi Cavazos, Amanda De Cadenet and Steven Schub in the independent film “Mascara,” directed and written by Linda Kandel, and had an unaccredited part in the box office hit teen comedy “American Pie,” the first film in the “American Pie” film franchise. It was directed by Paul and Chris Weitz and starred Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne and Shannon Elizabeth.
Entering the new millennium, Subkoff played the supporting role of Julia Hickson in the popular psychological thriller “The Cell” (2000), starring Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn. Helmed by Tarsem Singh, the movie spawned a sequel titled “The Cell 2,” which went straight to video releases in 2009. “The Cell” was nominated for a 2001 Oscar in the category of Best Makeup.
Subkoff made her return to the small screen in the television movie “Teenage Caveman” (2002), which was produced as part of a series of low budget television movies loosely inspired by B movies. The film was helmed by controversial filmmaker Larry Clark and received a 2002 Saturn nomination for Best Single Television Presentation. The same year, Subkoff received a role in “Looking for Jimmy,” actress Julie Delpy's first time writing and directing.
Next up for Subkoff, the actress landed a small role in “Undermind” (2003), a psychological thriller directed and written by Nevil Dwek that starred Sam Trammell, Erik Jensen and Susan May Pratt. She then appeared with big names Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Maya Rudolph, Justin Long and Vince Vaughn in the direct to video comedy “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie” (2004), directed by Adam McKay, co-written by McKay and Ferrell and produced by Judd Apatow. She also portrayed June in the biographical film “The Notorious Bettie Page” (2005), about 1950’s pinup model Bettie Page. Directed by Mary Harron and starring Gretchen Mol, “The Notorious Bettie Page” premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival and the South by Southwest Film Festival before receiving a limited release in the U.S. on April 14, 2006. The film was nominated for a Golden Trailer in the category of Most Original and a Satellite for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Mol). In 2006, Subkoff appeared in “Cook-Off,” by Guy Shalem. It won a Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Comedy Performance in Film from the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for Wendi McLendon-Covey, who also co-wrote the film.
Recently, in 2010, Subkoff resurfaced as Anna in the direct to video “Abandoned.” Directed by Michael Feifer, the movie starred Brittany Murphy, Dean Cain, Mimi Rogers and Peter Bogdanovich. She has completed filming “Tyrolean Riviera” (2010), a 20 minute drama written and directed by Tatiana von Furstenberg, and “How Do You Know,” which was written and directed by James L. Brooks. “How Do You Know” is set to be released in the U.S. on December 17, 2010, and stars Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn and Dean Norris.
In addition to acting, Subkoff is a fashion designer. She co-founded the clothing line Imitation Of Christ with Matthew Damhave, which they named after Thomas à Kempis' 15th century book of the same name. “The Last Days of Disco” co-star Chloë Sevigny served as creative director of the line, while Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson walked the catwalk in the designs.