5 Things You Didn't Know About Me
- I can kick your ass at Galaga and, probably, backgammon
- I love tequila
- I'm double jointed
- when I was little, I wanted to live on a functioning farm when i grew up
- As it turns out, i only have a few semi-functional fruit trees.
Actor/singer songwriter Alicia Witt has had a nearly three-decade long career, starting with her film debut as Alia in David Lynch’s science fiction classic, ‘Dune’.
Alicia joins Season 4 of Showtime’s House of Lies for a multi-episode arc with Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, which premieres February 2015. She can also be seen this winter on TNT’s The Librarians as a medieval sorceress and CBS’s Elementary as a murderous sociopath.
In April 2015, Alicia will release her first full length studio album, Revisionary History, through Compass Records. Produced by Ben Folds, it features Witt’s original piano-driven rock/pop songs, which have drawn frequent comparisons to Billy Joel, Elton John and Carole King. Her first single from this album, Consolation Prize, comes out Feb 3, and on Feb 4 Alicia appears with her band as musical guest on the Queen Latifah Show to debut the song.
In 2014, Alicia joined the 5th Season of Emmy-award winning FX series ‘Justified’ with Timothy Olyphant. Alicia played Wendy Crowe, the smart and sexy paralegal sister of crime lord Darryl Crowe (Michael Rapaport) who takes matters into her own hands to bring him to justice in the Season 5 finale.
Alicia also appeared on stage at the Geffen Playhouse in August 2014 in the Los Angeles debut of the Tony-nominated Neil Labute play ‘reasons to be pretty’. The four-hander also starred Amber Tamblyn, Shawn Hatosy and Nick Gehlfuss, and was directed by Randall Arney, Artistic Director of the Geffen.
In winter 2013, Alicia starred in 'A Very Merry Mix-Up' for the Hallmark Channel, which became their highest rated holiday film of all time. To follow this, she appeared as a woman who takes a job as Santa for Christmas in Hallmark’s 2014 winter season’s new film ‘Christmas at Cartwright’s’, also starring Wallace Shawn.
In 2013, Alicia appeared opposite Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines in the independent family dramedy 'Cold Turkey', in a performance which NY Daily News critic David Edelstein hailed as one of the best of 2013, and garnered the headline ‘See Cold Turkey For Alicia Witt’s Performance’ in the Village Voice. She also can be heard on the closing credits song, which she wrote and co-performed with Ben Folds. The music video can be seen at themefrompasadena.com. Also released in 2013 were the indie ‘Away From Here’, in which she stars opposite Nick Stahl, and the critically acclaimed independent feature film 'I Do', which had a nationwide theatrical release after screening at 25 festivals worldwide and winning 10 awards. Alicia has two songs featured in this film as well.
Other recent credits include the 2012 Samuel Goldwyn film 'Cowgirls n Angels', with James Cromwell, and Seasons 4 and 5 of the Emmy award winning Friday Night Lights on NBC. She also recurred on CBS' 'The Mentalist' as blind pianist Rosalind and was featured on the Emmy-award winning CBS comedy 'Two and a Half Men' as a teacher turned stripper in an episode featuring an extended lap dance that has been viewed nearly 2 million times on YouTube.
Alicia starred opposite Al Pacino in the 2008 feature film '88 Minutes' for director Jon Avnet. That same year she played Detective Nola Falacci opposite Chris Noth on NBC’s 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' for half a season, taking over for Julianne Nicholson while she was on maternity leave.
Other notable roles include Paramount’s 'Last Holiday' with Queen Latifah and Timothy Hutton, and New Line’s critically acclaimed film ‘The Upside of Anger’, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opposite Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood and Keri Russell. She also starred in Warner Bros’ hit romantic comedy, 'Two Weeks Notice', opposite Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock.
Witt appeared on-stage in fall 2006 at London’s Royal Court Theatre in Terry Johnson’s 'Piano/Forte'. She made her West End debut with Neil LaBute’s 'The Shape of Things'. She was also seen on stage in 'Dissonance' at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In April 2013, Alicia performed in the 24 Hour Musicals off-Broadway, for the 3rd time. She has previously taken the stage in the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and in the West End.
Alicia is an accomplished singer/songwriter. A classically trained pianist, for the past 7 years she has been performing her original piano-driven rock all across the world, and has opened for Ben Folds Five, Jimmy Webb and John Fullbright. Her self-titled first EP came out in 2009 and her Kickstarter funded first full length album, 'Live at Rockwood', which was recorded at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, was released following a self-booked national tour in 2012. Witt performed live as the musical guest on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Her music and videos can be seen at www.aliciawittmusic.com.
In 1994, Witt appeared in the critically acclaimed 'Fun', which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by Rafal Zielinski, depicts a tale of two disturbed young girls whose quest for fun leads them to murder. Witt received the “Special Jury Recognition” Award at Sundance and a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. In 1998, she starred in Columbia Tristar’s hit horror movie, 'Urban Legend.
On television, Witt starred for four seasons as Cybill Shepherd’s daughter Zoey on the hit CBS sitcom ‘Cybill’. She also guest starred on the phenomenally successful HBO series, ‘The Sopranos’, and the Emmy award winning ‘Ally McBeal’, in which she sang with Randy Newman. Witt combined her acting talents with her skills as a pianist in the romantic comedy, 'Playing Mona Lisa'. For this role, she won a Best Actress Award at the US Comedy Arts Festival.
Alicia made her film debut in 1984 in David Lynch’s 'Dune', and by age 14, received her high school diploma and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. Once in Los Angeles, Lynch cast her in his cult classic television series, 'Twin Peaks', as Gersten Hayward, a part that he had written specifically for Witt. Following this, Lynch utilized Alicia’s talents once again in his HBO trilogy, 'Hotel Room', in which she portrayed a young woman with multiple personality disorder opposite Crispin Glover.
Alicia made her directorial debut with the short film 'Belinda’s Swan Song', which she also wrote. The film premiered at the 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival and was screened at 9 additional festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.
She also appeared in 'Mr. Holland’s Opus', opposite Richard Dreyfuss, as clarinet player Gertrude, as well as 'Four Rooms' (Miramax) with Tim Roth, Madonna, and Lili Taylor, and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Allison Anders, Robert Rodriguez, and Alexandre Rockwell. She was also seen in the John Waters film 'Cecil B. Demented', with Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith, as well as director Cameron Crowe’s 'Vanilla Sky', opposite Tom Cruise.
Other film credits include 'Bongwater' opposite Luke Wilson; Mike Figgis’ 'Liebstraum'; 'Bodies, Rest and Motion', starring Tim Roth and Bridget Fonda; ‘Peep World’ with Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson; and critically acclaimed short ‘The Pond’ with David Morse.