Born in Huntington Beach, CA, Ali Hillis caught the theatre bug at the age of 10, after moving to Sheboygan Falls, WI, where she debuted her natural stage talent playing the role of Annie in ANNIE to a nightly audience of over twelve hundred. She then moved to Charlotte NC, where her love for performing blossomed.
Ali earned her Actor’s Equity Card at 14 (Some of her starring AEA stage roles have included Chava in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Juliet in ROMEO & JULIET, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY, Sarah Brown in GUYS-N-DOLLS, Daisy in BILOXI BLUES, Antonia in MAN OF LA MANCHA, and Sophie in AN ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE), and, after graduating from high school, she received full vocal music and acting scholarship offers from 7 universities. Wanting to stay closer to her family, she decided on East Carolina University, where she entered a 2 year Meisner study under Sanford Meisner teaching protégé, Don Beihn.
After earning the highest award given in the ECU theatre department, Hillis took her college and professional regional stage experience to New York City where she further honed her craft off-Broadway and in various festival winning independent films; culminating with a guest-starring role on LAW & ORDER which gave her the confidence to move cross-country to Los Angeles.
The transition proved a successful one, as it wasn’t long before she garnered guest starring and recurring roles in numerous television comedies and dramas starting with recurring arcs on NYPD BLUE and FELICITY. After only 6 months in LA, Ali booked her first leading role in a comedy pilot for FOX entitled BEING DUNBAR where she starred alongside Breckin Meyer.
Not long ago, she stumbled into the world of animation, video gaming, and anime, finding fast friends in a new world of controllable characters. Ali’s roles in FAMILY GUY and THE REGULAR SHOW showcased her vocal talent and quick wit, while voicing video game characters Dr. Liara T’Soni in MASS EFFECT, Lightning in FINAL FANTASY XIII, Dr. Ariel Hanson in STARCRAFT II, Black Cat in THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN, Palutena in the new KID ICARUS, and Sofia in GEARS OF WAR: JUDGEMENT, along with anime roles such as Emma Frost in Marvel X-MEN and Karin in Disney’s NARUTO, have earned her new fans across the globe.
Ali currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dogs and hedge fund manager husband, who is also part owner of the NYC hot spot Brother Jimmy’s BBQ where the two met. (2013)