Judith Hoag - Enjoying the process!

Judith Hoag - Enjoying the process!

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First Published: October 2000
Judith Hoag | Working Actor

Judith Hoag | Working Actor

Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | "Nashville" (2012)
Judith Hoag, Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton | "Nashville" (2012) **
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag, Sandra Bernhard | "Roseanne" (1988)
Judith Hoag | "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990) *
Judith Hoag | "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990)
Judith Hoag | "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990) *
Judith Hoag | "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990)
Judith Hoag | "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" (2016)
Judith Hoag | "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" (2016)
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | "Switched at Birth" (1991)
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor
Judith Hoag | Working Actor

Judith Hoag clearly wanted to be an actress from a very early age. It was a positive outlet, a way to channel all of that energy. Her 4th grade music teacher said she was "given to histrionics". Her mother called her "Sarah Heartburn".

Judith started doing theater at a small theater in Newburyport Massachusetts. She was only 13 when she started skipping school to go hang out at the theater. Something had to be done so she was enrolled in a Private Performing Arts High School in Natick Mass., called Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts. It was a very positive experience in spite of being "asked to leave". Judith moved to Cambridge Mass. where she became involved in local theater. Finally, it was time to get serious. It was time to move to New York and find out if she could actually make a career out of this. Her mother summed it up one day by asking her "You might be afraid to go, but aren't you more afraid to stay?"

New York was just what she needed. Her first job came to her about a month after she arrived. She was approached by a playwright about doing his new play "The Times & Appetites of Toulouse Lautrec" . Shortly thereafter she was offered the part of Lotty Bates on the soap opera "Loving". Doing a soap was like entering a very strange world; the polar opposite of theater. The work was very challenging. Acting on the small screen was much more internal and subtle. Coming from a theater background where you project to the back of the house, the challenge was to learn a new way to work. Lots of words to memorize each day, lots of blocking and few rehearsals. She recalls her learning curve as being awkward; "yeah I was pretty awful in the beginning..." Her contract ended after a year and a half. Next she decided to try commercials. That proved to be a successful endeavor. Judith has since done dozens of commercials. "Commercials are a really great way to earn money to keep you going in between the film and television jobs. They can also be a lot of fun as it usually involves a lot of improvisation. I've had directors tell me to just play and do whatever I want. That's made this process really appealing. I think commercials get a bad rap, that there's no creativity to them, but I haven't found that to be entirely true. The process of auditioning for them can be tedious but actually doing them can be really fun."

Her film work was beginning to come along. She made her first film "A Matter of Degrees" which also starred Tom Sizemore and Arye Gross . Her next film was "Cadillac Man" in which she co-starred with Robin Williams and Tim Robbins. It was during this time that she read for the movie "Teenage Ninja Turtles". "I got this movie while I was still shooting "Cadillac Man" and had to fly off to North Carolina on the weekends. Everyone wondered what kind of strange movie I was off doing. Only Robin had heard of the Ninja Turtles. He had collected all of the comic books and couldn't wait to see the movie. He brought his kids to the premiere and surprised me. The movie ended up being a big hit. I still have a hard time watching that movie... I was never satisfied with how it came out. It lost a lot of it's soul. Elias Koteas, however was brilliant."

"Teenage Ninja Turtles" opened a lot of doors for Judith and for that she was very grateful. Judith began living bi-coastally around this time and finally the work in Los Angeles outweighed the work in New York so she moved to the west coast.

Judith began to shoot a series of Television Pilots. "I've shot eight so far. I am an optimist. I believe that one day I will do a pilot that will actually go!" In the meantime she stays very busy shooting guest starring roles in episodic television. One of her more recent parts was on the "X-Files" where she was nearly devoured by a cannibalistic mutant. "This work is never boring. I can go from pretending to live one kind of life to another to another to another. It's like a big game of dress- up and make believe. The longer I do this the more fun it gets and the freer I allow myself to be creatively." Judith has also done several Mini-Series and Movies Of The Week.

"Bad City Blues" and "Armageddon" exemplify two of her more memorable movies and they couldn't be more diametrically opposed. In "Bad City Blues" Judith played an ex-junkie turned society wife (opposite Dennis Hopper) who pulls off a bank heist and runs off with $5,000,000 in cash. In "Armageddon" she played a single mother whose dead beat husband (Will Patton) flies off into space and saves the world from a deadly asteroid, "These two movies were so different. "Armageddon" had a huge budget and was filled with stars and giant trailers. The challenge on that movie was to ignore all of the hierarchy and just get down to the business of telling a story. That's what kept me focused and I think that's why the performance resonated with audiences. With "Bad City" Blues we had a very small budget. It was a lot of fun for me to be able to be such a wild woman. I'd been playing a lot of mothers and while I was a mother in this story as well, I got to rob banks, jump off of balconies and shoot guns...all while wearing leather!" Judith has studied acting with Diana Castle for the past several years. She calls it her "Anti-Acting" class. "Being in class gives me the opportunity to always be working on something. Musicians practice their instruments every day. An actors instrument is their imagination and it must be played with everyday or else it grows weak"

Judith Hoag's advice to the aspiring actor:

My life has been very full. I am blessed with two beautiful children. I make a good living in a very tough profession and I am grateful everyday that I get to do this. Some actors see it as a grind but I don't. It's your attitude that shapes your life... and your belief. I believe the best is yet to come and I'll be ready for it when it does and in the meantime I am going to enjoy the process.

My advice to new actors is:

Don't be lazy, Go after what you desire. Don't heed the common place advice that is meant to discourage you. If you want it go and get it. Be willing to work hard and be patient Be kind to yourself.

My two favorite quotes are:

Whatever you think you can do or think you can't do - you're right"
    ~ Henry Ford

"What lies before you and what lies behind you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you."
   ~ Emerson


Talent Agency (Theatrical)

BRS / Gage Talent Agency
Email: brsgagelosangeles@gmail.com
6300 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1430
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-857-6666
Fax: 323-857-0368
Representatives: Amy Abell-Rosenfield, *David Shaul, Sarabeth Schedeen

Talent Agency (Commercial)

Brady, Brannon & Rich Talent (BBR)
Email: admin@bbrtalent.com
5670 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 820
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-852-9559 phone
323-852-9579 fax


Jonas Public Relations
1327 Ocean Ave # F
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310 656 3355
Representative: Lori Jonas (lori@jonaspr.com)

Judith Hoag's Credits
 2018 DC Noir
Mary Sullivan
 2016-2018 The Magicians (TV Series)
Stephanie Quinn
- The Losses of Magic (2018) ... Stephanie Quinn
- The Cock Barrens (2017) ... Stephanie Quinn
- Homecoming (2016) ... Stephanie Quinn
 2012-2017 Nashville (TV Series)
Tandy Hampton
- I'll Fly Away (2017) ... Tandy Hampton
- After You've Gone (2016) ... Tandy Hampton
- Forever and for Always (2016) ... Tandy Hampton
- I'm Not That Good at Goodbye (2015) ... Tandy Hampton
- First to Have a Second Chance (2014) ... Tandy Hampton
 2017 Fishbowl
 2014 Destroyer (Short)
 2014 Wish Wizard (Short)
Mrs. Casey
 2013 Bad Words
Petal Dubois
 2012 Hitchcock
Lillian (Studio Head's Wife)
 2012 Happily Divorced (TV Series)
- Swimmers and Losers (2012) ... Donna
 2012 The Middle (TV Series)
Mrs. Jennings
- Get Your Business Done (2012) ... Mrs. Jennings
 2012 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Diana Mitchell
- Unknown Subject (2012) ... Diana Mitchell
 2012 Sexting in Suburbia (TV Movie)
Patricia Reid
 2011 Grimm (TV Series)
Mrs. Jessup
- Danse Macabre (2011) ... Mrs. Jessup
 2011 Castle (TV Series)
Mrs. Hamilton
- Head Case (2011) ... Mrs. Hamilton
 2011 In Plain Sight (TV Series)
Sharon Harris
- Meet the Shannons (2011) ... Sharon Harris
 2011 Off the Map (TV Series)
Margie Packard
- There's a Lot to Miss About the Jungle (2011) ... Margie Packard
 2011 The Defenders (TV Series)
Courtney Noland
- Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals (2011) ... Courtney Noland
 2006-2011 Big Love (TV Series)
Cindy Price
- D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (2011) ... Cindy Price
- The Oath (2011) ... Cindy Price
- Next Ticket Out (2010) ... Cindy Price
- Sins of the Father (2010) ... Cindy Price
- The Greater Good (2010) ... Cindy Price
 2011 I Am Number Four
Sarah's Mom
 2011 The Craigslist Killer (TV Movie)
Patricia Banks
 2010 Weeds (TV Series)
- Fran Tarkenton (2010) ... Dana
 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street
Medical Resident (uncredited)
 2010 Private Practice (TV Series)
Angie McConnell
- Eyes Wide Open (2010) ... Angie McConnell
- Pulling the Plug (2010) ... Angie McConnell
- Triangles (2010) ... Angie McConnell
 2010 Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment (TV Series documentary)
Nicole Moss
 2010 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Mrs. Reynolds
- Criminal Justice (2010) ... Mrs. Reynolds
 2009 The Forgotten (TV Series)
Charlotte Dent
- Diamond Jane (2009) ... Charlotte Dent
 2009 Flying By
 2008 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Sandra Boatwright
- Red Hair and Silver Tape (2008) ... Sandra Boatwright
 2008 Sons of Anarchy (TV Series)
Karen Oswald
- Fun Town (2008) ... Karen Oswald
 2008 Swingtown (TV Series)
Rita Pierce
- Friends with Benefits (2008) ... Rita Pierce
 2008 Girlfriends (TV Series)
- Adapt to Adopt (2008) ... Alison
 2007 Women's Murder Club (TV Series)
Dr. Raine Van Aiken
- Welcome to the Club (2007) ... Dr. Raine Van Aiken
 2007 Final Approach (TV Movie)
Marie Gilford
 2007 Notes from the Underbelly (TV Series)
Mrs. Cole
- Keeping Up Appearances (2007) ... Mrs. Cole
 2007 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Rhada Douglas
- Six Days: Part 2 (2007) ... Rhada Douglas
- Six Days: Part 1 (2007) ... Rhada Douglas
 2006 Return to Halloweentown (TV Movie)
Gwen Cromwell Piper
 2006 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Angela Morrison
- Drowned Lives (2006) ... Angela Morrison
 2006/I Salt
 2006 Still Standing (TV Series)
Melanie Goldman
- Still Graduating (2006) ... Melanie Goldman
 2006 Bones (TV Series)
Helen Granger
- The Superhero in the Alley (2006) ... Helen Granger
 2006 Commander in Chief (TV Series)
Syndi Saltzman
- Wind Beneath My Wing (2006) ... Syndi Saltzman
 2005 Close to Home (TV Series)
Terry the Madam
- Suburban Prostitution (2005) ... Terry the Madam
 2005 JAG (TV Series)
Mildred Evans
- Fair Winds and Following Seas (2005) ... Mildred Evans
 2004 Fearless (TV Movie)
Gaia's godmother
 2004 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Paige Matheson
- I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid (2004) ... Paige Matheson
 2004 Halloweentown High (TV Movie)
Gwen Cromwell Piper
 2004 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Mrs. Johnson
- High and Dry (2004) ... Mrs. Johnson
 2004 Century City (TV Series)
 2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Merill Maguire
- Getting Off (2004) ... Merill Maguire
 2003 The Guardian (TV Series)
Ria Lewicki
- Hazel Park (2003) ... Ria Lewicki
 2003 Carnivàle (TV Series)
Miss Jolene
- Black Blizzard (2003) ... Miss Jolene
 2003 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Alice Ross
- Conspiracy (2003) ... Alice Ross
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Carol Miller
- Maple Street (2003) ... Carol Miller
 2003 KidSmartz (Video documentary short)
 2002 ER (TV Series)
Mrs. Brenner
- Next of Kin (2002) ... Mrs. Brenner
 2002 The Agency (TV Series)
Carla Bramble
- C.S. Lie (2002) ... Carla Bramble
 2002 Six Feet Under (TV Series)
- Out, Out, Brief Candle (2002) ... Dawn
 2002 Boston Public (TV Series)
Beth Thomas
- Chapter Thirty-Five (2002) ... Beth Thomas
 2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (TV Movie)
Gwen Cromwell Piper
 2001 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Bonnie Manning
- Redheaded Stepchild (2001) ... Bonnie Manning
 1998-2000 The Pretender (TV Series)
Gail Reese / Captain Angela Wiley
- School Daze (2000) ... Gail Reese
- Crash (1998) ... Captain Angela Wiley
 2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Janet Grabowski
- A House Divided (2000) ... Janet Grabowski
 1999 The X-Files (TV Series)
Dr. Mindy Rinehart
- Hungry (1999) ... Dr. Mindy Rinehart
 1999 Bad City Blues
Callilou Carter
 1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Tina Hofmeister
- Kiss of Death (1999) ... Tina Hofmeister
 1999 Providence (TV Series)
Susan Marcus
- Pig in Providence (1999) ... Susan Marcus
 1999 Strange World (TV Series)
Regina Tyler
- Down Came the Rain (1999) ... Regina Tyler
 1998 Halloweentown (TV Movie)
Gwen Cromwell Piper
 1998 Armageddon
Denise, Chick's Ex-Wife
 1998 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. (TV Series)
Claire Broderick
- Payback (1998) ... Claire Broderick
 1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold (TV Series)
Maureen Hunt
- We Are Not Alone (1998) ... Maureen Hunt
 1997 Here Dies Another Day
 1997 Breast Men (TV Movie)
 1997 Nothing Sacred (TV Series)
- Spirit and Substance (1997) ... Judy
- Roman Catholic Holiday (1997) ... Judy
 1997 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
Dr. Gabrielle
- One Flew Over the Cuda's Nest (1997) ... Dr. Gabrielle
 1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Segment From the Agency
 1997 The Burning Zone (TV Series)
Dr. Meredith Schrager
- The Last Five Pounds Are the Hardest (1997) ... Dr. Meredith Schrager
- The Last Endless Summer (1997) ... Dr. Meredith Schrager
 1995 A Mother's Gift (TV Movie)
Sarah Lutz
 1995 Sweet Justice (TV Series)
Cory Shaw
- Baby Mine (1995) ... Cory Shaw
 1994 Mad About You (TV Series)
- The Ride Home (1994) ... Doris
 1994 Hardball (TV Series)
- My Name Is Hard B. (1994) ... Barbara
 1992-1994 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Nancy Godfrey / Gretchen Price
- To Kill a Legend (1994) ... Nancy Godfrey
- Programmed for Murder (1992) ... Gretchen Price
 1994 The Nanny (TV Series)
Kathy Marie O'Malley / Katherine Porter
- Material Fran (1994) ... Kathy Marie O'Malley / Katherine Porter
 1994 Dream On (TV Series)
- Hey, Nanny Nanny (1994) ... Pamela
 1993 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Lainie Flanders
- Family Matters (1993) ... Lainie Flanders
 1993 The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV Series)
Iphigenia Poole
- Socrates' Sister (1993) ... Iphigenia Poole
 1993 Acting on Impulse
Gail Black
 1993 South of Sunset (TV Series)
- Custody (1993)
 1992 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Sarah Goldstein
- The Whole Truth (1992) ... Sarah Goldstein
- Drawing the Line (1992) ... Sarah Goldstein
 1992 Roseanne (TV Series)
 1992 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Julie Miller
- Nowhere to Run - August 10, 1968 (1992) ... Julie Miller
 1991 Murder in High Places (TV Movie)
Meg Faithorn
 1991 Switched at Birth (TV Movie)
Barbara Mays
 1991 Lenny (TV Series)
 1990 The Young Riders (TV Series)
- The Littlest Cowboy (1990) ... Ellen
 1990 Fine Things (TV Movie)
 1990 The Knife and Gun Club (TV Movie)
Dr. Annie Falk
 1989-1990 Wolf (TV Series)
Melissa Shaw Elliott
- Vengeance (1990) ... Melissa Shaw Elliott
- Little Girl Lost (1990) ... Melissa Shaw Elliott
- Betrayal (1989) ... Melissa Shaw Elliott
- Guns and Roses (1989) ... Melissa Shaw Elliott
- Echoes of Yesterday (1989) ... Melissa Shaw Elliott
 1990 Cadillac Man
 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
April O'Neil
 1990 A Matter of Degrees
Kate Blum
 1989 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
 1986-1988 Loving (TV Series)
Charlotte Bates Alden
- Episode dated 15 January 1988 (1988) ... Charlotte Bates Alden
- Episode #1.564 (1986) ... Charlotte Bates Alden
 1988 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Eileen Kingsley
- Skeletons in the Closet (1988) ... Eileen Kingsley
 1986 The Little Sister
Kevin's Friend

 Photo camera Credit 
* © 1990 - Newline Cinema
** Mark Levine - © 2014 American Broadcasting Company

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