Actress Allison Mack had carved out a quite successful career before and after her popular stint on the hit series Smallville, but then came the bombshell. It was called Nxvim and it was not a TV series or feature film, it was real life. Allison Mack was one of the leaders in a sex cult.
Allison Mack had it going on. She had everything a young actress would need to start a successful career in Hollywood. Her initial role came as a seven-year-old in the “comedy” Police Academy 6: City Under Siege. AS a young girl, she moved on to many various projects such as I Know My First Name is Steven and Empty Nest, as well as TV movies like Shangri-La Plaza, The Perfect Bride, Living a Lie, A Private Matter, and A Message From Holly. She had a recurring role in the TV series Evening Shade and for the next few years, she continued to find herself working on more TV movies and TV series.
The first time Allison Mack settled in for longer than an episode or movie was for the TV series Hiller and Diller, where she played Richard Lewis’ daughter. Unfortunately, it only lasted but one season, though it did give her a look at what life is like on her own series. Mack then found herself on another short-lived series called Opposite Sex, which starred a very young Milo Ventimiglia and a pre-Captain America Chris Evans. This all put Allison Mack in line for the series that made her name.
ALLISON MACK ON SMALLVILLE
The character Allison Mack played on the superhero show Smallville was an original created solely for the series. You won’t find her Chloe Sullivan in the comics before Smallville, but her character was so popular, she did eventually appear in the comics after.
Allison Mack’s Sullivan began as one of Clark Kent’s (Tom Welling) best friends, eventually falling in love with him. Even though Clark never returned those feelings, the two remained best friends throughout the duration of the series. It was a series that lasted ten seasons, Mack appeared as a regular in the first nine, recurring in the tenth and final season.
During her time on Smallville, Allison Mack appeared in a couple of Smallville spin-offs revolving around her character. One was called Smallville: Chloe Chronicles, which was an eight-episode TV series short. The other was called Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles, which lasted six episodes. These mini-series followed Sullivan as she continued her research around the Wall of Weird findings.
With Allison Mack a household name, she branched out as Smallville came to an end. She was in the mini-series Reise, then tried her hand at a few more TV series such as Wilfred, The Following, American Odyssey, and finally Lost in Oz. And then, as they say, life finally caught up to her.
ALLISON MACK IN THE SEX CULT
“I joined Nxivm first to find purpose,” Allison Mack said, sobbing, during her plea hearing in a Brooklyn federal court. “I was lost and I wanted to find a place, a community in which I would feel comfortable.” This was Allison Mack’s justification for becoming a recruiter for Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere.
Nxivm, by its own description, is a multi-level marketing company offering professional and personal development through what they call their “Executive Success Programs.” The reality of the situation is this: They are a cult, recruiting women as sex slaves for leader Raniere. Allison Mack was one of his top recruiters.
Raniere was a con man, he stole money, he branded his sex slaves with his initials, and he was able to keep these women in line with blackmail. Raniere would eventually be found guilty on charges of racketeering and sex trafficking. So, what part did Allison Mack play in all this?
In 2006, way before Smallville came to an end, Allison Mack was introduced to Jness, which was a woman’s group under the Nxivm umbrella. It was Mack’s Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk, who actually brought her to this meeting.
At the time, the courses set up by Nxivm were to help eliminate psychological and emotional barriers and Allison Mack saw it as a way to enhance both her acting abilities and relationships. But as one former Nxivm employee said per the New York Times, “One of the insidious things that the cult does is it breaks everyone down where you’re only focused on your flaws.” And it took to Mack.
Allison Mack jumped in with both feet, not looking back. As her former friend Frank Martorana recalled, “She just went from being an amazing, wonderful friend to being someone who was brainwashed, and I didn’t know how to get her back.”
He never did get her back as Allison Mack fell deeper and deeper into the abyss. Her role also morphed as she became a recruiter and leader within Raniere’s inner circle. It was Mack who invented the branding idea, marking the women as his. Allison helped create DOS, a secret society within Nxivm, where the recruited women were “slaves” who were overseen by “masters” while also ordered to have sex with Raniere.
As a recruiter, Allison Mack would find vulnerable women, using the appearance of female empowerment, working them until they fit Raniere’s want and desire, then kept them prisoner by way of the threat to release the “collateral” that had been collected. Allison Mack and Kreuk were not the only celebrities linked to Nxivm, Sarah Edmondson (Stargate SG-1), Nicki Clyne (Battlestar Galactica), and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica and Hawaii Five-O) have also been linked to the group.
Allison Mack Now
This now ominous photo was one of the last Allison Mack posted on social media before her sex cult secret came out. It’s hard to look at without wondering if the girl in the photo with her has already been branded…
This was the last photo Mack posted of just herself. It’s hard to tell if she’s really all that happy, behind the eyes…
This sordid tale continues with no immediate end in sight for Allison Mack. Even though both parties (Raniere and Mack) have been found guilty, COVID has pushed back the sentencing of both indefinitely. There are also co-conspirators on trial, their fates continue to hang in the balance too.
In the meantime, HBO has produced a nine-part documentary called The Vow, which chronicles the rise and fall of Nxivm. It details how this sex cult came to be, how they operated, and all the players involved. That includes Allison Mack who will now, forever, be known as one of the leaders of a blackmail sex cult and not the actress who once played Clark Kent’s best friend.