Joan Allen: From Brie Larson's 'Room' to ABC's 'Family'

March 3, 2016 1:46 PM

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Joan Allen: From Brie Larson's 'Room' to ABC's 'Family'

NEW YORK — In last year's acclaimed film Room, Joan Allen played a woman whose daughter — portrayed by Oscar winner Brie Larson — was abducted, held captive and abused for years. In the new ABC drama The Family (Thursday, 9 p.m. ET/PT, then Sundays at 9), Allen is cast as a small-town politician and mother of three whose younger son suffers a similar ordeal for a decade, then reappears, at 19, after having been presumed dead.

"The irony of getting those parts, one after the other, was surprising," Allen says, noting that she completed Room "right before Christmas in 2014, then got the pilot for The Family around January (2015), and shot it last March."

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