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Michael & Tom convention pics; Musings on Allison. [Apr. 8th, 2018|08:46 pm]
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When I was thoroughly enjoying myself at AwesomeCon last week, every so often I would be boggled that 1) I was actually at a convention with both Michael AND Tom in attendance and 2) the main topic of conversation among SV fans in the line-ups was Allison M's involvement in that creepy cult. As one fanboy put it: "CHLOE BRANDS WOMEN?"

I can remember the cult being discussed as early as 2006, in relation to both KK and AM. The concern then was that the cult leader would fleece the girls finances or damage their careers but obviously things got so much worse. From the sounds of it, AM fell in love with the cult leader and has done terrible things to keep his love. While KK left years ago, she's unfortunately still being dragged into news reports about it, probably because she's more famous than AM and makes a better story.

I've met AM twice, at Cons in 2013 & 2014. She was friendly and nice, but I was well aware of the cult by that point, although not the grim extent of her activities, and that did colour my perception of her somewhat. In her solo panels, she would speak of a "mentor" and most of the crowd seemed to assume she meant an acting mentor, but of course it was the cult leader. While answering fan questions, she circled back to her "mentor" a number of times, as though unable to stop talking about him. When I went up for an autograph, she asked me if I was watching "Beauty and the Beast." I wonder now, in retrospect, if B&TB was in her mind because she was missing Kristin. Their friendship had ended the year before, when KK left the cult.

It is an awful, sad story. I fear jail is what AM deserves and may be the only way to detach her from the cult. It was a relief Tom & Michael weren't asked about it during their con panels, although it did apparently come up during autographs:


Now, onto happier things, like these two being ADORABLE!




At the panel, Michael talked about how fun it was to be at a convention with Tom: "It's nice to have my old cohort here. We're always laughing, we're holding each other, like with pictures, & he's like rubbing my back & we're trying not to laugh while we're doing it, but we're enjoying the moment."


Michael did touch Tom a lot.


Here, he's demonstrating what he calls "the gay spider."


But Tom reached over a few times too.


Michael talked about how he learned to touch other actors in scenes from John Glover.
Tom: "I think there was one time, when you were going through this phase, we had a Lex/Clark scene and you walked up and put your hand on my shoulder and I was like "what're you doing?"
Michael: "I'm trying new stuff, okay!"
Tom: "Are you acting?" *giggles*


The guys told the story of Michael descending on his wires as Zod and how he kept turning in circles. Michael demonstrates:


Panel Moderator: "I loved red!K Clark."
Michael: Sexy!
(Tom said red!K Clark is closer to his own personality!)


Michael checks out his chest on the big screen monitor.


Michael: "We would always do all sorts of fun stuff on set, like dueling Christopher Walkens, dueling Keanu Reeves and the directors were always like "C'mon Welling! Rosenbaum! Do the scene!"


Tom: "When Michael directed, it was funny because he was so excited and we did this scene where Lana was leaving Clark for some time period and the camera's on me, and Michael had to sit behind the camera to be *finger quotes* "closer to the performance." So as Kristin walked by the camera, this is Michael. Michael's hand goes up (Tom raises hand) "And she's walking....she's walking" (Tom keeps raising hand) "And she's walking." And I'm like: "Is she getting taller? What're you doing?"


THEY WERE SO CUTE.
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[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2018-04-09 12:57 am (UTC)
ADORABLE!! Thank you for sharing. Yeah AM is so sad. Feel bad for her. I hope it works out.


Edited at 2018-04-09 12:58 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-09 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah AM is so sad. Feel bad for her. I hope it works out.
if the reports are true, she's gone from being a victim to victimizing others. I think being charged may be the only thing that could snap her out of the cult mindset.

ADORABLE!!
It was a non-stop barrage of PRECIOUS!
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2018-04-09 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm so glad Tom and Michael are going to Australia together! I think the Cons Tom does without Michael aren't going to be nearly as much fun for him. I loved the part where Tom could barely get his story out, because he was laughing so hard just thinking about it. The looks they gave each other! The touches! The way they made each other laugh, always! The two panels they did at AwesomeCon were a priceless gift for fans, and I'm so thankful we were lucky enough to get video of both. Already sad that won't be possible in Australia.

Lovely screen caps! You captured some wonderful moments!

I don't know what to say about AM. I hope fans refrain from asking about it, bringing it up serves no good purpose.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-09 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm so glad Tom and Michael are going to Australia together!
I need them to cuddle koalas. Michael has done this already but I need it to happen again, with Tom.

I loved the part where Tom could barely get his story out, because he was laughing so hard just thinking about it.
Out of control, giggly Tom is the cutest!

The looks they gave each other! The touches! The way they made each other laugh, always!
It was a relief how long they chatted at the start because the Q & A was a potential minefield. Would much rather watch them trade stories and reminisce anyway.

I'm so thankful we were lucky enough to get video of both. Already sad that won't be possible in Australia.
The most we'll be able to get is audio, if someone is covert enough. But no hope of vid unless the Con has relaxed considerably since we went. They're even pretty strict about photos. Maybe Michael will help us out and film a bit himself!

I don't know what to say about AM. I hope fans refrain from asking about it, bringing it up serves no good purpose.
It's just depressing, and more so for the guys because they knew her. Am so tired of IG commenters & people on Michael's twitter feed asking about it.
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2018-04-09 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh. I love these stories, thank you so much or sharing. They both look so happy and relaxed, especially Tom. It's so good to see that. And so great to get this blast from the past. I hope they do a project together someday, or that Michael gets a meaty and fun guest spot on Lucifer.

So very distressing about Allison. What a waste and destruction of such a light, such a talent. I really hope she comes to her senses.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-09 01:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!

They both look so happy and relaxed, especially Tom. It's so good to see that. And so great to get this blast from the past. I hope they do a project together someday, or that Michael gets a meaty and fun guest spot on Lucifer.
I would love if they worked together again! It was heartwarming to see how much they enjoy each other's company. Tom can be a bit reserved, but not with Michael around!

So very distressing about Allison. What a waste and destruction of such a light, such a talent. I really hope she comes to her senses.
It's so sad. I rewatched a S1 episode of SV the other day and she was so lovely & talented...and now she's been under the cult leader's thumb for 12 years :(
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2018-04-09 06:57 pm (UTC)
Great caps! Tom makes Michael look like such a lithe gazelle-like creature, heh! Good to see them having fun together

Hard to believe the cult stuff has been going on since 2006. I guess it shows how these things gradually drag people further and further in, possibly without them even realising that is what's happening. You have to give KK credit for managing to get herself out when she did.


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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-09 10:52 pm (UTC)
Great caps! Tom makes Michael look like such a lithe gazelle-like creature, heh! Good to see them having fun together
Ha, exactly! Michael's a gazelle and Tom's a magnificent ambulatory Redwood tree!

Hard to believe the cult stuff has been going on since 2006. I guess it shows how these things gradually drag people further and further in, possibly without them even realising that is what's happening. You have to give KK credit for managing to get herself out when she did.
Yeah, AM's been in that quicksand for a third of her life now :( It's sounding a bit Last Days of Rome at the moment, more and more people getting out. Hopefully separating the leader from the cult will break his control.
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[User Picture]From: frelling_tralk
2018-04-10 01:09 pm (UTC)
Aww, super cute pics :)

According to this article, Allisons’s parents are kind of involved in the cult a little bit as well https://artvoice.com/2018/04/01/expecting-arrest-allison-mack-takes-website-adoration-sex-cult-leader-filled-posts/#.Wsy2MMrTVvI

Her mother and father both firmly stood by fighting for Mack’s right to be in NXIVM and ignored mine and others’ warnings about the cult. In fact Mack’s father gave singing lessons to cult members for a fee

It makes me wonder if Allison’s upbringing as a child star wasn’t a very healthy one, and that’s part of why she got sucked in to the cult, but either way it’s very sad to think of her taking it as far as she did. I did wonder what her SV co-stars must be thinking, John Glover in particular was always raving about her and they seemed very close, it must be bizarre for them to read these stories of her being a leader in the organisation and facing prison
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-10 10:54 pm (UTC)
It makes me wonder if Allison’s upbringing as a child star wasn’t a very healthy one, and that’s part of why she got sucked in to the cult, but either way it’s very sad to think of her taking it as far as she did.
If this was a situation where she financially supported her parents as a child actor, it makes sense they would have no authority over her actions now. That article is so sad. The food restriction alone would be enough to make someone irrational.

I did wonder what her SV co-stars must be thinking, John Glover in particular was always raving about her and they seemed very close, it must be bizarre for them to read these stories of her being a leader in the organisation and facing prison
It must be so surreal for them. With JG in NYC and Allison at the cult HQ in the state of New York, they would have been in proximity but it's possible Raniere cut her off from friends he deemed "dangerous." She could only take acting roles with his approval - maybe that was in response to KK escaping once she started B&TB & was removed from the cult's orbit long enough to break the spell.
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[User Picture]From: carolandtom
2018-04-10 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the pics! I watched the video and they were so cute and funny! I hope they keep appearing together at cons, or, even better, they manage to work together again.

I'm really sorry about what AM seems to have done with her life.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-10 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the pics!
You're welcome! Photo ops are here if you want to see a few more.
https://tasabian.livejournal.com/285505.html

I watched the video and they were so cute and funny! I hope they keep appearing together at cons, or, even better, they manage to work together again.
They are so comfortable together, it is lovely.

I'm really sorry about what AM seems to have done with her life.
Such a waste :(
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[User Picture]From: lapetite_kiki
2018-04-10 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your pictures with recap!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-10 10:42 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
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