Ali Stover has had a diverse career thus far. From playing “Emilia” in Othello, “Rosencrantz” in Hamlet, a Playboy Bunny on “Law and Order Criminal Intent” opposite Peter Bogdonavich, to the beloved character of “Emma Frost” on a Deadpool web series, there isn’t anything she can’t accomplish.
Her work has garnered her with “Best Leading Actress” awards at small indie film festivals, and she has worked with truly amazing actors who have encouraged her along the way, including Peter Bogdanovich, Vincent D’Onofrio, Louis C.K. and Kathryn Erbe.
Ali found acting by way of journalism at Rutgers University, with an internship at WNBC in New York. She realized she was less a television journalist and more of an actor wanting to be a part of reflecting life through art, disappearing into characters and telling inspiring stories through fictional storytelling.
Film credits include the independent film, My Little Demon, written and directed by S.J. Creazzo, which won her the award of “Best Actress” at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. Stover played the leading role of “Rebecca,” a woman portraying a psychiatrist who turns out to be the devil. She also appeared in the short film Overnight Shift about a former war veteran turned taxi driver working Halloween night and encountering a past acquaintance from the war as one of his customers.
Ali also appeared in the award-winning film The Lair about an overweight woman who makes a deal with the devil to become thin and beautiful. This film won the “Award of Excellence” in the 2011 Accolade Competition in Short Film. Other credits include the films And See all the People (2011) and Infiltrate (2014).
Ali’s love of storytelling extends to charitable endeavors and volunteering whenever she can to give a voice to those who need it. She has been actively involved in the World Wildlife Fund, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (she lost a family member to cancer), the ASPCA, Shelter Our Sisters: a charity for domestic violence victims that provides shelter to women in times of suffering, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Here, Ali chats about her current projects and the drinks she likes to serve when entertaining at home.
Tell us about some of the projects you are currently working on?
I have a number of projects in the works. I’m playing the lead in the film Identity Crisis based on the NY Times bestseller by Debbi Mack. I love this character, as she’s a sassy, tenacious, hard-boiled lawyer turned investigator in this fast-paced crime drama. I’m also playing the lead FBI agent in the mob-based film Infiltrated and an agent in the TV series Hollywoodland of Hope and Lies.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
I’ll eat anywhere from a dive bar to a fine dining restaurant. I really enjoy all kinds of food and can usually find something good on any menu.
What types of dishes do you usually order?
If a restaurant is known for a specific dish, I’ll order that or ask the waiter what he or she recommends. At times I’ll get something I haven’t seen elsewhere that seems unique or creative, and other times I’ll go with something I’ve had before that I love. I just tried the duck at a restaurant I go to often and it was amazing, so I’ll definitely order it again!
Do you cook?
I cook sometimes but not as often as I’d like to.
What types of drinks do you order when out?
I order a variety of drinks. Usually a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a blood orange Martini or tequila with lime juice.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
When home, I’ll sometimes have a glass of wine with dinner or vodka soda if I’m having friends over.
Do you own a home bar?
I don’t have a home bar, but I do have a martini set/cocktail set.
If you did own a home bar, what would it be like?
I do have a small collection of spirits from my travels and various places around the world, and while it’s not a proper bar, I’m always happy to travel more and add to it! I think having unique liquors that speak to different regions is interesting. I’d also love something with plenty of seating, as I love to entertain and gather friends together.
What is your favorite cocktail?
My favorite drink is a blood orange Martini.
Have you ever been a bartender?
I’ve never been a bartender, but I watch mixologists and there’s such an art to it. I’d love to learn more and know how to make a few unique drinks at some point.