Childhood & Early Life
Hope was born on March 23, 1964, in Englewood, New Jersey. She is the second-born child of William Davis and Joan. Her father was an engineer, while her mother was a librarian. Raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, Hope attended high school there and graduated in 1982. She then studied cognitive science from 'Vassar College.' After graduating from 'Vassar,' Hope moved to London to study theater from the 'Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.' She returned to the US and joined 'HB Studio' in New York City.
Hope believes her mother is the reason behind her interest in acting. She regards her mother as a "great storyteller." She grew up with actor Mira Sorvino, with whom she had written and worked in many backyard plays.
Hope stayed in Chicago for 4 years, where she was active in the theater circuit. She worked with celebrities such as John Cusack and Joel Schumacher, which eventually helped her step into the entertainment industry.
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While working under the direction of Joel Schumacher, Hope earned her debut film. She was cast as ‘Anne Coldren’ in the 1990 science-fiction film 'Flatliners.' She then made a brief appearance in the comedy flick 'Home Alone.' Hope made her stage debut in the 1992 revival of the play 'Speed-the-Plow,' which was directed by Joel. The same year, she appeared as ‘Miss Anne Holland’ in the ‘Original Broadway Production' 'Two Shakespearean Actors.’
Hope continued her film and stage career simultaneously and appeared in several projects, such as the 1995 thriller 'Kiss of Death,' the 1996 independent drama 'The Daytrippers,' the 1997 drama 'The Myth of Fingerprints,' and the plays 'Measure for Measure' (1993) and 'The Food Chain' (1995–1996). She also appeared in the play 'Pterodactyls,' for which she earned a 'Drama Desk Award' nomination in the ‘Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play’ category. This was her first nomination.
Hope was heavily inspired by English playwright Sir David Hare while working with him on the translated version of the Russian four-act drama 'Ivanov.' She played ‘Sarah,’ the lead, in the play 'Spinning Into Butter.' After a few more film roles, Hope ventured into TV, too, and appeared in the recurring role of ‘Brooke Benton’ in the 'NBC' drama 'Deadline.' Her next recurring role was in the dramatic series 'Six Degrees.' She was nominated for the 'New York Film Critics Circle Award' for her performance in the 2002 comedy film 'About Schmidt.'
Hope won a 'New York Film Critics Circle Award' in 2003, for her performance as ‘Dana Hurst’ in the 2002 drama film 'The Secret Lives of Dentists.' In 2003, she was seen in the role of ‘Joyce Brabner’ in the comedy–drama film 'American Splendor,' for which she earned multiple nominations, including one for the 'Golden Globe' in the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category. Hope played various roles in the 2005 audio play 'Hope Leaves the Theater.' Like her character in the play, who quits acting on stage, Hope, took a break from theater in real life, too.
In 2008, Hope was seen as ‘Madeleine Gravis’ in the postmodern drama film 'Synecdoche, New York,' for she won two awards. She shared the 2008 ‘Gotham Independent Film Award’ and the ‘Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award’ with her 'Synecdoche' cast.
In 2009, Hope made her stage comeback with her magnum opus 'God of Carnage.' She was cast as ‘Annette’ in this play, which earned her a 'Tony Award' nomination for the ‘Best Actress in a Play.’ The following year, she essayed the role of Hillary Clinton in the 'BBC'/'HBO' political film 'The Special Relationship.' Her remarkable portrayal of the former “First Lady” earned Hope nominations for three prestigious awards: the 'Primetime Emmy Award,' the 'Satellite Award,' and the 'Golden Globe Award.'
After a few brief recurring appearances in TV series such as 'HBO’s 'Mildred Pierce' and the political drama 'The Newsroom,' Hope was cast as ‘Katya O'Connor’ in the 'NBC' drama series 'Allegiance.' She essayed the character in 13 episodes of the series, all aired in 2015. Following this, she was seen as ‘Megan Fisher’ in the mystery science-fiction series 'Wayward Pines.' Hope played the 'Marvel' fictional character ‘Maria Stark’ in the 2016 superhero movie 'Captain America: Civil War.' Her most recent stage work has been Sir David Hare’s play 'The Red Barn,' based on Belgian author Georges Simenon’s novel 'La Main,' also known as ‘The Man on the Bench in the Barn.’
Hope currently appears as ‘Jill Carlan’ in the 'ABC' legal drama 'For the People.' Hope has tried her luck in music, too. She performed 'Try To Remember' in 'Captain America: Civil War.' She has also performed tracks in the 2007 comedy movie 'Charlie Bartlett,' the 2001 science-fiction movie 'Final,' the 2007 movie ‘The Nines,’ and the 1998 film 'The Impostors.'
Family & Personal Life
Hope is married to actor Jon Patrick Walker. Their first daughter, Georgia, was born on August 31, 2002, and their second daughter, Mae, was born on December 30, 2004.
Hope loves old-school thrillers, such as Hitchcock’s psychological thrillers and political thrillers.