Early life, family, educational background
American actress Judith Hoeg was born on June 29, 1968 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. Her parents took her and her brothers to Broadway productions from a young age, which led to her love for acting. When Judith was 13, she started acting on stage – according to the ‘About’ page on her website, ‘judithhoag.com’, she said, ‘I’ve always wanted to be an actress. Always… My defining moment came in the 5e class when I played the role of Benjamin Franklin… I told anyone who would listen that I was going to be an actress.”
In the summer before she started 7e class, her family moved back to Newburyport from Ossining, New York.
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Feeling like she didn’t fit in anywhere, she sought fellow actors and places to perform; her determination led her to the local community theater. Judith was the youngest founding member of The Theater of Newburyport. She failed high school because she went to school to go to the theater to smoke cigarettes and drink coffee.
She needed to find a way to get an education and follow her dreams, so she found Walnut High School for the Arts. The school was quite expensive, and although her parents were not wealthy, her mother worked hard so they could afford to send Judith there.
After her matriculation exam, she spent her summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival. At the premiere of ‘The Greeks’ at the festival, she ended up half-naked with Christopher Reeves, who played Superman. Judith decided to go to theater in Boston instead of going to college. She did study acting for several years with Diana Castle.
She moved to New York and worked at The America Place Theater in “The Times and Appetites of Toulouse-Lautrec,” an off-Broadway play.
From 1986 to 1988, she played series regular Charlotte ‘Lotty’ Bates Alden in ‘Loving’, an ABC soap opera, with other cast members like Celeste Holme, Cherry Jones and Bryan Cranston.
She then played the female lead, Melissa Shaw Elliot, in the CBS comedy ‘Wolf’ from 1989 to 1990, but the show was canceled after the first season. In 1990, she played Molly in Danielle Steel’s television movie “Fine Things,” and the following year starred opposite Bonnie Bedelia in another television movie, “Switched at Birth,” as Barbara Mays.
From 1998 to 2006, she played Gwen Cromwell Piper in all four Disney original television movie series, ‘Halloweentown’. From 2006 to 2011, she appeared as Cindy Dutton Price in the HBO drama series ‘Big Love’.
Judith played Rayna Jaymes’ sister, Tandy Hampton, in the long-running ABC drama series “Nashville” from 2012 to 2018, appearing in 40 episodes. Created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri, the show followed the lives of fictional country singers. Connie Britton stars as Rayna Jaymes, a famous country singer whose career has suffered. Judith’s character is the protege and daughter of Lamar Wyatt, played by Powers Boothe. Tandy constantly tries to mediate the relationship between her sister and their father.
She played Stephanie Quinn from 2016 to 2020 in the Syfy fantasy series ‘The Magicians’ as the mother of Olivia Taylor Dudley’s character.
Judith has also made guest appearances on over 60 TV shows, including ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘Six Feet Under’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and many others.
In 1990 she played Kate Burn in “A Matter of Degrees”, and that same year she was cast as Molly in “Cadillac Man”, starring Robin Williams and Tim Robbins and directed by Roger Donaldson. The American black comedy follows Robin’s character, Joey O’Brien, a car salesman whose car dealership is held hostage by Tim’s character, Larry, a crazed motorcyclist. The film did not do well at the box office and received mixed reviews, but earned $27.6 million and was budgeted at $15 million.
In 1990, she also played reporter April O’Neil in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, a box office hit despite being a low-budget indie, which grossed over $200 million, the fifth highest-grossing film in 1990 in the US, and ninth worldwide, ahead of more popular and highly anticipated films such as “Die Hard 2” and “Total Recall”. In an interview with Variety, Judith revealed that she almost turned down the role because she thought it was horror. She admitted she was unfamiliar with the comic books, but Robin Williams was a huge fan and had collected the comics, adding that he was excited about the movie and brought his kids to the premiere.
She booked the role while filming “Cadillac Man,” so she had to fly to North Carolina on weekends to film. Surprisingly, she said that while the film was a huge success, she does not enjoy watching it because she is dissatisfied with the final product, and that “the film has lost a lot of its soul,” but praised the performance by Elias Koteas. She explained that she enjoyed filming, but a producer cut a “mystical on-going” scene because he considered it “fluff.” He said that “…all the kids wanted to see was the fighting,” but “I didn’t agree with him then, and I don’t agree with him now.”
Her annoyance with the ‘fluff’ scene was one of the reasons she chose not to return for the sequels, 1991’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III’ from 1993. Her other reasons were that she wanted a raise and that conditions on set would improve.
Her role was recast and she was replaced by Paige Turco. However, Judith said she was never asked to reprise her role, and went through that decision when she complained to Golden Harvest’s producers. She told them that the violent scenes added to the New Line Cinema release ruined the film and that filming for hours six days a week was too difficult. “I think they thought I was too demanding and moved on.”
For “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” she filmed a cameo, but it was cut in the final cut.
In 1998, she played Denise Chappel in ‘Armageddon’, a movie directed by Michael Bay. In 2009, she played Vicki in ‘Flying By’, a Medical Resident in 2010’s ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’, Sarah’s Mom in 2011’s ‘I Am Number Four’ and Lillian in 2012’s ‘Hitchcock’. a movie was in the 2018 romantic drama, “Forever My Girl” as a supporting role of Dr. Whitman.
Judith started a production company with her producing partner, Philip Stone, called ACE/Associated Cinema Enterprises LA/Nashville.
— Judith Hoag (@Heyjude629) May 3, 2020
She has a virtual acting academy on which she coached and taught for several years. Actors Mind Mastery is a program aimed at helping actors stay mentally healthy while still working hard to become successful. This is done by combining mindfulness techniques with the latest research in brain science.
On July 30, 1988, she married actor Vince Grant, but they divorced in 2016. He is best known for appearing in the third season of “Star Trek” as Yarrick. They have a son and a daughter together.
Judith is 1.7 m tall and weighs 52 kg. She has red hair and blue eyes.
Wealth and salary
Her net worth is estimated to be over $5 million, as of mid 2020.