Before moving to Los Angeles to join the cast of HBO's Deadwood, Robin enjoyed a nearly decade long stage career in New York, where she performed both on and off Broadway, received nominations for Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards for her work in Richard Nelson's Madame Melville and had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with some of her favorite actors, including Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Cherry Jones, Patti Lupone and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, to name a few.
She recently returned to New York to play the eponymous Angel in Tony Kushner's "Angel's in America", which had a much celebrated (and many times extended) run at the Signature Theater. This wasn't her first encounter with Kushner's epic masterpiece; she had also, a decade before, played the part of the Mormon Mother in Mike Nichols' Emmy Award winning HBO mini-series of Angels, starring Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Al Pacino. The mini-series aired right as Robin's career on screen was beginning to take off, and there was a certain satisfying symmetry to the fact that she got to ride the same play that had launched her off to LA right back into New York to hopefully inaugurate a new chapter of her career in which theater will, once again, play a bigger role.
Robin's first break in film came when Stephen Soderbergh cast her as the platinum blonde Teutonic hussy Hannelore in "The Good German", starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Hannalore was no Calamity Jane, and that piece of casting set the tone for what was to follow; no two parts were even remotely alike. Suzanne Bier (who recently won the Academy Award for best foreign film) cast her as Brenda in "Things We Lost in the Fire", a movie that starred Benicio del Toro and Halle Berry. "Fragments", which followed, had a marvelous ensemble cast that included Forrest Whitaker, Kate Beckensale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Josh Hutcherson. She played the controlling neurotic sister to Rene Zellweger in "My One and Only". Fifteen pounds lighter, and covered in tattoos, she played the strung out stripper Olive in Charley Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York". Rebecca Miller cast her as Julianne Moore's kind but clueless lover Trish in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee". These diverse parts, though small, were starting to add up; Robin was beginning to be known not just as that actress from Deadwood, but as an actress with range who could transform herself to the point of being almost unrecognizable from one part to the next.
2012 has been an eclectic year so far. Robin had the great pleasure of acting with her friend John Hawkes, and falling in love with his character, in "The Sessions", which won the Audience Award and the Best Ensemble Award at the Sundance Film Festival under the title The Surrogate and is due to be released by Fox Searchlight in late October.
Other diverse parts she's tackled recently include a lead role in the low budget film "Concussion", currently in post-production at the Tribecca Film Lab. "Concussion" is a smartly scripted character study. After a blow to the head, Robin's character, Abby, decides she can’t do it anymore. Her life just can’t be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be "Eleanor". "Concussion" was recently honored as an official selection for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Robin is also continuing her recurring role as the stiletto heeled power house attorney Ally Lowen on the hit FX series "Sons of Anarchy".