Archives for the month of: November, 2011

11-11-11 was a BIG day – a HUGE day… J. EDGAR opened nationwide (my first feature film) and I was cast in the new abc family pilot, VILLAGE PEOPLE, starring Jennie Garth (WOOT-WOOT!).  The show is sort of like Juno meets Parenthood.  My character, Ione, is a 15 year old kid who is in foster care because her parents robbed a jewelry store and went to prison.  Remarkably, Ione is relatively undamaged by all this drama, and is smart, funny, thoughtful and articulate…oh, there is one small problem though…  I am seven months pregnant.  In the show!  Again, like the smoking thing – this is my character – not ME.  Anyway, Ione is stupid enough to get pregnant but smart enough to know she can’t raise a child, so she finds someone, Alexa (Jennie Garth), to adopt the baby.  The script is super funny and I cannot wait to meet the rest of the cast and start working on it!

It is also super cool because for the past couple of years I have been involved with this charity called BAGS 4 KIDS that puts together comfort packs of stuff to help foster kids feel less scared and alone when they are taken into the system. So, playing a foster kid who puts her baby up for adoption will hopefully give me a chance to raise awareness about how people (like YOU!) can help make a difference in a foster kids life.  You can learn more about how you can get involved at www.bags4kids.org  Check it out!

I guess Mr. Eastwood and his editors agreed that having a fourteen year old girl smoke a cigarette sent a very bad message – whether or not it was historically accurate and so, you will not be seeing me smoke in the movie after all.  Instead you will see me doing one of the things I do best and love with all my heart – EATING! haha   

Behind the scenes of J. Edgar

from J. Edgar with Leonardo DiCaprio and Judi Dench

Here we are shooting the scene I am in that made it into the final release.  The dinner takes place just after J. Edgar’s father passes away and in the scene his mother presents him with a sapphire ring that matches one that she wears and which Edgar wore until his death.  That may not be very clear in the movie, but that’s what the scene was about when we shot it.

Oh – and while the meals they serve the cast and crew are generally delicious and one of my favorite things about working on tv and film projects – the food they give you to eat when you are actually filming a scene is almost always disgusting! And this scene was no exception.