Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before settling in Rochester, New York. When Wiig was 9 years old, her parents divorced and she lived with her mother and older brother Erik.
After graduating from Brighton High School in Rochester, Wiig attended the University of Arizona as an art student. She took her first acting class, as an elective, and was soon encouraged by her teacher to pursue acting. Years later, she moved to Los Angeles and Wiig worked as a main company member of the Los Angeles-based improv and sketch-comedy troupe The Groundlings. As a Groundlings alumna, she joins the ranks of such SNL cast mates as Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, and Jon Lovitz.
Wiig made her big-screen debut to universal high praise as Katherine Heigl's passive-aggressive boss in Judd Apatow's smash-hit comedy Knocked Up. Additional film credits include Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It, starring Ellen Page; Greg Mottola's Adventureland, with Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg; David Koepp's Ghost Town, with Ricky Gervais; and Jake Kasdan's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, another Apatow-produced film, in which she starred opposite John C. Reilly. She has also guest-starred on the Emmy-winning NBC series 30 Rock, the HBO series Bored to Death, with Jason Schwartzman, and Flight of the Conchords.
Wiig joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2008, and was known for playing such memorable characters as the excitable Target clerk, Lawrence Welk singer Doonese, the hilarious one-upper Penelope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Suze Orman, among others. Wiig earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show. She left the show in the spring of 2012.
In 2011, Wiig co-wrote and starred in Bridesmaids, along with Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Rose Byrne. The film was a box office hit and won several awards, plus earned two Oscar nominations (Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay), and two Golden Globes nominations (Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and Best Actress).
Wiig also appeared in such notable films as Greg Mottola's Paul, opposite Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things, opposite Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella; DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon, with Gerard Butler and Jay Baruchel; the Universal Pictures' animated feature film Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell and Jason Segel; and Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids, opposite Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph and Westfeldt.
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. At 15, however, she heeded her true calling when she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition. The resulting contract landed her several roles in Spanish TV shows and music videos, which in turn paved the way for a career on the big screen. Cruz made her movie debut in The Greek Labyrinth (The Greek Labyrinth), then appeared briefly in the Timothy Dalton thriller Framed. Her third film was the Oscar-winning Belle Epoque, in which she played one of four sisters vying for the love of a handsome army deserter. The film also garnered several Goyas, the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Awards. Her resume continued to grow by three or four films each year, and soon Cruz was a leading lady of Spanish cinema. Live Flesh (Live Flesh) offered her the chance to work with renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (who would later be her ticket to international fame), and the same year she was the lead actress in the thriller/drama/mystery/sci-fi film Open Your Eyes, a huge hit in Spain that earned eight Goyas (though none for Cruz). Her luck finally changed in 1998, when the movie-industry comedy The Girl of Your Dreams won her a Best Actress Goya. Cruz made a few more forays into English-language film, but her first big international hit was Almodóvar's All About My Mother, in which she played an unchaste but well-meaning nun. As the film was showered with awards and accolades, Cruz suddenly found herself in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Her next big project was Woman on Top, an American comedy about a chef with bewitching culinary skills and a severe case of motion sickness. While in the US, she also signed up to star opposite Johnny Depp in the drug-trafficking drama Blow and opposite Matt Damon in Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses. Cruz says she's wary of being typecast as a beautiful young damsel, but it's hard to imagine disguising her wide-eyed charms and generous nature. Fortunately, with Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (a remake of Open Your Eyes) and a John Madden collaboration looming in her future, Damsel Penelope isn't likely to disappear just yet.
Hattie Morahan was born in London in 1978. Her father, Christopher Morahan, is a television and stage director, who is perhaps best known for his television adaptation of The Jewel in the Crown. Her mother, Anna Carteret, is an actress whose most high profile role was that of Inspector Kate Longton, whom she played in the BBC police drama series Juliet Bravo between 1983 and 1985. Hattie was educated at the Frensham Heights School. Whilst she was at school people would recognize her mother because they had seen Anna on TV in Juliet Bravo. Hattie has said in interviews that for a long time she thought that Manchester was in India because her father was working for Granada but he kept going away to India. In 1995, when she was sixteen years old, her father cast her as Una Gwithiam in a television adaptation of The Peacock Spring, which was broadcast on British television on 1st January 1996.
Hattie studied English Literature at New Hall, Cambridge between 1997 and 2000. This Cambridge University college has since been renamed Murray Edwards College. Whilst she was at Cambridge, she acted in several student drama productions. Hattie played Snowball, the pig based on Trotsky, in a stage adaptation of George Orwell's novel, 'Animal Farm', at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge from 18th to 22nd November 1997. She returned to the ADC Theatre in February 1998 as part of the cast of 'Ticklebang', a new comedy written by Dylan Ritson, and she was part of the cast when the play was put on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 1998. In November 1998 Hattie decided to switch for the time being from acting to direction, and directed 'The Suicide', a play by Nikolay Erdman, at the ADC in Cambridge, with Blake Ritson, the brother of Dylan, as her assistant director.
Hattie played the part of Catherine in Phillip Breen's production of Arthur Miller's modern classic, 'A View from the Bridge', at the ADC from 9th to 13th February, 1999. This production was re-staged at the National Student Drama Festival at Scarborough in April 1999 and Hattie won the best actress award at the festival. In July 1999 she played Cecily Cardew in an outdoor production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, 'The Importance of being Earnest', with Phillip Breen as director and Blake Ritson in the role of Jack Worthing. This played at a number of outdoor venues in and around Cambridge. It was later staged at the ADC in Cambridge from 11th to 13th October 1999.
Towards the end of her time at Cambridge, Hattie played Isabel in Pedro Calderon De la Barca's play, 'The Mayor of Zalamea', at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in the summer of 2000, and in that summer she graduated with a degree in English from Cambridge University. At this point, she was clear that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. Her parents recommended that she enroll at drama school. However, Hattie was eager to get started on her professional acting career. She made a deal with her parents that if she did not get much work in the next twelve months, she would follow their advice and go to drama school.
As it turned out within a few months Hattie had won a contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), and whilst she was there she was able to take advantage of the technical classes and voice coaching to improve her acting technique. Her first professional engagement was as one of the players in a production of 'Hamlet' directed by Steven Pimlott. This was staged first at the Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon from 31st March to 13th October 2001 and then at the Barbican Theatre in London from 6th December 2001 to 2nd April 2002. As well as her part as one of the players, Hattie also understudied the role of Ophelia. She was with the RSC for over a year and her other roles for the company included the part of Lucy in 'Love in a Wood', a Restoration comedy by William Wycherley which was staged at the Swan Theatre in Stratford between 12th April and 12th October 2001; Emela in 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' by David Edgar, which was performed at the Other Place in Stratford from 11th July to 13th October 2001; and Tracy, the hotel receptionist, in 'Night of the Soul', a new play written and directed by David Farr, which ran at the Barbican Pit in London from 19th April to 11th May 2002.
After she had completed her time with the RSC, Hattie played the part of Elizabeth in a revival of Somerset Maugham's play 'The Circle' directed by Mark Rosenblatt. This production went on a tour of English regional theaters in the autumn of 2002 starting at the Malvern Theatre, (27th to 31st August), and finishing at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, (21st to 26th October). In 2003 she played Elaine Harper in 'Arsenic and Old Lace' for Katharine Dore Management at the Strand Theatre in London from 14th February to 31st May, and Louise De la Valliere in 'Power', a new play written by Nick Dear, at the National Theatre in London from 3rd July to 29th October. In 2004 she played Ruby in Peter Flannery's play 'Singer' at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn from 10th March to 10th April. She appeared as Totty Vogel Downing, an expert on art fraud seconded to the unsolved case squad in one episode of New Tricks, the popular BBC1 crime drama series, and she took part in a presentation of Eve Ensler's play, 'Necessary Targets', directed by Anna Carteret at the Arts Theatre in London on Sunday 10th October 2004 .
Also in 2004, Hattie took part in a rehearsed reading of 'Othello' at the Globe Theatre in London and she played the part of a receptionist in 'Out of Time', a short film written by Dylan Ritson and directed by his brother Blake. However, Hattie's breakthrough as a stage actress was probably her performance in the title role in a 2004 revival of Euripides' play, 'Iphigenia at Aulis'. This was staged at the National Theatre in London and ran from 12th June to 7th September 2004. The play's director, Katie Mitchell, is a controversial figure in contemporary British theatre, but Hattie is an admirer of her work, and as it turned out 'Iphigenia at Aulis' was the start of a long running collaboration between the two women.
In 2005 she played Beth Lucas, a regular character in the second season of the BBC3 medical drama, Bodies, and she made a guest appearance in the radio version of Trevor's World of Sport. She played Carrie, a media studies graduate interested in a career in talent management, who goes on a work placement at TS Sports Stars. The episode was entitled 'Work Experience' and it was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on 29th November 2005. In the autumn she played Viola in a well received production of William Shakespeare 's play 'Twelfth Night' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. This production ran from 17th September to 22nd October 2005. In 2006 she played Penelope Toop in 'See How They Run' for ACT Productions in a tour of regional theaters starting at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, (15th to 18th February 2006) and finishing at the Malvern Theatre, (4th to 8th April 2006). 'See How They Run' was directed by Douglas Hodge, a good friend of Hattie's fiancé, Blake Ritson. Also in 2006 she played Alice in a BBC Radio 4 production of David Hare's play, 'Plenty', broadcast on 30th September 2006, and in the summer of 2006 Hattie was reunited with Katie Mitchell, who directed her in Anton Chekhov's play 'The Seagull' at the National Theatre. The play ran from 17th June to 23rd September and Hattie won an Ian Charleston award for her performance as Nina in this play.
Hattie was part of the cast in 'Asylum Monologues', an event organized by Actors for Human Rights, at Cambridge University on 18th October 2007. She was also busy filming various television and film projects in 2007. She played the part of Sister Clara in New Line Cinema's film of The Golden Compass, which went on general release in Great Britain on 5th December 2007, as well as playing Gale Benson, the daughter of a Conservative member of parliament who becomes involved with the black power movement, in Roger Donaldson's film, The Bank Job. The Bank Job went on general release in Britain on 29th February 2008. On television she was in two comedies made by Hat Trick productions, namely Outnumbered and Bike Squad. She won widespread acclaim for her performance as Elinor Dashwood in Andrew Davies' adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, Sense & Sensibility. This was broadcast on BBC1 between 1st and 13th January 2008. This television adaptation was inevitably compared with the 1995 Columbia Tristar film of the same book in which Emma Thompson had played Elinor, although in her preparation for the role Hattie had deliberately avoided watching the film again and decided not to think about Emma Thompson. Hattie won the best actress award at the Shanghai Television Festival for her performance as Elinor Dashwood.
She appeared in several radio dramas in the first quarter of 2008, including 'What I think of my Husband', a radio play by Stephen Wakelam about Thomas Hardy's relationship with his second wife, Florence Dugdale. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 31st March and 4th April 2008, and featured excellent performances from both Nigel Anthony as Hardy and Hattie as Florence. She also played the part of Constance in a radio adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 film Spellbound. This was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 16th February 2008. Her co-star in this radio play was Benedict Cumberbatch, with whom she appeared in Martin Crimp's play, 'The City'. This play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London on Thursday 24th April 2008 and ran until Saturday 7th June 2008. It was directed by Katie Mitchell, who also directed Hattie in 'Some Trace of Her', an experimental stage version of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, 'The Idiot'. This opened at the Cottesloe stage of the National Theatre in London on Wednesday 23rd July and ran until Tuesday 21st October 2008. She was also in the cast of A Pocket Full of Rye, an Agatha Christie TV drama starring Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple, in which Hattie played Elaine Fortescue, the daughter of a murdered businessman.
In the autumn of 2008 Hattie played the role of Jane again in the second series of the BBC1 situation comedy Outnumbered. On Sunday 2nd November 2008 she returned to Cambridge University, where she gave a talk on her acting career at the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio. She was one of the readers for 'Active Resistance to Propaganda' by Vivienne Westwood, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Alternative Christmas lecture, which was staged at Wilton's Music Hall in London on Sunday 16th December 2008. She also played the part of Mary in a revival of the T.S. Eliot play 'Family Reunion' at the Donmar Warehouse in London. This play opened on Thursday 20th November 2008 and ran until Saturday 10th January 2009. The play was in a very real sense a family reunion for Hattie since the cast included Hattie's mother Anna Carteret.
In 2009 Hattie played Claire in 'Love Hate'. This was a short film about a charity worker who falls in love with a mysterious woman. It was written and directed by the Ritson brothers, and the cast also included Ben Whishaw, with whom Hattie had previously co-starred in stage productions of 'The Seagull' in 2006 and 'Some Trace of Her' in 2008. In the spring of 2009 Hattie returned to the National Theatre in London to play Kay Conway in 'Time and the Conways' by J.B.Priestley. The play opened on Tuesday 28th April 2009 and completed its run on Sunday 16th August 2009. Hattie played Elizabeth in Meredith Oakes' unusually entitled social comedy, 'Alex Tripped on my fairy', which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 21st March 2009. She was one of the readers for an edition of the BBC Radio 3 show, 'Words and Music', which went out on Sunday 29th March 2009, and she also narrated a ten part dramatization of 'Lady Audley's Secret' by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. This was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 between Monday 20th April 2009 and Friday 1st May 2009.
Spanish actress Elena Anaya impressed the critics with her performance in "Lucía y el sexo" (2001).
Elena was born in Palencia, Spain, on July 17th, 1975. An active child, she excelled in karate and mountain climbing. By the time she was 17 Elena knew that she wanted to channel her energy into being an actress and enrolled in a drama course being given in her local town by actor Manuel Moron. More determined than ever, she then opted out of school, choosing instead to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Madrid.
Moron mentioned Elena's exceptional talent to his agent, Katrina Bayonas, who was looking for a young girl to star in the film, "Africa". Elena auditioned and the role was hers.
Elena was obliged to leave the Royal Academy when Fernando Leon de Aranoa called her to work in his comedy, "Familia". But, aware of the importance of studying, Elena her formation at the Juan Carlos Corazza school of acting.
Following her feature debut in the 1996 drama "África"(Alfonso Ungría) Anaya continued to impress with supporting roles in such features as "Lagrimas negras" (Fernando Bauluz y Ricardo Franco, 1998) "Finisterre" (Xavier Villaverde, 1998), "Las Huellas borradas" (Enrique Gabriel, 1999) and the romantic drama "El Invierno de las Anjanas"(Pedro Telechea). In 2000, director Julio Medem cast her as the seductive baby sitter, Belen, in the erotic drama "Lucia y el sexo" (2001). The explosive mixture of innocence and provocation earned her a Goya (Spanish Academy Award) nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also received the Spanish Actors Union Award for Best Supporting Actress. That same year she was featured in the comedy "Sin noticias de Dios" (Agustín Díaz Yanes 2001) with Penelope Cruz and Victoria Abril.
As her star continued to rise thanks to roles in "Dos Tipos duros" (Juan Martínez Moreno 2003) and Pedro Almodóvar's "Talk to Her", it was only a matter of time before she caught the attention of international directors and she was offered the role of Dracula's most possessive bride in 2004's "Van Helsing" (Stephen Sommers). Then, in 2004, came the action comedy "Dead Fish" (Charley Stadler) with Gary Oldman, in 2005 the thriller "Fragile" (Jaume Balagueró), and the period adventure "Capitán Alatriste "(Agustín Díaz Yanes). In 2007 she starred in "Miguel & William" (Inés París) and "Savage Grace" (Tom Kalin) with Julianne Moore.
In 2008 she was introduced to French audiences in "L'instinct de Mort" (Jean-François Richet) with Vincent Cassel and Gerard Depardieu. She then travelled to Cairo to work in the romantic drama "Cairo Time" (Ruba Nadda). Agustín Díaz Yanes called her again for his film "I only want to walk" and she then starred in Gaby Ibanez's thriller "Hierro".
2009 brought Elena and Julio Medem together again to make "Room in Rome". The role of Alba earned her Best Actress nominations for both the Spanish Actors Guild and the Goya Awards. She then returned to France to shoot Fred Cavaye's "A Bout Portant".
In 2010 Pedro Almodovar offered her the leading role of Vera in his new film "The Skin I live in" with Antonio Banderas. This role won her the 2011 Best Actress Goya (Spanish Academy Award).
In 2012 she received the honorary Málaga Sur Award at the yearly Film festival in Málaga.
This same year took Elena to Argentina to make "Pensé que iba haber fiesta". In 2013 she starred as Lupe in "Todos están muertos", directed by Beatriz Sanchis. This role won her six Best Actress nominations, the only actress to be nominated for all the awards in the 2015 Spanish Award season. She received the Spanish SAG Best Actress Award.
In 2013 Elena also starred in the Scottish film "Swung". In 2014 she shot Chilean director Matias Bize's "La memoria del Agua" and has recently finished filming Imanol Uribe's "Lejos del mar".
2015 started for Elena with a cameo role in Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator" working alongside Bryan Cranston and John Leguizamo.
English actress Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer was born in Hammersmith, London, England, to writer and barrister Sir John Mortimer and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop). She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School in West London, and it was whilst there she began acting. Mortimer moved on from school to Lincoln College, Oxford University, where she studied English Literature and Russian, and spent two terms at the Moscow Arts Theater Drama School, studying acting.
While appearing in an Oxford University student production, Mortimer was spotted by a TV producer who cast her in an adaptation of Catherine Cookson' s The Glass Virgin. She made her feature film debut in 1996 alongside Val Kilmer in The Ghost and the Darkness. Roles in various projects have followed, including Elizabeth, Love's Labour's Lost, Match Point, Lars and the Real Girl, Shutter Island and Hugo.
Sophia Jane Myles was born on March 18, 1980 in Hammersmith, London, England. She has a younger brother, Oliver. Her parents are Jane and Peter Myles, who is a vicar, a priest in the Anglican Church who is in charge of a parish and receives a salary, but not the tithes of the church. Her mother works in publishing. Sophia lived in Notting Hill until she was 11 and attended Fox Primary School. Her father was later relocated to Isleworth, a suburb west of London.
At 16, Sophia starred in a school production of "Teachers" written by Kevin Godber. Among those in attendance, Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning writer of Gosford Park. Sophia was subsequently cast in the BBC production of The Prince and the Pauper. Julian Fellowes worked on the script. Two years after her role in The Prince and the Pauper, Sophia was cast as young "Saffron" in the TV mini-series Big Women. In 1999, after recently enrolling in Cambridge University to study philosophy, she got a small part in Mansfield Park playing "Susan Price". Before heading to school, Sophia was cast as "Agnes Fleming" in the TV series, Oliver Twist. (The series also starred Keira Knightley). After which, she dropped out to pursue acting.
After that, Sophia got a number of small parts in movies and television shows. Most notably, she was cast as Johnny Depp's wife in From Hell. She also starred in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Abduction Club, Heartbeat and Foyle's War; the latter 2 of which are TV series.
In 2003, Sophia got a supporting role in Underworld opposite fellow British beauty, Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor). Up next, Sophia was cast in the thriller Out of Bounds) as "Louise Thompson", about an awkward young girl in an English boarding school who falls in love with her American art teacher, who is married to the headmistress.
Later that same year, Sophia was cast in the big screen version of the English cult hit, Thunderbirds. Though the movie didn't perform as expected, she earned praise for her role as the iconic "Lady Penelope". Soon, Sophia began working on Art School Confidential, directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) playing an American who is the muse of a student in art school. Afterwards, she returned to her television roots, starring in Colditz as "Lizzie Carter", who is the object of affection and desire for 2 brothers. She then appeared in Sleeping Murder as a young woman who discovers that, as a child, she witnessed a murder.
Sophia was cast in Tristan + Isolde. She played "Isolde", the fiery young Irish princess who is promised to an evil man, that she does not love. In 2006, she returned to television starring "Madame de Pompadour" in Doctor Who as the Doctor's love interest.
Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, helming the pilot episode of AMC's hit show The Killing and as the director of the upcoming Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers.
Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City. Upon transitioning to filmmaking, she spent eight years as a First Assistant Camera Person/Focus Puller. After attending the AFI in Los Angeles, she wrote and directed Monster .
Roger Ebert named Monster as the Best Film of the Year and Third Best Film of the Decade. AFI named it on the Ten Best Films of the Year. Charlize Theron went on to sweep the awards circuit for her performance in the film, winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award, and numerous critics' awards in the Best Actress category. Patty also garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards.
Jenkins went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including the pilot and finale episode for AMC's The Killing for which she received and Emmy nomination, and won the DGA award for best dramatic directing. She directed several other pilots and episodes including Fox's Arrested Development and HBO's Entourage. She was nominated for another Emmy for the final segment of FIVE - a series of short films about breast cancer for Lifetime she shared with fellow directors Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Penelope Spheeris.
She is currently in production on Warner Brother's and DC Comic's highly anticipated Wonder Woman, due in theaters June 2017.
Audiences still remember Madison as the curly haired ballerina daughter of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in her first film, Disney's box office smash, "The Game Plan". Now ten years later at 18 years old, Madison has grown up in front of America's eyes, while building an extensive list of credits & a social media following over 10 Million. Most recently Madison guest-starred on ABC's "The Real O'Neals" & has a recurring role on ABC Family/FreeForm's "The Fosters". She also continues to voice the role of 'Zuri' in Disney's animated series "The Lion Guard". Inspiring millennials to vote in the recent election, Madison served as the celebrity ambassador for Rock the Vote with American Eagle. She's also been a celebrity brand ambassador for the NFL, eOne's licensed brand So So Happy & Pastry Shoes. Madison got her break at age 7 after moving from Texas. In her first pilot season, she booked a guest role on the pilot of "Jericho", starring Skeet Ulrich & directed by Jon Turteltaub. Then on her first film audition, she booked a starring role in "The Game Plan", as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's daughter. The Game Plan scored the #1 spot for two weeks in a row, earning $144 million worldwide. Shortly after, Madison became Disney Channel's youngest star as a series regular on "Cory in the House". In a crossover episode, Madison guest starred on "Hannah Montana" & those producers offered Madison a starring role in their next series, "Life With Boys", for Teen Nickelodeon & 86 countries worldwide. Over the years Madison has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Will Smith in "Seven Pounds", Mahershala Ali in USA's "The 4400", Jane Krakowski in "Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa", Penelope Ann Miller in the indie "Free Style", & Mira Sorvino in "Do You Believe". Jason Katims also wrote a guest role specifically for Madison in the series finale of NBC'S "Parenthood". Madison's resumé also includes voiceover. She's recorded nearly 100 episodes as a series regular in Disney Jr's "Jake and the Never Land Pirates". Other credits include "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" 2 & 3 and a recurring role on Disney Channel's "Phineas & Ferb". Madison has the distinct honor of being the youngest entertainer ever to tour for the USO and she's traveled around the world to visit with thousands of children at schools on military bases. She has a brother serving in the Army, so supporting our troops & their families is a cause personally important to her. Madison was accepted to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts but decided to defer to focus on her career in LA. 10+ Million followers on Social Media: 6.4 Million on Facebook, 2.9 Million on Instagram, 1.5 Million on Twitter.
|Penelope Ann Miller
Penelope Ann Miller is the middle of three daughters born to Mark Miller, known as the father on Please Don't Eat the Daisies and later a writer and filmmaker, who wrote A Walk in the Clouds, and Beatrice Miller (Beatrice Ammidown), who worked for Diana Vreeland as a fashion editor for "Harper's Bazaar". She graduated from high school in L.A. and moved to New York at 18, where she studied theater/acting at HB Studios under Herbert Berghof. Two years later, Miller got her big break on Broadway, when she originated the role of "Daisy Hanningan" in Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning play, "Biloxi Blues". Later, she would reprise her role in Universal's film version, directed by Mike Nichols. In 1988, she starred in Our Town, with Eric Stoltz and Spalding Gray, and was nominated for a Tony award for her performance as "Emily".
Her career most recently includes the 2012 Academy award Best Picture winner, The Artist, co-starring opposite Best Actor winner, Jean Dujardin, directed by Michel Hazanavicius, who also won Best Director that year and was released by The Weinstein Co. Penelope has shared the screen with some of the most notable and renowned leading men and directors in Hollywood and around the world. This impressive list includes Al Pacino and Sean Penn in director Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick in The Freshman, directed by Andrew Bergman; Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Penny Marshall's Awakenings; Robert Downey Jr. in Sir Richard Attenborough's Chaplin; The Shadow with Alec Baldwin; Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck in Norman Jewison's Other People's Money; Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken in Mike Nichols' Biloxi Blues; and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ivan Reitman's Kindergarten Cop and she starred in Rob Reiner's, film Flipped, for which he wrote and directed for Warner Bros. She was last seen in ABC's hot new show, Mistresses (2013/14), and in the critically-acclaimed, Men of a Certain Age, opposite Ray Romano (2009/10/2011).
Miller's credits also include Sony Pictures' box office hit, The Messengers, which opened #1. The supernatural thriller was produced by Sam Raimi. Miller starred opposite Kristen Stewart, John Corbett and Dylan McDermott. She also starred in Think Films' slapstick comedy, Funny Money, opposite Chevy Chase, in which her performance was compared to Lucille Ball and Carole Lombard in their heydays.
Miller was named "Star of Tomorrow" by the Motion Picture Bookers Club and "Most Promising Actress" by the Chicago Film Critics Association. She received a special jury award for Best Performance at the Hollywood Film Festival for her role in the independent feature, Rhapsody in Bloom, and a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of "Emily" in Broadway's Tony-winning revival of "Our Town". Miller's television credits include Rocky Marciano, opposite Jon Favreau and George C. Scott; The Last Don, opposite Joe Mantegna; Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl, for which she won critical acclaim, and Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, opposite James Woods.
Miller lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds(and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), she has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include Perfuct, The Book of Liz and a number of plays at Hollywood's Theatre of NOTE (where she has been a longtime member and past president of that theater's Artistic Board), including The Learned Ladies, The Fan Maroo, Spider Bites and A Mulholland Christmas Carol. Her stage work has garnered the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for best emerging comic actress, the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, and a Garland Award for best actress for the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at the Geffen Playhouse. She was recently seen on stage as the torch-singing femme fatale in Bill Robens' critically acclaimed film noir spoof Kill Me, Deadly which is being made into a feature starring and executive produced by Vangsness. Vangsness has written a number of plays and performance-art pieces which have been seen throughout Los Angeles. Her most recent one woman show Mess, played to sold out audiences in Hollywood at Theatre of NOTE. In addition to Criminal Minds Kirsten can also be seen in season three of the weirdly wonderful web series Pretty and season two of the web series Vampire Mob. Other film appearances include The A-List, Scream of the Bikini, In My Sleep, and The Chicago 8.
|Lydia Rose Bewley
Lydia was born in Leicestershire on 9th October 1985, one of four children, her mother being an opera singer and her older brother Charlie (born 25.01.1981) also being an actor. Lydia went to school in Loughborough and at the Oakham School in Rutland before training in acting at the Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2007. She worked in rep ('Look Back in Anger' at the Lichfield Garrick and in Shakespeare productions at the Half Moon in Herne Hill) and as a children's entertainer.
Lydia's major break occurred when she was cast in The Inbetweeners Movie in 2011, also appearing in its sequel, The Inbetweeners 2, three years later. On television she has been seen in comic roles, as the bossy slave Metella in the ancient Rome-set sitcom Plebs and as ditsy Bunny in Drifters. In 2015 she appeared as Princess Penelope in the decidedly tongue-in-cheek series The Royals about a family of British monarchs. Away from acting, she is an honorary ambassador for the East Midlands Rainbows children's hospice in her native Loughborough.
Kevin Weisman is internationally known for his work as "Marshall Flinkman" on the ABC series 'Alias', which ran for five critically acclaimed seasons. TV Guide named Kevin one of television's "Top Ten Scene Stealers", and he appeared on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" in 2006. Recently, Kevin appeared as series regular "Kives" on Stephen Merchant's two time Emmy nominated HBO comedy series, 'Hello Ladies' (TV.com named Kevin one of the ten best new characters in the fall, 2013 television season), as well as recurring characters "Dr. Jeffrey Maynard" on NBC's 'The Blacklist', "Ray Spiewack" on 'Scorpion' (CBS), and a memorable turn as "Stevie" in the critically acclaimed series, 'Better call Saul' on AMC. He will recur as "Ned Berring" in the upcoming first season of the David Kelly/Jonathan Shapiro drama, "Goliath", opposite academy award winners, Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt, as well as Molly Parker, Nina Arianda and Maria Bello. "Goliath" premieres in the fall of 2016 on Amazon.
Kevin received a BA from Ucla's school of Theatre/Film/Television and studied at New York's Circle in the Square Theater. In the spring of 2014, Kevin appeared as the title character, Francios Villon, in Murray Mednick's world premiere play, 'Villon', at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles (Stage Raw nomination for 'Best leading male performance 2014')
Kevin has worked extensively in the theater, recently at the La Mirada Theater for Performing Arts, where he appeared as 'Gabe' in Donald Margulies' Pulitzer prize winning play, "Dinner with Friends", and as 'Uncle Louie' in Neil Simon's Pulitzer prize winning "Lost in Yonkers". A founding member of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Buffalo Nights Theatre Company, Kevin has served as an actor and producer on numerous productions. He starred as Griffith J. Griffith in the award- winning "Crazy Drunk" at the John Anson Ford Theatre. He also appeared in the title role in Arthur Schnitzler's "Anatol," Jean Giraudoux's "Apollo of Bellac," which received a Garland for Production of the Year and seven LA Weekly award nominations, Archibald McCleish's "J.B.," "Suburban Motel," Arthur Miller's "Incident at Vichy," Oscar Wilde's "Salome" and the West Coast premiere of Jonathon Marc Sherman's "Sophistry." Additional theatre credits include "Tis Pity She's a Whore," "The Greeks," which received the LA Weekly 2000 Production of the Year Award, and "The Goldoni Trilogy" at the Mark Taper.
Since finishing 'Alias', Weisman has worked with esteemed director Rob Reiner on 'Flipped', reunited with JJ Abrams and Jeff Pinkner on 'Fringe', and with Anthony Zuiker on all three installments of 'CSI', in addition to Zuiker's New York Times Best Selling dig novel, 'Level 26'. Recent television projects include the Emmy nominated 'Better Call Saul', recurring roles as Dr. Jeffrey Maynard on NBC's 'The Blacklist', Ray Spiewack in season 2 of 'Scorpion' on CBS, and simultaneously playing both the mysterious 'Mr. Blonde' and the straight shooting, intense 'Detective Hawkins' on NBC's critically acclaimed drama, "Awake". Other work includes, the duplicitous fight promoter on 'Kingdom' (Audience Network/Direct TV), the mad genius, Martin Gleason, on 'Human Target' (Fox), the villainous poisoner, Reardon Payne on 'Chuck' (NBC), Joseph Feller on 'Fringe' (FOX), Additional television credits include 'Felicity', 'Roswell', 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (as fan favorite 'Dreg', Glory's right-hand minion), 'The X-Files' (in a memorable season 7 episode entitled "Je Souhaite'), 'Frasier', 'E.R.' 'CSI', CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, 'The Forgotten' (ABC), 'Numbers' (CBS), 'Fairly Legal (USA), and 'October Road (ABC). Kevin also portrayed Steve Balfour, the 'sarcastic cameraman', on the cult hit, 'Moonlight' starring Alec O'Loughlin (CBS). '.
Kevin's recent film work includes 'Flipped', the Rob Reiner-directed feature adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen's young adult novel, which revolves around the confusing romantic developments of 2 young neighbors as they age from 7 to 13. Aidan Quinn and Penelope Ann Miller play the girl's parents, and Weisman plays her mentally-challenged uncle. He also stars in the independent horror film, 'Undocumented' (playing a member of a documentary crew that is captured by a gang of sadistic radicals while accompanying a group of illegal immigrants crossing the border), as well as 'The Trust', starring Nicholas Cage and Elijah Wood. Previous film work includes Michael Bay's 'Gone in Sixty Seconds', 'Robbers', 'Buying the Cow', Disney's 'Space Buddies', B.O.H.I.C.A., (2008 Winner of Special Jury Award at the WorldFest-Houston Intl. Film Festival and Audience Award at the Newport Intl. Film Festival), 'Man of the Century', the 1998 Slamdance Audience Award winner, and 'Clerks 2', Kevin Smith's cult classic which featured Kevin as the very popular 'hobbit-lover'.
Weisman produced and acted in the feature film Illusion, which was released at theaters in 2006. Fellow Buffalo Nights founder & Emmy winner, Michael Goorjian directed, as well as starred in the film opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas. Illusion won the "Best Screenplay" award at the 12th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, and it was an official selection of the 16th Annual Palm Springs Int. Film Festival. The film also competed at the 8th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival, the 1st Annual Inspiration Film Festival (Santa Monica), & the Maui Film Festival. Kevin has also become quite prolific in the world of voice-over. You've probably heard his soul soothing vocal timbre on radio and television ads for such companies as Apple (Ipad), Nike, Coke, ATT, and as one of the current voices of Honda. Kevin has also been busy in the burgeoning world of Internet content, recurring in Level 26: The Dark Chronicles, written and directed by CSI franchise creator, Anthony Zuiker. Kevin was an original member of 'Trainwreck', the L.A. based band featuring Kyle Gass of Tenacious D.
Weisman takes advantage of every opportunity to participate in celebrity golf, ski & poker tournaments (he is an avid player) that benefit organizations such as Tony LaRussa's Celebrities Fore! ARF (Animal Recue Foundation), The Special Olympics, The Urban Health Institute, The Melanoma Research Foundation, and The Clear View Treatment Center, which provides a residential treatment program for adolescent boys who have been neglected,, abused & abandoned. Most importantly, Kevin is the proud parent of Maya Rose (born on 3/31/06) and Eli Samuel (born on 2/11/08). Kevin is an avid supporters of numerous children's charities and Jewish organizations, including the L.A. Children's Hospital, The Children's Defense Fund, Wheels For Humanity, Bet Tzedek, a non-profit law-firm that provides free legal services to low-income, disabled & elderly residents of Los Angeles Country, and Koreh LA, a local Jewish organization that assists kids in advancing their reading skills. Particularly close to his heart is Kevin's involvement in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, serving as a board member of the Dmd Fund.
|Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Piedmont, California, a small town surrounded by the city of Oakland, and was raised in Rodeo, California, the youngest of six children of Ollie (Jackson) and Andrew "Andy" Marsicano Armstrong. His father worked as a jazz musician and truck driver for Safeway Inc. to support his family. He died of esophageal cancer on September 10, 1982. The song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is a memorial to his father. He has five older siblings: David, Alan, Marci, Hollie, and Anna. His mother worked at Rod's Hickory Pit restaurant in El Cerrito. Armstrong and Mike Pritchard's first live performance was at Rod's Hickory Pit in 1987; their first performance under the name Green Day was in Davis, a college town approximately an hour's drive northeast of San Francisco Bay.
Armstrong's interest in music started at a young age. He attended Hillchest Elementary School in Rodeo, where a teacher encouraged him to record a song titled "Look for Love" at the age of five on the Bay Area label Fiat Records. After his father died, his mother married a man whom her children disliked, which resulted in Armstrong's further retreat into music. At the age of 10, Armstrong met Mike Dirnt in the school cafeteria and they immediately bonded over their love of music. He became interested in punk rock after being introduced to punk rock by his brothers. Armstrong has also cited Minneapolis-based bands The Replacements and Husker Du as major musical influences.
Armstrong attended John Swett High School, also in Crockett, and later Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, California, but then dropped out to pursue his musical career.
In 1987, aged 15, Armstrong formed a band called Sweet Children with his childhood friend Mike Pritchard. In the beginning, Pritchard and Armstrong both played guitar, with John Kiffmeyer on drums, and Sean Hughes on bass. After a few performances, Hughes left the band in 1988; Pritchard then began playing bass and they became a three-piece band. They changed their name to Green Day in April 1989, choosing the name because of their fondness for marijuana. That same year, they released their debut EP 1,000 Hours through Lookout Records. They recorded their debut studio album 39/Smooth and the extended play Slappy in 1990, which were later combined with 1,000 Hours into the compilation 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1991. Frank Edwin Wright III eventually became Green Day's drummer in late 1990 when Sobrante left Green Day in order to go to college. California punk band Rancid's lead singer Tim Armstrong asked Armstrong to join his band, but he refused owing to the progress with Green Day. Wright made his debut on Green Day's second album, Kerplunk. With their next album, Dookie (1994), the band broke through into the mainstream, and have remained one of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s with over 60 million records sold worldwide. In 2009, their hit American Idiot became a musical on Broadway.
Apart from working with Green Day and side-band Pinhead Gunpowder, Armstrong has collaborated with many artists over the years. He has co-written for The Go-Go's ("Unforgiven") and former Avengers singer Penelope Houston ("The Angel and The Jerk" and "New Day"), co-written a song with Rancid ("Radio"), and sung backing vocals with Melissa Auf der Maur on Ryan Adams' "Do Miss America" (where they acted as the backing band for Iggy Pop on his Skull Ring album ("Private Hell" and "Supermarket"). Armstrong has produced an album for The Riverdales. He has also been confirmed to be part of a side project called The Network, which released an album called Money Money 2020. Money Money 2020 was released on Adeline Records, a record label co-owned by Armstrong. Armstrong also provided lead guitar and backing vocals on 3 songs for The Lookouts' final extended play IV (1989).
Hoping to clear his head and develop new ideas for songs, Armstrong traveled to New York City alone for a few weeks, renting a small apartment in the East Village of Manhattan. He spent much of this time taking long walks and participating in jam sessions in the basement of Hi-Fi, a bar in Manhattan. However, the friends he made during this time drank too much for his liking, which was the catalyst for Armstrong's return to the Bay Area. After returning home, Armstrong was arrested on DUI charges on January 5, 2003, and released on $1,200 bail.
In 2010, Armstrong joined the cast of American Idiot, which won two Tonys, for one week in the role of St. Jimmy. He replaced the original Broadway cast member Tony Vincent from September 28 to October 3. (American Idiot is an adaption of Green Day's concept album of the same name). Armstrong returned to the role of St. Jimmy for 50 performances beginning January 1, 2011.
On Thursday, July 26, 2012 it was announced he joined Season 3 of NBC's The Voice as a mentor for Christina Aguilera. He will mentor the artists on Aguilera's team where she serves as a coach.
In 1990, Armstrong met Adrienne Nesser at one of Green Day's early performances in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They married on July 2, 1994, and the day after their wedding, Adrienne discovered she was pregnant. Their first child, Joseph Marciano Armstrong, who was born on February 28, 1995, now plays drums in a Berkeley-based band named Emily's Army. Their second child, Jakob Danger Armstrong, was born on September 12, 1998. Billie Joe is the co-owner of Adeline Records, along with his wife.
Manu Intiraymi's interesting name is a combination of Manu (The Incan God of Law) and Intiraymi (The Incan God of the sun). He's not Incan. Born in Santa Cruz CA, he spent most of his childhood traveling around the United States and the world with his parents. At four years old, Manu Intiraymi saw a production of "Peter Pan" at the local community theater and immediately wanted to become an actor. When he graduated high school, he attended P.C.P.A California Conservatory, before moving to Hollywood. Manu began training at the Howard Fine Studio (based on the acting techniques of Uta Hagen) and Playhouse West (a Meisner technique school) and began working in television, film and theater. Manu's theater work includes lead roles in "Waiting for Godot", "Marvin's Room", and "The Wizard of Oz". He made his debut in the movies in the film "Senseless" working with Penelope Spheeris and Marlon Wayans. Other film work includes a starring role in "Whatever It Takes" (Phoenix Pictures), as "Dunleavy", plus supporting roles in "Go" (Sony), "Orange County" (Paramount), "Pearl Harbor", and "J. Edgar." Most recently Manu starred on the final season of "One Tree Hill" as the vicious villain "Billy". In 2012 he played the lead role of "Charlie O'hare" in the breakout indie hit "Fortress" (A WW2 epic from Bayou Pictures and Radical 3D). In 2013 we will see him star in his first Executive produced feature as the lead character "Benjamin Ramsey" in "Benjamin Troubles" (A Dark Comedy from the writer of "Downloading Nancy"). He has also appeared on well-known television series, like "Las Vegas", "24", "King of Queens", "Jag", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", "Unhappily Ever After", "Smart Guy", and "Pacific Blue". His recurring role as Icheb, on "Star Trek: Voyager" lead to a loyal worldwide fan base. Manu's work as Icheb began in early 2000, in the episode "Collective", and soon transformed into a large recurring role that placed him on the show in season six and through to the final episode of season seven. He will be reprising his role as Icheb in the upcoming "Star Trek: Renegades." He has recently ventured into into writing and producing, and has five lead roles in feature films coming in the next year and a half.
Gail Russell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1924. She remained in the Windy City, going to school until her parents moved to California when she was 14. She was an above-average student in school and upon graduation from Santa Monica High School was signed by Paramount Studios.
Because of her ethereal beauty, Gail was to be groomed to be one of Paramount's top stars. She was very shy and had virtually no acting experience to speak of, but her beauty was so striking that the studio figured it could work with her on her acting with a studio acting coach.
Gail's first film came when she was 19 years old with a small role as "Virginia Lowry" in Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour in 1943. It was her only role that year, but it was a start. The following year she appeared in another film, The Uninvited with Ray Milland (it was also the first time Gail used alcohol to steady her nerves on the set, a habit that would come back to haunt her). It was a very well done and atmospheric horror story that turned out to be a profitable one for the studio. Gail's third film was the charm, as she co-starred with Diana Lynn in Our Hearts Were Young and Gay that same year. The film was based on the popular book of the time and the film was even more popular.
In 1945 Gail appeared in Salty O'Rourke, a story about crooked gamblers involved in horse racing. Although she wasn't a standout in the film, she acquitted herself well as part of the supporting cast. Later that year she appeared in The Unseen, a story about a haunted house, starring Joel McCrea. Gail played Elizabeth Howard, a governess of the house in question. The film turned a profit but was not the hit that Paramount executives hoped for.
In 1946 Gail was again teamed with Diana Lynn for a sequel to "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay"--Our Hearts Were Growing Up. The plot centered around two young college girls getting involved with bootleggers. Unfortunately, it was not anywhere the caliber of the first film and it failed at the box-office. With Calcutta in 1947, however, Gail bounced back with a more popular film, this time starring Alan Ladd. Unfortunately, many critics felt that Gail was miscast in this epic drama. That same year she was cast with John Wayne and Harry Carey in the western Angel and the Badman. It was a hit with the public and Gail shone in the role of Penelope Worth, a feisty Quaker girl who tries to tame gunfighter Wayne. Still later Gail appeared in Paramount's all-star musical, Variety Girl. The critics roasted the film, but the public turned out in droves to ensure its success at the box-office. After the releases of Song of India, El Paso, and Captain China, Gail married matinée idol Guy Madison, one of the up-and-coming actors in Hollywood.
After The Lawless in 1950 Paramount decided against renewing her contract, mainly because of Gail's worsening drinking problem. She had been convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and the studio didn't want its name attached to someone who couldn't control her drinking. Being dumped by Paramount damaged her career, and film roles were coming in much more slowly. After Air Cadet in 1951, her only film that year, she disappeared from the screen for the next five years while she attempted to get control of her life. She divorced Madison in 1954.
In 1956 Gail returned in Seven Men from Now. It was a western with Gail in the minor role of Annie Greer. The next year she was fourth-billed in The Tattered Dress, a film that also starred Jeanne Crain and Jeff Chandler. The following year she had a reduced part in No Place to Land, a low-budget offering from "B" studio Republic Pictures.
By now the demons of alcohol had her in its grasp. She was again absent from the screen until 1961's The Silent Call (looking much older than her 36 years). It was to be her last film. On August 26, 1961, Gail was found dead in her small studio apartment in Los Angeles, California.
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis. His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide. It was remade in Hollywood by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz (also the star of the original version) and Cameron Diaz. The Others is Amenábar's first English language film.
Millie Davis is a Canadian-born actress known for television roles on "Odd Squad" (Ms. O), "Orphan Black" (Gemma Hendrix) and the feature film "The Best Man Holiday" (Hope). She was born in Toronto, Ontario.
Millie's first on-screen appearance came when she was just 6 months old in a TV commercial (Run for the Cure). Her first line of on-screen dialogue came before her 4th birthday in "Befriend and Betray".
Already a veteran in the voice-over world, Millie has voiced lead roles on "Doozers" (Daisy Wheel), "Wishenpoof" (Penelope) and "Annedroids" (Pal)
As for her family life, she is the younger sister of fellow Canadian actor, Drew Davis. They have appeared together as siblings in "Befriend and Betray", "Orphan Black" and "A Dark Truth" opposite Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, and Forest Whitaker.
In 2009, Alberto Ammann went from being an unknown drama student to becoming one of Spain's best known actors with just one movie. The previous year, Ammann joined the ranks of Penelope Cruz, Jordi Molla and Elena Anaya when he won a coveted spot on the list of Caras Nuevas, a discovery initiative of Spanish talent agency, Kuranda. On the jury that year were the casting directors of Cell 211. Despite their search for a name actor to star in the film, they could find no one to compete with the completely unknown Ammann who went on to win a Goya (Spanish Academy Award) and a Spanish SAG Award for his riveting performance in Cell 211, which became the year's most successful film.
Alberto Ammann was born in Córdoba (Argentina) the son of the journalist, politician and writer Luis Alberto Ammann and Nelida Rey. Between 1978-1982 his parents moved to Spain to escape Argentina's military dictatorship. Years later Ammann returned to Spain to continue the acting studies he had initiated in Argentina with Guillermo Iani and Jolie Lobois at the prestigious Juan Carlos Corazza Acting Studio.
After Ammann's breakthrough performance in "Cell 211", he went on to star in "Lope" (2010), a film in which embodied the XVI century playwright Lope de Vega.
In 2011, he costarred with Daniel Bruhl in "Eva" an intriguing science fiction film directed by Kike Maillo, "Eva". This was followed by Daniel Calpasoro's thriller "Invader" in which Alberto starred as a Spanish military doctor stationed in Iraq as a peacemaker during the war. Then Calpasoro called on Ammann again for his next film, "Combustion".
In 2012, Alberto returned to his native Argentina to costar with Ricardo Darin in Hernán A. Godfrid's thriller "Tesis Sobre Un Homicidio". Alberto's next project was to guest star in his first English speaking role in the sci-fi thriller "Mindscape" directed by Jorge Dorado. Again returning to Argentina in 2013, Alberto also starred in Miguel Cohan's "Betibú".
In 2014 Ammann traveled to Peru to costar with Stephen Dorff in Barney Elliott's "Oliver's Deal". In "Narcos", a series for Netflix, Ammann plays Pacho Herrera, leader of the Cali cartel. Next Alberto will head up the cast of Antena 3's new mini-series based on the Miguel Sáez Carral's best selling novel, "Apaches".
Adam Green is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor known for his success within the horror genre with films like the "Hatchet" franchise, "Frozen," and "Digging Up The Marrow." He is also the creator, writer, director, star, and show runner of the television comedy series "Holliston."
Born and raised in the small town of Holliston, Massachusetts, Green grew up performing leading roles in school plays and hosting his own morning radio program "Coffee & Donuts" on the town's local radio station. He graduated from Holliston High School in 1993. Upon graduating from Hofstra University in New York with a Bachelor of Science in film and television production in 1997, Green landed a job producing and directing local and regional cable television commercials at Time Warner Cable Advertising back in his hometown of Boston. While working at Time Warner he met cinematographer Will Barratt and in 1998 the two formed their own production company ArieScope Pictures and began making short films together under the ArieScope banner. During this time period Green was also the lead singer for the hard rock/metal band "Haddonfield" which amassed a large and loyal following as they headlined weekly club shows in Salam, MA and other large venues around Boston's north shore in the late 90's. In 1999 at the age of 24, Green wrote, directed, and starred in his first feature film "Coffee & Donuts" which was based on his own life and his experiences chasing his career dreams while trying to get over the break-up with his first girlfriend/childhood love. The autobiographical comedy was made for only $400 by "borrowing" Time Warner's commercial production equipment after hours and ultimately gained the attention of United Talent Agency (UTA) in Los Angeles when it won "Best Picture" in (what was then called) The Smoky Mountain Film Festival. Signed by UTA as an official client, Green moved to Los Angeles in February of 2000 with the intention of turning "C&D" into a sit-com.
Though reactions were positive and interest in "Coffee & Donuts" was strong within the industry, Green's first three years in Los Angeles were a major struggle and he survived by doing any odd job that would pay or feed him. Though he was able to find occasional paid work as everything from an on-set production assistant, to performing as a stand-up comic, to working as a writer's/show runner's assistant, to performing as an extra/background, to writing, shooting, and editing local cable commercials, to ghost writing jokes for other stand-up comics, Green's main occupation from 2000 to 2003 was working as the DJ in the upstairs nightclub at the world famous Rainbow Bar and Grill where he survived off of the left-over food off of customer's plates or by eating out of the restaurant's trash at the end of each night. He performed stand-up comedy at various Hollywood night clubs including monthly comedy shows at the Rainbow with his regular troupe of comedians/friends that included comics Andy Sandberg, Chris Romano, and Eric Falconer whom had also all yet to be discovered at that time. In 2003 Green sold "Coffee & Donuts" as a sit-com to Touchstone/UPN with Tom Shadyac producing. However, the week after Green delivered the final draft of his pilot script for "Coffee & Donuts", UPN announced a merger with the WB (creating the CW network) and all of UPN's pilot development was scrapped, tying up the rights to Green's dream project and life story for a further 5 years. ("C&D" would wind up going through thirteen years of development and false starts due to random corporate mergers at various networks and studios before eventually coming to fruition as the television series "Holliston" in 2012.)
Green first gained worldwide recognition with his independent slasher comedy "Hatchet", a story and character ("Victor Crowley") that he had first come up with while at summer sleep away camp in 1983 when he was just 8 years old in an effort to scare the other children in his cabin. Written in 2003 while Green was spinning heavy metal records in the DJ booth at the Rainbow, "Hatchet" was filmed independently in May/June of 2005 and had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2006. Green spent the next 18 months traveling the world with his gruesome slasher/comedy as it played dozens of film festivals, winning a multitude of awards and accumulating incredibly positive reviews from critics and fans along the way. "Hatchet" received a US theatrical release through Anchor Bay on September 7, 2007 and introduced the world to the iconic villain "Victor Crowley." A worldwide success, "Hatchet" has spawned two sequels to date. Green wrote and directed "Hatchet 2" which arrived in US theaters on October 1, 2010 and he also wrote and produced "Hatchet 3" (2013) which opened in US theaters on June 14, 2013. "Hatchet" also earned Green his place in the "Splat Pack", a term coined by esteemed UK film critic Alan Jones to describe a core group of new genre filmmakers who brought practical effects and extreme violence/gore back to the horror genre in the mid 2000's. Heralded by Jones as "the next wave of genre filmmakers," his original article about the "Splat Pack" ran in Total Film magazine in April of 2006 and by October both Time Magazine and the New York Post had also published stories about the "Splat Pack." Green appeared in the 2010 documentary "The Splat Pack" that also featured extensive interviews with his fellow "Splat Pack" members Eli Roth, Neil Marshall, Darren Bousman, Alex Aja, and Greg McLean. (Missing from the documentary were "Splat Pack" members James Wan and Rob Zombie.) Various merchandise based on "Hatchet" and its iconic villain "Victor Crowley" continues to sell more and more each year and in August of 2015 the first widely distributed "Victor Crowley" Halloween mask hit retail shelves across America, selling out of stock nationwide long before the Halloween holiday had arrived. In 2011 "Victor Crowley" first appeared in comic book form in "Hatchet/Slash", a crossover comic between Green's "Hatchet" films and Tim Seeley's long-running "Hack/Slash" comic series. An upcoming series of stand alone "Hatchet" comics will hit retail stores in late 2016.
After the first "Hatchet" film was massively censored by the Motion Picture Association of America for its 2007 theatrical release, Green made international headlines in 2010 by standing up to the MPAA's archaic and secretive ratings system and refusing to accept the organization's arbitrary NC-17 rating for "Hatchet 2" which the filmmaker stated was completely unfair given the comedic tone of his film and in comparison to the serious torture porn style films of the time, many of which featured sequences of rape and mean spirited, realistic violence but which also happened to be distributed by major studios. After offering cuts and re-submitting "Hatchet 2" to the MPAA numerous times to no avail in an effort to try and find a compromise for an "R" rating, Green and distributor Dark Sky ultimately opted to release the "Hatchet 2" uncut through an arrangement with AMC cinemas, making it the first genre film in almost 30 years to be released in mainstream multiplexes without an MPAA rating. Though the unrated release of "Hatchet 2" was endorsed and conducted exclusively through AMC theaters, the chain immediately began pulling the film from all screens upon its midnight opening and within just 48 hours of its release the film had mysteriously disappeared from all AMC screens nationwide. Though journalists in the media pointed to outside pressure from the MPAA on AMC to pull the film, no explanation was ever given on official record by a proper representative of AMC and the MPAA refused to comment on the matter. With "Hatchet 3" being green-lit almost immediately after "Hatchet 2" arrived on home video, "Victor Crowley" still succeeded despite the AMC/MPAA debacle.
Aside from "Hatchet" (2007) and its two sequels (2010 and 2013), Green continued and diversified his filmmaking legacy by directing the award winning Hitchcockian psycho-drama "Spiral" (2008), by producing the Sundance shocker and critically acclaimed "Grace" (2009), by writing and directing another Sundance darling and global success the very next year with his snowy suspense thriller "Frozen" (2010), by producing, writing, and directing the comedy "The Diary of Anne Frankenstein" which was included as part of the drive-in anthology film "Chillerama" (2011), and by writing, directing, and starring in the genre bending and highly praised successful pseudo-documentary "Digging Up The Marrow" (2015). In between his feature films Green also continued to write and direct various short films for his ArieScope website just for fun, several of which went on to become full blown viral hits with millions of views on-line including "Jack Chop," "Fairy Tale Police," and "Saber." Written, directed, and edited by Green, "Saber" received two awards in Lucasfilm's annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009 ("Best Action" and "Audience Choice") and also spawned two sequels that were released to huge success in 2012 and 2014.
Meanwhile, after thirteen years of development and setbacks due to network mergers, Green's ultimate passion project "Coffee & Donuts" was finally brought to fruition as the sit-com "Holliston." In its new form, Green was not only "Holliston's" creator but also the series' show-runner, writer, director, and main star. Licensed for broadcast by the FEARnet cable network, "Holliston" had its world television premiere on April 3, 2012 and quickly found a loyal audience. A second season was announced the morning after only the second episode had aired. An hour-long "Holliston Christmas Special" premiered later that same year on December 18th and is still considered by most fans to be their favorite episode of the series with its unexpected amount of emotion including a tear-jerking final scene between "Adam" and "Corri" that was revealed on the Blu-ray commentary track to have been largely improvised by actors Adam Green and Corri English. Season 2 of "Holliston" premiered on June 4, 2013 and further solidified the series as a hit despite FEARnet's extremely limited broadcast accessibility. However, just as Green was beginning to write Season 3, "Holliston" suffered the tragic death of main ensemble cast member Dave Brockie who passed away in what was eventually reported to be a drug overdose. Brockie not only played "Oderus Urungus" on "Holliston" (Green's character's imaginary alien friend and ulterior conscience), he had also performed as the lead singer for the heavy metal band GWAR for 30 years and was one of Green's closest friends in real life. To make matters even worse, just three weeks after Brockie's death, the FEARnet television network was suddenly dissolved in yet another unforeseen corporate merger between Comcast and Time Warner. In August of 2014 Green delivered a eulogy for Brockie at a public memorial in Virginia attended by several thousand GWAR and "Holliston" fans. During his speech, Green's played back the final voice mail Brockie had left for him and concluded by asking the thousands of fans that were present to all hold their hands together in the air. "This is your metal family," Green reminded the grieving fans. "And your metal family will always be here for you." The memorial concluded with a traditional viking style burning of Brockie's "Oderus Urungus" costume in Richmond's Haddad Lake. Overcome with grief, Green stepped away from "Holliston" for over a year and a half without any word if he would return to his show again.
During Green's indefinite hiatus from "Holliston," he continued to do a weekly podcast with fellow director, co-star, and real-life best friend Joe Lynch called "The Movie Crypt" on the GeekNation digital network. Named after the fictitious cable access program that Green and Lynch's character's host on "Holliston", "The Movie Crypt" was originally designed to merely be a spin-off and companion piece to the sit-com and the two filmmakers only planned to do the podcast for the ten weeks that Season 2 was airing. However, their weekly program began pulling in extraordinarily high numbers and quickly became one of the most popular entertainment industry behind the scenes podcasts on the internet due to Green and Lynch's enjoyable on-air chemistry and the duos unfiltered honesty about their real-life experiences as working artists in the Hollywood system. Focusing on a different guest artist's entire career journey each week, "The Movie Crypt" showcases all sides of the industry from filmmakers to actors to costumers to agents to studio executives to musicians and beyond. Guests have included Chris Columbus, Slash, Joe Dante, Jordan Peele, James Gunn, Penelope Spheeris, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Rob Cohen. By January of 2015 "The Movie Crypt" was averaging over 500,000 worldwide listeners a week and the podcast was listed in Entertainment Weekly's January 9th issue as one of "The Top 20 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To" out of over 285,000 podcasts in existence. In addition to their candid and compelling weekly artist interviews, Green and Lynch have also produced special stand out episodes of "The Movie Crypt" such as the November 2015 "Addiction" episode that tackled substance abuse and addiction within the industry, the December 2014 "Holliston Reunion" episode where the cast performed a new original "Holliston" episode designed as a radio play, and their December 2015 "Christmas Special" which featured a sincere and moving 2-hour interview with Santa Claus that remains the podcast's most popular episode to date. Green and Lynch have never missed a single week since the podcast first launched on May 6, 2013. It was "The Movie Crypt's" unplanned and unexpected success that would ultimately set the stage for the return of "Holliston."
In August of 2015 Entertainment Weekly made the announcement that "Holliston" would indeed continue on with Season 3. No longer under license by FEARnet, the existing seasons of the series would now be carried along with "The Movie Crypt" podcast on the GeekNation digital network where it would be available to stream worldwide for the first time ever. In February of 2016 the "Holliston" cast appeared on a live Periscope session where they answered questions from fans after completing their first ever read through of two of Green's new scripts for Season 3. During the Q&A with fans Green stated that "Oderus" would not be recast or replaced and that when "Holliston" returns he would acknowledge the loss of Brockie and then move on with the show, keeping his character's closet door permanently closed for as long as the series may continue. As of the time of this writing, Season 3 of "Holliston" is expected to begin shooting at the end of 2016 when the cast's individual production schedules are next expected to all line-up together. The first official "Holliston" comic book (titled "Friendship Is Tragic") was announced and previewed on March 17, 2016 at Chicago's C2E2 comic book expo and pop culture convention. The comic book is set to hit retail shelves in the Fall of 2016.
In 2015 Green brought their ArieScope website to a new level by offering free weekly original programming. With over 100 free short films and original series' episodes to watch, Green's personal blog, and an on-line merchandise store, ArieScope.com has become a destination site for original content to millions of fans worldwide. Original on-line series such as "Adam Green's Scary Sleepover" and "Horrified" proved to be extremely popular with fans and ArieScope.com also released the award winning series "20 Seconds To Live" which was helmed by filmmaker Ben Rock, an artist that Green personally believes in and wanted to expose his own audience to. Green's original on-line series and various short films are also carried on ArieScope's YouTube channel which has received over 3.6 million individual views to date.
A celebrated leader and inspirational personality in the horror genre, Adam Green has amassed an enormous following worldwide through his down to earth and extraordinarily kind demeanor at personal appearances, by his accessibility to his fans on social networking, by performing improv comedy and original live "Holliston" episodes for fans on the convention circuit, by never charging his fans for his autograph or photo, by consistently putting out new entertainment for his audience on such a frequent schedule, and by inspiring and encouraging his own fans that they too can achieve their dreams so long as they don't let the world's negativity change or disenchant their spirit. Green organized and personally lead a three-night fundraiser in his home town of Boston in May of 2013 where he held theatrical screenings of the "Hatchet" films, a preview screening of select Season 2 episodes of "Holliston", and a silent auction of celebrity donated genre memorabilia in which he raised over $15,000.00 to help the victims of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. In April of 2015 Green also helped raise $7,000.00 for the "Save The Yorkies" rescue in New Jersey by auctioning himself off for a date with a fan and auctioning off a screen-used prop hatchet to benefit the local dog shelter. While on stage during the auction event, Green stated that it was the companionship of his own Yorkie "Arwen" that got him through the various personal tragedies he underwent in 2014. "You're not just saving the lives of these wonderful dogs, you're also very likely saving the lives of the people who will adopt them."
At the time of this posting, Green is writing and developing Season 3 of "Holliston" while simultaneously shooting his next feature film. According to ArieScope.com and IMDB the new film will be released in 2017 but there are no specific details about it available at this time. Green cites much of the success of 2015's "Digging Up The Marrow" to the project's extreme secrecy and has stated on "The Movie Crypt" podcast that he hopes to keep as many details of his upcoming productions quiet whenever possible. Though fans have passionately expressed their hopes that Green will one day bring them a new "Hatchet" film, it is highly unlikely that the current film he is making will be a new chapter in the "Hatchet" franchise. Though the filmmaker has never definitively stated that "Victor Crowley" will stay dead forever, he has very clearly used the term "trilogy" in describing his 3-film "Hatchet" series. Green is also attached to direct the big budget children's adventure movie "Killer Pizza" (based on the novel by Greg Taylor) which he wrote the screenplay for. The film is being produced by Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures.
Adam Green lives in Los Angeles with his dog "Arwen" and his cat "Tyler." An avid music fan he has been known to follow bands on tour such as Aerosmith, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Twisted Sister, GWAR, and Marilyn Manson when time allows for him to do so. 1982's "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" remains his favorite film of all time and he is a devoted animal lover and collector of horror and science fiction toys. He is consistently active on Twitter and Instagram at @Adam_Fn_Green and he also personally responds to his fans on his public Facebook page: Facebook.com/AdamFnGreen.
Biography submitted to IMDB in May 2016.
Melissa Molinaro is a triple threat performer--the Canadian is an accomplished actress, singer and dancer. In Honey 2, Molinaro portrays Carla, the HD Crew's petite beauty with the firecracker personality. Molinaro starred last year opposite director/actor Dolph Lundgren as music star Venus in the action thriller Command Performance, for which she also performed the song "Lost in Love" for the film's soundtrack. Her other films include in the forthcoming Penelope Spheeris-directed comedy Balls to the Wall. Molinaro was a finalist on The CW's "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll" and on MTV's "Making The Band 3." For episodic television, her credits include "Brothers," "Grounded for Life," "Rodney" and "Happy Family. Molinaro also appeared in a recurring role on "The Young and the Restless," and in The Black Eyed Peas' Instant Def webisode. Her talents have been showcased in music videos for Celine Dion and JC Chasez, and in stage productions of "Cinderella," "Beauty and The Beast" and "Cabaret," among others. A talented singer/songwriter, Molinaro's 2008 single "Lost In Love" was featured on the album "Soul By The Pound" from Fluid Music USA. She is preparing for the release of her debut album, "The Love Dance Project," in late 2010.
Jessie Ward was born in New Jersey on February 18, 1982. She is a classically trained ballerina and began studying ballet seriously at the age of nine. She lived and studied at the School of American Ballet as a teenager and attended high school at the Professional Children's School in New York. She was chosen as the highest-scoring dancer in the US by Britain's Royal Academy of Dancing, earning her a ballet scholarship to study in England. She has performed numerous solo and principal roles with various professional ballet companies, and her inspiration for the arts began with dancing and evolved into a love for acting.
Pursuing her acting career, she left New York for Los Angeles, and has appeared in numerous national television commercials as well as performing in a music video with Jennifer Lopez. In March of 2006 she landed a guest role as Brianna on F/X Network's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia alongside Eddie Mekka and Danny DeVito. Wicked Wicked Games marks Ward's second appearance on MyNetworkTV, having previously played the role of Penelope on Desire.
Jessie Ward resides in Venice, California, where she enjoys dancing and photography.
Saadet Aksoy is a Turkish born actress speaking fluent English, basic French and Italian. She studied English Language and Literature at Bogazici University in Istanbul and started taking film and acting classes while working on short films, taking parts in stage productions, commercials and TV series.
Aksoy made her debut nationally and internationally with Egg by Semih Kaplanoglu, which premiered in 2007 at Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, bringing her many acting awards at internationally acclaimed film festivals, such as Sarajevo Film Festival and Valdivia International Film Festival. With Eastern Plays, which also premiered at Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and Love in Another Language, which brought her a number of national awards, she kept gaining more attention both in her home country and at the international festival circuit. After taking parts in American productions, A Beautiful Life by Alejandro Chomski and The Rebound by Bart Freundlich, she got more international attention with her portrayal of "Aska" in Twice Born directed by Sergio Castellitto with Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch. She has recently finished shooting Marco Pontecorvo-directed Italian series Ragion di Stato. Aksoy has also been a jury member in many film festivals such as Cairo Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, and Sarajevo Film Festival.
Liana Mendoza, Latina Of Influence (Hispanic Lifestyle), Entertainer of The Year and honored by SAG-AFTRA as a Diversity Performer began her journey of acting as a child for commercial and print. As an adult, she's recognized internationally as "Sexiest Spaniard" (Latina Magazine) along with Enrique Iglesias, Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz. Native American and Spaniard, Mendoza is ethnically ambiguous within the entertainment industry which opens her appeal to play various roles. Her given name translates from Liana "Strong Vine" Mendoza. She was raised in North East Los Angeles with a struggling, yet strong single mother nicknamed "Vickie" and also San Juan Del Monte with her grandparents in an Adobe Hut made by the hands of her native ancestors. This land is still owned and occupied by her family which created a deep appreciation for value in others and gratitude for the simple things in life.
Mendoza joined the cast of the FX, Emmy-Award Winning, American Horror Story: Hotel in 2015. The show and cast was nominated for a Golden Globe (2016). Since then, she has joined the cast as a guest star on several shows such as Baskets, Bones, Scandal as well as Better Call Saul. This stream of success has led her to become the Entertainment Ambassador for the Latin Business Association (LBA) which represents over 800,000 companies and businesses as well as over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Most recently her win for "Latina of Influence" has created a buzz as well as sponsorship around this rising star. Her ever growing list of Television and Feature Film credits are sure to continue.
An all around versatile talent, Ms. Mendoza began performing as a tap dancer at age 3 and moved onto modern jazz, ballet and hip hop. She was invited into a professional dance company by age 8 and eventually was Invited to attend Hamilton High School for Performing Arts. Mendoza began training in musical theatre and opera with Seth Riggs (Coach to the Stars). She also took an interest in Martial Arts and began training with world renowned fellow stunt man Bob Yerkes. With over a decade of training, she began a career in the world of acting as a stunt-woman.
Liana has a "takes a village to raise a child" philosophy and credits aunts Yvette and Juanita with being two of the biggest influences for her being able to have obtained her dreams and goals. "Their support and words of wisdom were necessary for my mentality of success", she states.
Believing in the philosophy that that we all pass the elevator back down--in the words of Jack Lemmon--she involves herself in youth programs and charity organizations including Operation Smile, Sober College, Help as One, Every Monday Matters and Stand up in the Halls. Her heart belongs to Students Run LA (SRLA) where she was not only a mentor for at-risk youth but completed the Los Angeles Marathon along side them. Miss Mendoza is the Co-Founder of Carbon Pipe Dreams which helps to spread awareness of preserving the planet and reducing our carbon footprint.
Diane Robin was born in Fairfax, Los Angeles,and began her training in high school,with a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute,at that time the youngest person to have been accepted into the adult program.Several years later, she got a manager who convinced her to sneak on to the Universal lot,and personally hand deliver her picture and resume to a casting director. She did,and was then escorted off the lot by a security guard. Telling the story of the indignity she had just ensued to a complete stranger,he responded "I'm an agent and don't have anyone like you, I'd love to have you as a client".She signed with him, and 3 months later was cast as a series regular in "Angie" with Donna Pescow, playing the role of DiDi the New York waitress with a heart of gold. She has gone on to appear in over 100 television and film productions,having the pleasure to work with esteemed directors, and terrific actors such as Paul Verhoeven in Robocop, with Peter Weller,playing the role of Chandra the prostitute in the infamous "Bitches leave!" scene, Terry Gilliam in The Fisher King with Robin Williams, Peter Hyams in The Relic with Penelope Ann Miller, Chris Columbus in Adventures in Babysitting with Elizabeth Shue,Allison Anders in Grace of My Heart with John Turturro,and Martha Coolidge in Crazy in Love with Holly Hunter,to name a few. She has guest starred on numerous TV shows including NCIS,Desperate Housewives, Family Guy, Wilfred,Big Time Rush, Providence, Malcolm in the Middle,and Party of Five. She's also costarred in many Hallmark and Lifetime movies such as Grave Misconduct, Murder on the 13th floor,McBride, Mystery Woman ,and Annie's Point.She was recently seen in Authors Anonymous with Kaley Cuoco, and just completed Enough About Jack with Laura San Giacomo.She's begins filming the romantic comedy Dating Daisy in October. Diane lives in Encino Hills with her husband John, and their 17 year old daughter, Devon.
Jolie Vanier was born in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1998. Growing up in a family intensely involved with the fine arts, the young girl garnered leading roles in local children's theatre groups such as Childsplay and Desert Stages at an early age. Jolie made her leading role debut as Helvetica in the 2009 feature film Shorts (Warner Bros.) directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and James Spader.
The young actress recently filmed a dark and compelling role for the second season finale of the popular television series, From Dusk Till Dawn directed by Robert Rodriguez for El Rey. She also starred in the USC Short film Promposal, directed by Sea Louise Bensimon, about a boy who is scrambling last minute to ask his girlfriend to prom. Another USC film called Remorse starred Jolie as the young girl who is remembering her mother's death a few years later. Her third USC film, The Auditions, stars a young girl who is mugged on the way to her audition and has to assume various roles in order to get money to make it to the call.
In 2014, she completed a role in the dark comedy pilot Foxxx David. In this pilot, she plays Greta, the bipolar borderline schizophrenic foreign exchange student. In 2013, Jolie had the lead role in a short film entitled Hello, My Name is Abigail. Directed by Tim Kressin, the film explores the trials and tribulations of adoption in modern day society. The previous year, the young actress completed another short film Sister, Sister. Directed by Michael Fernandez, this film concerns the complications of friendships.
Jolie also starred in an award-winning short film, Ghild, released in 2011. A dark fairy tale about a giant child who can't stop growing, the film was directed by David Yarovesky and based on a screenplay created by Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville). Ghild attracted numerous critical compliments when it premiered at the NY International Children's Film Festival and subsequently won the Outstanding Award in Short Film-making Award at the Newport Film Festival.
In the spring of 2013, Jolie won a YAA award -- Best Young Actress in a Short Film - for her performance in Hello, My Name is Abigail. She was nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Young Actress for Shorts at the 2010 and won Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast for that film. The same year Jolie was nominated for Best Young Actress in a Short Film for her leading role in Strange Little Girl at the YAA event. (Directed by the award-winning Turkish director Bessy Adut, the film went on to win Best Narrative Short Award at the Pasadena Film Festival). In 2009 she was nominated in the same category for her performance in Juvenile Delinquence at the YAA event.
Jolie's active film career has been complemented by numerous stage roles in Los Angeles as well as overseas. The young actress garnered rave reviews for her performance as Veruca Salt in the 2012 D.E.E. Studio Production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles.
In the summer of 2013, Jolie played a leading role in a new original musical entitled Detention presented at the Palmer Cultural Centre at TASIS (The American School in Lugano, Switzerland). The young actress also played a leading role in Spy School, an original musical presented at TASIS in 2012. Jolie captured a leading role playing Andrea Devereaux in Once on this Island -- all lines spoken in French! -- in 2011. Jolie played Inga in the D.E.E. Studio production of Young Frankenstein performed at the Hudson Theater in 2012 as well as Lieslin The Sound of Music presented at Hollywood's Assistance League Playhouse. In 2011, the young actress performed as Glinda in a Magic Mirror Theater Production of Yellow Brick Road. Jolie took on the roles of Rizzo, Consuelo and Penelope in the 2010 Red Carpet Theater musical revue entitled Nifty Fifties staged at Hollywood's Stella Adler Theater.
Jolie won Best Young Actress - Live Theater -- in 2014 at the 35th Young Arts Awards (YAA) for her role in an original musical, Detention, stage at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2013, Jolie was nominated for Best Performance Live Theater - Young Actress for her role as Veruca Salt at the Young Artist Awards (YAA). The young actress was nominated in the same category for her French-speaking role in Once on this Island at the 2012 YAA event. In 2011, Jolie was nominated for YAA's Best Performance Live Theater -Young Actress for her performance as Rizzo in Nifty Fifties. She was nominated in the same category for her performance as the Artful Dodger in Oliver.
In addition to acting in films and on the stage, Jolie's recent creative endeavors have also included screenplay writing. Inspired by two children's books that Jolie wrote and illustrated several years ago -- Puwaii Adventures with Joliea and Friends tm and Puwaii Adventures with Joliea and Friends...the adventures continue tm -- her screenplay efforts have garnered considerable success! (Helped in large part by her experience as a film and stage actress.) Jolie has also written and recorded a Puwaii theme song. In addition, she completed her first music video, Seal it with a Kiss, in 2012 and released her song, Willing to Die, on soundcloud.
The sequel to the original Puwaii screenplay --Puwaii Adventures - Brazil -- won the best Sci-fi/Fantasy Award (14-18) at Hollywood's 18th annual International Family Film Festival (IFFF) festival in 2013. The original screenplay -Puwaii Adventures -- was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Moondance Film Festival in NYC. Jolie's original screenplay - Puwaii Adventures - was selected as the Best Comedy (8-13) at the 17th annual FFF Festival in 2012.
Isabelle Adriani is an Italian actress, singer, dancer, fairy tale author and journalist. Isabelle also has a unique talent for whistling in an operatic style. She has a Phd in History and speaks English, French, German, Spanish and Italian fluently. She has starred in more than 35 movies in Italy in the last 4 years. She published 10 books of fairy tales and 2 historical novels ('The Garden of Power' and 'The True Story of Cinderella'). Isabelle was born in Perugia, Italy, to 2 neurologists known for research in brain disease. Isabelle Adriani has a sister named Alexandra. Her parents sent her abroad to study in several countries such as : England, Germany,France, America and Argentina, so she's fluent in English, French,German and Spanish. Isabelle showed a deep passion for fairy tales and for acting at a very young age and began to write fables and to star in many plays at school. She began her acting career at 7 dreaming of Broadway. After studying classical ballet for seven years at Royal ballet of Dancing and attending acting schools in her home town, she went to Rome to study opera singing with Edda Dell'Orso (Oscar prize Ennio Morricone's chorister). At 19 she published her first book of Fairy Tales 'The Blue Butterfly' and met Susan Strasberg who believed in her and in her passion for acting and advised her to move to the United States. She took her PHD in History at the University of Perugia at 22 and wrote her final works on the DNA of Fairy Tales. In the meantime she won a scholarship and attended C.U.T. Theatre Drama University School in Perugia.
She earned a Master in journalism and worked for the major TV channels in Italy such as Rai and Mediaset and also for Newspaper magazines such as 'Il Messaggero' and 'La Nazione'.
In the last 4 years she played in some of the most successful movies in Italy such as 'What a beautiful Day' (52 millions of euros, very unusual for the Italian market), 'Men against Women'(15 millions euros) and 'The First Beautiful Thing'also presented in the US. She also appears briefly in 'The American' with George Clooney and in 'Twice Born' with Penelope Cruz. She presented the daily Tv Show 'Moviestar' for Canale 5, Mediaset, (2010-2013)
She did the voice over for 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' and sang the Rihanna song: 'Help' in the Italian version of the cartoon and did the voice of the lead, "Peaches" in Ice Age 4 for XX Century Fox
In 2011 she performed for Al Pacino and for Woody Allen at New Year's Eve. She also whistled for the soundtrack of 'Baharia', directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. From that moment she began her transition in the US. She got her green card as 'Talent' . She just came back from Puerto Rico where she played Esmeralda in 'Reclaim' directed by Alan White with John Cusack and Jacki Weaver. The multi-talented actress now lives between Rome and Los Angeles.
Natalie Leticia Morales is the daughter of Penelope and Lieut. Col. Mario Morales, Jr., a retired Air Force veteran of the Persian Gulf and Vietnam War. She was born in Taiwan, of Brazilian and Puerto Rican descent. As a U.S. Air Force dependent, she has spent much of her life living overseas with her family in Panama, Brazil and Spain.
Ms. Morales has as an anchor / correspondent covered several major breaking news stories, including Hurricane Katrina, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, the Tsunami disaster.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree, with 2 majors - journalism and Latin American studies, from Rutgers University.
Jasson is the son of a bull rider and cancan girl who were married on an ice castle in the Yukon territories. Growing up Jasson excelled as a hockey player and drummer, playing in multiple touring bands. After graduating from the school of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Jasson started a personal training business where, soon after, he fell into film and TV through one of his clients, who was an agent.
For many years Jasson explored the industry on a part time basis while running his personal training business. In 2012 he decided to make a go of it and headed to NYC. Since arriving in New York, Jasson Finney has appeared in several acclaimed television series, such as "Gotham," (2014) "Zero Hour," (2013) and recently filmed "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Daredevil" both slated to air in 2015. He also appeared in the independent films "My Brother's Keeper,(2015) and "Happy Baby" (2014).
Previously Jasson has appeared in many feature films such as "Source Code,"(2011) with Vera Farminga "Gothika," (2003) starring Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz as well as "Timeline." (2003) with Paul Walker. He also did TV shows such as "Being Human"(2012) and "Blue Mountain State" (2010). Jasson is perhaps best known for his role as "Sonny" in the made for TV movie "Nicky Deuce" (2013) working opposite James Gandolfini, Steven Schrippa, Michael Imperioli and Tony Sirico.
In 2013 Jasson has also appeared on stage in the off Broadway show "Gym Shorts". Most recently he is involved in a number of independent start up projects and is also writing and producing his own short films and pilots such as "What's Cooking Grandma" where Jasson seeks out the best cooking grandmas in America and "Take Back Your Life" helping people regain their fitness and ultimately, their life.
Kurt Braunohler is an "adult" male comedian. In the spring of 2012 he was measured at 6'4'', weighing 204 lbs and tagged with a radio transmitter.
He was recently named one of Time Out NY's "50 Funniest New Yorkers", as well as a "Comic to Watch" by Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival. He was even called the "Best Male Stand-Up" by the ECNY and "Best Unscripted Host" by the New York Television Festival, but those are probably made up organizations anyway.
Kurt has been seen (or heard) on TV in Bob's Burgers (FOX), Delocated (Adult Swim), The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim) Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), Assy McGee (Adult Swim), John Oliver Presents (Comedy Central), Human Giant (MTV) and the anti-game show he hosts, BUNK! on IFC. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life talking about relationship Rumspringa.
Kurt co-created a pilot for Channel 4 in the UK with his comedy partner, Kristen Schaal, for their popular web-series, Penelope: Princess of Pets. The due also have hosted the NYC staple variety show, Hot Tub for the past 7 years.
Kurt also hosts the monthly late night talk show, Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler, with past guests including Zach Galifianakis, Ted Leo and Jon Glaser. Kurt holds the World Record for leading the most people in an all-meow version of "Lean on Me" (it's 117 people).
Ron is the second most famous actor to come from Claygate, England. The most famous is still currently Terry Jones, and third place is still held by a beagle named "Toby" that had a recurring on a BBC sit-com called To the Manor Born in the '70s. He moved to the U.S. in 1979 to avoid conviction on a string of unjustified speeding tickets, and to study History at U.C. Berkeley. Reluctant to start repaying student loans, he leaped at the opportunity to go to the M.F.A. Acting program at N.Y.U., spending three precious years of his life with such neurotic geniuses as Rob LaBelle, Augusta Allen-Jones, Marcia Gay Harden, Bill Mondy, Ami Brabson, Teagle F. Bougere, and Eliza Foss. He has appeared in over 100 plays Off-Broadway, regionally, in converted Circle K stores, and in Los Angeles, playing an assortment of characters from Nazis to lyrical guys in doublets, IRA rebels, pompous hotel detectives, cowboy politicians and lots of guys with anger issues or terminal illnesses. In 2006 he portrayed Anton Chekhov in "Chekhov and Maria" at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, in a production that moved to the Barrow Group Theatre in NYC in July of 2006. The New York Times called Ron's performance "outstanding and complex" and he agreed. In November Chekhov and Maria, starring Ron and Gillian Brashear made it onto film, directed by the legendary Eric Till, for a spring 2008 release. It finally made it to PBS in March of 2012, after showing on TV in several European countries, and making its way around the festival circuit, winning award after award, though astonishingly and possibly because of widescale corruption in the judging process, none for his acting. In 2008 he joined L.A.'s Rogue Machine Theatre to play the sympathetic and psychopathic killer "Leftie" in the world premiere of "Razorback", by John Pollono, a performance the L.A Times, for a very nominal fee, called "vivid and intriguing", Variety called "compelling" after only a few threatening phone calls, and the L.A. Weekly critic hailed as "terrific" and "very rich", after less than a week as a guest in Ron's windowless basement. He was again spotted at Rogue Machine in 2009 as the "charismatically creepy" Hector Zook in the West Coast premiere of Lisa Dillman's "Half of Plenty", and in 2010 at The Odyssey Theatre as the "psychotic" and "ghoulish" waiter Eisenring in the critically acclaimed revival of "The Arsonists" by Max Frisch. Ron returned to Rogue Machine at the end of 2010 to appear in 6 months of sold-out performances of Cormac McCarthy's "The Sunset Limited", with Tucker Smallwood, in a production nominated for "Best Two-Person Play" by The L.A. Weekly. You may have been one of the 25,000 people that saw him last summer as Russian entrepreneur Max Tarasov, at The Geffen Playhouse, in the West Coast premiere of Tracy Letts' "Superior Donuts", alongside Gary Cole and Edi Gathegi. One print reviewer said that he was "so good, and so different from his character in "The Sunset Limited", another noted that he "only recognized him on the way home after reading his bio in the programme - what greater praise for an actor?", one called him "brusque", another "irrepressible", and yet another compared him to "an unwanted disease". Praise indeed. Since then he's played a penguin in the world premiere of Henry Murray's Ovation Award-nominated "Monkey Adored" at Rogue, Carr Gomm in Pomerance's "The Elephant Man" at L.A.'s Theater 68, and as various characters in The Odyssey's LA Weekly Award nominated "Theatre in the Dark". Ron continued at The Odyssey as "Jackie Farrell", the vice-lord with a heart of stone, in the American Premiere of "Rank" and continued to shill for corporations by appearing as a London cabbie in an NBA/Cisco spot, as "Farnsworth" the highly motivated chauffer in the "Lost Footage" Grey Poupon commercial, and as a reluctant golfer through the ages, in a Nike golf ball ad. And yes, he is that guy in the Geico "medieval torture chamber" commercial. He was last seen on stage in "The Unexpected Man" at the Two Roads Theater with the lovely Sasha Higgins and prior to that, wearing speedos in Enda Walsh's "Penelope" at Rogue Machine, directed once again by John Perrin Flynn. Next up is Greg Kalleres "Honky", directed by Gregg Daniel at Rogue Machine, also starring Burl Moseley, Inger Tudor, Bruce Nozick, Tasha Ames, James Liebman, Matthew Hancock, and Christian Henley. He's the regular host of Rogue Machine Theatre's monthly spoken-word series: "Rant and Rave", now in its eighth year. Ron's been riding motorcycles since 1975 (legally since 1977), has clocked over a million miles, has been a BMWMOA member since 1984, and is a proud member of the Iron Butt Association, having once ridden his R1100RT from L.A. to Seattle in 17 rain-soaked hours. He's also a pilot working extremely methodically on his instrument rating. He owns and operates Canyon Flyer Inc., a motorcycle messenger service in Los Angeles. Somehow he's made the time to spawn two smart-alecky kids, Danny (boy, b. 1995) and Sasha (girl, b. 1997), both of whom mean nearly as much to him as his career.
|Dean S. Jagger
Born in Staincliffe hospital in Dewsbury, England, Dean's family from his mothers side heritage is of Gaelic descent which retraced all the way back to The Isle Of Man, where Dean still has family. His father's side were known to be of fighters and farmers which traveled the Yorkshire region of Great Britain. The former professional extreme sports athlete was named by his uncle after the Oscar winning 1950s American actor Dean Jagger and chose for himself the same profession. Dean began acting in school productions at age 14 after a chance meeting with actor Michael Douglas while sailing with his father off the coast of Spain. He joined the theatre appearing in numerous stage productions. He was born with skills of a sportsman, trained in boxing from the age of 16. After finishing school, Dean heeded the call of his athletic talent and became a pro skater, traveling the globe and competing and placing in events such as the X-Games and the Walt Disney Skating Challenge. A few years in, he returned to his native England to fulfill his driving desire to act. He joined British Actor's Equity and studied in London at The Actor's Centre and Penelope Jay's School of Performing Arts and even did some studying in the U.S. He began training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) at the age of 25 and is a certified in Jiu Jitsu. After saving the lives of an old man and his granddaughter from drowning in a freak accident, Dean turned his focus further inward and began to study the art of Reiki, the Japanese art of healing, relaxation and meditation, an interest passed along to him by his mother who is a Reiki master. His younger brothers are also in show business, Ben is a professional stuntman and Lee is a theatre actor, both in the UK.
A native of Montreal and graduate of McGill University, Jamie Elman has appeared on many of television's most acclaimed series including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House M.D., Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, CSI: NY, The Closer and The Young and the Restless. He also played Luke, the resident piano-playing record store guy and boyfriend, for three seasons on NBC's award winning and critically lauded drama American Dreams. His breakout role was Cody on the FOX/YTV hit teen sitcom Student Bodies.
Elman's starred in "California Dreamin'" (Grand Prix, Un Certain Regard, 2007 Cannes Film Festival) opposite Armand Assante, "When Nietzsche Wept," portraying a young Sigmund Freud opposite Ben Cross, "Shattered Glass"(with Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny and Hayden Christensen), "The Chicago 8" (with Orlando Jones, Danny Masterson and Phillip Baker Hall), "Saving Lincoln" (with Tom Amandes, Penelope Ann Miller and Bruce Davison), and "Random Encounters" (with Michael Rady and Sean Young). Elman has done extensive voice work for video games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and animated films including Disney's highly acclaimed Wreck-It Ralph and the blockbuster Frozen. A creator in his own right, the actor wrote and starred in the web series "crazy/sexy/awkward," produced by Howie Mandel and purchased by Shaw Media, and "YidLife Crisis," the world's first 18+ Yiddish comedy series, which he Co-Created and stars in. He recently starred opposite Jodi Balfour in the finale of the beloved Canadian series "Bomb Girls."
Jamie is also an accomplished blues and jazz pianist and singer who has recorded with Ben Harper, Natalie Maines and Rickie Lee Jones. He lives in Los Angeles.
Erick Elias was born on June 23, 1980 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. A descendant of a family of architects, he started by studying for acting, music, dance, and modeling at a young age. He has been appearing in some telenovelas and other television series. His protagonist debut was in the telenovela Tormenta en el paraiso with Sara Maldonado in 2007. He has also dabbled in film dubbing and tape. In 2008, he married Karla Guindi. In 2010, he starred in the telenovela Niña de mi Corazon with Paulina Goto. In 2014, he starred in the telenovela El color de la Pasion with Esmeralda Pimentel. He has 2 daughters with Karla Guindi: Penelope and Olivia.
As his career evolves as an actor, Joe Hursley is being recognized for his ability to portray complex characters combining comedy, physicality, and drama. In "Sequence," an intense action/fantasy/horror short internationally recognized at festivals worldwide, he was recognized with a nod for Best Actor (Short Shorts Film Festival Japan 2014), and celebrated shared success with the short's overall Best Short win at Academy sanctioned LA Shorts Fest (2013).
Recently, he has been tapped to lead independent films where the dual themes of comedy/drama and fantasy/reality collide. In "The Origins of Wit and Humor," he is Les Candalero, a relatable modern day Woody Allen-esque outsider. At the other end of the spectrum in the upcoming indie feature, "For All Eyes Always," he stars as a CIA operative on a gritty reality TV show.
Hursley cut his comedic feature chops in blockbuster movies like "Accepted," "Resident Evil: Extinction," and "Fast and Furious," which lead him to his first starring feature role with cult director Penelope Spheeris (Black Sheep, Wayne's World) in "Balls to the Wall" (2011). His first break in the business was being tapped by Ashton Kutcher to use his subversive sense of humor in both reality prankster series "Punk'd" and "You've Got a Friend."
Janet Waldo provided the quintessential voice of the swooning, overly dramatic teenager for numerous generations -- from the 1940s swinging babysitters to the 1960s groovy chick. A bouncy, perennially-youthful brunette, she was born in Yakima, Washington, and began entertaining in church plays as a youth. Urged on by her singer mother, she studied at the University of Washington and performed in plays. She was discovered by none other than Paramount star Bing Crosby, when he and his talent scouts conducted a contest and invited her to try out for it, which she won. Crosby next invited Janet (accompanied by her mother) to California and the rest is history.
Janet met a Paramount talent scout that signed her up for small roles in movies, including the Crosby films, Sing, You Sinners and The Star Maker. Unable to completely break out of her bit-part cycle as assorted hat-check girls, receptionists, and telephone operators, she did manage a few co-starring roles in such Tim Holt westerns, such as The Bandit Trail and Land of the Open Range before setting her career sights on radio in 1943. It was Crosby himself who introduced Janet to radio and she fell in love with the medium and its possibilities. As the eternal teen in "Meet Corliss Archer," Janet's voice became a household sound and it was obvious that. her vocal talents would become her biggest moneymaker. She also performed on radio's "One Man's Family," "The Gallant Heart," and "Star Playhouse." She played the cigarette girl on both Red Skelton and Art Linkletter's programs, and played teenager Emmy Lou for Ozzie Nelson on both his radio and TV shows. In 1952, Janet filmed one classic I Love Lucy episode, The Young Fans playing an extremely lovesick teenaged girl, who fell for Ricky Ricardo, even though she was around 30 years old at the time.
In 1948 Janet married writer-director-producer Robert E. Lee of "Inherit the Wind" and "Auntie Mame" fame. She curtailed her career activities sharply for some time in order to raise her two children. She even turned down the opportunity to return to her popular role of Corliss Archer when the radio series was revamped for TV in 1951, and Lugene Sanders from the "Life of Riley" series took on the part instead. After sporadic appearances on stage, Janet established herself as one of the top female voice artists in the early 1960s when she gave vocal life to hip high schooler Judy Jetson in the prime-time Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Jetsons, a role that she would go on to play well past the age of 70. Her vocal range was absolutely limitless as she went on to become a well-oiled Hanna-Barbara staple for over three decades, providing hundreds and hundreds of voices, old and young, to both Saturday morning and feature film cartoons. Some of her better known characters include Granny Sweet, Penelope Pitstop, Superman's Lana Lang, the Addams Family's Morticia Addams, the title role in Josie and the Pussycats and Princess on Sandy Frank's Battle of the Planets. She is a member of the California Artists Radio Theatre (CART) and has performed frequently on the smaller L.A. stages over the years. The woman with a thousand voices is a legend in her field and an octogenarian now, still as busy and perky as ever doing radio shows (one regularly with Alan Young of "Mister Ed" fame and her co-star on "Batte of the Planets"), commercial voice-overs (Electrosol) and personal appearances. She has also written her personal biography.
|Tara Nicole Hughes
Tara Nicole Hughes is a professional Dancer, Choreographer and Movement Coach for Film, TV and Commercials. Hughes has worked on every major musical film over the last decade including Chicago, Rent, The Terminal, Nine, Rock of Ages, Burlesque, and Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
As warm, patient and inspiring as she is talented, Hughes has a particular gift for creating a safe and energizing work environment for actors who may be intimidated by movement. As a result she's worked with some of the most brilliant of our time including Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Tobey Maguire, Catherine Zeta Jones and Kate Hudson as well as with major music stars including Pharrell Williams, Madonna and Taylor Swift. She recently worked with Faith Hill on a series of NBC Sunday Night Football promo commercials.
Her Television credits include choreographing for House of Lies, Grandfathered, Good Girls Revolt and Trophy Wife, among others.
Matt Cinquanta is a professional Film & Television Actor. Born and raised in Colorado, he is the youngest of three brothers and two sisters. His "j-o-b's" of the past include waiting tables, loading trucks, and a dive into private investigation before embarking on an acting career.
Matt brings his life experience into his acting, and with engaging authenticity. With additional skills stemming from professional football, high school coaching, motivational speaking, precision driving, piloting aircraft and stunt performing, he enjoys a diverse range as an actor. His debut performance occurred in 2004 with the role of Drako, in Slater Kane's psychological thriller, 'In The Dark', a supporting role that helped contribute to the film's cult following. Other highlights include the lead role as 'The Joker' in Megalomania Films' highly controversial 'Hollywood Joker', a recreation of the famous 'Magic Trick' scene from 'The Dark Knight' in which The Joker crashes a meeting of Hollywood power-hitters who are planning the recasting of The Joker role, and of course 'The Joker Returns', which shocked the IMDb community by securing the #1 Ranking in IMDb Popularity for Short Film Thrillers just one week prior to the 2011 Oscars, ahead of the Oscar-nominated short film,'The Confession'. More recently, Matt was a 2015 Telly Award Winner for the highly praised 'Panic Button' music video.
In addition to professional acting, Matt is familiar with the dedication, hard work, perseverance and discipline needed to succeed in any worthy endeavor and remains involved in schools of language, voice and ballroom dance. He plans to one day share the screen and the dance floor with Sofia Boutella, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez and Adriana Lima, among others. Other major interests include charity benefit endeavors, extreme physical fitness and conquering ALL fears. Matt is the founder of ClearoFear, an organization to soon inspire people of all ages to face and conquer their fears, and is the founder of The6Degrees, which will serve as the entertainment industry's private social network.
Eliza Swenson is an American film actress born in Quincy, California to parents Terry (a law enforcement officer) and Penelope (an education professor and administrator). She was born on July 28, 1982, the sixth of seven siblings and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Media and Sound Engineering from Brigham Young University. She was first known for her roles in horror films as well as the direct-to-video mockbusters produced by The Asylum before venturing on to produce, edit, co-write, and star in the theatrically released film Dorothy and the Witches of Oz. The multi-talented Swenson brought her sense of humor and comedic stylings to the Nickelodeon television series Drake & Josh. In addition to her acting ability, she has composed several film scores including the music from 'Dorothy and the Witches of Oz' available on iTunes. She writes for her Goth/Rock band The Divine Madness under the alias Victoria Mazze, whose music has found its way onto Showtime's The Tudors as well as the Japanese manga series Bizenghast.
Petite American character actress who was celebrated for her definitive portrayal of long-suffering Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", a part she played opposite Lee J. Cobb at the Morosco Theatre for 742 consecutive performances between 1949 and 1950. Mildred recreated her role for the screen the following year and was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress, critic Bosley Crowther describing her performance as 'simply superb'. Ironically, Dunnock had not been the first choice for the part for either Miller, or the director, Elia Kazan.
Mildred Dunnock first came to the realisation that she had the potential to perform in public when called upon to read in front of her assembled classmates at Western High School. She quickly discovered that, above all, she had 'a voice'. Her initial training was served at Agora, the dramatic society of Baltimore's Goucher College. After graduation she continued her studies at Columbia, completing a master's degree in theatre arts. She first appeared in college productions at John Hopkins University, her debut being a part in "Penelope" by W. Somerset Maugham in 1924. She had to wait another eight years before making her debut on Broadway in "Life Begins", at the same time earning a crust teaching at a private girl's school. The 1930's were a period of struggle and hardship for the actress and not until the following decade did she gain recognition for her performances in "King Richard II", "Foolish Notion" and "The Corn is Green". One of her biggest hits was as Lavinia Hubbard in Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest" (1946-47). Going from strength to strength, Mildred followed her triumph in 'Salesman' with a tour-de-force performance in the Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955-56), originating the role of 'Big Mama'.
Mildred absented herself from the theatre for several years to act in films. Near the beginning of her motion picture career, she was the frail old lady in a wheelchair (in real life she was in her forties) pushed down a flight of stairs by psychopathic killer Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark, in his screen debut) in Kiss of Death.
With her finely etched features and sad, all-knowing eyes, Mildred excelled in equal measure at playing eccentric spinster aunts, understanding wives and mothers, her slight frame belying a powerful, intense presence. In Elia Kazan's Baby Doll, she enacted the relatively small part of simple-minded, perpetually timorous Aunt Rose Comfort with such conviction, that she garnered her second Academy Award nomination (losing to Dorothy Malone for Written on the Wind). She then appeared as a compassionate teacher (her first real-life profession) in Peyton Place, as the exemplary Sister Margharita in The Nun's Story, and, against type, as Gig Young's glacial and avaricious mother in The Story on Page One. In this, Mildred demonstrated her versatility in a chilling portrayal of motherly domination and ostensible virtue turned to vice.
Dunnock's film roles in the 1960's included two films with Geraldine Page: Sweet Bird of Youth, as another gentle-mannered aunt, and What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?, as Page's housekeeper and eventual murder victim. As film roles diminished, she appeared on television and returned to stage work, particularly at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, acting in plays by Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill. In 1971, she received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance for her starring role in "A Place Without Doors" by Marguerite Duras. The much-respected actress spent her final years in relative seclusion at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and died there of age-related problems in July 1991. A teaching theatre at Goucher College is named in her honour.
Christina began her career as a teenager acting in such cult films as Suburbia, Boys next door and Dudes all directed by Penelope Spheeris.
She then went on to New York City and studied at Playwright's Horizons. Forming her own theatre Co. POW productions Christina wrote, produced and starred in From the Heart premiering at the Samuel Beckett Theatre along with several other off Broadway plays.
After writing, directing and acting in numerous Los Angeles theatre productions Christina wrote and starred in her first short film, Disco Man. Also starring Alan Gelfant (Next stop wonderland) and Annette Murphy (Star Maps). Then went on to make the black and white noir comedy, Blow Me, which screened in The New York underground, The Chicago underground and The Seattle underground film festivals.
Christina was one of the few women accepted into Fox Searchlight's new director's program, Fox Search lab where she directed, wrote and starred in the short film version of her feature film script, Slice which screened in Cannes.
The American Cinematheque screened her short, So hot for you in the Focus on Females directors program along with Miranda July, Sofia Coppola and Andrea Arnold's early work. Christina's The Ophelia project can be seen on Youtube and her short, Lone also starring Pat Healy screened at The Ballston Spa film festival, NY.
Christina is featured in Media Directions UK, Female Filmmaking Success issue and is also featured in Flaunt magazine's Big Picture column about her feature film debut, Perfection.
Slice the feature screenplay now titled, Perfection was one of five contenders for the IFP Best screenplay award and the project was a part of the IFP market, selected for the IFP rough cut labs in New York, winner of The Adrienne Shelly female directing grant and chosen to be IFP's "Spotlight Screening" of the year sponsored by Time Warner and SAG indie.
Christina won Best Actor and Best Narrative feature for Perfection at The Oxford film festival. Perfection also screened in the San Francisco International Women's film festival, the USA film festival in Dallas, Texas, The RIO cinema, London, The Quad Cinema, NYC and Laemmle's Santa Monica, Ca.
Christina's upcoming project, Expecting Grace is a dark romantic comedy that shoots in France and she is also in development for the macabre sex comedy, Dig Me shooting in Los Angeles.
Ryan Baumann is an American film and television actress who top-bills in the upcoming movie Warfighter, the "big little movie in search of an Oscar." On stage, Ryan performed at the Fremont Centre Theatre in a professional production of Bye Bye Birdie for an 8-show, October 2016 run, in the role of Penelope Ann. She was born Ryan Claire Baumann on October 31, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA. And with top-billed roles in her last 2 indie movies, 12 year old Ryan is busy creating a solid body of work. She is known for co-starring in Warfighter as the childhood soulmate of a Navy SEAL who repeatedly returns in his PTSD nightmares... a breakout role for Ryan, most of which she filmed in the semi-abandoned ghost town of Goldfield, Nevada. The movie also stars Jerry G. Angelo, Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Deadpool- 2016), Paul Logan, Jennifer Marshall, and Victoria Clare (In Search of Fellini- 2016), among others. Prior to that, Ryan starred as "Junior" (the son of Horse Hogg) in The Adventures of Horse Hogg, a funny, action-packed, parody film of '80s "tough guy" movies... the 4 above-title billed stars included Ryan and Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Deadpool- 2016). Ryan's first big break was starring, dancing, conversing with Soni Bringas (Fuller House- TV Series 2016) in the American Girl - Girl of the Year, national doll commercial as the blonde girl who resembles the 2014 doll, Isabelle. That led to being featured in the national commercial for the American Girl movie, Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight. In the fashion world, Ryan graced the cover of Institute Magazine (August 30, 2015) wearing a dramatic Alexandria Olivia designer dress from their Fall Couture 2015 Collection. Alexandria Olivia is a Chicago-based, children's couture label. Ryan wore more of that 2015 Collection in Babiekins Magazine (June 15, 2015, Volume 6, "Dollhouse Opera") and inside Institute Magazine ("Pierrot Theatre"). Ryan's career started very early. She was in her first commercial at 6 months old, cast as an infant boy in an Italian commercial for Mulino Bianco biscuits. She began modeling just before age 5 in 2009, when she was chosen as the ongoing "Matteo Girl" for their children's Bambino clothing line made in downtown Los Angeles. Then later, as a frequent child model, Ryan was featured on sidewalk billboards from Manhattan NYC to Santa Monica CA as the "face" of the American Apparel Kids line. Experimenting as a pop singer, Ryan has performed live on stage in 2016 at venues such as the CAP Studio Theater and Garden Pavilion Theater, where she let loose her own signature style of dancing. Ryan first delved into pop singing in October 2015, and is developing her first original song, "Dreamin' A Dream", to be recorded in 2017. In January 2016, Ryan worked with renowned director, Mark Pellington, filming a small principal role for a new version of the Ruth B music video for her song, "Lost Boy" (the #1 song on the USA iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart from January to September, 2016). Ryan does many accents and competes on the USTA Junior (top-level Open) tennis circuit, ranked 60th in California (405th in USA) for all 6th grade Girls by TennisRecruiting.net.
Dan Jones read music at Oxford University where he graduated with first class honours. He received the Ralph Vaughan Williams Electro-Acoustic Scholarship 1995 which he spent at the Centro Richerche Musicali in Rome. Having accumulated an extensive list of television and theatre credits since the mid-1990s, Dan has more recently emerged as one of Britain's most admired and sought-after film composers. His score for Max, Menno Meyjes' controversial first feature about the early years of Hitler, starring John Cusack and Noah Taylor, received the 2004 Ivor Novello Award for 'Best Score for a Feature Film'. Other film credits include Shadow of the Vampire, the inaugural feature from Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, and Francesca Joseph's Tomorrow La Scala! (BBC Films), which was selected for the Un-Certain Regard slot at Cannes 2002. His most recent film credit isthe Anglo-Spanish co-production Manolete, starring Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody. Dan's television drama credits include Dead Set, E4's high-profile horror drama based on Big Brother; the 6-part BBC series Strange and Pawel Pawlikowski's Twockers. He has worked on many distinguished documentary films, including two recent and much talked-about contributions by filmmaker Tom Roberts to WGBH Boston's Frontline series: In the Company of Soldiers and The Insurgency. In 2002 Dan was chosen with fellow composer Ben Salisbury to write the music for Sir David Attenborough's 10 x 1-hour BBC series The Life of Mammals - the score being recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dan works extensively in theatre, recent credits including A Midsummer Night's Dream for Dundee Rep (2006); Bath Theatre Royal's touring production of So Long Life by Peter Nichols; and Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Northcott, Exeter. He has composed for dance, including a commission from the Rambert Dance Company. Credits in the rock music world include the string arrangements for Alpha's second album, The Impossible Thrill, on the Virgin label, and a collaboration with Jarvis Cocker. In the last few years Dan has collaborated fruitfully with visual artists. In 2006 he was chosen as the composer for Listening Posts, a permanent installation at Cork harbour in Ireland, devised by the artists Daphne Wright and Johnny Hanrahan, which celebrates Irish emigrants. With the sculptor Luke Jerram he created Sky Orchestra, an idea that involves floating balloons across cities (Bristol 2003, Birmingham 2004 and Stratford-upon-Avon 2006/8), which broadcast serene music and sound-design composed by Dan from on-board speakers to the surprised (and entranced) citizens below.
Chuck Williams is an Actor/Producer/Director/Writer with over 50 Films and Television shows.
He has worked as an assistant director alongside such Hollywood heavyweights as James Cameron, Rob Cohen, Kathryn Bigelow, John Badham, Penelope Spheeris, Jonathan Kaplan, David Fincher, Jim Kouf and a host of others.
Mr. Williams soon moved into producing. His films include the Sundance Channel's Eddie Presley, the action/adventure DOUBLE BLAST for HBO, The Telling for Showtime, Up Against Amanda for Roger Corman, William Shatner's Groom Lake for the Syfy Channel that was shot in Tucson, AZ and surrounding areas, and Jeff Burr's critically acclaimed World War II movie Straight Into Darkness, released by Universal Studios.
Chuck also produced the first American Lucha Libre film Mil Mascaras vs The Aztec Mummy and Killer Pad directed by Robert Englund.
Chuck co-directed/produced the critically acclaimed shocumentary Halloween . The Happy Haunting Of America with friend Daniel Roebuck who also co-hosted the Halloween favorite with Bob Burns. The DVD features Robert Englund, Alice Cooper, Tom Savini, Doug Bradley, and Angus Scrimm.
Chuck has finally gotten back to his first love - acting. Most recently he appeared opposite of David Duchovny, Carla Gugino in Showtimes Californication Season 4 & 5 and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. He also co-starred with Bruce Campbell in Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep and The Carbon Copy with Jonathan Breck. Also Bryan Loves You with Tony Todd and George Wendt and Sundance's 2012 selection "John Dies At The End" with Paul Giamatti
Chuck has also performed lead roles in Groom Lake with Amy Acker, Syfi Channel's Soultaker, Bet's Up Against The Eight Ball, HBO's Double Blast with Linda Blair as well as countless other films and television shows, including CBS's The Young And The Restless.
Chuck appeared as the murderous title character in the cult horror film Dark Walker, a role which gave him the honor of being immortalized as two Halloween mask's, one which was also featured in the hit comedy Knocked Up.
Chuck was on The Girls Next Door Season 5 with Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, which aired on E Channel.
Mr. Williams is also involved with several charities and sits on several boards. He also travels around the world as a positive and influential speaker.
Mr. Williams continues to create. Whether it's producing, directing, writing or acting, Chuck has no intention of slowing down.
Denise Moreno was born in Madrid, Spain, to a renowned Spanish classical music producer and an American translator who had made Madrid her home. Denise grew up feeling equally comfortable both in European and North American cultures and considers both Spanish and English to be her "first languages".
While studying piano and ballet as a child, Denise discovered early on that she had a passion for acting and at age 12 began to attend acting classes.
At age 16, she was discovered by the top modeling agency in Spain, Traffic, and quickly signed by other international agencies including Ford in NYC and Storm in London. She became to appear in International fashion magazines,such as Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire and Jalouse.
In 2005, during her first summer working in Paris, Dior representatives taken by the singular beauty of her face offered her a contract for the DIOR cosmetics campaign of Spring/Summer 2006. Denise continues to model under the name Denise Sommers.
Her first break came through a role in Manolete (2008) the film starring Oscar nominated Penelope Cruz and Oscar winner Adrien Brody. The intimate scene with the two awarding winning actors served as Denise's entry into the world of celluloid.
Denise studied Acting at ESAD,(Academy of Dramatic Arts) in Madrid, and Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Bilingual in English and Spanish and fluent in french Denise has worked in international films and on stage in Spain, France, UK, Ireland, and in the U.S.
In Spring 2012 Denise made her debut on the London stage at Riverside Studios, performing in The Oresteia(2012)by Aeschylus directed by Anastasia Revi (TheatreLab Company). Revi went on to direct Denise in the lead role of Salome in Oscar Wilde's "Salome" receiving outstanding reviews on Denise's work and that of TheatreLab.
|Abigail Rose Cornell
Abigail Rose Cornell, born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Starting at a very young age Abigail often shared her love of acting with family and friends, resulting in Abigail being dubbed 'Sarah Bernhardt' by her grandmother. She officially began her acting career at age five when she joined Kids Unlimited Talent Agency. Abigail is known for her roles in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Sleepy Hollow, and My Name is Paul. When not in front of a camera Abigail, known to her friends and family as "Abbey", enjoys time with her dad, mom, older sister Emily, dog Maggie, cat Miss Pussykins, two horses Penelope and Coco, and bunny Miss Sqwinkles. Abigail received a First Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do at age seven, along with learning jiu jitsu. She's also proficient in activities such as downhill skiing, swimming, knee boarding , biking, inline skating, ice skating, and horseback riding.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Felker was discovered while attending university at 19 years old by a scout for the Ford Modeling agency. After brief success modeling he was seen in several music videos including Britney Spears' "Toxic," Fountains of Wayne's Stacy's mom with Rachel Hunter as well as various others. He took time away to write a feature film titled "Who Is Brad Lenz" about social networking sites. During the writing process he trademarked the "No Photo" symbol commonly seen on Myspace. A year after the completion of the screenplay, legendary director Penelope Spheeris attached herself to direct and produce the piece. Spheeris and Felker teamed up again when he was cast in her 2011 comedy titled "Balls to the Wall."
Alec Puro is an award winning Film and Television composer, studio musician and entrepreneur. He has created music for over forty films, thousands of hours of television programming and countless advertisements. Among other projects, Puro scores the hit one-hour scripted drama, The Fosters for ABC Family and recently collaborated with Linkin Park creating the score for the feature film MALL.
He began his career playing drums in studio sessions with the likes of Jackson Browne, Cher and Robby Krieger of The Doors. While attending California Institute of the Arts, Puro launched the band Deadsy with longtime friend Elijah Blue in 1996. The group's first album debuted at #99 on the Billboard Top 200 charts selling 20,000 copies in the first week and the band embarked upon a decade of world tours opening for bands such as Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots and playing to packed audiences at historic venues like Madison Square Garden.
During his time with Deadsy, Puro also began composing music independently as well as licensing to television shows such as Chicago Hope and NYPD Blue. Puro's first significant success as a composer came from the 2007 Sundance hit film The Good Night. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz, the film and its score received widespread praise from the likes of Steven Spielberg and Variety Magazine. Puro returned to Sundance in 2011 with two feature films making their debut; The Art of Getting By starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, and Higher Ground, the critically acclaimed directorial debut from Academy Award Nominee Vera Farmiga. Puro became a Sundance regular returning again in 2012 with his third invitation for scoring Jonathan Kasdan's The First Time. Since 2007, Puro has scored numerous films that have hit the festival circuit from SXSW to Cannes to the Tribeca Film Festival where his film Like Water won the "Best New Director" award in 2011 and his film Ashby starring Mickey Rourke, Emma Roberts and Nat Wolff made its debut in April 2015.
To support his creative endeavors, Puro founded Gramoscope Music in 2006, a full service music production company with an extensive and diverse music catalog for licensing in film and television.
David Valencia is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia. The school has been recognized by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the world's finest training grounds for performing arts. Other notable graduates include Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, Sam Worthington, to name but a few.
In 2016, David collaborated with Valene Kane on Conor Allyn's political thriller, EX-PATRIOT; and on Fernando León de Aranoa's ESCOBAR opposite Javier Bardem, Peter Sarsgaard and Penelope Cruz.
He has also co-starred in Elijah Wood's production of THE BOY, opposite David Morse and Rainn Wilson. THE BOY premiered in competition at SXSW Film Festival, and had a special engagement in Los Angeles at the iconic Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. Other festivals include the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, and Barcelona's Sitges Film Festival.
David has starred in Latin-American indies, MALOS DÍAS (Official Selection 2015 Warsaw International Film Festival; 2015 Bogotá International Film Festival; 2016 Panorama Kolumbien Berlin; 2017 Trieste Film Festival), and DETECTIVE MARAÑÓN - a comedy caper by powerhouse Dynamo Productions.
His stage credits include BLOOD WEDDING for Malthouse Theatre and, more recently, MORTIDO for Belvoir St Theatre and the State Theatre Company SA, for which he received great critical acclaim:
"The magic realism is centered around the symbolic image of the cock, the eerie, sexually dominant 'El Gallito' as played by David Valencia" - The Guardian
"David Valencia smolders as El Gallito" - Sydney Morning Herald
"El Gallito in MORTIDO is played by David Valencia, presenting a sinister, moody, remote and sadistic young man. Valencia gives a wonderfully edgy performance in the role that will not be easily forgotten." - Broadway World
He has been selected to engage in master classes with two-time Academy Award winner, Kevin Spacey; Triple Crown winner and Co-President of New York's Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn; and American acting coaches Larry Moss and Elizabeth Kemp.
He holds dual Australian and Colombian citizenships, has his US Green Card in place, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Christian Rodrigo is a Spanish Actor born in Barcelona, who is recognized internationally as a fresh, unique, creative, generous, passionate and extraordinary performer.
He is based in Los Angeles, specialized in acting on camera with experience in 10 feature films, around 40 short films, several TV-shows and in some theatrical independent plays.
He is a member of SAG-AFTRA (the biggest Actors Screen, TV and Radio Union in the US), the Professional Actors and Directors Association of Catalonia (AADPC) and also of the Cinema Academy of Catalonia.
Christian is a Member of The Actors Gang, an American Theater company which Tim Robbins is the artistic director. He has also been a member of the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory.
At a young age, he starred in a lot of school plays at Thau School. Thanks to his performance in the play "Carlota i la Dona de Neu", (when he was 16 years old) he was hired to become a member of the CC Sants Theater Company, a theater company based in Barcelona.
At 18, he started his studies in Business at the University, and at the age of 23 he got a Business and Administration Degree and an MBA from ESADE, one of the top European Business Universities with an exchange program at Goizueta Business School (Emory University, Atlanta). Then he started working on worldwide companies, such as Danone where he worked in the Marketing department, or Michael Page as a Headhunter. This experience allowed him to be involved in a lot of commercials and TV projects, working as a decision maker.
Then, due to his passion for acting, he came back to his origins and he studied Performing Arts at the Col.legi del Teatre de Barcelona, one the most well known Acting Schools in Barcelona. He was trained with some of the most talented teachers including the Russian theater director Boris Rotenstein (who studied with one of Stanislavski's students) and learned Stanislavski's technique for four years.
Education has been always very important for Christian, that's why after his studies at El Col.legi de Barcelona, he trained with some of the greatest international coaches such as Michelle Danner (Salma Hayek, Gerald Butler, Christian Slater, or Penélope Cruz coach, among others), Bob McAndrew (Raul Julia, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris Cooper, Christopher Walken, Tom Selleck, or Liza Minelli coach, among others), Juan Carlos Corazza (Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Sergio Peris-Mancheta teacher, and many other Spanish great actors), Javier Daulte, Helen Rowson, Alexandra Neil's, Manuel Carlos Lillo, Ragnar Freidank, and many other great professors.
He also took some Meisner Technique courses with an incredible actor and teacher, Javier Galito-Cava and his colleague Matthew Graham Smith. Thanks to Meisner Technique he evolved to a new step as a performer.
Some of the fear films he'll be involved, Calungsod (that will be shot in The Philippines), The key to Happiness (in Spain), or The Fallen Angel (between the US and Mexico), are some of the interesting projects he'll star in.
Among the feature films he has worked on, three of them were international co-productions between USA-Paraguay, Spain-USA and Spain-UK. Christianwas proud to have worked with actors such as Robert Pattison in "Little Ashes," directed by Paul Morrison, (Highest Award at Schermi d'Amore Italian Film Festival and Award at GLAAD Media Festival); "Trash," directed by Carles Torras, starring Oscar Jaenada (Oficial Selection in Malaga International Film Festival); "7.5 Steps," directed by Lalo Garcia, starring Ernesto Alterio (Award winner in the Malaga International Film Festival); "Stevie," directed by Bryan Goeres, starring Jordi Mollà and Catherine McCormarck; Danny Trejo in "No way out" "Violet" directed by Luiso Berdejo, screened at the International Film Festivals of San Sebastian and Sitges.
He starred and completed more than 40 short films, main lead roles in all of them. Among them are "Wings" directed by Jose Villalobos, screened in the most important Film Festivals all over the World, such as Tribeca, Austin, Nantucket, Malaga, and many more; "Behind the Door," directed by Jan Baca, which won the Golden Medal for the Best Short at UNICA Cinema Film Festival in 2006; "Ilusion" directed by Alexia Muinos, selected in more than 10 International Film Festivals around the world; "Water Moon" directed by Carles Reixach, Audience Award and Best in Cinematography at Girona's Film Festival in 2007; "The Last Dinner," directed by Javier Ideami (selected in several international film festivals); "El Refugio," directed by Albert Ribas, which won the special prize as Best Cameo Short and Best Cinematography at the 2009 Inexperto Film Festival (distributed in Spain); "My invisible Friend," directed by Pablo Larcuen, Best Narrative Short at the 2010 LA Film Festival ; "The Prize," directed by David Blanco, short that was shown for 3 months at the MACBA (The Barcelona Modern Museum).
In Television he appeared in several TV shows such as "El Cor de la Ciutat" (TV3 production), "My Adventure in Barcelona" (a China-Catalonia co-production) or "A fork in the Mediterranean" (Australian SBS Production). But the most notable was his collaboration with TVE (The Spanish Public TV) on its daily show "Los Lunnis", the most successful Puppet show ever done in Spain (sold all around the world with more than 500 chapters). He was a voice over actor of one of its main characters, an American Speaker teacher named Luke. He was also the lead role in the web series "Croma," directed by Victor Quintero and the new tv pilot "Zero" in a leading role. He is been the lead role in some TV pilots such as "Zero" or " Strangers" that are still waiting for a Green Light to be shot.
In Theater, besides his involvement as a Member at The Actors' Gang (Culver City, CA), with which he played Johansson in "The Ghost Sonata" directed by Brian T. Finney, he has been involved in many independent projects such as "Blak & Deker," directed by Roger Delmont (Film, TV and Theater director educated at the New York Film Academy); "I'll Tell you the Truth," a mix of monologues and poems from William Shakespeare, directed by prestigious Russian theatre director, Boris Rotenstein, who has directed also two more plays with him --- "Passions and Slides" and "Impossible Love"; "The Miser" and "El Cafe de la Marina," directed by Rafael Duran; and "Hysteria" (he was the assistant director to John Malkovich).
Hosting is one of his greatest skills. In Europe, he hosted important events, music concerts, premieres, with audiences between 300 to 20,000 attendees. Among them were "Batecs d'Esperanca Concert" (for Haiti victims), "Best AIJEC Entrepeneur Prize 2010", "Trash Premier Party", "Viceversa Editorial" and the "La Festa de la Llibertat concert". He is under negotiations to host a TV-Show for an International Network in 2014.
But he also has a great experience in two more fields. As a producer, thanks to his MBA, he's become a great Film and TV producer, with awarded films under his name. And as an Acting Coach, with his own Acting Studio, coaching dozens of actors every year.
Christian Rodrigo has worked also as a model on TV and print commercials (known by his International 2015 campaign for Dolce & Gabbana with Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey). He also worked as a children animator and has worked in summer camps as a Children Counselor for 15 years.
Marisa Miller was born in Santa Monica, California to actor/writer/producer, Mark Miller I and journalist Beatrice Ammidown (Miller). She is the sister of actress, Penelope Ann Miller, social worker, Savannah Miller, and the late music producer, Gabe Miller. She studied acting at Sarah Lawrence College and Wesleyan University. After college, she moved to New York City, where she worked in the theatre. Her early life was influenced by her father's career as a television and stage actor, as well as the many cultural icons her mother interviewed while working at the Los Angeles Times and Life Magazine. While her main acting film credits are for off-beat comedic roles, she has consistently remained active in classical theatre. In the past few years, starting with a story editing job with her father, she has been enlisted to adapt biographies for the screen and been commissioned to work with writing partners on both comedies and historical dramas . She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer and proprietor, Jonathan Berzer. They have one child.