Television role for Stateline teenager
Becca Gardner, the 15-year-old Stateline resident fresh off her acclaimed appearance in “An Unfinished Life,” is worried about how people will take her next role.
Scheduled for a 10 p.m. airing on Sunday the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” will have a guest appearance by Gardner in a character unlike her past portrayals.
“She’s nervous for people to see it,” said her mother, Kelly Gardner. “She just hopes people remember it’s acting.”
Kelly said her daughter will play a person uncomfortable in her body during the Golden Globe-nominated ABC drama about surgical interns at a fictional hospital in Seattle.
Becca had previous television experience with a guest appearance on ABC’s legal drama “The Practice” a few years ago.
Asked if she prefers acting in television or movies, the teenager was noncommittal.
“I actually love both, but I think being a guest star on (television) shows is good, too, because you get a taste in between movies,” Becca said.
She spent two weeks working on her guest television appearance. A bright spot, according to Becca and her mother, was the opportunity to loop, or record, her sound at a facility in Meyers.
The Gardner family traveled to New York City for the 2005 fall premiere of “An Unfinished Life,” in which Becca starred beside such notables as Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman. After the East Coast premiere, she showed up to Wallace Theaters for a South Shore premiere complete with a lime-green carpet, her favorite color.
“The best premiere was in Tahoe, by far,” Becca said. “It was so cool. It makes me feel good that people care. I didn’t really expect that much.”
Despite reviewers such as Richard Roeper praising her role in “An Unfinished Life,” Becca said she ignores the outside comments. The reviews that really mean something to her come from family and friends.
“I don’t want to get caught up in it and I don’t need to know what people are thinking of it,” she said. “As long as my family and the people who I love are satisfied, I don’t care what other people think.”
She is perturbed by the rave reviews and award nominations given to “Brokeback Mountain,” a movie she feels is similar to “An Unfinished Life” because of its location in remote country.
“Timing is everything,” she said. “It’s so weird because that’s a Western movie type – I guess, I haven’t seen it – but it coming out now has much better publicity than it coming out in September.”
With the Golden Globes and Oscars around the corner, Becca said she hopes her newfound friends from “Grey’s Anatomy” will garner the wins in their respective categories at the Golden Globes. Regarding Oscar winners, she did enjoy what she saw of “Walk the Line,” the silver screen’s biography of the late singer Johnny Cash portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix.
She also liked “Crash,” a movie centering on several intertwined lives in Los Angeles, because her favorite actress, Sandra Bullock, has a role.
Finished with school for the week, Becca was waiting for a script to arrive Friday. She has done a couple of auditions after her movie appearance but remains focused on school work at Whittell High School and learning to drive, which, by the sound of it, is a tougher endeavor than acting beside Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman.
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