Monday, September 5, 2011

A Star is born...

Juliet and I have been so lucky with the wonderful staff we have found over the years. One of our very first employees is also a wonderful actress who after only two years in Los Angeles is on her way to becoming a regular face on the small and big screen. We are SO proud of Ana and wanted to share a little bit about her with you.

Born and raised in the midwest, Ana knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actor. Ana’s first amateur role was playing the understudy for Annie in the sequel Annie Warbucks at the Springfield Theater Center, in Springfield, Illinois when she was 10 yrs old. After completing 2 yrs of college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a theater performance major, Ana moved to LA to try to make it as a professional actor and began landing small roles in television series within the first few months of living on the west coast. Her big break came within two years when she landed one of the lead roles in a pilot for ABC Family from creator Brenda Hampton. Even though the pilot did not get picked up as a series, it has opened doors for Ana, and she can currently be seen in a recurring role playing Dylan in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

In Ana's words: "Of course none of this would be possible without the COOP! I started working here a month after I moved to LA and Lucinda, Juliet, and the rest of the COOP family have been essential to my success out here. They are my home away from home and I am eternally grateful to them for all of the love and support they continually pour out to me!!"

Ana's first episode for The Secret Life of the American Teenager is the Season 4 mid-season finale titled "And Circumstance" which airs on Monday (Labor Day!) September 5th. Continue to lookout for Secret Life's newest red-haired character in 2012 when Season 4 continues! Way to go Ana!

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