Lorena Downing: Kelly Marchand

Sometimes you search and search for an actor that matches the character in your mind’s eye. It’s similar to online dating: you put your info out there and what comes back almost always forces you to rethink your original standards. Then other times, you go poking around the Interweb, spot a “follower” photo about the size of a postage stamp at the foot of a website, trace it back to another website, click on an acting reel, and come face-to-face with a perfect match. Bonus points if you instantly become a fan. Double bonus points if your perfect match reads the script and doesn’t laugh at you.

Put a check next to scenario #2 for Kelly, a super talent who’s been kind enough to stay this side of mega-stardom long enough for me to turn her head for a role.

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