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The Way Way Back Trailer is out and you can spot me just about everywhere in it including the picture of me with my pink and white bag (pictured below). I spent 7 days having fun playing at the water park and on the beach – best job ever! The food was great on the set (Thanks to Mike’s caterers) and I know the movie will be a big hit. Here is the official write-up of this movie:
“THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.”
Since I am an anti-bullying advocate it is particularly interesting to me because Duncan is being bullied by his mother’s boyfriend. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds.
As most of you know – I have been an anti-bully advocate ever since I starred in Michael and Marissa’s anti-bullying music video “The Same” 3 years ago. That video has appeared virtually everywhere including Yahoo!kids, PBSGoKids! and hundreds of other sites. In addition to that video – I have experienced bullying first hand and know how very painful it is. Because people know that I am an anti-bullying advocate, I am frequently asked to do speeches which – time permitting – I always jump at as I feel it is important to get the message out that bullying should not be tolerated. People always asked if I ever get nervous when I talk to large crowds and I and the truth is – I don’t have the luxury of being nervous because my message is so important. So doing anti-bullying speeches is exactly how I ended up on a MTV Made episode. I was in New Jersey at the East Coast National Beauty Pageant over the summer and one of the contestants (Maeve Gallagher) was being filmed for an MTV Made episode. She wanted to be made into a beauty queen in order to raise awareness on domestic violence. Maeve did a very emotional tear jerking performance for her talent portion (all contestants have a platform) which touched me in a way that is hard to describe. She had a friend Karissa who she lost due to domestic violence and by entering the contest – she was raising awareness. I had a chance to meet with Maeve and discuss the subject and we really connected. MTV was stealth and I didn’t realize I was being filmed until after. I am actually really glad that it was caught on film because MTV has a large audience as well as many connections. Hopefully it will help spread the word that bullying (which goes hand in hand with domestic violence) is not in any way acceptable. We all need to do our part to stop it and standing on the sidelines is not what is going to make a difference. I hope that everyone watches this episode and understands the powerful message behind it. Click on the picture of Maeve to post a message on the “Made” Facebook page telling them that you want to see more Made episodes like this. Tell them Meredith Prunty sent you and maybe they will do an episode on me next so I can continue my anti-bully rally. Please tune into MTV Made on October 18th at PM to watch. Bring your tissues – it’s going to be emotional.
I recently had the honor of being interviewed for an article by reporter Ken Murray. I really appreciate the opportunity to get the anti-bullying word out and love all of my fans for making it the most shared* article on Mr. Murray’s Examiner series “Local Talent Showcase”. The article also talks about my busy summer on the movie sets that are being filmed around the Boston area. Click on my picture and it will link you to the article.
*Shared on Facebook 430 plus as of Aug. 5, 2012
On Sunday, I had the most exciting day ever! I went with my Nanna (Donna Glee Reim), Mom and Auntie Mo to the NOH8 campaign at the WBoston Hotel in Boston. I was surrounded by wonderful caring people and felt such positive energy. I am a strong anti-bully advocate and very outspoken that teens can stop other teens from bullying so when I was asked to be interviewed on camera by Megan Mitchell (www.themeganmitchell.com) I was happy to share my views. My Nanna was the hit of the day though with her beautiful red hat and happy personality. She has been an outspoken advocate of all human rights since as long as I can remember. Guess that’s where I get it from. :). Here are the official pictures along with a fun video from the event. Enjoy!
Here is a little bit about the NOH8 Campaign (I copied this from their official website ( www.noh8campaign.com) .
On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.
The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
Two years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 8,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.
The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, appearing on various local and national news programs and publications. The images are currently being used on various social networking sites to spread the message of equality, predominantly Facebook and Twitter. Eventually the images are expected to be compiled for a large-scale media campaign.
The NOH8 Campaign is an approved 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.
NOH8 Boston The NOH8 logo is a registered trademark of the NOH8 CampaignCopyright © 2010 NOH8 Campaign. All rights reserved.