Meredith is off to Romania to film ‘Abused in America.’ This Hopkinton High School cheerleader got noticed making a video and hopes this new role will further her career.
School: Hopkinton High School
Accomplishment: After several years of pounding the pavement and going on auditions, Meredith Prunty has scored the role of Valerie in the major motion picture, Abuse in America, which is based on real stories of child abuse. She will be leaving in days to begin shooting in the Romanian city of Brasov.
“I’m so excited about the opportunity,” said Prunty. “It’s perfect as well because I prefer more serious roles, although I’m obviously taking whatever comes at me now.”
Key to Awesomeness: Throughout her burgeoning acting career, Prunty has been inspired by her grandmother, Donna, a former psych nurse who began going on acting auditions after retiring in her 70s. Donna has since gone on to score a Screen Actors Guild card by appearing as an extra in movies including Pink Panther 2 and Real Men Cry.
“Both she and my mom have been so incredibly supportive throughout this,” said Prunty. “If I ever have a question about a role or anything else, they’re happy to help out. I couldn’t have done this without them.”
Prunty’s role in Abused came largely in part through her starring role in Michael and Marisa’s anti-bullying music video, The Same.
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Initially on set as an extra for the day, Michael convinced the director to have Meredith take on the role of a student who is bullied. The video has since gone on to appear on CNN and Yahoo!Kids, and even reached as far as
“The success of the video was totally unexpected for me,” Meredith said. “I was expecting some hits on YouTube, but certainly not for it to go global. A lot of people have recognized me because of that video.”
Prunty is also an active participant on the varsity cheerleading team at Hopkinton High, having taken part in the state championships earlier in March.
“I come from a gymnastics program and already had the tumbling down, but cheerleading is way more fun for me because there’s a whole support system involved,” Prunty said. “Between cheerleading and acting, that’s pretty much my life at this point.”