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Friday, February 10, 2012

Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller: Talents to watch for in "The Descendants"

February 10, 2012


Innately talented young actors Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller shine brightly on their own footing in “The Descendants” opposite George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne.

Shailene Woodley who appears with George Clooney in “The Descendants” has recently won the Spotlight Award in the recently concluded Hollywood Film Festival. Based on Kaui Hart Hemmings’ acclaimed debut novel, “The Descendants” sees Matt King (George Clooney), a husband and father of two girls, who must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his relationship with his daughters - 10 year-old precocious Scottie (Amara Miller) and rebellious 17 year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) - while wrestling with a decision to sell his family’s land.

Finding two young actresses who were capable of holding their own against Clooney in the roles of his two willful and defiant daughters Alexandra and Scottie, who resent Matt for never having been an involved parent until now is key to the film’s emotional core. For Alexandra, director Payne ultimately chose Shailene Woodley, best known for the television series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

To find a young actress who could handle the humor and heartache of playing a pre-adolescent eccentric, Payne encountered Amara Miller, a promising nine year-old newcomer from Pacific Grove, California. He received an e-mail with her videotaped audition and recalls that “about a minute into it I just said, ‘oh that’s her.’ I don’t need to see her. I knew that she was the one. I just knew she would show up. And like many things in life, she did, but in the most unpredictable way.”

“The Descendants” opens in cinemas on February 15 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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