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Marin Snapshot: San Geronimo teen a star in the short film industry

June 27, 2014

By Megan Hansen, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif.



June 27--Take note, Hollywood: The next leading lady to delight audiences of all ages might be 13-year-old actress Roxy Howard of San Geronimo.

Howard, a tall strawberry blonde with a demeanor beyond her years, has starred in four short films in the past year and dreams of making a career out of her passion for acting. She has had leading roles in the films "Little Angel," "Madly," "I See You" and "The InBetween."

The Lagunitas Middle School graduate's friends have been most impressed by "The InBetween," which follows an orphan teenage girl on her first day at a new school. She must ultimately convince a fellow classmate not to shoot other students on campus.

The film, directed by Richard and Regina Valenica, won the audience choice award at the Walnut Creek International Film Festival, the best film award at the Aspiring Minds Film Festival and the audience choice award at the Collective at the Coppola Film Festival.

Howard's success has her family contemplating a move to the Los Angeles area.

Q: How did you get involved in acting?

A: I've been acting for a little over a year. I've always been passionate about the film industry since I was small. My friend took me to an acting class and the teacher asked about me. She coached me separately until she thought I was ready to audition, and then I started auditioning for lead roles.

Q: What has been your favorite filming experience so far?

A: I particularly liked being on the site of "The InBetween." It was the longest amount of days I've filmed on a set, which was six days. We all got really close while on set. I enjoy being around people who are interested in the same things I am.

Q: What is the weirdest or most awkward scene you've had to film?

A: For "The InBetween" there was a one-second scene where my character had to kiss her boyfriend and the actor was 21-years-old. I had to kiss him on the lips. It was so awkward. It was gross, actually.

Q: What scene has stuck with you the most?

A: Probably the scene from "The InBetween" when I was trying to talk to the character Marcus and tell him not to shoot up the school. It was a big, long crying dramatic monologue. I love acting out dramatic scenes.

Q: What is it like watching your movies at premieres?

A: I'm always like "Oh God, that's my face on screen." I wonder what the audience is thinking while they are watching me. It's still really awkward seeing your face so huge.

Q: What do you want to do in the future?

A: I've only done short films. I want to do feature-length films, but there aren't many here. I want to go to Los Angeles to do feature-length films eventually. I also want to get an agent. I'd like to play a female assassin character or even a superhero. I usually like dramatic characters.

Q: How can people keep apprised of what you are doing?

A: People can visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/roxyjanehoward.

Follow Megan Hansen's blog at http://blogs.marinij.com/bureaucratsandbaking.

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