There are some fresh faces that hit the screen in the new release "Girl in Progress." The film stars Eva Mendes as a ditzy single mom with a whip-smart daughter named Ansiedad, played by Cierra Ramirez. In the movie, Ansiedad makes a plan to kick-her life into adulthood with the help of her best friend (and a couple of cute boys). Here's a look at the flick's young stars.
It was an acting competition that first brought Ramirez to Los Angeles from Houston. Not long after that she started her professional acting career just six years ago with a part on "CSI: Miami." She followed that up with turns on series like "All In," "Zoey 101," and "Desperate Housewives." But it was her recurring role as Jasmine on "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" that still gets her recognized to this day. If she keeps landing parts in movies like "Girl in Progress," she'll have fans approaching her about bigger parts soon enough.
Twenty-year-old Landon Liboiron has come a long way from the farming community of Jenner, Alberta, Canada. Not only has he been working steadily on TV shows like "Wild Roses," but he was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for "Degrassi: The Next Generation" in 2010. Liboiron's fans will be excited to hear that he's in pre-production on a new series that will stream on Netflix. He'll play werewolf Peter Rumancek in "Hemlock Grove."
Another Texas native, Raini Rodriguez grew up in College Station, where her family Rodriguez Tire Service. But when she and her young brother Rico decided they wanted to pursue acting careers, their mom brought them out to Los Angeles. Rico and Raini both started to book gigs, but he became the bigger name when he was cast as Manny Delgado in the Emmy-winning sitcom "Modern Family." But don't worry about Raini, she might not be a staple on the red carpet like her sibling, but she has a series of her own. The 18-year-old is a regular on "Austin & Ally," which returns to the Disney Channel for its second season this summer.
He may only be billed as the Bad Boy in "Gir in Progress," but at just 19 years old, he's a seasoned pro. The Robert Pattinson look-a-like has been a series regular on "Tower Prep," "The Killing" and "Continuum." He'll be seen in the TV movie "The Wishing Tree" this coming November and his feature film "Rufus" is due out later this year. Plus he's got a sense of humor. According to his Twitter page he has one mission, "Trying to bring back the phrase 'I'm hip to that whole scene.'"
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