Disney actress coming to library

Kailey Chaness Cross

Kailey Chaness Cross

By TREENA MIELKE

A nine-year-old movie star who performed in the Disney film, 16 Wishes, will visit the Rimbey Library later this month.

On April 16 the library will host Kailey Chaness Cross, formerly of Rimbey, who will show the movie she played in and provide autograph and photo opportunity sessions with patrons.

The free event, to begin at 6:30 p.m. is open to the public.

Cross, who began doing fashion shows and photo shoots in Red Deer at the age of four has steadily climbed the ladder of acting success.

“She really enjoys it,” said her mother, Shandra. “She doesn’t like to brag about it, but she is a natural. She has only gone to four auditions and landed three of them.”

Cross began acting classes when she was six years old after being selected in the top four following an audition in Edmonton for John Robert Powers.

She later auditioned in Los Angeles for directors, agencies and producers from all over the world. After winning the overall Best Scene Award, she was signed with MMG New York City and Toronto.

She has since played in a commercial for the Government of Canada and in one for the International Film Festival.

Last winter she was called to audition in Vancouver for Disney’s 16 Wishes with director Peter Deluise.

“We got the call a few days later with the news that Kailey booked the job playing eight-year-old Abby Jensen alongside Suite Life on Decks star Debby Ryan, who also played Abby Jensen.”

Filming for the movie took place in Langley, B.C. last January and February.

While in British Columbia, Danny and Shandra Cross and Kailey and her seven-year-old sister, Kaleya and her four-year-old brother, Coby were able to take in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Acting is fun for Cross, a Grade 4 student at J. S. McCormick School student in Lacombe.

“I get to meet celebrities and get my makeup and hair done. They dress you up and you get to have fun.”

Cross enjoys science and her sport of choice is ringette.

She is looking forward to coming to Rimbey Public Library and meeting some new people.