The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 19, 2013

Woman sews up role in TV movie

Kelly Urban

JOHNSTOWN — Melanie Rossi is stretching her acting chops.

The Johnstown woman was cast as an Italian seamstress in the ABC Family movie “Lovestruck: The Musical,” which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Rossi works with Terri Berceli of TB Ta­lent & Casting Agency in Pittsburgh, who peri­odically sends emails to clients about parts for movies being shot in the Pittsburgh area.

“It said they were looking for an Italian seamstress. I’m not Italian, but I am a seamstress,” Rossi said. “I sent along my picture and information on a whim, and I got a call the next day telling me to be in Pittsburgh for a casting call.”

The movie was shot in October 2011. It tells the story of a mother whose daughter is about to get married, much to the mother’s chagrin. In the mist of preparing for the wedding, the mother drinks an elixir that turns her into a younger version of herself. She befriends her daughter, who has no clue who she is, and the two become friends. The mother sets out to reverse the damage she’s done to her daughter’s relationship before it’s too late.

The film stars Chelsea Kane, Jane Seymour, Tom Wopat and Sara Paxton.

Rossi’s nonspeaking role comes during the bride’s final wedding dress fitting.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” Rossi said. “I went with the flow.”

She was on set for a day, and the filming lasted about 12 hours.

“I’ve never been on a movie set before, so it was interesting to see how they changed lighting and how you’d do a couple takes one way, take a mini break and then shoot from a different angle,” Rossi said. “Everyone was very friendly and I’d absolutely do it again.”

Rossi was an extra in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and can been seen in an upcoming Channing Tatum film, as yet untitled. Both were shot in Pittsburgh.


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