LOS ANGELES CAST

ANNIE TEDESCO

Annie grew up in Kansas, that's right, the heartland. Her stage debut was at the age of three when she started performing with the Lawrence School of Ballet. She gracefully leapt over piles of jeans gathered in the center of the floor and walked on tippy toes for the world to see. However, with a Professor of Theater for a father and a mother with a PhD in Film, Annie was bound to become an actor. She spent her adolescence and early adulthood gracing various public school and community theatre stages with her blossoming ability and learning all she could about her new obsession: acting.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Psychology and an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience, Annie followed in her parents' footsteps of living a life in the arts. She hit the open road with a national touring children's theatre company and landed in Los Angeles. While in town, she auditioned her way into the Groundlings and decided to hop off the tour and into the big city.

Annie's career has continued to grow in Hollywood. She has appeared in over thirty national TV commercials and print ads and has become one of the voices for the CW Network. She has also appeared on various TV shows including DexterHarry's Law, Love BitesCriminal Minds, Suspect Behavior, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and How to Get Away with Murder.

Annie stays loyal to her theatrical roots. She's a member of Theatre Tribe, a prominent Los Angeles theater group, where she has starred in original works by local and known playwrights. She's also used her powers on the stage preforming stand-up and improv comedy at local venues such as The Improv, The Comedy Store and The Ice House.

When she's not acting, Annie reads… A LOT and makes attempts at being a good LA local by doing pilates and juicing. She also drives a Prius with a yoga mat in it. She has spent time in Northern Uganda helping refugees and started her own, fledgling charity group, Good Fridays.

CHAD OLSON

Chad Christopher Olson is an American model and actor. Chad has appeared in dozens of national of print ads and multiple national commercials for companies such a Sony, Samsung, Kohl's, and Sleep Number, to name a few.

Chad received critical praise and attention for his portrayal on the hit web series, Steam Room Stories. He has appeared in the films 3 Ways to SundayThe Devil and Ambrose Bierce, and No Strings Attached. Additionally, Chad has appeared on television in such shows as DesireEntourage, and on ID Discovery's, Wives with Knives, and I Almost Got Away with It

KIMLEIGH SMITH

Kimleigh Smith is an actress, best-selling author, internationally acclaimed multi-award winning solo performer & sex positive sexual assault awareness speaker, Founder of the Embrace Your Cape Philosophy, singer, dancer, creator, director, producer, superhero, Queen, life transformer, life coach & life-long cheerleader.

Kimleigh spent the first 10 years of her life in Japan, which still holds a special place in her heart. After Japan it was off to Leavenworth, Kansas. She attended Emporia State University, became Miss Emporia, and received a BS in Psychology. 

Despite her academic success, Kimleigh always dreamed of being a dancer and after graduation she moved to Chicago where she danced at several prestigious Chicago dance companies including Gus Giordano Dance and Joel Hall Dance. On a dare, Kimleigh auditioned for a play. She got the part and never looked back.

Kimleigh has graced the stages of Chicago’s most renowned theaters: The Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and The Steppenwolf Theatre, where she performed in A Clockwork Orange, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, and Puddn’Head Wilson, to name a few. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she had the pleasure of reprising her role in Puddn’Head Wilson at Garry Marshall’s, Falcon Theatre. This production was honored with a LA Weekly Theatre Award. Garry Marshall fell in love with Kimleigh and cast her in her first major motion picture, The Princess Diaries. Thanks to Garry, her career began to thrive.

She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA & AEA. Some of her television credits include Criminal MindsScandalCastleBones, The Mentalist, Parenthood, Key and PeeleLaw and Order:LA, and Heroes. Kimleigh has written and continues to perform her Internationally Acclaimed Multi-Award Winning solo show, T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! She is grateful that her career is always flourishing in theatre, commercials, television, and film. Make sure to watch Kimleigh strut her stuff as the scene stealing Marzipan in Jason Bateman’s film, Bad Words.

ADONI MAROPIS

Adoni has been blessed with the opportunity to play many diverse and memorable acting roles, such as: the lead villain, Fayed, in Season 6 of the Fox critically acclaimed hit series 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, the flamboyant evil sorcerer, Quan Chi, in the TV show Mortal Kombat Conquest, the regal falcon-man, Sakr, in the feature film Hidalgo with Viggo Mortensen, and the sarcastic undercover cop in the feature film The Gristle.  Adoni, also, had strong supporting roles in the features: The Scorpion KingBad Company, Alfie, and Troy... along with many other movies as well as Guest Starring and recurring roles on TV.  

Being an exceptional all-around athlete at Burgettstown High School, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it appeared Adoni would pursue a professional career in some sport.  Turning down various athletic scholarships, he enrolled at Robert Morris College then transferred to West Virginia University (WVU) and graduated magna cum laude with a BSBA degree (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration).

But, from years of being entertained by Adoni's impromptu comedic performances and impersonations which began when he was a small child, his father, Petro, told him that the suit and tie of the business world would probably choke him to death and encouraged Adoni to give acting a shot.  Surprised, yet intrigued at this suggestion, Adoni enrolled at a performing arts school, Point Park College (now a University), in Pittsburgh and studied acting, dialects, singing, and a bit of dance... and performed many stage productions at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.  Adoni then, of course, took off for Hollywood.

Throughout high school and college, Adoni won numerous athletic awards which involved everything from strength, speed, quickness, and finesse.  The list includes: tennis, basketball, baseball, football, weightlifting, arm-wrestling, fitness, and his favorite pastime which is table tennis (ping pong).

Strange as it may seem, Adoni became the 2011 National Champion and 2013 US OPEN Champion in Hardbat Table Tennis... or what he prefers to call "Ping Pong"  (no sponge allowed on racket-- "old school" style).  He also is a U.S. Open Champion in Sandpaper Ping Pong-- both International and LIHA (Filipino style)-- and represented the United States at the World Championships of Ping Pong in England in 2013 and 2014.  Adoni only started competing in tournaments in 2008 at the age of 45.  He brought Ping Pong back into his life after 25 years because he felt he needed to bring some joy into his life after a few stale years in acting.  He simply began hitting with a few friends for fun to relieve the stresses of life.  This was, of course, two weeks before Adoni landed the incredible role of Fayed on 
24

Although, Adoni has been blessed with creative and athletic talent, what truly makes Adoni stand out is that he is a Type 1 Diabetic and has been since he was 18 months old.  His parents were told he would be weak, sick, and in and out of hospitals throughout his life.  Ultimately, a renowned diabetic specialist told his father that most likely Adoni would be dead by the age of 25.  Of course, Adoni has long past the age of 25, and he credits 3 things for his success in life:  Love, Laughter, and Fitness!  Adoni has been on an incredible journey that continues on.  In Adoni's own words, "Upward... Onward..."

EASTON ALEXEYEV

Easton Alexeeff was born in Columbus, Ohio to Paul and Debbie Alexeeff. She has one older brother named Percy, and has Italian, Russian, and Irish ancestry. Before moving to Los Angeles, she was a National Radio DJ and Web TV Host. Throughout school she held leading roles in several theatre and musical theatre productions. In the summer of 2014, she auditioned for Deliver Us, an independent film directed by Tyler Mason, and acquired her first lead role in a film.

 

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Easton has worked on several television shows including Masters of Sex, 2 Broke Girls, Aquarius, CW’s Supergirl, and NBC’s This is Us.

 

Easton has since appeared in multiple independent films including To Feel HumanEvil Master (2016), an AFI production directed by Drew Boylan, and Virtually Yours (2018), an LGBT conscious sci-fi/drama directed by Andrea Lithner.

AUSTIN RISING

Austin Rising is an award-winning narrator, actor and producer. Hailing from Texas, Austin received his BFA in acting from The University of Denver and has trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the South Coast Repertory Theater, and most recently with Howard Fine. 

 

Austin has appeared in several films including, Brotherhood, New York Prison Break: The Story of Joyce Mitchel, and Hostiles with Christian Bale. He’s been seen on television in such shows as In Plain Sight, The Night Shift, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Longmire.

 

Additionally, Austin has given voice to numerous audiobooks including the popular Overworld Chronicles series. 

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