Chance audition leads to speaking role in indie movie
December 7, 2015
Cassidy Thornton used her senior photo for her resume shot.

Cassidy Thornton used her senior photo for her resume shot.

It’s taken A Year and Change for Cassidy Thornton’s first speaking role in a movie to hit the market, and she is hoping that it won’t be the last.

Thornton ’12 has a small role in the movie A Year and Change, which is now available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon. She plays the character Kimmy, an underage girl who is given liquor by the main character Kenny (played by T.R. Knight from Grey’s Anatomy). She ends up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning and accuses Kenny of sexually assaulting her. This begins Kenny’s downward spiral and the audience sees his decline throughout the movie.

Thornton heard about the role through a friend. The filming was being done in Rockville, Md., in 2013, near Thornton’s home in Washington, D.C.

“The casting directors had posted a breakdown on a local-casting website and were searching for a girl who could work locally,” she said via email. “I sent in a headshot and resume (more like my senior photo and a blank sheet of paper) and heard back within a couple of days.

I even had my own dressing room, which was totally unnecessary, but very cool.

“I submitted an audition, which I filmed with my mom in our basement, and they asked for my availability three weeks later. A day after that, the casting office offered me the part,” she added. “It all moved very quickly and was completely random/out of the blue. I later learned that I was up against a couple hundred self-tapes so I felt very lucky and blessed that I was chosen.”

She was on location for two days. “I even had my own dressing room, which was totally unnecessary, but very cool.”

Thornton is finishing up at Fordham University and is majoring in communications (public relations) and film. Her minor is marketing. But she’s not done with acting. She has another screen credit as The Flirty Girl in The Preppie Connection, a 2015 movie that played at a few film festivals in October. She was also an uncredited attendee in the 2014 Debate episode of the HBO series Veep, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

“After the film, I signed with a talent agency in NYC. I was auditioning like crazy for a good couple of months, but decided that I needed to devote more time to finishing my degree,” she wrote. “So, as my college career winds down, I anticipate that I will get back into the swing of auditioning.

“We shall see what happens, but I’m definitely open to it.”

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