Five-year-old Carrington Manous has what it takes to get your attention, on and off the camera. The bubbly Snellville resident plays a children’s role in “Blended”, a new romantic comedy set to open in theaters across the nation this weekend. The PG-13 movie stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore along with an ensemble cast.
Carrington’s mom said her daughter was selected for the role after the child’s agent submitted headshots to casting agents for the film which was shot at Lake Lanier during last summer.
“My favorite part about acting is getting my hair done,” said the little chatterbox who enjoys singing, dancing and playing.
“She’s super smart. She’s not just cute and all personality, she is excelling in everything,” said Carrington’s mother, Shaunte Manous. Her mother said the soon-to- be first grader at The Galloway School enjoys reading and math too.
Carrington recently played “Annie” for a school performance and has done commercials and print work, but this is her first time on film.
Mrs. Manous said that Carrington enjoyed filming for the movie.
“There was a scene with animals and she had to pick up a pig which tinkled on her and she had to scream, ‘ew!’ so she kept repeating ‘ew’.”
Carrington’s mother, who is a realtor and her father Kenneth, who is an investment banker said they will support their only child’s acting career as long as it’s something she enjoys doing.
Although parents were not permitted on set to prevent distractions, mom said she still feels very protective of her daughter.
“I know that this is something she is going to continue to do, so I have to be flexible,” said Mrs. Manous. “That protective side of me is going to be there because I’m her mom.”
It was Carrington’s charming personality that got Sandler to add in additional scenes for the child to have more speaking parts.
“She likes being the center of attention and is good about finding something to do with idle time,” said Mrs. Manous. “They were waiting for a while to do another scene and she started entertaining herself in turn entertaining them and he (Adam Sandler) approached us and asked if we would be willing to do additional filming.
The budding star, who turns 6 in July, already has a full summer calendar including a ballet recital and other performances and hopes to audition for “The Hunger Games”.