DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (WLOX) - A South Mississippi six-year-old is getting a head start on her career.
Before this movie, Addison Ross of Diamondhead starred in the TV series Southern Gothic, then a YouTube movie, but now she’s in film that will be on big screens come January.
Addison was chosen out of nearly 1,000 submissions to star in the film Goodbye Butterfly. She and her mom Gretchen Ross traveled to North Carolina last year to shoot the film. The talented six-year-old plays the daughter of the main character and spent just two days on set which required her to rehearse her lines back home.
“So basically I die in the first part and we don’t know who did it and the person that did it,” explains Addison.
Gretchen said her daughter has always had the personality to entertain. Both mother and daughter say the precocious child has her grandmother’s big personality.
Gretchen said Addison never turns down center stage in a room so she knew acting classes would be perfect for her.
“She’s on Actor’s Access so when something fits your profile you can submit for it,” said Gretchen. “They emailed back a couple days back and said the producer wanted to re-tape it and pull it back and just gave us a few pointers. So we re-taped and sent it again.”
And one scene - the one where Addison’s character dies - was hard on the child’s family.
“When they were filming it, it looked a lot different in person than it does on the cameras and they told me don’t look at the cameras,” said Gretchen.
Addison added “Well, the blood, eww it was slimy and it got in my mouth. It was edible though.”
Addison can only watch her scenes because it’s not a film for children but she says it makes her day knowing others will see her face on big screens.
Goodbye Butterfly releases January 15, 2021. According to IMDB, the movie centers around a loving family family who - after his daughter is murdered - becomes convinced that the oddball down the street is guilty.