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Tessa Ludwick
Born October 5, 1988 (1988-10-05) (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
Other name(s) Tess, Tessy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
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Tessa Ludwick (born October 5, 1988) is a Korean American actress from Apollo Beach, Florida who began acting at age five, when she held a lead role in Allegra's Window, a Nick Jr. children's television program show taped at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. When filming on Allegra's Window ended in May 1996, seven-year-old Ludwick went from Allegra's Window to a lead role in Big Bag, a live action television puppet program for preschoolers on the Cartoon Network. At 8, she landed the role of Kate, an orphan girl in the touring Broadway musical Annie, the 20th Anniversary. For the next eight months, she toured the United States and Canada with the musical, during which time Ludwick gave eight performances per week.

In 2003, Ludwick appeared as the character Yumi in thirteen, an autobiographical drama film based on American film actress Nikki Reed's experiences as a 12 and 13-year-old girl. In 2004, Ludwick appeared on Movie Surfers, a Disney Channel mini-show where four teenagers go behind the scenes to report on Walt Disney-related films. Three years later in June 2007, Ludwick began work on Teen Witch The Musical, a stage musical based on the 1989 fantasy-comedy film Teen Witch.

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Early career

Tessa Ludwick was born October 5, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.[1][2] Five months later, Ludwick was adopted by Marc and Karen Ludwick of Apollo Beach, Florida and became sister to then six-year-old brother and actor, Brian Ludwick.[2][3] Ludwick's career began at age two and a half when Ludwick saw a television advertisement about modeling and begged her mother to call the number.[3] Her modeling led to acting roles.[3]

In the summer of 1994 at age five, Ludwick spent time reading books but took time off to go to Six Flags Over Georgia,[4] a 230-acre theme park located west of Atlanta, in Austell. In September of that year, Ludwick attended the first grade at Apollo Beach Elementary.[4] While attending Apollo Beach Elementary, Ludwick held a lead role in Allegra's Window,[3] a children's television program shown taped at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and shown on U.S. television programming block Nick Jr.

When filming on Allegra's Window ended in May 1996, seven-year-old Ludwick seamlessly went from a lead role in Allegra's Window to a lead role in Big Bag,[3][5] a live action television puppet program for preschoolers that was produced by Sesame Workshop and aired from 1996 to 1998 on the Cartoon Network. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune noted that her child actor performance in Big Bag showed her ability to "repeat [her] lines with the same precocious pep as [she] did on the first five takes" as well as doing an "admirable job ignoring the four cameramen."[5]

Television, Broadway, and film

Ludwick was drawn away in 1997 from Big Bag to act in the role of Kate in Annie, the 20th Anniversary,[3] the Broadway musical on tour revival of the 1977 Broadway theatre production of Annie. [6] The Annie, the 20th Anniversary tour spanned the United States and Canada from October 1997 through June 1998,[3] during which time Ludwick gave eight performances per week.[3] The Buffalo News noted that her November 1997 performance as the orphan girl Kate at Buffalo, New York's Shea's Performing Arts Center crafted a personality for the character whose "naturalness [far exceeded] that of the original Broadway cast."[6] In addition, the St Petersburg Times stated that her January 1998 performance as Kate at the The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center was "wonderful."[7] Characterized at that time as "bright, bubbly and [bringing] a sparkle wherever she goes," Ludwick additionally made the honor roll in Hillsborough County's program for gifted students in 1998.[3] A year later, Ludwick became a spokesperson for Kids with a Cause,[8] a youth organization based in California dedicated to improving the quality of life of children who suffer from poverty, lack of education, or health-related issues.

In 2001, Ludwick began attending seventh grade at Arroyo Seco Junior High School,[2] a public junior high school in Saugus, California. During that summer, Ludwick and her mother traveled with 40 Santa Clarita Valley adults and teens to Kyongju, South Korea as instructors for the international English immersion camp program "Family to Family."[2] Ludwick saw the trip as a good opportunity to learn some Korean and her mother Karen felt that "the temptation of living with the people and absorbing their culture was too rich an opportunity to pass up."[2]

When she was 13,[9] Ludwick played the character Yumi in thirteen,[10] a 2003 autobiographical drama film based on American film actress Nikki Reed's experiences as a 12 and 13-year-old girl. The budget for thirteen was $2 million and the gross revenue in 2009 was $10.1 million.[11] About a year later, Ludwick appeared on Movie Surfers,[12] a Disney Channel mini-show where four teenagers go behind the scenes to report on Walt Disney-related films. While on Movie Surfers, Ludwick became a celebrity guest at "Hearts of Stars", an Academy Awards benefit sponsored by Kids with a Cause.[12]

In 2006, Ludwick received an Honorable Mention Award in Musical Theater from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts while attending Saugus High School.[13] Additionally,, she attended the 14th annual American Society of Young Musicians Spring Benefit Concert and Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.[14] By September, Ludwick began attending Biola University in La Mirada, California as a freshman.[15] In June 2007, Ludwick was working on Teen Witch The Musical, a stage musical based on the 1989 fantasy-comedy film Teen Witch.[16] In October of that same year, Ludwick was a celebrity attendee at the Los Angeles premiere of Bee Movie,[17] the 2007 Golden Globe-nominated CGI-animated film starring Jerry Seinfeld as the voice of bee Barry B. Benson.

References

  1. ^ "Kids With A Cause - Tessa Ludwick". Kids with a Cause. 2002. http://www.kidswithacause.org/html/kids/tessa_ludwick.html. Retrieved 12 January 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Raisin, Amy (April 13, 2001). "Educational Immersion Residents Going to Korea to Teach American Culture". Los Angeles Daily News: pp. 1. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/EDUCATIONAL+IMMERSION+RESIDENTS+GOING+TO+KOREA+TO+TEACH+AMERICAN...-a083501527. Retrieved 23 November 2008. "Ludwick, who was born in South Korea and adopted by an American family when she was just 5 months old."  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ippolito, Caren (January 22, 1998). "Girl Adopts Acting as Current Role". The Tampa Tribune: pp. 1.  
  4. ^ a b "Talk Back". St Petersburg Times: pp. 5B. September 9, 1994.  
  5. ^ a b "A Brand-New 'Bag'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. May 21, 1996. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=HT&p_theme=ht&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAFE9CC4CE5F833&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=Wikipedia. Retrieved 23 November 2008.  
  6. ^ a b Donovan, Patricia (November 26, 1997). "'Annie' is no Orphan to Age". The Buffalo News: pp. D4.  
  7. ^ Nichols, Natalie (January 15, 1998). "'Annie' Wins Hearts At Opening". St Petersburg Times: pp. 2B.  
  8. ^ "Kids With A Cause - Tessa Ludwick". Kids with a Cause. 2008. http://www.kidswithacause.org/kids.shtml. Retrieved 12 January 2009.  
  9. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (August 13, 2002). "The Big Picture Patrick Goldstein; The Real Deal; Nikki Reed meant to write a teen comedy but came up with something truer". Los Angeles Times: pp. 1. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/148712431.html?dids=148712431:148712431&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Aug+13%2C+2002&author=PATRICK+GOLDSTEIN&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=The+Big+Picture+PATRICK+GOLDSTEIN%3B+The+Real+Deal%3B+Nikki+Reed+meant+to+write+a+teen+comedy+but+came+up+with+something+truer&pqatl=google. Retrieved 10 January 2009. "Called "Thirteen," the movie has been filming in Los Angeles for the last month, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, a respected production designer ("Vanilla Sky" and "Three Kings")."  
  10. ^ Willis, John (1971). Screen World: 2004 Film Annual. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 108. ISBN 1557836388. http://books.google.com/books?id=1Ed50KVLpfgC&pg=PA108&dq=Tessa+Ludwick#PPA108,M1. Retrieved 23 November 2008.  
  11. ^ "Thirteen (2003)". Movies. boxofficemojo.com. 2009. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=thirteen.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009.  
  12. ^ a b "Kids With A Cause Hearts of Stars 5th Annual Academy Awards Benefit Sunday, Feb. 22". Business Wire. February 21, 2004. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_/ai_113493213. Retrieved 23 November 2008.  
  13. ^ "2006 NFAA ARTS Winners - California". National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. 2006. http://old.nfaa.org/alumni/awardee06/ByState/California.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2009.  
  14. ^ Peters, Jenny (June 18, 2006). "Tinseltown Spywitness". Los Angeles Daily News: pp. U6. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-147304144.html. Retrieved 23 November 2008.  
  15. ^ Student Author (December 8, 2007). "Residents celebrate season by decking the [residence halls"]. The Chimes. http://chimes.biola.edu/features/2007/dec/08/residents-celebrates-season-decking-residence-hall/. Retrieved 12 January 2009.  
  16. ^ Caption Records / Studio City Sound (June 22, 2007). "Caption Anticipates Multimedia Lift". Marketwire. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,126960.shtml. Retrieved 23 November 2008.  
  17. ^ "Premiere of DreamWorks Animation's 'Bee Movie'". PR Newswire. October 26, 2007. http://www.paulkorda.com/news/2007/10/premiere-of-dreamworks-animations-bee.html. Retrieved 23 November 2008.  

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