girl actors in the spotlight: Kiernan Shipka and Jennifer Lawrence

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) on Mad Men (image courtesy of

Today’s post is about two girl actors generating buzz in the entertainment business. First up is Kiernan Shipka, the actor who plays Sally Draper on the AMC show Mad Men. As I mentioned in a previous post there is talk about how the show’s third season gave the character Sally room to grow and develop. For those unfamiliar with the show Mad Men and Sally Draper, here’s a few clips from Season 2 of the show in an episode where Don Draper must bring Sally along to the office on a Sunday.

My good friend KW over at Dear Black Woman, posted this interview with Kiernan Shipka on facebook. In the interview 10-year-old Shipka discusses the development of her character on the show, how she gets into character (with the help of costuming), and meeting Warren Beatty whom she admires having seen him in Bonnie and Clyde and Heaven Can Wait. She certainly sounds very mature for her age, but she also giggles when mentioning that she kissed a boy on the show – hopefully a sign that Shipka has time to be a 10-year-old girl, and not just exist as a 10-year-old girl actor on a very successful hit show. Janaki Cedanna, the interviewer, compares Shipka to Drew Barrymore, someone whom Shipka admires. Let’s hope that Shipka is able to have Barrymore’s long and successful career without that turbulent period of drugs and excess Barrymore experienced in her early teens.

People are comparing Shipka to another famous child star, Drew Barrymore (image courtesy of nypost)

Another girl actor making waves is Jennifer Lawrence, who is actually 19-years-old but started acting at the age of 14 so I’ll just go with it. This week the New York Times named Lawrence one of the Nifty 50 – in celebrating “up-and-coming talent.” She made her big break in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial which led to a role on the TBS show, The Bill Engvall Show, in which she played Lauren Pearson, the eldest child in the Pearson family.

Jennifer Lawrence on The Bill Engvall Show (image courtesy of

Lawrence went on to star in The Burning Plain, a film directed by Guillermo Arriaga, the screenwriter for Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Babel (2006). In her upcoming film Winter’s Bones, Lawrence stars as Ree Dolly, a 16-year-old girl taking care of her mentally-ill mother and two younger siblings. Eventually, Ree discovers that her drug-dealing father skips bail and goes missing, but not before putting up the family’s house for his bond. The film was well received at the Sundance Film Festival. From the few clips that I’ve seen, the film reminds me of Frozen River, especially in the sparse use of sound or a soundtrack, and with the focus on a working-class family struggling to make ends meet. I couldn’t find a trailer exactly for the film, but below is a compilation of clips from Winter’s Bones. Enjoy and Happy Friday Everyone!

~ by actyourage09 on February 5, 2010.

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