This is a big week for Sophie Guest, 8, of Ben Avon, a third-grader at Avonworth Elementary School.
Tonight, she will appear on the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" and on Friday she will appear on the big screen with a speaking role as the daughter of a football quarterback in "Draft Day" starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.
Sophie became an actress almost by coincidence. Her sister, Meagan, 18, is a model for the Docherty Agency of Pittsburgh. Owner Deb Docherty saw Sophie tagging along and asked her to audition for "Jack Reacher," filmed in Pittsburgh in 2012. It was Sophie's first movie role.
Ms. Docherty said Sophie is going to auditions regularly now and is considered to be on the “A-plus list.” Unlike their adult counterparts who must generally go to New York or Los Angeles to find acting work, child actors are sourced from all over the country. “Sophie started at the perfect age, and her success blazes the way for other local kids,” Ms. Docherty said, adding, “Her essence is sweetness; there’s a bright innocence about her that the camera just catches every time.”
Sophie snagged a role in the pilot and second episode of the new A&E series "Those Who Kill," which began filming in Pittsburgh in December 2012 and premiered in March. She plays the role of Haley, the daughter of the lead pathologist.
Her third film, "The Fault in Our Stars," will open June 6 and it will be her biggest role yet.
“I play a girl named Jackie,” Sophie said. "I really like acting, and I want to be an actress when I grow up… or a teacher.”
When she’s not filming on location or taking acting, piano and singing lessons, Sophie goes to classes and attends Girl Scout meetings. Her classmates sometimes ask about her experiences in acting, but she prefers to focus on her school work.
“I have the best teachers in the world,” said Sophie, adding, “Subjects like language arts and math are important if you want to be an actress.”
Her other sister, Jenny, 17, said, “I don’t think she realizes how cool this is.” Jenny said she and Meagan have been obsessed with the book “The Fault in Our Stars,” and they were thrilled when they found that that their little sister will have a part in the movie.
Brother Jake, 14, said that his middle school classmates also are impressed with Sophie’s success.
“All the girls in my class love 'The Fault in Our Stars,'" he said. "My sister being in the movie version is a cool conversation starter."
Jill Cueni-Cohen, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.