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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 10:16 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2007

Former Honolulu stage actress to star in 'Bratz' film

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer


Janel Parrish, a former Honolulu resident who moved to Burbank at age 14 to pursue a career in films, will make her movie debut in "Bratz: The Movie."

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Janel Parrish, who played Young Cosette in the musical "Les Miserables" on Broadway — and in Honolulu — makes her movie debut in Lionsgates' "Bratz: The Movie," premiering Aug. 3.

Parrish, now 18, plays Jade in the live action feature based on the popular line of hip fashion dolls.

"Filming was done all over Los Angeles in February," said Parrish, a former Honolulu resident who relocated to Burbank at age 14 to pursue a career in films. "The dolls were the inspiration, but we are playing four real teen-aged girls."

Her co-stars are Skyler Shaye (Cloe), Malese Jow (Quinn) and Nathalia Ramos (Sasha). "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul also appears in the movie.

In the mid-1990s, Parrish portrayed Cosette in Honolulu, and later on Broadway.

Reach Wayne Harada at wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8067.

Reach Wayne Harada at wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com.