MIKE C. MANNING as Benson
Mike C. Manning is best known for playing the lead role of Nick Swift in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cloud 9. For this film, he trained with ex-members of the US Olympic Snowboarding Team. He is also recognizable for starring on the series Youthful Daze alongside Paul Vandervort and Bryan James as well as for his roles in the independent films I Do and eCupid. He was featured in the short film Campsite Killer, which he also wrote and produced.
In 2012, Mike starred alongside Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson in the Hallmark Channel film Operation Cupcake. Additionally, he was in the films Black Hearts, The Brothers Sinclair and Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver. In television, he’s had roles on CBS’s Hawaii Five-O and Disney XD’s Crash & Bernstein.
Mike initially appeared in the public eye in 2009 as a cast member of MTV’s The Real World: DC. He’s since become an activist for organizations including the Energy Action Coalition and the Human Rights Campaign. With HRC, Mike’s worked with a number of congressmen and attended a private dinner at which President Barack Obama spoke. He’s also the official Youth Ambassador for the anti-bullying organization, Boo2Bullying.
TIM CHIOU as Brad
Tim Chiou is best known for his roles in The Weinstein Co.’s Crossing Over, starring Harrison Ford and Ray Liotta, the remake of the horror-culture classic, The Wizard of Gore and Initiation. He also had a leading role in 2010’s A Foundling.
Tim has had guest appearances on many popular TV shows, including NBC’s Parenthood, CBS’s 2 Broke Girls, CW’s iZombie, CSI: NY and Living With Models. He appeared on several seasons of the Golden Globe award-winning drama Grey’s Anatomy. He’s acted in several shorts and independent films, including Seventh Moon, starring opposite
Tim was voted the Best Lead Actor at the 2013 NBCUni ShortFest, which landed him a one-year holding deal with NBC/Universal. Shortly thereafter, Chiou booked the NBC pilot Tin Man. He’s currently filming for the 2016 television show John Hughes Ruined My Life.
Tim is originally from Iowa and currently resides in Los Angeles.
PAUL BEN-VICTOR as Principal Birdsell
Paul Ben-Victor is best known for his roles on the HBO Emmy award-winning series The Wire for playing the mobster Spiros “Vondas” Vondopoulos and Entourage for his role as Allen Grey. He’s also known for starring in USA’s In Plain Sight and the Sci-Fi Channel’s The Invisible Man. He was in Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hit movie Don Jon.
Ben-Victor first debuted on the small screen in the 1987 television film Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife. He
played the role of Coach Lou on My Name is Earl. Other television credits include roles on Monk, CSI, The X-Files, Allegiance, Vinyl and NYPD Blue.
He played Moe Howard in the television film The Three Stooges. He co-wrote the stage plays, Club Soda and The Good Steno, with his mother. Ben-Victor was born in Brooklyn and currently resides in Los Angeles.
KATHERINE LANASA as Vicki Curtis
Katherine LaNasa starred opposite Will Ferrell in the Warner Bros. smash hit comedy The Campaign, and as the former Alabama beauty queen ‘Donna’ in Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car, across acting heavyweights Kevin Bacon and Robert Duvall. She is also known for her roles in the films Alfie, a Jude Law movie, and The Frozen Ground, which starred Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens and John Cusack.
Most recently, Katherine stars on the USA Network television series, Satisfaction.
Katherine’s other credits include roles in some of television’s biggest and multi-award-winning shows, including Three Sisters, Longmire, Deception, Two and a Half Men, Big Love, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Judging Amy,
CSI: Miami, The Guardian, Burn Notice, ER, The Defenders and Love Monkeys.
Katherine is originally from New Orleans. She is a former ballet dancer and choreographer.
BLAKE COOPER GRIFFIN as Bill Bradley
Having already garnered huge successes with key roles opposite Hollywood A-listers including Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Hunt, Blake Cooper Griffin excels at taking on a variety of different characters, in both film and television.
Appearing on a slew of popular prime time series, Blake notably transformed in an almost unrecognizable turn as bad boy 'Trent Rogers' on USA Network's Necessary Roughness and demonstrated his strong comedic chops as the memorable 'Brad Pearson' on TNT's "Major Crimes.”
Griffin has also made notable appearances on television shows like Jessie, Castle, Greek, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Mad Love, 90210, NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as the television movie event Game of Your Life, where Griffin starred opposite Leah Thompson as the twisted, manipulative ‘Andy Rychman.’ Blake’s film work includes Ride with Helen Hunt, DJ Caurso’s Standing Up with Val Kilmer and and Life of a King with Cuba Gooding Jr.
Griffin will appear in an upcoming episode of Showtime's House of Lies directed by Helen Hunt and stars alongside Becca Tobin and Ryan Kelley in the upcoming TV movie Before You Say I Do.
Originally from South Carolina, Blake currently resides in Los Angeles. Classically trained, he is a grad of the School of Drama at the NC School of the Arts. Blake is especially passionate about the pro-tolerance message of Love is All You Need? and has used numerous media opportunities to speak to it.
KYLA KENEDY as Emily Curtis
Kyla Kenedy is most recognizable from her breakout role on the international hit show The Walking Dead, for which she played the character Mika throughout season 4. She’s also known for her roles in Reality, the Sundance award-winning film by French director Quentin Dupieux, as well as A Gift Horse and Sarah’s Friend.
Kyla began her career at the age of eight in Charleston, SC, booking print and local jobs. She moved to Atlanta and quickly expanded to commercials and films where she landed a role in the Farrelly brothers’ feature film, The Three Stooges. Shortly thereafter she was cast in her first lead role as Izzie in the award-winning GMC made-for-TV movie, Raising Izzie, for which she won the Grace Award at the 21st Movieguide Awards and a young Artist Award for
Kyla then moved to Los Angeles and has gone on to book a steady stream of dramatic and comedic projects including features, MOWs and several notable recurring and guest star roles on shows ranging from TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles to CBS’s CSI to NBC’s The New Normal, for which she was again nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Actress in a Guest Starring Role. She recently wrapped multiple roles on the Nickelodeon sketch program, Mack and Beef.
ANA ORTIZ as Susan Miller
Ana Ortiz broke out as Hilda Suarez in ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty, earning both ALMA and Imagen Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Betty’s sassy older sister. Along with her personal recognition, the show was honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, two Golden Globe awards including Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and another 39 wins and 66 nominations.
She is currently starring in Marc Cherry's hit Lifetime show Devious Maids, for which she won the Imagen Award for Best Actress in a TV series. She starred in sitcoms including Over There, Kristin and A.U.S.A. Other notable credits include Sleeping with the Fishes, Big Momma's House 3, Everybody Loves Raymond, Batman: Gotham Knight, Boston Legal
and HBO's Hung.
Ana was born and raised in Manhattan and began her acting career in theater. She currently lives in New York City.
JEREMY SISTO as Mr. Thompson
Actor Jeremy Sisto most recently starred in the lead role of “Detective Jack Roth,” on ABC’s crime drama, Wicked City.
In film, Sisto starred in the tennis comedy, Break Point, which he also co-wrote and produced. The film, about two brothers who united to form a doubles tennis team for a run at a grand slam, premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. It also includes David Walton, J.K Simmons, Amy Smart and Chris Parnell. Sisto also stars in Fox International’s genre film, The Other Side of the Door, and Hangman, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and which Sisto also produced. He was last seen in the indie films As Cool As I Am with Claire Danes and James Marsden, and “Robot and Frank” with Frank Langella and Liv Tyler.
In television, Sisto also starred on A&E’s drama series The Returned, based on the acclaimed French Series of the same title. He also had a 3 season run, starring on the hit ABC comedy series Suburgatory. Sisto starred as "George Altman," a single father who moves his daughter out to the tamer suburbs for a better life, a role for which he received a Television Critics Choice Award nomination in 2013.
Sisto is probably best known for playing Billy Chenowith on Alan Ball’s Six Feet Under for five years, a role which Alan wrote for him. In 2010 he finished a three year run on Law & Order as Detective Cyrus Lupo. He was also the lead in the short-lived, but critically acclaimed Jason Smilovic show Kidnapped. He played the title role in the two mini-series Jesus and Julius Caeser.
Sisto's additional film credits are eclectic and date back to the early nineties with titles such as Grand Canyon, Clueless, Hideaway, Moonlight and Valentino, White Squall, Without Limits, Suicide Kings, Thirteen, Wrong Turn
ELISABETH ROHM as Reverend Rachel
Known for her role as A.D.A Serena Southerlyn in NBC’s critically acclaimed show Law & Order, Elisabeth Röhm will next be seen reuniting with David O. Russell in the highly anticipated film Joy opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. The film is set for release on December 25, 2015. Röhm had previously worked with David and received a SAG Award for her performance in the 2013 Oscar nominated film, American Hustle.
Most recently, Röhm has been recurring on the TNT series The Last Ship and just before that was seen starring in the CBS TV drama series, Stalker, alongside actors Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q. In addition to Stalker, these past couple years were eventful as she was seen in several feature films including WarnerBros.’ thriller Transit across James Caviezel, Chlorine with Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent Donofrio, Lionsgate feature by Brian A. Miller titled Officer Down, as well as Darkroom, an independent feature directed by Britt Napier and produced by Michael A. Liberty and Ron Stein (The Kids Are Alright). Röhm also starred in Abduction alongside Taylor Lautner and Sigourney Weaver, Miss Congeniality 2, starring Sandra Bullock and Woody Allen’s Deconstruction Harry. She was also seen in Kreutzer Sonata, an independent project co-starring Danny Huston and starred opposite James Caan in the film Barry Minkow. Röhm has just wrapped production on two films, the Lionsgate thrilled Blood Father co-starring Mel Gibson and Going Under alongside John Goodman and Bruce Willis.
Born in Europe, yet a U.S. citizen, Röhm was raised in New York City.
EMILY OSMENT as Kelly
Emily Osment currently stars on the ABC Family show Young & Hungry, which aired its second season in 2015. She has a reoccuring role on the CBS series Mom. She starred in 2015’s No Way Jose, alongside Adam Goldberg, who also wrote and directed the film. She was featured in the star-studded Crackle series, Cleaners, and was the voice of Rainbow Brite in the revamped version of the classic animated series, Rainbow Brite.
Acting since she was a child, Osment starred on the hit Emmy-award nominated Disney Channel series Hannah Montana as the unstoppable Lilly Truscott. She won a Teen Choice Award for this role. Following the success of the series, she reprised her role in the film version of the popular show, Hannah Montana: The Movie.
Other television and film credits include Spy Kids 2, Spy Kids 3, Soccer Mom, Cyberbully, Kiss Me, and appearances on Two and a Half Men, Friends and Third Rock from the Sun. Osment also lends her voice for many animated films and television shows and is a frequent guest on Family Guy.
Emily is also a singer/songwriter. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
JENICA BERGERE as Karen Curtis
Bergere is best known for her roles in Rat Race and Safety Not Guaranteed. She voiced for Disney’s smash hit animated film, Frozen. Jenica began her career appearing live on stage in major standup comedy venues in Los Angeles followed by a starring role in her first television series The Faculty in 1996. Jenica’s next venture was Ink, a CBS sitcom for which she costarred with both Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.
By 1997, Jenica had become a sought-after property in television and eventually replaced actress Justine Bateman on the NBC sitcom, Men Behaving Badly. Jenica costarred with veteran funnyman Rob Schneider and acted in 14 episodes before moving on to guest star on such vaunted series as NBC’s Seinfeld, Caroline in the City, The Larry Sanders Show and Conrad Bloom. Her guest appearance on The Drew Carrey Show was so well-met by the show’s viewers that she was asked to stay on for another season, fleshing out the role of Drew’s love interest Sharon Bridges.
Jenica continued to guest star in hit television shows including Shameles, Bosch, Without a Trace, Bones, Wizards of Waverly Place, The King of Queens and ABC’s Modern Family. In the last few years, she’s focused on more dramatic roles in films including The Motel Life, opposite Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch, A Single Shot, opposite Sam Rockwell, and The Babymakers.
TYLER BLACKBURN as Ryan
Rising star Tyler Blackburn is one of Hollywood’s most exciting and versatile young actors. He is best known for his work in the hit ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars, where he accumulated a large fan base for his portrayal of the dark and mysterious character 'Caleb Rivers.' The show has received an array of nominations and awards, including several Teen Choice and People’s Choice Awards. Blackburn’s performance garnered him two consecutive individual Teen Choice Award the last two years. His success on Pretty Little Liars led to Blackburn continuing the same character on the ABC Family spin-off Ravenswood.
Blackburn recently completed filming Hello Again, based an Off Broadway musical by composer Michael John LaChiusa. The film is directed by Tom Gustafson and the ensemble cast includes Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, and Cheyenne Jackson. The musical was originally staged in 1994 by Lincoln Center Theatre, where it earned eight Drama Desk nominations. It’s since been performed in numerous languages by companies around the world. Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play “La Ronde,” the film follows “10 lost souls who skip across 10 periods in New York City history, slipping in and out of one another’s arms and beds in a daisy-chained exploration of lust’s bittersweet embrace of love.”
Previously, Blackburn starred in the independent film Plum Peach Pear directed by Alana Morshead. In addition, Blackburn portrayed the male lead in Alloy Entertainment’s web series Wendy for which he sang several songs including their theme song, “Save Me.” Other television work includes guest spots on the Nickelodeon series Gigantic, Unfabulous, and Cold Case on CBS.
A native of southern California, Blackburn started his acting career at the age of 17. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
BRIANA EVIGAN as Jude
Briana Evigan made her major feature debut as the star of the box office hit Step Up 2: The Streets in 2008 and reprised her role in a 2014 installment of the franchise, Step Up: All In. She had starring roles in Sorority Row and S. Darko. She has a reoccurring role on the 2015 television series, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
Briana starred in Jerry Bruckheimer’s pilot Trooper and was a guest star on an episode of TNT’s acclaimed drama Longmire. Her other credits include She Loves Me Not, staring Cary Elwes, Stash House, and Mother’s Day, staring Rebecca Demornay, as well as the independent features, The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia!, The Devil’s Carnival, Mine Games, A Certain Justice, Monica, A Star For Christmas and Rites Of Passage, starring Wes Bentley and
Briana began dancing with renowned hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks when she was seven years old, studying with him for many years before extending her training to other choreographers. She was also the keyboardist and lead vocalist of the rock group, Moorish Idol. Briana comes from a show business family and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
AVA ALLAN as Paula
Ava Allan’s television debut came at the age of ten on Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP. Ava played ‘young Amanda' to actress Danielle Bisutti and worked with Keke Palmer and Robbie Amell. In the CBS show Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, she played Erica Nichols and worked opposite Oscar Winner Forrest Whitaker. She had a guest-starring role in the ABC show The Middle, playing the witty character, Piper. She’s also known for her roles in Becoming, Lily and Angels & Demons.
In addition, Ava shined in a guest star recurring role as Bella on the CBS Show, Bad Teacher, which starred Ari Graynor, Kristen Davis and Sara Gilbert. She is a part of Sea World's Show One Ocean, a role that included giving hand commands to the Killer Whale, Shamu.
Ava was born in Los Angeles, California. She landed her first modeling job for the Disney catalog when she was only six and has continued to model for many national magazines and catalogs. She also landed numerous national television commercials for brands including Angry Birds, Hyundai, Hasbro and Nissan. Ava currently lives outside of Los Angeles with her mom, dad and older sister.
LEONARD ROBERTS as Coach Thompson
Leonard Roberts is best know for his role in American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. The film was nominated for and won many accolades, including an Academy Award. Leonard is also known for his roles in the motion pictures, Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat. He has worked with top industry directors, including Spike Lee for He Got Game and Oliver Stone for Savages.
Leonard appeared in the independent films My Favorite Five, Dancer and The Dame and Any Day, as well as the hit shows The Mentalist (CBS) and The League (FXX).
Leonard hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and began his acting career in the rich environment of Chicago's theater scene. A graduate of the famed Goodman School of Drama, he honed his craft on some of the city's most respected stages, including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. It was also in Chicago where he made his feature film debut, as “Eddie” in the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner Love Jones. His career continued to flourish, portraying legendary boxing great “Joe Louis” in the critically acclaimed cable feature Joe & Max, and then with series regular roles in such fan favorites as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Heroes.
JACOB RODIER as Ian
Jacob Rodier is best known for playing the role of Simon Stacy in the box office hit, The Amazing Spider-Man. He worked opposite stars Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. The film garnered award nominations from entities including Screen Actors Guild Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards.
Jacob was born in Florida. His family moved to California when he was four years old. Jacob’s first theatrical appearance came by way of a supporting role in the 2011 film, Harley’s Hill. Shortly thereafter, he starred in the family film, Seeker & Fetch (2012).
When Jacob isn’t acting, he enjoys playing electric guitar, football, traveling, and playing chess. He currently resides in Beverly Hills with his parents and two sisters.
LEXI DIBENEDETTO as Ashley
Lexi DiBenedetto starred in the international viral short Love Is All You Need? For this role, she received Special Recognition for Best Actress Performance at the 2012 Sonoma International Film Festival. At this festival, the short also received the accolade of Best Dramatic Short.
Lexi is also known for her performances in Eye Wide Open, Whispers and Fall Down Dead. For her role in the Golden Globe award-winning drama Grey’s Anatomy, Lexi earned the 2014 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress, Guest Starring Performance in a TV Drama Series.
Her additional credits in television and movies include roles in Criminal Minds, James Franco’s Memoria, ABC’s Modern Family, and the sci-fi series RCVR.
Lexi is originally from North Carolina and currently resides in Los Angeles. As the face of Love Is All You Need? the short, Lexi is not only outspoken for anti-bullying and human rights causes, but she’s also an advocate for animal rights.
ROBERT GANT as Pete Santilli
Robert Gant is best known for his starring role on Showtime’s hit television series Queer as Folk. More recently, Robert travelled across the Atlantic to star as the sole American cast member on the BBC British comedy/drama series Personal Affairs. He also became television’s first gay spy in the film Kiss Me Deadly for Here! Television and starred with House’s Lisa Edelstein in the Lifetime movie Special Delivery.
In addition to these projects, his various recurring roles include the eccentric principal, Calvin Krupps, on the WB’s Popular, Caroline’s boyfriend, Trevor, on NBC’s Caroline in the City, and, lawyer David Sherman on The Young and the Restless. Robert has had many notable guest appearances on TV hit shows including Friends, Nip/Tuck, 90210, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and all three CSIs. He guested on the shows Hot in Cleveland, Mike and Molly, Shameless, Vegas, Sean Saves the World, and The Tomorrow People.
Robert was a producing partner in the film and television production company, Mythgarden. Their feature film Save Me, which stars Robert along with Judith Light and Chad Allen, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and opened Outfest that same year. Robert has also recently completed the first draft of his first novel and, with a writing partner, is developing television projects.
LEISHA HAILEY as Coach Jenkins
Leisha Hailey is well known for her portrayal of Alice Pieszecki on Showtime’s hit series The L Word. For six seasons she starred alongside actresses including Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman, Pam Grier and Mia Kirshner. She’s also recognizeable for her roles in All Over Me, Fertile Ground and The Snowflake.
Leisha starred in the romantic drama La Cucina across from Christina Hendricks and Joaquim de Almeida. In television, Leisha appeared on popular shows including ABC’s award-winning hits Grey’s Anatomy and Boy Meets World, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and NBC’s The New Normal. She had roles in the short films Size ‘Em Up, Sleeping Beauties and Make Up.
Leisha was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska. As a musician, Leisha first appeared in the public eye in the pop duo The Murmurs and has continued her music career as a part of the band Uh Huh Her. In 2005, she founded her own record label, Marfa Records. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
SHAWN PARSONS as Allen Santilli
Shawn Parsons is best known for his role as “The Pig” on FX’s Justified and for his starring role in the international critically acclaimed short The Gunfighter, working across Nick Offerman. Among many awards, the film garnered the Audience Award at the LA Film Festival.
Parsons attended the University of Alabama and moved to New York City after graduating, where he began to train in theater with teachers including Lee Strasberg’s disciple Tony Greco. Theatrical performances include Trog & Clay: An Imagined History of the Electric Chair at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Baby Dance at the Lounge Theater, and Coronado with Player King Productions, which was the LA Stage Alliance Winner for Best Ensemble.
He appeared in the 2014 feature Song One with Anne Hathaway, MGM’s Soldiers of Fortune, and on television on shows including Parks and Recreation, Person of Interest, Matador and Torchwood: Miracle Day.