Hallie Todd: American Mom

Grab your daughters, granddaughters, nieces and little sisters!

Last summer I traveled to beautiful Cape Town, South Africa to work on “American Girl – Lea to the Rescue”!

The film is a really cute action-adventure for 2016 Girl-of-the-Year, Lea Clark.  It’s a great movie for the whole family with a wonderful message of girl-empowerment, and I play the mom (shocker!) I got to work with a brilliant director (Nadia Tass), a wonderful cast (including Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Laysla de Oliviera, and Connor Dowds), and incredible production crew headed by Debra Martin Chase ("The Princess Diaries", "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") and Philip Whaley. It felt like old home-week for me because also behind the scenes was casting director, Robin Lippin, who cast me in Lizzie McGuire (!!!), and a long-lost-but-not-forgotten childhood pal, Julie Ann Sipos was the executive producer! I saw a part of the world that I never thought I’d ever see and it was an unforgettable experience. 

Universal, Mattel and the American Girl brand have been keeping very quiet about the project but I’m now finally allowed to share.

Lea Clark is courageous, fierce and selfless. She is a brilliant problem-solver and a loyal friend. I’m thrilled to join the American Girl family and be a part of Lea’s story.

For more info on the movie, check out the press release and watch the trailer. Stay tuned for updates!