Daniella Monet as Inga and Kelly Vitz as Trish in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and
Virtual Studios’ family mystery adventure “Nancy Drew,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon © 2007 Warner Bros
Asian American actress Kelly Vitz just graduated from high school in 2006, but she has been a fixture in supporting television and film roles for the past five years. This summer, Vitz will appear in two major films, a supporting role in “Nancy Drew”, and a starring role in “Teenius.”
This summer, Warner Bros. Pictures brings the timeless heroine Nancy Drew back to the screen as a younger character in her most baffling case.
For generations of fans worldwide, the name Nancy Drew is synonymous with adventure. This young amateur detective has a mind of her own, a passion for solving mysteries and a reputation for getting intoÂ—and out ofÂ—some very tricky situations.
Emma Roberts stars as the resourceful teen detective, who leaves her friendly hometown of River Heights for the West Coast and enrolls at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.
Nancy Drew has a soft-spoken style that immediately sets her apart from her self-absorbed, fast-living peers, especially reigning fashionistas, Trish (Kelly Vitz), and her inseparable friend Inga (Daniella Moet). The two can’t quite figure Drew out but know that everything about her is different Â– from her super-smarts and retro manners to her perfect picnic lunches and penny loafers.
Their less-than-warm reception might bother the average new girl in town, but not Nancy. She has more important things to think about Â– namely, a brand new mystery.
These self-appointed queens of fashion and arbiters of the social scene so now know what to make of Nancy Drew’s unself-conscious individualism and classic-with-a-twist outfits. They try to make her life miserable with taunts and pranks intended to send her running back to River Heights. “Clearly,” Director Andrew Fleming says lightheartedly, “they don’t know who they’re dealing with.”
Even though she promised her worried Dad (Tate Donovan as Carson Drew) that she’d quit the “sleuthing” business, it isn’t long before Nancy gets a lead on one of the greatest unsolved cases of all time: the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of famous actress Dehlia Draycott. It happens that the Drews are staying in the former Draycott Mansion, long reputed to be haunted and now a site where some very strange things have been happening.
At one point the team winds up in Los Angeles Chinatown, where they encounter a Chinese Priest played by James Wing Woo. Also look for Lucille Soong as a Waitress.
Additional Los Angeles area locations included the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles on Olvera Street, where Nancy inadvertently interrupts a movie set, as well as Los Angeles City Hall, Griffith Park, St. Luke’s Hospital in Pasadena, the track and exteriors of Hollywood High School and poolside at the landmark Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. South Pasadena represented Nancy’s Midwestern hometown of River Heights, and classrooms at Long Beach Poly High substituted for Hollywood High interiors.
Soo Jin Yoon was the cast hairstylist and Amy K. Wu was an assistant to the director.
In addition to her role as Trish in Nancy Drew, Kelly Vitz will star as an El Dorado High student in the upcoming science fiction comedy film, “Teenius” (2007) (Teenius productions). Vitz plays Iris Kong, a “teen genius,” with her mind set on the science competition.
When the new kid at school, a rebellious loner, falls head over heels in love with Iris, teachers and students start dying. Iris and her wizard friends, Gene and Lewis, team up to solve the mystery that involves world of demons and the supernatural and a fight to save the universe.
In 2006, Vitz had roles in “Eye of the Dolphin”, “Simon Say”, “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”, “Dares and Bad Habits.” She also appeared in “Julie Sky High” (2005), “Lizzie McGuire” (2002), and “Best Dressed for Much Less (2002).
Kelly Vitz was born Kelly Vitzthum to German and Chinese American parents on June 10, 1988 in Hollywood, Calif. She graduated from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach in 2006.