Joji Yoshida
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Friday - July 01, 2005
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Rising star Jeanette Chieko

Once in a blue moon a talent comes out of nowhere that makes you take notice. I’m talking about gorgeous Jeannette Chieko Roberts. This young actress was amazing at a casting workshop I attended recently. She recently wrapped on Street Wars by Nelson Pires, in which she played the lead role “Honey.” Dezmond Gilla also stars in the film. Jeannette likes Catherine Zeta-Jones and Johnny Depp; Chicago and Edward Scissorhands for movies. She currently attends Leeward CC and studies acting with Paul Cravath. Loves pasta and Buca Di Beppo — I do have something in common with her. The great headshot you see was taken by Paul Hayashi, and she’s repped by More Models, if you’re interested in hiring this emerald-eyed beauty. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Jeannette, mark my words …

Stuntman Larry “Tex” Southard is originally from Texas, as his nickname indicates. Larry’s credits include Married with Children, China Beach, Hooker and Matlock for TV; Book of Love, Chucky, GhostBusters and Gremlins for movies. He was featured on the NBC series Hawaii as a police officer. He also stunt doubled for David Soul in Hanoi Hilton, and for Terry O’Quinn in the ABC series Lost. Larry’s been in the stunt business for two decades. He just returned from a welldeserved vacation and can’t wait for filming to start …

Hot news from New York. Former Pearl City resident Jennifer Roe, Ford Island to be exact, is creating major waves. Her debut was in the horror feature Raising Hell by indie filmmakers Brandon Bethmann and Eric Szmyr. Now she stars in Danny Boy, which won Best Fiction and Audience Awards at Reel Teens U.S.A. Festival. The film was directed by amazing teenager Colin Bannon, only 17, I might add. I met Jennifer in Wayne Ward’s acting class years ago and kept in touch even after she moved to the Big Apple. I still think Jennifer was one of the best actresses I have ever worked with. Stay tuned for more … James Moravec was born and raised in Japan; he’s half Czechoslovakian and half Japanese. He owns the hip, urban clothing store Flip Side in Waikiki. His threads have been worn by famous celebs appearing on Japanese TV shows. He opened his store in 2001 and it’s still going strong. On any given day the place is packed with tourists and kamaaina alike. James attends industry events to show support for the indie filmmakers. He even made a cameo appearance in Honolulu Knights with stunning Tracy Bautista, Henry Smalls, Hugh Bennett and Colin Fong. James likes to hang out at Imanas Tei, known to have authentic Japanese food. You can catch him at the ‘W’ Hotel promoting his events with the hottest entertainers …

Actress Leysilie Williams graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a B.A. in international relations. She is presently studying acting at Kumu Kahua Theatre with Sammy Chong. She’s currently on TV in the commercial for Jackson Auto Group and the Aloha United Way spot directed by Ryan Kawamoto. Amelie by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz, is her all-time favorite. She likes anything that Renee Zellweger and Will Farrell are in also. Leysilie enjoys food that is made with heart, but the catch is it has to taste good. Makes sense. She went to high school in Pearl City like Jason Scott Lee and comedian Paul Ogata. Leysilie’s daughter Seline is another local celebrity. She plays midfielder on the UH Wahine soccer team. Talent definitely runs in their family …

Andrew, Owen and Luke Wilson at the Maui
Film Festival in Wailea

Producer Don Brown just flew back from Wailea, Maui. Attending the Maui Film Festival, he rubbed shoulders with the stars — like Helen Hunt, Mike Myers, Jake Gyllenhaal and brothers Andrew, Owen and Luke Wilson. Don is the former manager of the Art House Theatres at Restaurant Row. He’s promoting another season of the successful Hawaii’s Reel Stories on OC16. He’s been the key element of the growth in Hawaii independent film landscape. His support for the local actors is appreciated by many, myself included. His fave actors are Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Natalie Portman and he admires Meryl Streep for her acting versatility. Don is a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan, and loves the film Vertigo. He also loves Italian and Thai cuisine, and Irifune on Kapahulu for its local flavor. The 12th Street Grill in Kaimuki is where you might find him. But no pitching him ideas for a script … maybe after he’s done eating …

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