UPDATE from Amy Bender, Landry’s mom: “We do live in LA [now]. We moved here about a year ago. My husband and I have a business that gave us the freedom to relocate and Landry benefited from that move. Her last stage show in Arizona ended in May of 2009. Before booking “The Sitter,” Landry auditioned about 100 times which only resulted in two non-union commercials.”
Remember a few months ago in June when HMB posted the open casting call for Jonah Hill’s comedy“The Sitter?” Well cutie patootie Landry Bender has just secured the role of the youngest child in the terrible trio of kids Hill babysits in the film. Bender will play Blithe, the youngest of the troublemaking kids, in the Fox comedy which starts filming Monday in New York. Jonah Hill helms the film playing a suspended college student in for a crazy night when he is forced to babysit the kids who live next door to his single mother.
David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”) is directing from a script from Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka for a July 15 2011 release. Michael De Luca is producing.
For those of you who ask me, “Can my kid make it in Hollywood if we live outside California?” Here’s your answer: This is the first film role for Bender, whose only credits thus far include plays at the Desert Stages Theatre in Arizona. This child is so new that as of this post she doesn’t even have an IMDB page. Seriously.
I don’t know about you but I find it astounding that a talented kid like Landry wasn’t discovered sooner and it gives me hope when the kidlet doesn’t book on commercial auditions.
Amy kindly went on to say: I love your blog. I read it a lot. Thanks for letting me share a part of Landry’s journey with you. All the best, Amy (Landry’s Mom)
Landry Bender is now repped by Greene & Associates and MC Talent Management. We hope to have a full length interview with Amy Bender in the near future.