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(Posted 6:30 a.m., April 4)
Navan miss nominated for young actress award

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Nine-year-old Tori Barban from Navan has been nominated for a Young Actress Award for her role as Emily in the made-for-TV drama "The Christmas Hope". File photo


It's been an exciting year for nine-year-old Tori Barban. The Navan miss made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie "The Christmas Hope" and made enough of an impression to earn a nomination for the 2010 Young Artist Awards.

Tori is up against a pair of Hollywood icons in Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in the category Leading or Supporting Young Actress, along with fellow newcomer Patricia Raven who starred in "Dear Harvard".

Gomez and Lovato were both nominated for their roles in the Disney family comedy the "Princess Protection Program".

The award ceremony will take place at the Beverly Garland Universal Studios in Los Angeles on April 11, complete with red carpet.

Although it's unlikely the big name stars like Gomez and Lovato will attend the event, Tori is understandably excited about going to her first Hollywood awards ceremony.

"I'm really excited especially with all the touring and stuff we plan to do," says Tori who is making the trip with her parents and 11-year-old brother. "The only bad part is it won't be televised."

Televised or not, Tori plans to look her best for the big event. When she went dress shopping with her mother, she managed to narrow 12 dresses down to two.

"I'm going to bring both of them to Los Angeles and decide at the last minute," says Tori.

Tori's rise to stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. Her only previous acting experience was with the Orleans Young Players Theatrical School. Her aunt, who is a creative director for an advertising agency, got her an interview with a leading child agent in Toronto in the later part of 2008.

A month later she was asked to submit her first audition tape to the producers of “The Christmas Hope”. A second audition tape was then requested followed by a live audition which landed her the part, but only after the producers managed to convince the network to use an unknown actress in the lead role.

The movie tells the story of a young couple who recently lost their son in an accident. The mother, who is a social worker, takes Tori's character in for the holidays. Emily was recently orphaned when her single mother was killed in a car accident. The precocious young girl ends up bringing the social worker and her husband closer together when she runs away. Their reunion is a measure of healing and faith.

It aired on the Lifetime Network in the United States and the Vision channel in Canada.

Since filming "The Christmas Hope", Tori has also starred in "Made, The Movie" which was filmed last year and is still waiting for a release date.

She's done a number of auditions, but hasn't received any parts yet. Not that she's all that worried about it.

"I'm not one of those big stars who are like "Oh my God, I have to get this part. If I get another part that's great. If I don't that's okay too," says the level-headed youngster.

When she's not starring in a made-for-TV movie or jetting off to a Hollywood awards ceremony, Tori is just a regular Grade 4 student at Heritage Public School in Navan

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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