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Ashley recently had her first principal role in the film ‘Jersey Boys.’
Ashley Rose Joyner
Ashley Rose Joyner

12-year-old Murrieta girl stars in ‘Jersey Boys’

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Issue 30, Volume 18.
Alex Groves

She may be young, but 12-year-old Murrieta resident Ashley Rose Joyner is already on a roll as she embarks on her journey to stardom. The aspiring actress recently got her first principal role on the silver screen as Celia Valli in the recently released motion picture "Jersey Boys."

Ashley starred alongside actress Renée Marino and actor John Lloyd Young in the film in a scene where she got to exercise her acting chops.

The scene takes place during the holidays at a Christmas party and famous musician Frankie Valli (Young) must go out on the road again with the Four Seasons, the band he’s a part of. Valli leaves behind his wife Maria Delgado (Marino) and his step daughter Celia (Joyner).

Ashley had to play a distraught Celia who was unhappy that her stepfather was going off on the road again, a scene she said took a lot of time and effort.

In fact, Ashley spent two days filming the scene at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. She had plenty of time to interact with the other people on set and said she had lot of fun working with them.

One of the people on set Joyner said she related to the most was fellow actress Renée Marino.

"She’s just a lot of fun," Joyner said of her co-star. "I feel like I’ve known her my whole life."

Joyner might have had fun while playing young Celia but it wasn’t a role she was originally slated for, according to her mother Carrie Joyner.

"She actually didn’t audition for a part; she got asked to Advertisement
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do background for the movie," Carrie explained. "And Clint Eastwood saw her and bumped her up to the principal role that she got.

When Ashley received the call telling her she was going to be in a principal role, she was ecstatic.

"I was super excited to work with the talented Clint Eastwood," Ashley said. "And he’s amazing and it was fun thing to meet the crew."

But this most recent development comes after three years of work for Ashley. She’s played a variety of characters in various television pilots over that time and has done so with the support of her mom and dad.

Carrie said she could tell her daughter was interested in acting, even from a very young age.

"She was in her car seat and she didn’t even know how to read but she would copy a commercial on the radio." Carrie said. "She would just remember it."

It was around the time that she was a 9-year-old that Ashley actually went into acting. She started by doing various bit parts and had the opportunity to play characters on multiple television pilots. In 2011, when "Spy Kids 4" came out, Ashley got to be on set as an extra. But Ashley’s role playing Celia has been her biggest one to date.

Ashley said she doesn’t know what she’s going to be doing next but that she’s definitely going to continue to pursue acting since that’s something she loves.

"I’ve always wanted to entertain people," she said. "It’s been my passion to inspire people and make them laugh."



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