Young thesp to star in upcoming 'Whitney Brown'

Out of the blue, 2-year-old Sammi Hanratty told her mother she wanted to be on TV. A year went by and she wouldn’t let up, so her mother got the name of an agent and set up a meeting. She booked her first job the next day.

Eleven years later, Hanratty has starred in Pringles commercials, had a recurring role on Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Pushing Daisies,” starred alongside her sister Danielle in “The Unit” and voiced three characters for “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.”

Now she is starring alongside Kris Kristofferson in “The Greening of Whitney Brown,” which just wrapped and is slated for a spring 2010 release. She has four other films coming out in the next year, including the Indiana Jones-style family adventure “The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone.” In the case of “Whitney,” she nailed the role after going up against actresses like Emily Osment, Isabelle Fuhrman (“Orphan”) and Madeline Carroll (“Swing Vote”).

Hanratty distinguishes herself with her focused attitude and constant energy — her colleagues describe her as a teen without the teen angst.

“After she wins her multiple Academy Awards, I hope she remembers me, because I would love to work with her again,” says “Whitney” director Peter Odiorne.

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