Web celeb Rose turns to cinema
NZ actress Jessica Rose – who found fame on YouTube as lonelygirl15 – has made her first foray into Hollywood, starring alongside tabloid queen Lindsay Lohan in the psychological thriller I Know Who Killed Me. Rose also has a lead role in the upcoming independent drama Perfect Sport. “It’s really exciting to be doing what I love and doing what I’ve always wanted to do,” she said in a NZ Herald interview. “It feels like any time a Kiwi has success as an actor or actress, it’s like the entire country is backing you. That’s what I love about NZ.” Rose, 19, was born in the US but grew up in Mount Maunganui. She studied acting in Auckland and worked as a makeup artist on Peter Jackson’s King Kong before moving to LA in 2005. Her YouTube success saw her voted both Forbes magazine’s Web Celeb and VH1’s Big Web Hit for 2006.