Child with acting bug earns spot in TV ad
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- A 10-year-old River Falls girl has landed an acting role representing Girl Scouts in a Nestle’s Coffee-Mate national TV commercial.
Abby Fry, a Girl Scout since kindergarten, is a fifth-grader at Rocky Branch Elementary School. She’s the daughter of Blake and Michele Fry of River Falls.
Abby is a Girl Scout junior in Troop No. 53022 from Girl Scouts of Wisconsin and Minnesota River Valleys.
She is starring in a TV commercial network spot for new Girl Scout cookie-inspired Thin Mints and caramel and coconut flavored creamers. The first TV commercial with Abby aired Monday.
“We were thrilled with the response to our casting call and were so impressed by all of the submissions,” said Gabe Chua, Coffee-Mate marketing manager. “Abby won us over with her genuine spirit and talent because she truly personifies the values of the Girls Scouts organization.”
Abby, who submitted a video of herself, was picked by a judging panel from among more than 600 online and in-person auditions last summer.
These led to callbacks for the next auditioning rounds. Abby also auditioned with a director via the Internet using Skype.
Finalists were narrowed until the judging panel settled on Abby to star in the new Coffee-Mate/Girl Scouts themed commercial.
For Abby, being involved with the Girl Scouts organization is a family affair. Her mother has served as her troop leader and her father as treasurer of the service unit.
This year her troop is pursuing the Bronze Award by raising awareness of pet homelessness and supporting the establishment of a local shelter through a pet food drive.
After learning she landed the TV commercial role and finishing her homework, Abby was whisked away to the entertainment capital of the world.
While Abby has acted in local community theater, this was her first time seeing the Hollywood lights and starring in a mainstream commercial.
Abby’s love of acting has led to her being in several plays, including the River Falls Community Theatre production of “The Velveteen Rabbit.”
Donning a Girl Scout Junior uniform, Abby recently finished the new Coffee-Mate commercial, in which she questions what an office worker did to deserve Girl Scout Thin Mints flavored creamer, given that it is “one of the most delicious Girl Scout Cookie flavors ever.”
Abby’s dad, Blake, says her fame is already spreading.
“The best part of Abby being in the commercial is all the wonderful messages we get from friends and family when they see her on TV,” he said.
In the short term, Abby hopes to continue acting, though her career aspiration is to be a member of Congress.
To view the newly released commercial and behind-the-scenes footage involving Abby, go to www.girlscouts.coffee-mate.com.