Welcome to the first installment of the Casting of Blogger Girl series! Now, I know that Blogger Girl has not been contracted for a movie but I am a dreamer and I like to dream big. Probably why I love writing so much – so I can dream up fun stories to entertain other people. So, for shits and giggles, let’s say that I have, in fact, sold the movie rights to Blogger Girl and let’s suspend reality even more and say that I, as the author, actually have a major say in casting said film. In this series, I will be sharing my picks for the roles of Kim (heroine), Nicholas (love interest), Bridget (best friend) and Hannah (high school nemesis/villain). I will also share my thought process as to how said actor won the role. In some cases, the decision was virtually instant. In other cases, I changed my mind five or six times before I knew – like the way you just know. Finally, since a few bloggers/readers shared their thoughts on the casting, I will include their picks too and give credit where credit is due. First up is the role of Kimberly Long.
Kimberly Long is a twenty-eight year old legal secretary/book blogger living in New York City. Kim has long, straight light brown hair and brown eyes. Her most distinctive physical feature is her height – only 4 feet and 11 inches. Kim is the first to admit to compensating her lack of height by emphasizing her proportionally larger breasts: “I needed to give people a reason to look down far enough to see me.”
Kim describes herself as “cute” and is not all that aware of her sex appeal:
Nicholas: – “Yes, I guess Hannah is cute, but you are sexy.”
Kim: “No, I’m cute.”
Nicholas: “Fine, you are cute. But you’re also sexy.”
There were only two actresses I considered for this role. My choices were somewhat limited because I couldn’t choose a very tall actress. My choices are slightly taller than Kim but, hey, it’s the movies and movies often stray somewhat from the book.
My runner up for the role of Kimberly Long is Michelle Williams:
Although Michelle is a terrific actress and certainly cute enough to portray my girl Kim, I wanted someone a little more “quirky” and my pull towards the other actress was just too strong.
Other thoughts for the role of Kim included:
Hillary Duff (courtesy of Elizabeth Grunderson who, by the way, wrote one of my favorite reviews ever.)
Amanda Seyfried (Courtesy of fabulous blogger Melissa Amster from the equally fabulous Chick Lit Central).
I actually think both of the above options are not at all off-base and I wouldn’t terminate the movie contract if either of these actresses were cast. However, by the time I finished the first draft of Blogger Girl, I had a very clear picture of Kimberly Long and, without further ado, here she is!
She’s adorable and sexy, yet approachable and not intimidating. I think she is perfect to play a comic role, a romantic lead and a vulnerable young woman learning what it takes to make her happy and how to make it happen.
Stay tuned for next week’s installment of the Casting of Blogger Girl series – Nicholas Strong!