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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sonya Balmores is "Malina" in "Soul Surfer" The Bethany Hamilton Story.

Sonya just wrapped up filming for this inspirational movie and when we asked her how filming went, this is what she had to say: "Booking a role on Soul Surfer was a great opportunity for me personally and also a huge honor to be part of Bethany Hamilton's story.
It was awesome meeting Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and the other young actors.
They were all really happy to be working and surfing in Hawaii.
It was especially fun for me because I got to work with some old friends, like actor Ross Thomas who I worked along side with in Beyond the Break about 4 years ago! The Director of Soul Surfer, Sean McNamara was also the producer and one of our directors on Beyond the Break, it's so easy and fun working with him, he's really laid back and always has a great attitude.
The local crew is the best of course and this time I got to hang out with a lot of the young up and coming surfer girls in Hawaii. In fact Alyssa Quizon was my stunt double for the film, she even cut her hair to match me!
Producers say the movie may come out in September, I hope everyone enjoys it and that the audience doesn't hate me for too long because I play Malina, the tough competitive girl in the movie. I can't wait for people all over the world to hear about Bethany and how God turned a scary situation into something good! Working with Bethany and her family is so encouraging, their entire family and their faith is quite inspirational." To see more of Sonya please go to

Michelle Vawer in Contrast Magazine this month,shot in NYC by local Photographer Daeja Fallas. Ana Monique on M/U and Hair and Film footage.

Michelle Vawer is currently signed with IMG in NYC and Paris and her career is just soaring!
contrast project 0002 from Ana Monique Velazquez on Vimeo.