Ever since I saw these images of LonelyGirl15’s Jessica Rose with Hollywood “It” girl Lindsay Lohan crop up on Pink is The New Blog I have been hunting for more details about her rise to fame – from youtube sensation to movie deal. Finally I found the reference from this Sydney Morning Herald story, who offer the following:
Web video star Jessica Rose – better recognised by her YouTube alias Lonelygirl15 – will play a role in an upcoming film starring Lindsay Lohan.
The film – I Know Who Killed Me – has reportedly been in production since late last year, and filming is scheduled to wrap up this month.
A number of photos of Rose and Lohan on the set of the film have cropped up on celebrity gossip websites.
It is a reassuring sign for budding filmmakers and actors seeking to use video-sharing sites such as YouTube as a launch pad for Hollywood success.
Lohan’s publicist, Sloane Zelnik, told E! News that Lohan had been visiting the set while she was checked in to the Wonderland rehab centre in Los Angeles. She recently finished her stay at the centre but will continue the program as an outpatient.
An Internet Movie Database profile for I Know Who Killed Me said the script revolved around Lohan’s character, “a young woman [who] appears to suffer from dual personalities after surviving a brutal kidnapping”.
Rose’s character is named Marcia, but further details are yet to be released.
Brought up in New Zealand, Rose shot to stardom after she appeared as the home-schooled teenager “Bree” in a series of video blogs, posted on YouTube under the alias Lonelygirl15.
Bree was initially portrayed as being a real person, and vented on topics such as her life in a small town, boy dilemmas and her troubled relationship with her parents.
But thanks to a group of web sleuths, she was eventually outed as a phoney; Bree was in fact the creation of two Californian filmmakers.
Nonetheless, Lonelygirl15’s YouTube channel remains the most subscribed of all time, with new clips added every few days.
Rose’s role in I Know Who Killed Me will be her first major film appearance, made possible by her success on YouTube. It is understood she has also secured the starring role in an upcoming film called Perfect Sport.
Various entertainment news websites have quoted text from Rose’s MySpace page, in which she appears to have commented on her new roles.
“I filmed my first scenes [for I Know Who Killed Me] not long ago and was introduced to Lindsay, and, from what I saw, she is not how the press portrays her,” Rose wrote.
“In my opinion she seemed very sweet and funny and absolutely beautiful! Anyway, I am also going to be starring in the movie The Perfect Sport and I believe it’ll be out by the end of 07 but that’s not a promise!”
The veracity of the quotes could not immediately be verified because Rose’s profile is inaccessible by those who have not been added to her “friends” list.