Dance Moms’ alum Ava Michelle Cota has been cast as the lead in the Netflix original comedy Tall Girl.
Michelle who is 6-foot-1, will star as Jodi, the tallest girl in her school who has never quite felt comfortable in her skin. All of that changes when she falls for the handsome and equally tall foreign exchange student Stig (Luke Eisner) who, of course, gets Jodi’s quirky, best, male friend Jack Dunkleman (Griffin Gluck) and his hippie mom as a host family. As a result, Jodi is embroiled in a surprising love triangle, which helps her realize she’s far more than her insecurities about her height have led her to believe, and that she must embrace what makes her different and be proud to stand out, not fit in.
“It was essential for us to find an actor to portray our lead who can speak to the challenges and lessons that Jodi experiences from a very personal place of authenticity,” said Nzingha Stewart, the director of the film, about Michelle. “Ava’s ability to beautifully and uniquely showcase those attributes stood out to us in a way that we believe audiences will connect with. Tall Girl showcases that embracing the very qualities that make you different is what allows you to overcome anything.”
The film also stars Sabrina Carpenter as Harper, Jodi’s older sister with Steve Zahn and Angela Kinsey as their parents, Paris Berelc as Liz, Anjelika Washington as Fareeda, Clara Wilsey as Kimmy, and Rico Paris as Schnipper.
Sam Wolfson wrote the script and it will be produced by Mary Viola along with Wonderland’s McG and Corey Marsh.
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