Teen actor won't get Carried away

KERRY MCBRIDE
Last updated 05:00 15/07/2012
Stefania Owen
KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ
SUCCESS IN THE CITY: Stefania Owen plays the younger sister of Carrie Bradshaw in a spinoff from Sex and the City.

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It's a classic schoolgirl dream – become an actress and shop up a storm in New York.

But for Wellington 14-year-old Stefania Owen, who has been cast in a prequel to Sex and the City, the dream has become reality, and she's taking the opportunity in her stride.

The American-born actress has already shot a pilot for The Carrie Diaries and will return to New York later this year to shoot the rest of the series.

"With TV shows you never know what's going to happen, it's like a crazy rollercoaster. You just have to take what comes at the time and appreciate the opportunity.

"It all depends on if the show does well or not. If it succeeds then we could be over there for quite a long time, or we could be sent back after just three months."

The Pauatahanui teenager is no stranger to the small screen, having appeared in her first commercial at age 9, and in the US 2010 comedy series Running Wilde. She also won a role in Sir Peter Jackson's 2009 film The Lovely Bones.

In the Sex and the City spinoff she plays Carrie Bradshaw's younger sister Dorrit, a rebellious 14-year-old with a habit of pinching her sister's clothes.

Despite the volatile relationship with her on-screen sister, Stefania could not be closer with actress AnnaSophia Robb, who will be filling the stylish shoes of the teenage Carrie.

The pair met when Stefania's older sister Carly was cast in the 2007 film Bridge to Terabithia alongside AnnaSophia.

While she remains humble about her chances of making it big off the back of The Carrie Diaries, Stefania remains open to any chances that may come along.

"I'm lucky because acting is something I love doing, but I also have a completely normal life at school and with my friends. That's something that not many young actors can have.

"I'm just taking opportunities as they come, but if they don't come then I am content exactly where I am."

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