The Ruby Princess Runs Away
"The best moment is finding out I’ve been cast in a film or TV show. Then I love traveling to fun places and working with good actors." Michelle Horn (on the best thing about being an actress).
Planning to become an actress after watching the 1993 film "Free Willy," Michelle Horn made her first film in Harold Ramis' comedy starring Al Franken, "Stuart Saves His Family" (1995). She subsequently retreated to the small screen and is familiar among TV audiences as Kathleen Quinlan's daughter Cassie Holt (2000-2002) on CBS Emmy-nominated television drama "Family Law" and as Patricia Richardson's teenage daughter Jesse Campbell (2002-2005) on Lifetime medical drama "Strong Medicine."
Meanwhile, she has appeared on such television shows as "Profiler," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Arli$$," "Angel," "The Amanda Show," "Family Guy," "The Practice," and "Without a Trace." She voiced the lion cub Kiara in Disney's direct-to-video animated movie ''The Lion King II: Simba's Pride'' (1998) and acted in the films "Return to the Secret Garden" (2000), "The Ruby Princess Runs Away" (2001) and "Little Athens" (2005).
One of Hollywood's top new actresses, Michelle co-starred with Bruce Willis in the 2005 feature ''Hostage.'' She recently played a supporting role in Katherine Brooks' romantic drama film, "Loving Annabelle" (2006).
Childhood and Family:
On February 28, 1987, Michelle Elizabeth Horn was born in Pasadena, California, where she still lives with her family. In her free time, she enjoys rock music, hanging out with her friends and going to the mall.
Michelle took a master acting class at Center Stage LA, alongside other TV actor kids. She also took horseback riding lessons, ice-skating, dance, and even sign language.
Being asked about the hardest thing about being an actress, Michelle once said, "Keeping up with my schoolwork. I’m in seventh grade and I have a tutor for three hours on the set but that’s not enough time to finish. I have tons of homework!"
"I was six years old and I said, 'Mommy, I know what I want to do. I want to be an actress.' My mother signed me up for acting classes and when I turned seven I got my first job.'' Michelle Horn.
After having seen the film "Free Willy" (1993), Michelle Horn, a six-year-old at the time, knew that she wanted to be an actress and asked her mother to sign her up for acting classes.
At age 8, Michelle landed her first film role, as the younger version of Lesley Boone's character Jodie, in Harold Ramis' comedy starring Al Franken, "Stuart Saves His Family" (1995), which based on a series of popular ''Saturday Night Live'' sketches from the early-to-mid 1990s. She then appeared in a November 1996 episode of The Family Channel game show hosted by comedian Wil Shriner, "Small Talk."
"I spent about a week recording Kiara’s lines. They gave me pictures of my character and I looked at a storyboard, which are drawings of the movie. They videotaped me recording the lines and then gave the tape to the animators so they could draw my facial expressions. I also did Kiara’s voice for the toys." Michelle Horn.
In 1998, Michelle provided her voice for the headstrong and curious lion cub Kiara (the younger version) in the Walt Disney's direct-to-video movie "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride." She later lent her voice again in its video game version, "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Active Play."
Being asked about the premiere of the movie, Michelle recalled, "It was amazing. I was driven to the theatre in a limousine and then escorted down a red carpet that was surrounded by elephants, lions, zebras, panthers, tigers and monkeys. During the film, I sat next to Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. (Yes, he’s really handsome!) Then we went to a party in a huge tent that was decorated to look like the Serengeti Plain in Africa. It even had a waterfall."
Meanwhile, Michelle appeared with John Ritter and Katey Sagal in the romantic drama/comedy TV movie "Chance of a Lifetime" (1998). She also had a recurring role on ABC legal drama "The Practice" and has guest starred on NBC television drama "Profiler," Nickelodeon sci-fi series "The Journey of Allen Strange," the syndicated sci-fi series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (as Sahgi, a young Bajoran resident of Deep Space Nine), HBO sitcom "Arli$$," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off, "Angel."
"I play the continuing role of Cassie Holt in the television series, Family Law. Just recently, I played a Lister Demon on Angel. I looked really creepy!" Michelle Horn.
The new millennium saw Michelle getting her first big break when she was cast as Kathleen Quinlan's daughter Cassie Holt (2000-2002) on CBS Emmy-nominated television drama, "Family Law." During that time, she lent her voice for the video game "Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour" and appeared in two episodes of Nickelodeon live-action comedy and variety show "The Amanda Show," FOX animated comedy series "Family Guy" and ABC animated series "Lloyd in Space."
"I loved it! I played an English girl named Margaret Craven. We shot part of the film in Salt Lake City and were hit by a tornado. Then we went to North Carolina and were in a hurricane. I was afraid we were going to have an earthquake when I returned home to LA." Michelle Horn (on filming "Return to the Secret Garden" (2000)).
Michelle also returned to the big screen in Scott Featherstone's remake of the 1993 family movie, "Return to the Secret Garden" (2000), in which she portrayed Margaret Craven alongside Mercedes Kastner and Josh Zuckerman. Additionally, she starred in Lori Silverbush's short film "Mental Hygiene" (2001) and in Jahnna Beecham's fairy tale movie, "The Ruby Princess Runs Away" (2001), alongside Harvey Korman, Anthony Heald and Sara Paxton. Her performance in the latter film won her Best Child Actress Performance at the Burbank International Children's Film Festival.
When asked about her favorite thing while filming ''The Ruby Princess Runs Away'' (2001), Michelle revealed, "Riding on the Gorax. Dressing in a princess costume and eating Gummi Worms on the set!"
In 2002, Michelle landed another prominent TV role, this time as Jesse Campbell (2002-2005), the teenage daughter of a former military doctor with the rank of Colonel (played by Patricia Richardson), on Lifetime medical drama "Strong Medicine." During this time, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of ABC children animated series "Fillmore!" and CBS FBI drama "Without a Trace."
Michelle also co-starred with Bruce Willis in Florent Emilio Siri's action/thriller movie "Hostage" (2005), which was based on the best-selling novel by Robert Crais. In the film, Michelle portrays Jennifer Smith, the daughter of a mafia-related father (played by Kevin Pollak) who is held hostage by three young thugs and Willis' hostage negotiator character is responsible for keeping her alive.
That same year, she was cast in Tom Zuber's independent drama/comedy film, "Little Athens," alongside John Patrick Amedori, Erica Leerhsen, DJ Qualls, Rachel Miner, Eric Szmanda, and Michael Pena. Premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2005, the film didn't get released on DVD until November 21, 2005.
Recently, in 2006, Michelle supported Diane Gaidry and Erin Kelly in Katherine Brooks' romantic drama film "Loving Annabelle," which was based on "Mädchen in Uniform," a 1931 German feature-length film based on a novel by Christa Winsloe.
Burbank International Children's Film Festival: Film Award--Best Child Actress Performance, "The Ruby Princess Runs Away, 2001Show Less