Wilmywood Birthdays This Week

by April Vickery

LaraWilmywood is celebrating four “Hard to Miss” stars this week! First off, Happy 44th to the timelessly beautiful Lara Flynn Boyle who is connected to Wilmywood by the film ‘THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE‘ directed by Alan Parker. Lara played the character, “Ida Muntz” in this 1994 comedy. WELLVILLE took the cast and crew to scenic Orton Plantation in Winnabow and they filmed several scenes here in Wilmington.
Lara has been in over 40 roles on TV and the big screen including the 1992 film WAYNE’S WORLD and her striking beauty paired well with her comedic timing to make her the ultimate weapon in one of my personal favorites, MEN IN BLACK II.  The Emmy and SAG award nominated actress is rumored to have just finished ‘LUCKY DOG’ directed by Michael Feifer. The film is in currently in it’s post-production process. She celebrates on the 24th!
Jason-Castro-(singer)-wallpaperOn the 25th, THE PERFECT SUMMER‘s dreadlock having heartthrob, Jason Castro turns 27! This American Idol came to Wilmywood to heat up the beaches as “Cody” in the Swirl Productions Film directed by Gary Wheeler in 2013! This Texas native is best known for his musical talents, but he showed all of us here in Wilmywood what he could do without his guitar.  THE PERFECT SUMMER took place ALL OVER Wilmywood and so many of our talented actors here got to spend days working with the crew. Working all day on the beach? Not a bad gig! Wrightsville Beach welcomed the light eyed crooner with open arms and wishes him a happy birthday!
babyI’m positive that on Wednesday the 26th nobody will put Baby in the corner for her 54th birthday! Jennifer Grey is best know as “Baby Houseman” in the 1987 film ‘DIRTY DANCING‘. Baby and camp dance instructor, Johnny Castle (played by Patrick Swayze) fell into forbidden summer love *swoon* set to music. This Emile Ardolino film wasn’t shot in Wilmywood, however it is North Carolina proud.  They shot this dance-a-riffic flick throughout Asheville, Lake Lure and Lure Woods here in NC. Jennifer was also in the 1986 film FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF with another one of our celeb birthday celebrators, Lara Flynn Boyle. Lara’s scenes ended up being cut from the film, but the work earned her a SAG card and Jennifer went on to be remembered as the big sister nobody wanted to mess with. Happy Birthday Jennifer!
vinceLast and certainly not least is the one and only Vince Vaughn who celebrates on the 28th! He is mostly known as the “funny guy” on screen but brought his character of “Rick Barnes” in 2001’s DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE to life with a fierceness that I am sure none of us expected. Luckily for us in Wilmywood it was all pretend and this intimidatingly tall actor (he’s 6’5″) was a big teddy bear who was often seen enjoying the many restaurants and pubs that downtown Wilmington has to offer with his co-stars John Travolta and Steve Buscemi.  Well, there was this one time…Nah, not going there!  Vince is currently filming TERM LIFE which is directed by Peter Billingsley in Atlanta, GA. Vince will be 44. Happy Birthday from Wilmywood!
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