Alana Locke was wearing a new top the other day. The T-shirt declared in bold pink lettering against a black background: "No autographs please. OK OK just one." Alana, 10, convinced her parents to buy the shirt for her as a joke, but before too long she might have reason to utter those words. The Mulberry resident recently returned from Atlanta, where she spent several days filming scenes for "One Missed Call," a psychological thriller starring Edward Burns ("Saving Private Ryan") and Shannyn Sossamon ("A Knight's Tale").
The experience marked an audacious introduction to the world of feature films for Alana, who has no formal training and only started acting about a year ago.
"I've wanted to do this since I was real little," the home-schooled fifth-grader said, sitting on the couch in her family's living room. "I would watch a lot of movies and see a lot of actors and actresses. I always wanted to be on TV."
Her parents, devout Christians, discouraged that ambition for several years for fear the entertainment industry might have a corrupting influence on their Alana (pronounced uh-LONN-uh). But they finally relented when she was 9, partly after getting assurances from a neighbor whose son, one of Alana's best friends, has done some acting and modeling.
Jon and Michele Locke found an agent for their daughter and began checking youth casting Web sites for opportunities. She got a small part in a student production at Orlando's Full Sail filmmaking school and appeared as a model in print ads for Pottery Barn and Discovery Cove theme park.
Alana -- along with her parents and her 8-year-old brother Greyson -- also played a passenger aboard the doomed ValuJet Flight 592 in the TV movie "Seconds from Disaster," which aired recently on National Geographic Channel.