Former Bryan Teen Lands Movie Role

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Its her first time on the big screen and she came home to Bryan to watch the premiere and sign autographs.

"I looked at everybody and I was just wow these people are all here to see me," said Raini Rodriguez.

The 15-year-old moved to Hollywood four years ago to pursue acting, and it paid off. She plays Kevin James' daughter in the new film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

Raini says its a long way from her first gig: a health insurance infomercial.

"That was all in Spanish and i don't know Spanish, so my first job of course had to be in Spanish. I don't know one lick of Spanish at all, like I'm really bad at it."

Before long, Raini was auditioning for other roles, like a cameo on the Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody."

"It said that I was going to have to kiss Zack," said Rodriguez. "It was my first kiss ok, I have to say that now. It was pretty good, I mean how many girls get their frist kiss by Dylan Sprouse. It was pretty awesome. We did it 6 times, but I mean I wasn't counting or anything..

Years ago, Raini wasn't counting on seeing herself in movies

"I mean that just doesn't happen," said Rodriguez. Like I said, it just doesn't happen, especially for somebody from such a small town."

Chances are, viewers can count on seeing her in one again.

"I feel like I'm trying to bring Bryan back on the map and I just, I want to thank everybody for all their support," said Rodriguez.

Raini's younger brother has also appeared in films, and has a recurring role as "little guillermo" on the Jimmy Kimmel show.


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