Stepping out of The Dark into the spotlight.(News)
Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales); 4/10/2006
Schoolgirl actress Abigail Stone has revealed how working with heart-throb Sean Bean made her mum jealous. Abigail, 13, beat hundreds of other hopefuls to star in horror film The Dark, which was released in cinemas across the country on Friday. And she was given loads of hugs by pin-up Bean, star of Lord of the Rings and TV show Sharpe. Abigail said, 'My mum was so jealous - she's got a real crush on him. He really is so good looking up close. In one of the scenes he gives me a big hug and it made me go all dizzy.
'I couldn't believe this huge Hollywood star was hugging me!'
Abigail, from Bridgend, plays a ghost in the film, which also stars American actress Maria Bello.
But The Dark has a 15 certificate which means Abigail and her friends are not old enough to see it at the cinema.
She said, 'I saw the film at the Edinburgh premiere.
'Luckily the film hadn't been classified so I managed to go and see it.
'I didn't find it very scary. But when you know there were 20 people on set and how they put it all together, it takes away all the mystery.'
Abigail had to go through several rounds of auditions before being offered the part.
She said, 'They held auditions in the school and I'd always loved being in the spotlight so I thought I would give it a go.
'I never thought in a million years I would be asked back.
'When I got down to the final two I was gobsmacked.'
Abigail was called to meet the film's director, John Fawcett, and have a final screen test.
She said, 'I was so nervous all through my final interview.
'He told me I got the part there and then, I was so excited, I couldn't believe I was going to meet Sean Bean.
'My first day on set was really nerve-wracking, but Sean and Maria were wonderful.
'They pulled silly faces at me all through my first take to help me relax.
'I have kept the picture of Sean hugging me. I have it pride of place in my room. I feel all giggly every time I look at it.'
The film centres around an American couple who lose their daughter.
They encounter a strange Welsh girl, played by Abigail, the day their daughter dies in a drowning accident.
Abigail's character bears a striking resemblance to the lost child.
She said, 'I play the part of the ghost, Ebrill, which is Welsh for April.
'The whole thing is based in Wales although most of the filming happened on the Isle of Man and in a studio in London.
'It was hard work on set, I was up at 5am every morning to have four hours of make-up.
'I was soaking wet in a lot of scenes as well, so it could get very cold - but I loved every second of it.
'I've signed some autographs for my mates just for a laugh, I've also been recognised on the street a couple of times.
'Someone walked up to me and asked if I was a movie star!'
The Dark was filmed last year but since then Abigail's biggest role was in a school production of the musical Grease.
She dreams of becoming an actress but her studies come first at Cynffig Comprehensive in Kenfig Hill, near Bridgend.
She said, 'Acting in front of an audience of 80 school friends was completely different from acting on the film set.
'It was so bizarre coming home from filming. One minute I was living the high life with all these movie stars, the next I was back at school, in maths class.
'I have Maria Bello's email address and we still email occasionally.
'It was the most amazing experience. I can't wait to do it for a job when I'm older.'
A spokesman for the film company said, 'Abigail did very well. She's a star in the making.'
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