What is The Shunning about? Plot
From acclaimed author Beverly Lewis, The Shunning tells the story of Katie Lapp, the likeable young Amish woman who faces an unbearable silent treatment from her community for her disobedient ways. Transforming herself into that product of such a profoundly foreign world took extraordinary work for Danielle, who stars in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning,” premiering Saturday, April 16 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C). But to the actress, rising to the challenge was worth it. “The Amish culture is really intriguing to me, and I wanted to get the opportunity to explore it as much as possible,” she says. “I was interested in how those rules and boundaries have defined Katie, and how that all changes over the course of the movie.”
Danielle has already amassed a credit sheet and a Hollywood history that seem far too extensive for someone her age. It’s because the slim, brown-haired beauty found her calling early. Beginning with a theater class in summer camp, the Augusta, Georgia-born Danielle went into community theater at 10, and started auditioning for commercials at age 12. Soon she talked her parents into bringing her and her younger sister and fellow actress, Kay, to Los Angeles to further their careers.
She’s grown from tween to adult in the public eye, with a resume that ranges from Disney fare like the big screen “Sky High” and small screen “Stuck in the Suburbs” and “Read it and Weep” — to the Kevin Costner cult favorite “Mr. Brooks,” to her bundle of horror flicks: “Friday the 13th,” “The Ward” and “The Crazies.” She’s remembered, too, for playing the daughter of a hot-shot lawyer in James Woods’ “Shark” series.
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