Lifetime Movie Network knows how to make a movie that turns on the waterworks.
That’s why TV DivaGal will have a box of Kleenex nearby when she watches Karley Scott Collins deliver an emotional performance in the televised drama Amish Grace this weekend.
The film is based on the true-life accounts of the tragic schoolhouse shooting that took place in an Amish community in Pennsylvania back in 2006.
Karley plays Katie Graber, a young girl whose sister is murdered in the horrific crime.
“I’m also trying to deal with the lost, and I’m having a lot of mixed emotions,” Karley tells the TV DivaGal of her demanding role. “I’m having a little bit of trouble forgiving the man. It’s about how my family is struggling with forgiveness, and the whole community is.”
Such mature subject matter for a ten-year-old! But Karley, who comes across wise beyond her years, credits her parents for helping her prep for the role.
“They gave me a bunch of literature, and I read all about it,” Karley shares. “It really helped me portray this girl’s sister. I felt close to the girls, and the sadness I have in the film is real.”
Having Kimberly Paisley-Williams play her mom helped create some lighter moments for Karley between takes.
“She was so sweet to me. In between scenes she taught me how to make grass flutes. We’d play Scrabble and dance. That part was really fun.”
Every kid should be able to have those moments in life.
Amish Grace airs Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. on LMN.
photo credits: LMN, MBPR