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By Rita Cook
allas native Abigail Klein, who stars with Leighton Meester, Andy Samberg, Susan Sarandon and Adam Sandler in “That’s My Boy,” is also the lead in Easton Corbin’s new music video “Lovin’ You is Fun,” tells A Distinctive Style that she is, “just as fun-loving and enthusiastic in real life,” as in her upcoming bridesmaid role, albeit a little more restrained and not quite as expressive as her character in the movie. Despite working alongside megastars such as Sarandon, Klein says she wasn’t awestruck: “The entire cast of ‘That’s My Boy’ features so many stars with so much experience. My scenes were mostly with Adam, Andy and Leighton. Adam was actually very focused making sure each scene was executed in the most hilarious way possible,” she says. “Throughout the process he was also laid back and fun, and I admire his ability to maintain a relaxed environment while keeping everyone on task.” A trained dancer, Klein was a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader for three years, before moving to Los Angeles where she enjoyed roles in “90210,” and “The Young and the Restless.” “As a cheerleader I learned so much about life in general,” Klein says. “Performing for 85,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium for home games was absolutely insane. But other aspects were more life changing.” Our appearances ranged from opening a WalMart in Arkansas, to a nursing home visit in Texas, USO [United Service Organizations] tours in Southwest Asia, calendar shoots in Mexico and the Bahamas, to events in Japan and even a talk show in China,” she recalls. “Getting a glimpse of such diverse cultures and meeting people with so many diﬀerent views expanded my perceptions of life in ways I never could have anticipated. Now, when I am in a meeting with a roomful of people ranging from directors and producers to writers, I feel excited and conﬁdent.” On her Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader days Klein says, “I’ll
always remember my 21st birthday overseas on the 2009 USO Tour. Keep in mind I went on this tour with the cliché goal of ‘bringing a piece of home’ to the troops at Christmas. I was so naïve. Our performances and appearances were so tremendously welcomed. It was overwhelming how grateful everyone was.” While today her ﬁlm roles keep her busy, Klein has also traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait performing for the USO in support of American troops and is an active philanthropist supporting The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Children’s Hospital. “Because my upbringing was positive and accepting, I believe it made me more compassionate,” Klein reveals. “I grew up with the encouragement around me to contribute in some way to anything that is meaningful. Participating in walks for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visiting a terminally ill child at Children’s Hospital, helping to make a child’s perfect Christmas happen with ‘A Wish With Wings,’ these things leave me with a greater sense of gratitude.” She tells us that sharing such special moments with these children and admiring their courage to make the best of each day is truly inspiring. “Three weeks ago in Los Angeles, I participated in a 5k run for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. I want to stay involved in any way I can to help improve children’s lives. I look forward to many more opportunities in the future.” Klein says growing up in Dallas helped shape the woman she is today: “Coppell in particular, could be seen as somewhat sheltered,” she says, “I was brought up with Christian, conservative views, which may be thought of as constricting or boring. However, my parents, teachers and dance instructors all contributed to a positive and charmed childhood. I think such strong support made moving to LA to pursue acting a whole lot easier. I was taught that anything is possible.”
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