After a nationwide search, MILLICENT SIMMONDS landed the coveted lead role of
Rose opposite Julianne
Moore in "Wonderstruck." Director Todd Haynes shot half the film without sound,
not only as a nod to
the films made during the period in which the story takes place but also to
highlight the perspective of
Millicent's character Rose who is deaf. Millicent herself is deaf, and
communicates by using American
Sign Language. Simmonds has been performing Shakespeare plays with The Jean
Massieu School of the
Deaf Drama Club for the last five years, and received a certificate of
excellence for her portrayal as Puck
in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She was also seen in the short film "Color of
the World" which
received recognition from Utah State University. A Utah native, Millicent enjoys
traveling, being with her family and feels passionately about becoming an
advocate for Deaf actors.
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