Actor/filmmaker Michael Damian is already on the hunt for his next young dance prodigy for the sequel to his new movie High Strung.
A regular on U.S. daytime soap The Young & The Restless, Damian wrote the story about a ballet star from America's Mid-West with his wife Janeen, loosely based on her story of triumphing on the New York stage.
They recruited old friend Jane Seymour to play a teacher and then set about trying to find their star - a real dancer with acting ability.
"Janeen and I were watching a special about the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and they were doing a piece on the importance of ballet in Russian culture," Michael recalls. "They said, 'By the way, we have an American here who is part of the company, and we are going to interview her'.
Actress Jane Seymour managed to live out her dancing dream as a teen after she was told she wasn't good enough for the Royal Ballet.
The former Bond girl started dancing when she was four and became a ballet professional at the age of 13.
But she was left devastated when the Royal Ballet turned her down because her body "wasn't right".
Jane refused to give up her dream and so she went to the Arts Education Trust - "the other place where the rejects from the Royal Ballet went".
Continue reading: Jane Seymour Beat The Odds To Land Dream Ballet Role
Former Bond girl Jane Seymour watched a ballet school classmate lose her life to an eating disorder.
The Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman star admits she went to dangerous lengths to keep weight off as a promising ballerina in her teens, but the death of a pal made her realise she was risking too much to stay super-slender.
"When I was in ballet school I actually saw a girl in our class die from anorexia," the actress tells WENN. "We had a lot of anorexics. That was really frightening.
"We were all told we had to lose weight. I remember one point I tried to lose a lot of weight and all I ate the entire day was one green apple! Yes, I lost weight but I also lost energy. I'm very fortunate that I never went anorexic, but I could've very easily, and a lot of my friends did - and that was very sad to watch."
Continue reading: Jane Seymour: 'I Watched Ballet Pal Die Of Anorexia'
Actress Jane Seymour Was Stunned When Her Real-life Daughter Signed On To Play Mum's Character As A Younger Woman In New Movie Mistrust, Because She Had To Shoot Love Scenes Weeks After Becoming A Mum.
Katherine Flynn, who plays the young Veronica in the steamy drama, was approached about the role when she was pregnant and her mum felt sure she'd turn it down, because it would mean getting back in shape so soon after the delivery.
"They have a scene where I'm supposed to be 30, and they hired my real daughter to play me...," Jane tells New York Live. "I thought she wouldn't do it, because she's just had a baby, four weeks ago... and she's playing love scenes! It wasn't my idea."
Mum also has a few love scenes in the film with her former Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman co-star William Shockley, and she admits they may have prompted the veteran actor, who played Hank Lawson in the beloved TV drama, to ask his partner to marry him.
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Marlon Wayans, the king of parody films has decided to tackle one of biggest films of 2015 with his take on Fifty Shades Of Grey, aptly called Fifty Shades Of Black. The film follows much of the same plot but as you might expect, has some seriously funny additions to the original story which basically makes a (necessary) mock of the blockbuster.
Wayans plays Christian Black, a business tycoon with too much money than sense. The gorgeous Kali Hawk plays the timid and initially reluctant Hannah.
Fifty Shades of Black is directed by Michael Tiddes and will be released in cinemas around the US from January 2016.
Jane Seymour has admitted she's still ''very sad'' about her split from her fourth husband James Keach in 2013 but has remained on good terms with him for the sake of their twin sons.
The 64-year-old actress and her fourth husband divorced in 2013, and she still regrets the fact their marriage is over, though they have remained on good terms for the sake of their 19-year-old twin sons John and Kristopher.
Speaking to Woman magazine, she said: ''I still get very sad about it - but he made the choice, not me.
Continue reading: Jane Seymour Is 'very Sad' About James Keach Split
Actress Jane Seymour Fell Asleep During Her Romantic Bedroom Scene With Sir Roger Moore In Live And Let Die.
The British-American star's screen career took off after she landed the role of Bond girl Solitaire in the 1973 007 movie, but when the time came to shoot a love scene with her leading man, Seymour dozed off.
She admits she was mortified when she realised she had been sleeping on set but blames the lighting crew for leaving her relaxing in the bed while they made some technical adjustments.
Seymour tells Britain's Event magazine, "Being in bed with Roger Moore for the love scene was so embarrassing. We had to do it so many times I fell asleep during one of the many pauses while they changed the lighting and they didn't wake me up until they were ready to go. Someone just handed me a cup of tea - there is a picture of Roger and I sipping one in that bed."
The Wedding Crashers star revealed she and Keach had split in April (13) and now she's keen to end the 20-year union after filing documents in Los Angeles last week (ends25Oct13).
The 62 year old has two 17-year-old twin boys with Keach, and she is requesting joint legal and physical custody. The actress is not requesting spousal support, according to Tmz.com.
Continue reading: Jane Seymour Files For Legal Separation To End 20-Year Marriage
Actress Jane Seymour has stripped down to a bikini for a racy photoshoot at the age of 62.
The former Bond girl peeled off and posed in a skimpy turquoise two-piece swimsuit on the beach outside her home in Malibu, California for a series of shots taken by her photographer son Sean Flynn.
Seymour was given the bikini by her designer friend Cheri Ingle as a 'joke' for her 62nd birthday, and she decided on a whim to wear it for an impromptu sunset photoshoot.
Continue reading: Jane Seymour's Bikini Shoot At 62
Jane Seymour has helped her sister make her acting debut after inadvertantly landing her sibling a role in new romantic comedy Austenland.
The British star reveals director Jerusha Hess caught sight of a photo of her younger sister before shooting began and thought she would be perfect to portray Seymour's head maid.
The 62 year old tells Wenn, "(Hess) said, 'Oh, how wonderful it would be if your sister plays the head of the ugly maids!'"
Continue reading: Jane Seymour's Sister Makes Film Debut In Austenland
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15th February, 1951
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