Lily Javaherpour (Monica Shah) started her showbiz career at an early age. By 2 1/2 years old, she had her first holiday show on ice, by 4 she was awarded the young artist award of the year by the Mayor of Santa Clarita. Over the years, Lily has been voted Santa Clarita's Cutest Kid, Cover Girl, and Calendar Girl. By age 8, Lily was an elite jazz dancer and won championship awards at the State and National levels. Just recently, Lily worked with Jewel in the music video - Break Me. While dancing and modeling, Lily began acting at age 4, performing at the Theater of the Canyons. She starred in her first feature film You Don't Mess with the Zohan, where she played Inaz, Hamdi's daughter. Lily has done voice over with Kodak US, broadcasted on Iranian radio.
Keya Shah (Gina Shah) was born in Northern California. She became a huge fan of the High School Musical motion pictures, which ignited her interest in acting. Keya attended several acting classes (cold reading, monologue, & improvisation) that she really enjoyed - she couldn't wait until her next class! Keya's first opportunity was a photoshoot and a short video for Intel Corporation's Classmate PC. She loves rehearsing for her parts and being on the set regardless of the hours of work. Besides acting, Keya is a big sports enthusiast - she plays competitive soccer, basketball, softball, and loves swimming. In elementary school, Keya also is in the school chorus and plays the violin.
Meera Simhan (Nandini Shah) has had recurring roles in television on House, Nip/Tuck, Invasion and The District and guest-starring roles on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Without a Trace, The Class, Judging Amy, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, ER, Strong Medicine, NYPD Blue, The Guardian and The Practice. Simhan starred as Linda in the box-office hit Date Movie, a romantic comedy spoof by the Aaron Seltzer/Jason Friedberg team. Last year, she was cast as Cynthia, in Mr. Nice Guy, a half hour television pilot for Touchstone and ABC. Meera trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and has maintained a constant presence in theater, performing her solo pieces in over a dozen venues in Los Angeles and New York City. She staged a piece, commissioned by LAsians, at the Taper Too. She worked in Queen of the Remote Control at East West players and Rice Boy at the Taper Too. Meera ran her solo show, Miss India American to sold out performances at the Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.
Ravi Kapoor (Manoj Shah)trained at the East 15 School of Acting in London, and has worked professionally as an actor since 1990 in both England and America. Ravi is best know for his series regular role as Mahesh "Bug” Murthy on NBC's Crossing Jordan, which lasted six seasons. Before this he was a series regular on the ABC show Gideon's Crossing. He was more recently seen on two episodes of My Name is Earl on NBC. His film and TV work in England includes the feature film Wild West, the story of a Pakistani country and western band trying to get to Nashville. Various BBC dramas including Blood and Peaches, Peacock Spring, Flight and more recently In a Land of Plenty. His theater work in America includes a production of King Lear at Cal Shakes' and Rice Boy for the Taper Too. In England he has worked at and for various theater companies including the National Studio Theater, Tara Arts, Tamasha, Theater Royal and Gateway.
Bella Thorne (Sarah Patterson) is know for her role as CeCe Jones on the hit Disney Channel series, Shake it Up. Thorne works triple-time as a television actress, film star and model giving the term “triple threat” a whole new meaning. On the small-screen, Thorne has been on In the Motherhood, My Own Worst Enemy, Dirty Sexy Money, Big Love and has parts on many other shows. On the big screen, she has been in numerous films, most recently, Forget me Not, One Wish, and Water Pills. Nominated for a Young Actor’s Award for her ground-breaking performance in FOX’s The O.C., Bella piqued interest among critics early on in her career. She also won the Young Actor’s Award for “Best Performance in a Drama Series,” for My Own Worst Enemy and was nominated again for October Road .
Zach Mills (Zach Dunlap) has most recently starred the Steven Spielberg / JJ Abrams movie, Super 8, as Preston. He has been in many roles in film and television along side some of Hollywood's most beloved stars such as Adrien Brody, Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Stanley Tucci, and Abigail Breslin in films such as Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and Kit Kittredge, an American Girl. At a young age, Zach displayed a desire to perform. While on a trip to California with his parents, Zach was discovered by casting agent Fern Orenstein, who got him meetings with some of the top child agencies in Los Angeles. Zach signed with The Savage Agency. Not long after, the family packed up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue Zach's love of acting. Two months later Zach had landed two commercials and a costar role on Scrubs.
James Morrison (Henry Hooper) is a dynamic actor known for his role as Bill Buchanan on the FOX hit series 24. He has been had roles in television shows such as Six Feet Under, West Wing, Frasier, The X-Files and many more, and played in films such as Catch Me If You Can, The One, Falling Down, Abilene, Wilderness Survival for Girls and Jarhead. James is also a filmmaker, playwright, poet, actor and yoga teacher, and was born in Utah and is a product of Alaska. He began his acting career as a clown and wire walker for the Carson and Barnes Wild Animal Circus and served his theatrical apprenticeship with the Alaska Repertory Theatre. Since then, he has appeared at some of America's foremost theatres including the McCarter Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, the L.A. Stage Company and The Old Globe with such renowned directors as Emily Mann, Des McAnuff, Jack O'Brien, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jose Quintero and Harry Mastrogeorge, his acting teacher since 1982.
Alison Brie (Ms. Bradlee) She is known for her role as Trudy on AMC's Mad Men and as Annie on NBC’s Community. She will star in the upcoming films, Scream 4, Montana Amazon and The Five-Year Engagement. Interested in acting at an early age, she began her career performing in community theatre shows at the Jewish Community Center in Los Feliz. Her very first role was "Toto" in the Wizard of Oz. After graduating from South Pasadena High School, she attended California Institute of the Arts where she received her BFA in Acting. While there, she was one of the original cast members in the world premiere of The Peach Blossom Fan, performed as the inaugural theatre production at Disney's Redcat Theatre. During that time Alison also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. She performed in the Blank Theatre company's Young Playwright's festival and in shows at the Odyssey, Write-Act, and Rubicon Theatres, receiving an Indy Award for her haunting performance as Ophelia in the Rubicon's production of Hamlet.
Randall Batinkoff (Dylan) recently played Tre Fernandez in the popular 2010 film, Kick- Ass and appeared in X-Men: First Class in 2011. He began his acting career began at the age of nine. While shopping at a toy store with his mom, an agent came up and asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a commercial. Randall got the job and 50 more by the time he finished high school at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts. During the middle of his freshman year, at Brown University, he got his big break when he was cast as Stan Bobrucz in For Keeps. He graduated from Brown with a degree in International Relations. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, drums, the piano, reading, watching movies and working out.
Maulik Pancholy (Amrish) can currently be seen playing Jonathan on the Emmy Award winning NBC series 30 Rock and Sanjay on the Golden Globe nominated Showtime series Weeds. His film work includes 27 Dresses, Love Ranch, Tug, Raspberry Magic, See You in September, Love 'N Dancing, Friends with Money, Hitch, Good Sharma, Park, Quarter Life Crisis, and The Auteur Theory. Other television credits include recurring roles on The Comeback and Tracey Takes On as well as guest roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Sopranos. Off-Broadway, Maulik was seen in The Culture Project's critically acclaimed production of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, the New Group's production of Aunt Dan & Lemon, starring Lili Taylor, and the lead role in the play India Awaiting, about which the New York Times called his performance "charismatic... sexy and funny." He is the voice of Baljeet on the Disney Channel animated series Phineas & Ferb. Maulik received a Screen Actors Guild Award for 30 Rock and two additional SAG nominations - one for Weeds and one for 30 Rock - for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Yale School of Drama, as well as a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University.
Moodles (Tomodachi) was built and programmed specifically for the movie Raspberry Magic by computer scientist, Dr. Jakob Fredslund. Or, rather, its head was. Its body has had several different heads; in its first version, the robot appeared at the Robot Soccer World Cup held in Paris, France in 1998 in connection with the real, human World Cup. Next, with a new and more sophisticated head, it was used in a computer science/psychology research project back in 1999 under the name of Feelix which resulted in several scientific papers. In its current incarnation, Moodles went on from filming with Raspberry Magic in 2008 to acting as a greeter at a special, two-month exhibition on digital art in one of Denmark's biggest and most-visited art museums in 2009.