October has been a good month for actress Molly Ephraim ’08. This week, she’s wrapping up a five-week run playing the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Westport (Conn.) Country Playhouse – a performance for which she earned a mostly positive review from The New York Times. And last weekend, Ephraim’s latest movie, Paranormal Activity 2, opened as the country’s No. 1 box-office hit, grossing more than $40 million.
The two recent roles are the latest examples of Ephraim’s ability to bridge stage and screen. Before coming to Princeton, she starred as Little Red Riding Hood in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods. During the summer before her senior year of college, she worked on her first feature film, playing the pastel-sweater-wearing daughter of Donny Osmond in the Disney movie College Road Trip. And since receiving her A.B. in religion in 2008, she also has appeared on TV, opposite fellow alum Mark Feuerstein ’93 in an episode of Royal Pains.
A few of Princeton’s alumni actors – including Feuerstein – discovered their love of the stage while in college. But for Ephraim, the career path was on her mind long before she arrived on campus.
“My parents always joke that I was asking for an agent for my birthday when I was 10,” she told PAW in 2008. “Most kids that age are asking for a pony.”
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