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Worcester Prep student filming movie in Budapest

Sixth grade Worcester Prep student Quinn McColgan stands in Budapest, Hungary, the site of her most recent acting job in thriller movie “Welcome to Harmony.” The thriller is slated to premiere in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Noelle McColgan)

(Feb. 28, 2014) A sixth grade student at Worcester Preparatory School is co-starring alongside Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) and Matthew Fox (“Lost” and “Party of Five”) in a movie, with filming under way in Budapest, Hungary

“Welcome to Harmony” isn’t 12-year-old Quinn McColgan’s first film, but it marks the first time the actress has traveled overseas for her work.

“This is my first time I’ve ever traveled out of the country,” the Millsboro, Del., native said last Wednesday during her fifth week on set. “Its’ exciting here. Everything’s different.”

“Welcome to Harmony” is Spanish Director Miguel Angel Vivas’ English-language debut movie. The thriller about several people trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world is set to premiere in 2015.

McColgan plays “Lue,” the lively daughter of Donovan’s character who brings light into a dark world.

“She’s supposed to be really sweet and kind and loving,” McColgan said of her character. “I definitely have a more emotional part … from other parts I’ve played.”

The starlet has filled roles from Kate Winslet’s daughter in a TV mini-series “Mildred Pierce” to “Becca” in “Non-Stop,” a movie McColgan saw premiere in Paris while in Europe for her current project. “Non-Stop” hits  theaters today, Feb. 28.

Her acting career started at age 7 on a bandstand in Delaware.

“My parents had someone come up to them and hand them their card and ask if I’d be interested in doing acting,” McColgan said. “I was really excited because I had always loved being on stage.”

She took several modeling classes and went on to win an International Modeling and Talent Association competition among 5,000 other aspiring actors and actresses. In her first week testing out agents, McColgan landed two of her three auditions.

“It was just kind of a fluke — a chance meeting I guess you could say — and she excelled,” Quinn’s mom Noelle McColgan said.

Her daughter’s averaged a movie a year since and has made appearances in five TV shows and almost 20 commercials. But the younger McColgan doesn’t feel like her acting gets in the way of being a regular kid.

“I have a pretty normal life other than a couple days out of school here and there. I hang out with my friends and play school sports,” she said. And with the help of technology and an on-set tutor, she’s able to stay afloat in school and is earning top marks in her classes.

The McColgans plan to leave for home March 17, though those plans pend on finishing the film.

McColgan’s long-term goal is to land more rolls that let her to travel and continue meeting new people, she said. “This is definitely something I’m very fortunate to do.”

Follow Quinn on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuinnMcColgan.

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