as Ben Jacobs
Most widely known for his starring role as Mike Newton in Stephanie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Michael was chosen by director Jason Epperson to play the lead role in the psychological thriller Unrequited.
Prior to his Twilight role, Michael Welch had already made a strong impression on the entertainment world, completing 19 films in his 11-year career. Since age 10, he has worked in every aspect of the business including film, television, voice-over, and stage. Michael is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards, one for his performance at age 10 in Star Trek: Insurrection, his first feature film, and another for his work as Luke Girardi on the television series Joan of Arcadia, which ran for two seasons on CBS.
He can be seen in award-winning festival favorites such as My Suicide, An American Crime, United States of Leland, and American Son, and will soon be seen in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Lost Dream, and Rough Hustle. Michael is familiar to television audiences for his many starring roles on Emmy award-winning shows. He recently starred in an episode of CSI and an arc on The Riches. During the past few years he appeared on CSI: Miami, Numb3rs, Law & Order: SVU, Crossing Jordan, NCIS, Cold Case, and Without a Trace. His earlier years included performances on Stargate SG-1, Judging Amy, The District, Touched by an Angel, Malcolm in the Middle, The X-Files, The Pretender, 7th Heaven, Chicago Hope, and Frasier. In spite of his busy schedule he finds time for theatre (Speech & Debate-2008), received the 2005 Star Innovative Award for environmental causes and has been active with the charity Kids With a Cause since 1999.
as Jessica Morgan
Sarah stars in the upcoming Mandate feature Whip It! with Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page. Sarah also recently shot abc’s picked-up series The Associates in which she has a recurring role. Her television credits also include A&E’s The Beast, starring Patrick Swayze.
A long-time Chicago resident, Sarah is in LA for the first time. She is a very talented and beautiful young woman.
as Todd Brown
Justin Baldoni was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Medford, Oregon.
He was a soccer and track star in high school, as well as a radio disc jockey at a local top-40 radio station. Baldoni was offered a place on the Long Beach State track team his freshman year at California State University, but a hamstring injury left him unable to compete. Baldoni left Long Beach for Los Angeles where, while moving into a new apartment building, Baldoni met a manager who advised him to pursue a career in acting.
Soon after, Baldoni booked a series regular role on the wb’s Everwood.
Recently Baldoni has established himself as one of Hollywood up-and-coming music video directors, having directed campaigns for Universal Records and artists including Bobby Valentino and Snoop Dogg. Most recently he starred in a recurring arc on NBC’s Heroes. He can next be seen in Knuckle Draggers, The Lost Tribe, and the 2010 film, Unrequited.
as Ruth Jacobs
A versatile film and TV actress, Clare Carey, can most recently be seen as frustrated Brentwood housewife Christine Emory in the Starz’s original series, Crash, based on the Academy-Award winning film.
Carey is also widely known as the home-wrecking bartender Mary Bailey in Jericho. She was a regular on Point Pleasant and on the comedy series So Little Time starring Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Carey initially came to recognition during her long-running role as Coach’s daughter, Kelly Fox, on the TV series Coach.
Carey’s colorful guest-starring roles include memorable parts on Fox’s House; as sex maniac Eileen Dodd on Showtime’s Weeds; the wife of a man becoming a woman on Grey’s Anatomy; a high-class hooker who called herself a “satisfaction facilitator” on ER; and a repentant abortion-clinic bomber on Without a Trace. She has also appeared in Army Wives, Boston Legal, Judging Amy and Ally McBeal; the TV movie 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shout-out; and Home Alone 4.
Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to a missionary-doctor father and schoolteacher mother, Carey is one of eight children. She grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, after moving there with her family as an infant. She started acting at age six, and studied with acting coach Harry Mastrogeorge. Carey is based in Los Angeles.
Gregory Alan Williams
as Mr. Williams
A veteran in the entertainment industry with over 20 feature films to his credit, Gregory Alan Williams gained recognition in 1992 when, during the race riots in Los Angeles, California, known as the ‘Rodney King riots,” he rescued a Japanese-American motorist who had been pulled out of his car and was being beaten by a black mob. Williams, himself black, was also struck by several members of the mob but was not seriously injured. The motorist was semi-conscious and bleeding heavily when Williams rescued him, and a passing black driver picked up the injured man from Williams and drove him to a nearby hospital, where emergency surgery saved his life.
Williams’ recent film credits include Good Intentions, Preacher’s Kid, and W.