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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Apr. 8, 2013 6 years ago

Ormond Beach native featured on ‘Today Show' for April Fool's prank


Jillian Rorrer, who moved from Ormond Beach in 2007 to chase an acting career, was on television last week, modeling a new style of skinny jeans ... very skinny.


Ever think that skinny jeans just aren’t skinny enough? That was the question American Eagle Outfitters asked this April Fool’s Day, by marketing spray-on pants that Ormond Beach native Jillian Rorrer got to model on the “Today Show.”

Prepped in the same room that houses “Saturday Night Live” set pieces, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in New York City, make-up artists painted Rorrer’s legs to look like an extra-tight pair of “skinny skinny” jeans.

She then teamed up with comedy website for a hidden-camera video sketch, at an American Eagle store.

A member of the Children’s Musical Theater for about 10 years, Rorrer, 24,  is remembered by director Cindy Simmons as a big personality who was “always very driven to succeed on the stage.”

“I remember a time when she was very young, pushing her way to the center of the line on stage,” she says. “She always worked hard, developed every character to its fullest potential (and) sang beautifully.”

Having grown up in Ormond, Rorrer relocated to Jacksonville in eighth grade after being accepted to a private arts school. Then she moved to New York in 2007 to continue chasing her dream.

“Jillian was very high-energy as a child,” Rorrer’s mom, Kelle, said. “After her first class at Children's Music Theatre, at age 4, she was hooked on acting.”

Graduated from Marymount Manhattan in 2011, Rorrer has embraced outside-the-box work in order to get her name out. She has modeled for commercials, been an extra and is involved in several web series and theater productions.

“Being an actress on stage is all she ever talked about,” Rorrer’s grandmother, Marlene Embry said. “She would have me practice her lines with her when she was in CMT, and she just blossomed.”

“I'm so grateful for what I've managed to accomplish since I've been in New York City,” said Rorrer, who graduated from college two years ago and is currently working four part-time jobs, while auditioning for commercial work. “But I also have a good feeling about what else is going to come my way.”

She won’t stop until she gets a role on Tom Selleck’s “Blue Bloods,” she added, which is one of her grandma’s favorite shows.

“I figure I've made it this far,” she said, “so I've just got to buckle down, keep working, and show them I'm capable of so much more.”


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