Local woman plays leading role in TLC show


Wanda English Burnett, Editor

For those who enjoy watching the TLC show “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” a familiar face will be on an episode that will air this week on Wednesday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Morris, who graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School and was also named Miss Ripley County, will appear on this episode as Abbigale.

Morris told the Osgood Journal she decided to try out for the show and was excited when she got the email telling her she had been chosen to audition. The casting agency is Morman Boling Casting. “I auditioned surrounded by a room full of other girls that all looked similar to me,” she noted.

She said the story is based around a girl, Abbigale, who is from Eastern Pennsylvania who was supposed to have a dialect. “After staying up all night to perfect this dialect for my audition, I realized I just needed to concentrate on my acting and just do a hint of the dialect,” Morris noted.

After her audition, she didn’t think she had placed, but a few days later the casting agency called Morris to ask her availability for film dates because the original dates had changed. Morris was available and the next day she got the call she had been waiting for. “They called me and offered me the role, yeah!” she told the Osgood Journal.

Before going to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of acting, Morris did several plays at local theatres and college. She always dreamed of being an actress and said she had to be in California to be close to the action.

“I love it out here in LA. It’s so different than Ripley County, but I love being able to one day go to the mountains and then the next walking by the ocean. The weather is great and the opportunities, although difficult to find, are definitely everywhere in this California air,” she told the Osgood Journal.

Morris gives a sneak peak at her upcoming performance saying the hardest scene to film was the bathroom scene where “Abbigale” has the baby and the baby goes into the toilet. She said it was “quite a surreal experience” especially the scenes where a “real” infant is used.

Morris says this experience makes her realize how much more she wants to do this every day for the rest of her life. She always knew she wanted to act, and has thoroughly enjoyed every acting opportunity she’s had.

As she took time out to share her good fortune with people at home in Ripley County, Morris admitted she was busy sending out postcards and emails to casting directors and agents to watch the upcoming episode.

Morris has been doing some theater while in LA, short and feature length films, public service announcements, and a commercial. While she says most of the things she has done are “small scale”, she says she will continue to work hard until she fulfills “all of my dreams.”

She is the daughter of James and Sally Morris of Versailles.

Sarah Morris