Ashely Van Kurin had an agent at the ripe age of 6 or 7. She was a lead orphan named Kate, I think was her name in Annie . She wasn't THE lead orphan but one of the lead orphans with a speaking part. She was the orphans that puts the mouse down Miss Hannigan's dress. She had more lines that the other 50 orphans in the play that were cast just so their PTA mother's can see their daughter in a play.
*My older sister, Kristin and I joke when we were in another classic TRMS production Peter Pan, how hilarious it was we were in the pact of what felt like 200 Indians in the Tiger Lilly clan. Mom made our beaded fringed Indian outfits, we didn't have speaking parts! That is love.
Back to our little actress, Ashley was the 6 of spades in another TRMS production of Alice and Wonderland. No lines. But that didn't stop her!
She had a gorgeous photo shoot at Yorba Regional Park with local male model Patrick Echolds for Eli Lilly (our dad's small company).
Then it happened.
She landed a commercial. SHE HAS A FUCKING COMMERCIAL!
My poor sister. My poor 2nd year vet school sister. This ancient artifact of a commercial gets dusted out of our VHS tape cabinet. (We have a few tapes just incase. Some old high school basketball, talent shows, Kristin's 13th birthday party gem of a video, Heidi-the one with shirley temple and christmas vacation).
This THRIFTY Drugstore commercial gets viewed anytime a new boyfriend of hers or old/new friend comes over. Usually it's around Christmas or Thanksgiving. Conveniently it's what the commercial is about. Wrapping paper. And she fucking nails it.
*sidenote Thrifty had the best ice cream in the world called Chocolate Malted Crunch. Then stupid Rite Aid took it over.
This entry would only be better if I had the video of the commercial to post, since I'm building it up. So use your brains humans.
Just picture this...
You hear jingle bells, not the song but real jingle bells and some sort of holiday card backdrop. A virginal elder boy of 8 or 9 and a young Elizabeth Taylor meets Sandra Bullock of 7 years young appears on screen. Her pure brunette locks are curled, ready for the camera. Side part and all. Ashley starts the commercial with-
"So tell me what you're getting me for Christmas"-in a beat you can't get out of your head. We've all made fun of this line so much it's forever tattooed into my brain.
"It's a secret" he blurts out.
"If I do guess I get a kiss"- well well well, kinda riskay Thrifty Drugstore! Ash playing the young temptress. This is my favorite line. I butcher it, on purpose. In my own satirical, harsh bad impression.
Then the adult voice comes on talking up wrapping paper. He talks about how much wrapping paper the elder virginal kid is using.
"For my present"-Ashley boldly states. My second favorite line from the commercial.
The camera cuts to the kids, where we get Ashley in her famous tongue in cheek (LITERALLY) pose. Then boy reveals what he got her for Christmas.
The big secret, a doll house.
"OOOOooo a dollhouse" Ashley sweetly squeaks.
"kiss her" the kid says.
It's really a cute ad. How Ash puts up with us doing things like this I'm not sure except I can only say is because she knows how much we love her and how proud we are of her.
You have to be a strong person to deal with the jokes and verbal abuse we give each other. But it's because we are all so damn close. The Van Kurin family is a tight unit. We are a lucky family because our parents still love each other after almost 40 years. Us kids are best friends, we talk all the time, joke all the time, laugh all the time. Because of that, we can get away with sharing to the world a wonderful embarrassing to some, story of how a young actress became an animal Doctor! I didn't get her a present because I don't plan ahead that it will get to her wrapped in time, like my older sister. So I hope this little story can do until I see you in person!