2010-08-20 / Arts & Entertainment

Former Hammond student stars on Disney

By Pam Staples

Kelsey Chow Kelsey Chow Columbia teen star Kelsey Chow, best known as Gigi Silveri on One Tree Hill will star on the new Disney Channel movie Den Brother as Matisse with Hutch Dano and David Lambert. The movie premiered August 13. Chow will also play the female lead Mikayla on Pair of Kings, a new Disney XD show premiering internationally in September. She will play opposite Mitchel Musso and Doc Shaw.

Kelsey was born in Columbia, in the Forest Acres area until leaving for college in NYC at Columbia University last fall. She graduated from Hammond School where she was involved in dance and acting in local school and community productions.

“I really fell in love with acting when I played Tateh’s daughter in Ragtime at Workshop Theater,” said Kelsey.

Kelsey attended the Discovery Program at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts, the USC Drama Conservatory Summer Program, and booked her first television role

as Gigi Silveri on the CW’s One

Tree Hill through Millie Lewis of Columbia. Her other guest starring roles include Disney’s

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

and HBO’s Little Britain–USA.

Kelsey said, “I always loved being able to express myself through dance and acting. It was an opportunity to learn about history, to learn about others by ‘walking a mile in their shoes.’ There are so many extremely talented and creative people in our area, and I am very grateful to them.”

Kelsey has a 16–year–old brother, Forrest, and an 11 year old sister, Kiersten. Her parents are Jim and Jean Chow.

Kelsey’s upcoming project Den Brother is a classic Disney story about an all–star high school hockey player played by Hutch Dano (Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther) who becomes a den brother for his young sister, G. Hannelius and her Bumble bee troop. In Pair of Kings Kelsey will work with Mitchel Musso, Doc Shaw, Geno Segers, and Ryan Ochoa. The show is about a pair of twin brothers living in Chicago with their aunt and uncle when they are told they are the kings of a special island named Kinkow. They are taken to the island by the Royal Secretary and there they meet his daughter, Mikayla, who is also a guard as well as the royal assistant to the kings.

“I love playing her character,” Kelsey says, “She is very loyal to the island, its people, and the kings, and she is martial arts savvy. The adventures ensue!”

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