A little Daleville girl will soon make a big movie debut

Published 08/18 2014 07:49PM

Updated 08/18 2014 10:24PM

Mirage Moonschein, 8, could hardly contain her excitement after receiving the news.

"I started jumping.  I was like, 'Oh my goodness.'  It was really fun when I got the part," said Mirage.

She and her family had no idea a phone call from her agent would land her a major part in “No Good Deed,” starring Idris Elba and Taraji Henson.

After three auditions, she was chosen out of 70 girls to play the character of Taraji P. Henson's daughter.  She spent a few months filming on-set in Atlanta two years ago.

"It's actually kind of fun, because like once you do the movie, then when it's done, you get to see all the parts.  It's like, really fun," said Mirage.

She says her favorite movie scene was the scariest, as she described hiding in a closet from Idris Elba's character, who terrorized her and Henson.

"I was kind of scared,” Mirage said.  “And then my daddy told me it's not real, it's just a movie, it's just fake."

While it may be her debut on the big screen, it's definitely not her first walk across the stage.  She has lots of pageants under her belt.

"She was two years old, and you know when they're that young, you have to walk them out on the stage, and Mirage threw my hand away from hers, and I let her walk the stage, and she has been walking the stage since then,” said Mirage's mother, Denise Moonschein, who calls the movie role accomplishment a blessing.  “We prayed about the situation, we stepped out on faith, and it landed a good success.  To be a parent of a movie star, there are no words for it.”

Teachers at Windham Elementary School say Mirage is your typical eight-year-old student, and an inspiration to other children.  Mirage's math teacher Amanda Holmes says she's very humble. 

"She's really quiet about it, and it's really nice for [the students] to have somebody like her round here, but they don't treat her any differently, though,” said Holmes.

"With our school being a "Leader In Me" school, I think that shows leadership, and I think she's a great role model for other students, and I think she can be proud of it," said Cheryl Antonelli, Mirage's homeroom teacher.

And Mirage says the appearances won't stop here.

"When I grow up, I want to be a worldwide super-model,” said Mirage, with the same twinkle in her eye you would see in a kid's eye at Christmas time.  People who know her say they're not surprised by her aspirations.

And  while Mirage Moonschein may shine brightly on the big screen, she's shines even brighter in the eyes of the Daleville community and around the Wiregrass.

The movie “No Good Deed” premieres on September 12th.  Mirage and her family plan to watch it at a Dothan movie theater, and a red carpet will be rolled out to honor her arrival.

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