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Movie Star

Israel Broussard, 17, worked at Grocery Mart in Sturgis before leaving for Hollywood to star in Bling Ring, a Sofia Coppola film. (Amanda Friar/MCTT staff)

Israel Broussard moved to Sturgis from Mississippi last year to go to work for his uncle at Grocery Mart in June 2011 as a way to make some extra money.

But he’s trading in his shifts at the local grocery store for a role in a Hollywood movie.

Broussard found out in December that he landed a role in the movie “Bling Ring” after he sat down and talked with one of the directors last September.

The movie also stars Emma Watson from the Harry Potter series, something that caught Broussard’s attention.

“When I heard Emma Watson was cast I thought, ‘Oh, well this is going to be cool,’” Broussard said. “I’m interested to see where this film will go and watch and see where things will grow.”

The movie is inspired by actual events that feature a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who use the Internet to track down celebrities and their whereabouts so they can rob their homes, according to Internet Movie Database. The movie also stars Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga and Katie Chang.

Broussard said he is looking forward to the opportunity to star in the movie and that the Los Angeles lifestyle is more what he is looking for, as much as he has enjoyed Sturgis.

“My life goes from fast paced to slow and it’s been slow paced everywhere but L.A.,” Broussard said. “I can’t be in one place for a long period of time.”

The movie will take between six to 10 weeks to film, so Broussard said he is planning to be on the job for about seven weeks.

“I am excited for shooting,” he said. “It’s going to be an interesting experience.”

Broussard’s grandparents are Valeria and Roger Temple and Allan and Susan Clapp of Chadron. His great-grandmother, Norma Nevins, also lives in Chadron, and his aunt and uncle Valeria and Ryan Meyer are former Chadron residents. Broussard is the son of Angela Clapp Broussard, a 1984 Hay Springs High School graduate.

Broussard has been acting professionally since around 2008, not including various plays when he was younger. He has been featured in movies such as “Flipped” and “The Chaperone,” and a few commercials and the television show “Romantically Challenged” with Alyssa Milano.

“I’ve been the lead in everything I’ve done but they’ve all been smaller leads,” he said. “This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is something that I want to do and enjoy doing.”

Broussard’s uncle, Ryan Meyer, one of the owners of Grocery Mart, said while they are going to miss him, it is an exciting opportunity for Broussard.

“He’s done a lot of work for us here,” Meyer said. “But it’s kind of cool. Not a lot of people know about it, but he’s done a lot of great projects.”

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