I am thrilled to be playing the role of Victoria in, If I Could Ride. It is a sweet and enriching piece that warms my heart. My favorite roles are when my character grows as a person and Victoria takes such a journey. The cast and crew are so powerful, I am looking forward to the filming process. From the beauty of the book to the strength of the screenplay, it is a piece that reminds us that the world is indeed a wonderful place.
In October 2020 Alexis Arnold was asked to play the role of Jodie Davis in the movie If I Could Ride. Jodie Davis was born with a spinal deformity and is disabled. Her dream is to ride a horse someday. Alexis was so excited about booking the role that she immediately started taking english riding lessons. Alexis knew she had a year to prep for her part so a few months after training she also started volunteering at a horse rehabilitation center in Texas. She wanted to understand the physical challenges children have to take in order to ride a horse. It didn’t take long before she realized that being around horses was also therapeutic for the heart and soul. Alexis also walked around with a pair of crutches for weeks in order to help her understand the challenges Jodie would face in everyday life.
I am looking forward to playing Ethan, working with this terrific cast, and bringing to life such a meaningful story. Too many people forget the importance of kindness in today’s world and this film is a great reminder to support each other, no matter our differences. I think it will become a classic and inspirational film that stands the test of time.
I am going to be playing Sandy (Jodie’s mother). In the past I’ve done movies like ‘Prey 2: Predator’s Obsession’ and I’m currently co-creating a scripted TV series called the ‘Rise and Fall’, which I also perform the lead role in.
As for ‘If I Could Ride’, I am beyond grateful to receive the role of Sandy and challenge myself with capturing the emotional and heartwarming scenes of the movie. I have always been hoping to play a role like this where I get to bring audiences together with If I Could Ride’s themes of family, persistence and all around unity. Working with the not only welcoming, but immensely talented actors in my cast is something I’m looking forward to and I don’t think I could possibly take for granted.
I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to play Bridgett in “If I Could Ride.” Bridgett is such a complex young woman with such challenges to overcome, and I hope I can portray her with authenticity, vulnerability, and do her justice. I look forward to meeting and working with this incredible cast, and to being in beautiful Vermont for filming. IICR is such a heartwarming story, and I’m so thankful to Donald Miller and Shawn Welling for trusting me with this character.
Looking forward to playing “Jimmy” in this heartwarming drama, If I Could Ride. Jimmy carries such sadness from his emotional past. I know I can portray the challenges he faces to overcome his tragedy. Acting with Eva Igo, Alexis Arnold and the rest of this fantastic cast will be such a joy. Shawn Welling and his production team will bring the quality this story deserves. Filming in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire in the autumn is an experience I’m sure I’ll never forget. Thank you for choosing me for this inspirational family film!