American Dreams

Vanessa Lengies

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Roxanne Bojarski

Vanessa Lengies stars as Roxanne Bojarksi - whose bold eagerness to push the envelope and never-say-die attitude earn the star-struck teen and her best friend (Brittany Snow) spots dancing on the popular "American Bandstand" in NBC's new drama "American Dreams."

"She's definitely outgoing," says Lengies about her character. "I admire her dedication to her friend (Meg Pryor, played by Snow). She'll do anything, even if it means being a little bad."

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Lengies has always had a love for the arts. "I wanted to act pretty much since I was able to speak," she says. She began acting professionally at the age of 9, appearing in cable family shows and rendered her voice several animated characters.

Lengies' television credits include regular roles on the children's cable series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and "Sponk," as well as a co-host role on the science program "Popular Mechanics for Kids." She also starred in the cable film "Ratz," with Ron Silver and Kathy Baker. Along with her television appearances, Lengies has starred in a variety of animated series, including "For Better or for Worse," "Little Lulu," "Tales of the Great Bunny," "Arthur" and "Calillou."

Away from "American Dreams," Lengies divides her time between snowboarding, a love for arts/crafts and redecorating, event planning, dancing and singing. When not shooting her series, she lives in Montreal with her mother and father, where she has recently completed high school. Her birthday is July 21.

Photos: Eike Schroter, Paul Drinkwater, Kevin Foley

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