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Small size, big talent

Being small sometimes can come in handy in an unusual way.

Emily Brobst, a 2003 Farragut High School graduate, uses her 4’10” body to stunt double for children in Hollywood.

When she first arrived in Los Angeles, it was to be an actor and she broke into the business by doing stand in work for child actors.

“I had grown up doing theater and thought I was going to go into acting and films. I was on a show doubling a little boy as a stand in and photo double and they didn’t have a stunt double for him. So they said, ‘Hey, you are the right size. Can you swim and climb?’ So I switched over from there,” Brobst said.

Though she has not given up on acting, Brobst said she loves being a stunt double.

“The acting is still there because I have to mimic the kids in exactly how they run and all of their movement. So it is still a challenge in the way of taking on a character, it is just a character that someone else has come up with,” she said.

Recently Brobst was given the opportunity to have a speaking role as well as work as a stunt double on the film “Vampires Suck.”

“When I was doing acting, I kept telling everyone it didn’t seem right to be acting. I kept trying to move pads around and help the coordinator and they kept saying ‘You can’t be with us today because you are an actor today,’” she said.

Brobst first broke into the stunt doubling side of the business on the film “Poseidon” doubling child actor Jimmy Bennett.

Since then she has done stunts in “Alabama Moon,” the Nickelodeon shows “Big Time Rush” and “Suite Life on Deck,” and has several films in post production to be released later in 2010 and in 2011.

“I have ‘Let Me In’ coming out Oct. 1. I just wrapped up ‘Green Lantern.’ I did a remake of Rin-Tin-Tin called ‘Cool Dog,’ which is in post-production,” she said.

“Right now I am working on ‘Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.’ Then I go straight from here out to Alaska to work on a Drew Barrymore show called ‘Everybody Loves Whales,’” she added.

Brobst has been busy the last couple of years and has more than eight films in post production as of press time.

Although stunt doubling can be dangerous work, the only requirement is membership in the Screen Actors Guild.

“I had a big background through theater with stage combat and the dance aspect of it. So once I decided I was going to switch over I started training in tumbling and martial arts and really anything kids would be into … swimming, biking and things like that,” Brobst said.

“You just have to be well-rounded,” she added.

Emily’s mother, Laurie Brobst, said, as a mother, Emily’s occupation can sometimes be “nerve-wracking.

“She has sent me pictures where she was hanging off a bridge and there was a dog rescuing her. As a mom, I like it if she sends me the pictures after the fact,” Laurie said.

Emily says some of the more dangerous stunts are definitely an adrenaline rush.

“On ‘The Fields,’ [which is in post production], I had to jump out of a tow truck going 30 miles per hour onto gravel without any pads,” she said.

“And on ‘Green Lantern’ I got blown back by a jet plane explosion,” she added.

“She enjoys it,” Laurie said of her daughter’s chosen occupation.

“I think she is kind of crazy, but she loves it. I am glad she gets to do something she loves, but it is nerve-wracking,” she added.

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