With the ‘Lights’ out, Aimee Teegarden heads to ‘Prom’ - Metro US

With the ‘Lights’ out, Aimee Teegarden heads to ‘Prom’

Aimee Teegarden is smart, beautiful and good-natured, but she doesn’t have a date for the dance she’s organizing in “Prom.” While that irony sinks in, consider how smart she is in real life. After five years on “Friday Night Lights,” the 21-year-old is producing her own projects.

“I’ve had amazing opportunities,” she says. “I’ve seen what everyone’s job entailed and jumped at the idea of creating my own work from now on. Finding projects and scripts to get them up and running excites me.”

“Prom” follows a group of anxious, high school seniors.

“They get senioritis, wondering if they’ll be going to college or figuring out whether to stay with their boyfriend or girlfriend,” Teegarden explains. “It’s not glossy and sparkly and singing and dancing in the hallways.”

Teegarden and “Friday Night Lights” cast-mate Taylor Kitsch both have a world of opportunities now that the show has ended. Kitsch recently starred in “The Bang Bang Club,” which had it’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last week.

“Taylor Kitsch is off being Mr. Movie Star,” Teegarden exclaims. “But we do talk from time to time. He’s such a sweet, sweet guy.”

Like Kitsch, Teegarden is hitting her stride. “I went straight to ‘Prom,’ then ‘Scream 4’ and ‘Beautiful Wave.’ I’m producing ‘Beyond the Darkness’ for Dennis Quaid at the end of the year. I’m so very busy and so very lucky.”

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