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The young talented cutie has already achieved most aspiring actors' dreams. As a newcomer with virtually no experience, Thompson landed a series regular role in her first pilot season. She stars in The Mountain as the snowboarding youngest child in the Carver family, owners of the Boundary Mountain ski resort. Tara spent years studying ballet, tap and jazz. Thompson first knew that she wanted to get into acting when she joined a local children's community theater. She was able to incorporate her dance background into theater and performed in numerous local productions, including Fame, The Music Man, West Side Story and Children of Eden, among others. After taking just one meeting with a manager, she was immediately offered a contract and sent out on auditions. Thompson was reading for a different pilot for The WB when the casting directors realized that she would be perfect for the role of Shelly on The Mountain. During production on The Mountain, Thompson spent some time off the set with co-stars Oliver Hudson and Anson Mount rock-climbing, which helped them build their brother/sister on-screen relationship. A multi-faceted talent, Thompson also plays piano. In her free time she continues her dance studies, practices yoga and takes voice lessons. She also enjoys listening to all types of music, including classic and alternative rock and oldies. Thompson currently lives with her parents, two younger brothers and two dogs, a Golden Retriever and a mixed-breed, in New York City. She will relocate to Vancouver for the filming of the series. Tara was born on May 14, 1988, in New York City, and grew up nearby in Westchester, New York.
Tara Thompson plays Shelly Carver in ''The Mountain''
Tara Thompson stars as Shelly Carver, the snowboarding youngest child in the Carver family, owners of the Boundary Mountain ski resort on The Mountain.
The Mountain is Thompson's big break into show business. Thou she is a newcomer, Thompson has been performing for quite a while. She's spent years studying ballet, tap and jazz and has performed in numerous local productions, including "Fame," "The Music Man," "West Side Story" and "Children of Eden," among others. Thompson was reading for a different pilot for The WB when the casting directors realized that she would be perfect for the role of Shelly on "The Mountain."
Boundary Mountain is an escapist playground for wealthy tourists and extreme sports enthusiasts, but to the Carver family, it's home. "The Mountain" chronicles the larger-than-life saga of the Carvers, whose colorful patriarch, David Carver, Sr. (guest star Chad Everett, "Mulholland Drive," "Medical Center"), founded the town and its internationally famous ski resort after winning the land in a poker game. When this legendary man unexpectedly dies, his choice of an heir sends shockwaves throughout the community.
Free-spirited David Carver, Jr. (Oliver Hudson, "Dawson's Creek"), left home years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a world-class motocross racer, while his older brother Will (Anson Mount, "Tully," "Crossroads"), diligently attended business school with every expectation of taking over the family empire. No one, least of all the brothers themselves, expected David to inherit the Mountain. Now, David finds himself saddled with a responsibility he never wanted and a brother who rightly feels betrayed. On top of this, he is torn between two women and suddenly immersed in a power struggle with a neighboring family. David just wants to run, until he realizes his grandfather may have had bigger things in mind.
Through the episodes to come, David will begin to reconnect with his mother Gennie (Barbara Hershey, "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Beaches") and teenage sister Shelley (newcomer Tara Thompson), and he will uncover long-buried secrets about his co-workers, his town and even his own family mythology. Also starring Alana De La Garza ("All My Children"), Johann Urb ("Zoolander"), Elizabeth Bogush ("Titans") and newcomer Tommy Dewey, with guest-stars Mitch Pileggi ("The X-Files") and Penn Badgley ("Do Over").