Judge

Anneliese Judge (known locally as Anna) portrays Annie Sullivan in the Netflix series "Sweet Magnolias."

Although Pinecrest senior Anneliese Judge, like other members of the class of 2020, is missing out on many of the special events of her senior year, she does have other things on her mind.

The 18-year-old daughter of Andrea and Michael Judge spent several months as part of the cast of the new Netflix series “Sweet Magnolias.”

The show, based on the series of novels of Sherryl Woods, centers on three South Carolina women — Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue — best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career and family in the small Southern town of Serenity.

The show premiered on May 19.

The show stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Maddie Townsend), Brooke Elliott (Dana Sue Sullivan) and Heather Headley (Helen Decatur. Judge plays the role of Annie Sullivan, the 15-year-old daughter of Dana Sue.

“I’ve done regional and local commercials, but this is my break-through role,” says Judge, who has six years of private studio lessons. “I took an acting class when I was young and after that, I always knew what I wanted to do.”

The series was filmed in Covington, Ga., outside of Atlanta.

“The entire series was incredible,” Judge says. “I made a lot of good friends and definitely learned a lot from the other actors.”

Judge says that Brooke Elliott, who plays the part of her on-screen mother, has taught her a great deal about continuity.

“Continuity in a scene means that you have to remember where you were, what you were saying and other important details,” she says. “Brooke is really good at that.”

Judge says that she feels as though the romantic drama has something for everyone.

“It just seems very real,” she says. “My character feels as though she has outgrown her small town and can’t wait to get out of there.”

Judge has been accepted at UNC Greensboro for the fall semester.

“Of course, we’re not sure yet what will happen about that yet,” she says.

And uncertainty also looms about whether or not “Sweet Magnolias” will be renewed for a second season.

“We haven’t heard anything yet,” says Judge.

Contact Faye Dasen at fdasen@thepilot.com.

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