The opportunity to appear in “Unplanned” unfolded unconventionally. Maura Corsini '14 had been in touch with producers, then lost contact. Suddenly, in February, one of them was a customer in the restaurant where she worked. She got an audition and was on the “Unplanned” set in Stillwater, Oklahoma, by May. “Unplanned” is the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood administrator who converted to the pro-life movement after up-close interaction with abortion. Maura's character is Johnson’s coworker and friend.
“I play Megan,” Maura stated to the Dialog. “I work at Planned Parenthood with her. We’re very, very close friends and I go on this journey with her. It’s me, her and this other girl, Taylor. Do we stay at Planned Parenthood or leave? We’re really the three who are trying to get out.”
Maura has been advised that she may be able to develop a niche for acting in roles that help deliver a message in society, and that really appeals to her.
“I want to be an actress because I want to inspire people by large numbers. I want people to leave the theater thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, my life has been changed.’”
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Update on the film premiere:
On Thursday, March 28, the St. Thomas the Apostle Columbiettes and the Knights of Columbus Council #12374 are hosting a red carpet premiere of the new film, “Unplanned: The True Story of Abby Johnson” at Penn Cinema at the Riverfront in Wilmington. The evening will begin at 5:45 with a cocktail social. The screening starts at 7 p.m. The film, opening in theaters nationwide March 29, is the dramatic account of a former Planned Parenthood high achiever, Abby Johnson, their youngest clinic director in the nation, until she walked out after assisting in an abortion.