Award-Winning Actress Tanna Frederick Training To Run Hollywood Half-Marathon Next Month, Highlight Hollywood News


Actress, surfer, marathoner, philanthropist Tanna Frederick will run in the Hollywood Half Marathon on April 11.  She is running for the non profit she founded, Project Save our Surf, which promotes clean oceans and water. Specifically, she is trying to raise funds to provide clean waters for the kids in Ben Tre.


She’s with training with filmmaker, Ron Vignone who is running for the National Alliance for the mentally ill in support of their upcoming film, “Garner, Iowa” in which  Tanna plays a bipolar mother.   She told me, that her goal time is sub 4 hours.  But, that her main goal is to not put pressure on herself but to have fun and raise funds for her non profit and clean water for kids in Ben tre Vietnam.train-to-2


Tanna Frederick recently wrapped production on Henry Jaglom’s romantic mystery “Ovation” starring opposite James Denton. The story is set in the backstage world of theatre where the cast struggles to keep their play afloat while they search for a murder suspect amongst themselves.




She is currently starring in Jaglom’s romantic comedy “The M Word” (with Corey Feldman, Michael Imperioli and Frances Fisher. Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times said of her performance, “Ms. Frederick’s gift for juggling farce, fantasy and raw emotion remains impressive.”



Later this year she’ll star as a single mother who returns to Iowa (Frederick’s hometown) to deal with her past in “Garner, Iowa.”




She’s also just ended almost a year long performance in “The Rainmaker” at the Edgemar Theatre in Santa Monica. The Los Angeles Times gave it Critics’ Choice and said, “The standout of this terrific cast is Tanna Frederick’s acerbically yearning Lizzie…It’s a transformation not to be missed.”



Frederick’s performance in her first feature with Jaglom, “Hollywood Dreams,” earned her Best Actress at WorldFest Houston, Montana International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival and the Wild Rose Film Festival. The film took Best Picture honors at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival and to Best Comedy at WorldFest Houston. She was named Method Fest’s “Performer to Watch” and has also received the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s “Maverick” Award.





Off-screen, Frederick has proved just as driven and talented. A fitness aficionado who runs daily, Frederick ranked 52nd out of 1,321 women in her division in the LA Marathon. She is a second-degree Tae Kwon Do blackbelt and a passionate surfer.  She founded “Project Save Our Surf,” a non-profit that promotes clean oceans and clean water initiatives. She is also founder of the Iowa Film Festival, now in its’ seventh year. She was named the recipient of the University of Iowa’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 and returned there this year to speak at their commencement ceremony.




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