Gigantic: Meet Gia Mantegna
Time to meet another Gigantic cast member! This time: Gia Mantegna, who plays Vanessa. Vanessa is the girl who grew up as a child actress in a messed up family -- she's now an emancipated minor. So, she has deep-seated envy for Anna's family's closeness and supportiveness. Sometimes that envy makes her act like a little lost puppy looking for a home, and sometimes the envy makes her act like a back-stabbing b-word. You know, depends on the day.
Gia, in real life, is not so tortured -- though she, like her Gigantic co-star Grace, did grow up in the shadow of Hollywood. Her dad is Joe Mantegna (he's probably most known for being Joey Zasa in The Godfather: Part III and doing Fat Tony's voice on The Simpsons... and he also has an IMDB entry that's about a mile long). She was actually born while he was busy shooting Godfather III.
You might have seen Gia around before; she was in Unaccompanied Minors, 13 Going on 30, and Secret Life of the American Teenager.
And in ten days, you'll see her on Gigantic, when it premieres right after Degrassi. STOKED!