Caroline isn’t one to unnecessarily draw attention to herself, but it’s hard not
to notice her thanks to her height. She stands at a whopping 6’3, making her the tallest girl in the school. Her legs aren’t the only things long about her however; her red hair’s length is impressive as well, reaching down an inch below her waist.ORIENTATION:
“The Tall One”POWER THEME: Super Strength:
It might be a cliché of a superpower, but it’s a classic that never goes out of style: Caroline has increased physical attributes that grant her superhuman strength. At the time of acquiring her powers, Caroline’s physical abilities are equivalent to the apex of a human male’s; she can lift objects weighting over 800 pounds, run at 30 mph in short bursts, and can get back up from falling 20 feet to the ground or getting hit by a small car (but would still be wobbly on her feet).
Over time, Caroline’s physical strength will grow to the point of being superhuman: she will be able to lift weights up to 15 tons, run at speeds as fast as 60 mph, and can get up from blows that would be debilitating for a normal human.CHARACTER FLAWs: Power
Energy Consumption: The energy required to maintain her peak physical conditioning is greater than that of a normal human’s, as obvious as that sounds. In order to use her superior strength and speed, Caroline’s body must use more energy to maintain performance. Predictably, this means that she gets tired a lot faster when lifting something more than three times her body weight, or running at speeds faster than 20 mph. Fighting for prolonged periods of time against a foe of equal strength would no doubt eventually lead to defeat, as her stamina depletes even faster when she takes damage.
Muscle Destruction: Pulling off crazy feats of strength can come at a great cost. If Caroline attempts to utilize her strength to its limits for extended periods of time, her muscles will eventually start to tear and break down, resulting in major injuries. For example, if Caroline attempts to run at 35 mph for 60 seconds, she risks of injuring her legs will increase every second. By the time the 60 second mark is reached, some of her muscles would give way, and Caroline would come tumbling to a halt.
When her muscles break down, it could take her weeks to recover. If she attempts to use her strength while her muscles are healing, she risks losing the use of her strength forever due to her muscles being damaged beyond repair. Because of this downside, Caroline often has to pull her punches in combat to reserve her strength to when it’s really needed.Personality
Judgmental: Caroline likes to pick her friends carefully, as she doesn’t want to associate with anyone that could drag her into trouble. She has a habit of judging people by how they look or how they act when she first meets them, and develops an impression that is not easily changed. Caroline avoids those that are rebellious in nature, dress themselves strangely, or do things that could land them in trouble, like recreational drugs or skipping class.
Yielding: When it comes to super powers, Caroline believes that she got the short end of the stick. She doesn’t have much confidence in her strength, often underestimating her own abilities when confronted by another super powered being. This can lead her to avoiding battles that she might have ended up winning, which could lead to more problems in the future. On top of this, Caroline lacks the confidence to charge at an enemy head on, and relies heavily on her companions to back her up. If she finds herself alone, she might avoid fighting altogether, unless she deems it absolutely necessary.Other
Tall: Being tall isn’t all sunshine ad rainbows, despite what some short people would have you believe. For example, in the heat of combat, you would be a large target for an enemy looking for a head to shoot. Hiding is also more difficult, as you can’t fit into tiny spaces or hide behind small objects. BIOGRAPHY:
Though it’s not uncommon for the boneheaded shenanigans of a forgotten movie star to make headlines, the fact that many child actors’ lives fall apart as they grow out of their innocent personas is not news. For many children, having their childhoods magnified and recorded under studio lights and artificial backdrops puts a heavy burden upon their fragile shoulders; one which they attempt to rid themselves through drastic action well into their adult life. But no amount of psychoactive drugs or rebellious impulses can relieve them of this weight, nor send them back in time before their careers took off to have a normal childhood.
Not all child actors lead lives of tragedy however; Caroline is one of the fortunate ones to go on to lead a normal life. She may not have many regrets regarding her time in front of the camera, but she is familiar with the plights of her less fortunate peers, some of which she personally knew and cared for before their lives took a turn for the worse.
But even before her career, Caroline was familiar with those who made their livings in front of the camera. She was born in Huston, Texas, to a family with history in the TV business. Her father, Marcus Crocket, was an on-scene reporter for a major news company. Her grandmother, Daphne Mars, was a writer for the 1962 TV show W.A.A.C.
, a comedy/drama that ran for over 5 years. Though her family never pushed her into the direction of acting (her mother actually wasn’t fond of the idea), Caroline no doubt developed an interest in acting when she was 5 years old, after she was part of a small play in kindergarten.
After a year of acting classes, Caroline landed a spot in two commercials with the help of her grandmother’s influence. While these roles were not particularly big by any extension of the standard, she attracted enough attention to be invited to California for an audition for a leading role in the sitcom Running with Scissors
. Ecstatic that her career was taking off, Caroline and her mother traveled to California, where the audition was being held.
Unfortunately, Caroline didn’t get the part on the grounds that she was “too tall” and looked older than the character. This disappointment was a blessing in disguise however, as the producer of the show encouraged her to try out another audition, for a role where her above average height would be her ticket in. The movie, titled Backyard Baseball
, was a coming-of-age comedy that revolved around a large group of kids who, as the title implies, played baseball. Caroline was found to be the perfect match for the roll of “Billy Jean Blackwood,” who was a tall southern girl that dreamed of being a fashion model.
While by no means a cinematic masterpiece, Backyard Baseball
was a hit with kids and families alike thanks to its fun storyline and colorful characters. It did decently well at the box office and was well-received by critics. Thanks to its success, two sequels were made over the next four years: Backyard Football
and Backyard Basketball
. While these movies failed to reach the success of their predecessor, both financially and critically, they were none the less fun movies that succeeded in maintaining its coming-of-age theme.
Caroline made good friends with the other child actors in the movie. Though the opportunity at a normal childhood was made impossible thanks to her life as an actress, she found comfort in those in a similar situation. In a way, they lived their childhood through their characters; playing baseball, going swimming, shooting the shit in the dugout or on the bleachers of a sandy baseball field… Granted, it was all scripted
, but it still felt real, in a strange way.
But even when those scripted moments are discarded, Caroline and the gang still had a lot of fun together. When not working on the set or with their parents, the kids were getting into all kinds of trouble. For example, they broke the windshield of the director’s 1958 Ford Thunderbird while playing a real game of baseball in between shots. Some of them (including Caroline) also managed to sneak into an R-rated movie at the local movie theatre near where a scene was being shot. It was all in good fun, of course; none of them intended to do anything truly harmful or rebellious…
As stated before, the life of a child actor isn’t an easy path to follow. If it wasn’t for her friends, and the watchful eye of her mother, Caroline would have certainly fallen prey to the darker side of child stardom. By the time Backyard Basketball
was finished shooting, Caroline had already had her fill of the acting scene. It was very stressful and taxing work, and had negative effects on her physically and mentally. She had sunken into a depression, and developed a fear of the paparazzi, who had been making more frequent appearances around the studio thanks to one of the main actor’s rising popularity. She had also lost weight during the course of the few weeks of shooting, and had passed out on a few occasions from exhaustion when shooting intense scenes. Realizing that Caroline had her fill of acting, her mother moved her back to Texas. With the Backyard
movies finished, Caroline officially retired from acting, and started a normal life with her family.
Despite ceasing her career as an actor, Caroline kept in touch with her former actor friends. Though as time passed, some of them began to chance as they continued their acting careers. Some of them got into drugs, while others developed behavior issues that landed them in trouble with the law, as well as in the pages of magazines focused around celebrity lifestyles. Watching her former friends fall into madness from the lens of the judgmental media left a lasting impression on Caroline. With the desire to avoid a tragic downfall and being hunted by the paparazzi, she has driven herself to be as normal as possible.
When she was 14, her family moved to New York, where they have remained to this day. Currently, Caroline attends the prestigious Malcolm High School, and has managed to live a normal life away from the cameras of directors and reporters alike.Miscellaneous:
-During the filming of Backyard Baseball
, Caroline and the other actors were exposed to a great deal of 50’s rock ‘n roll in order to get them in the mindset of their characters. The music had a lasting impression on Caroline, and she still listens to the genre to this day. She has a small collection of vintage records at her house, with all her favorite songs and albums.
-50’s rock n’ roll isn’t the only interest Caroline has developed during her time as an actress. She had a lot of fun playing the sports on which the Backyard
movies were based, and enjoys revisiting them from time to time. Today, she is an avid basketball player, and plays it often both as a hobby and exercise. Though she’s a good team player, she can get rather aggressive on the court, both mentally and physically.
-Caroline can dunk, even without using her superpowers.
-Despite being a former actress, Caroline doesn’t participate in Malcolm High’s drama programs. She is more than happy to give advice to those participating however, even though she refuses to officially participate.
-Caroline has a strong attraction to her Backyard Baseball
alter-ego, Billy Jean Blackwood. She loved the role, and would even consider temporarily returning to the silver screen if she could play the character again.
-Though some of her Backyard
co-stars fell down dark paths because of their stressful lifestyles, the majority of them fell out of the public eye, or led acting careers that were very low key. Two in particular however have become well-known names in Hollywood, and have obtained celebrity status without tarnishing their good name. One such star is Ron Styles, who played the character Tony Delvecchio in the Backyard
movies. Along with his great looks, Styles has led a very successful movie career and has worked with other big named actors.
This will probably change in the future when I find a better one.