WEST FORSYTH — One Sawnee Elementary School second-grader is getting her Halloween creep on Thursday when she will appear in a hit TV show on the Fox network.
Brooklyn Garmon, 7, is set to be the focus of one episode of “Sleepy Hollow,” which airs at 9 p.m.
Her character, Tessa, is the younger of two sisters who get a surprise visitor after their father puts them to bed one night.
A hissing, drooling, growling monster that Garmon’s grandmother, Teresa Garmon, described as an evil tooth fairy that sucks the life out of children, puts the young girl in a coma. The main characters then spend the rest of the episode trying to solve the mystery.
Don’t worry, no spoilers here. You’ll have to tune in.
“We were on set for four days,” Garmon said of her granddaughter’s experience. “One whole day was for taking pictures with her TV family to put into picture frames around the house on set.”
The show films in Conyers, and Thursday’s episode will be the fourth in the third season.
“She really enjoyed it start to finish. She had a great time,” Garmon said.
The modern-day adaption to Washington Irving’s 1820 Halloween short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” follows Ichabod Crane after he is resurrected and pulled 250 years through time. Once there, he must unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
Garmon’s audition for the show was just the third of her short career.
She took a local acting class through Buford-based The Actors Scene last year, for which a showcase is performed as the culmination.
According to her grandmother, 11 of the 17 agents and managers who attended the showcase wanted to sign her.
“We chose [Classic Talent Agency LLC] here in town to see if it’s something she really wants to do,” Garmon said. “She said for years she wants to sing, dance and act. She’s been dancing since she was 2. She’s been in her dance company since she was 3 … We didn’t really think it would go as far as it’s gone already.
“She’s wise beyond her years. I know she’s my grandchild, and I’m not the least bit objective, but she is.”
Garmon’s grandmother said she thought the girl was going to be afraid of filming with the monster since she was “horrified” of the Chik-fil-A cow until about a year ago.
“Brooklyn never flinched,” she said.
One thing she certainly is not afraid of is being in front of people.
She used to compete in natural beauty pageants, and not the “Honey Boo Boo” kind, Garmon said.
She has had three auditions since landing the “Sleepy Hollow” role. Her grandmother said she did not get any of those roles and that she thought her granddaughter may get discouraged. “She just said, ‘Oh, OK. What’s next?’”