Mercedes Chamieh Plays Role of Elena in "Near"

When I began writing "Near",  Mercedes immediately came to mind for the role. In fact, I wrote the first two drafts before approaching her. Fortunately for me, she was interested in the project. Once she agreed I wrote two more drafts incorporating Mercedes' bilingual abilities, and even incorporating her previous training as a modern dancer into the script. 

Elena confronts Alderman, shot long lens

Elena confronts Alderman, shot long lens