Paden Brown

A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Paden Brown, of Ada, feels a great sense of pride playing another Chickasaw girl, Arnetta Carter. "The Chickasaw Nation is producing a movie about a strong Chickasaw woman, and it makes me very proud to be Chickasaw," she said. The Byng High School freshman said through this movie, the tribe has opened up a world of possibilities to her. The 14-year-old is now considering exploring a career either in front of the camera or behind it, said her mother, Teena Brown. Paden, a self-described drama queen, has always been interested in acting. "She has always had so much passion about it, and she has been given a gift because of the audition," said Mrs. Brown. "Its amazing to think the tribe has opened doors for her career." Paden auditioned for the role of Arnetta on a whim. She and her sister, Dakota, read about the Ada auditions in the local paper one Sunday and thought it would be fun to try-out for the film. Hundreds of potential applicants auditioned for the role all over the country. Casting director Chris Freihofer said Paden is "perfect" in the role of Arnetta. "Paden walked in and just nailed it. She was the package. I know this is her first film, and I am not sure she has had much acting experience, but she is doing a fantastic job in the role, holding her own with the rest of the family members, all made up of actors with very long resumes." "Paden is the real deal. This may be her first film, but I can bet it is not her last." Paden said she was stunned when she received word she won the role of Arnetta. "When I got the call I thought I was being punked," she said. Paden is the daughter of Ron and Teena Brown and the granddaughter of Linda and Rodney Brown, all of Ada.