The Last Summer is an American romantic comedy film directed by William Bindley from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Bindley. The film stars KJ Apa, Jacob Latimore, Maia Mitchell Tyler Posey and Valerie Jane Parker.The film follows a group of High school graduates during their last summer before they leave for college. Claire, played by Valerie Jane Parker, is a beautiful, fun loving, slightly foul mouthed advertisement professional who ushers a nerdy recent high school graduate…into adulthood.
Valerie Jane Parker was born on the mission field in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is the third and youngest child of parents Margaret Hailey Meek, a children’s pastor, and Ronnie Allen Meek, a pastor and actor, who moved their family back to the United States shortly after her birth. She was raised in a small town outside of Nashville, TN. Both of her parents, though pastors by trade, actively participated in the theatre, and she often spent hours of her early childhood watching rehearsals from backstage.
Valerie began acting at an early age, performing her first leading theatre role at only 6 years old. She participated in community & regional theatre throughout elementary & Jr high years. At age 15 she played Juliet in a production of Romeo & Juliet and knew that she wanted to make acting her career. She shortly signed with her first agent and began appearing in television commercials and print ads.
In 2014, she had her television breakthrough with the role of Angie on ABC’s Nashville. Since then, she has appeared in numerous theatrical & comedic roles in both television and film. She recently appeared on Brockmire (IFC), The Resident (Fox), Star (ABC), & as a recurring character on Dynasty (CW). In 2019, she will be seen opposite Frank Grillo in the feature film Donnybrook (Tim Sutton) & K.J. Apa in The Last Summer (Netflix).
Valerie Jane Parker
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