How Teen Idol Ione Skye Landed Her First Acting Role

At just 15 years old, Ione Skye made her film debut starring alongside Keanu Reeves in the 80s drama River’s Edge. She’d soon follow up with the 1989 coming of age classic Say Anything, catapulting her to teen idol status. Here, she tells Oprah: Where Are They Now? how she landed her first role—with a little help from her brother.

“I grew up in L.A. and I didn’t do well in school, so that was part of the motivation to get my first acting job, actually,” Ione says. “I wanted a change.”

One afternoon, Ione was at home when her brother told her about an opportunity. “I’m 15 and my brother comes home and says, ‘I’m auditioning for something, this cool movie with all these kids. They’re really looking for a lot of kids and the casting director wants you to come in.'”

It turned out that the casting director had seen a photo of Ione with her brother and liked her look. “And I got River’s Edge,” Ione says.

Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Saturday at 10/9c on OWN.

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