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Paten Hughes '08 Preps for a Movie Role

— by on July 6th, 2012

Some people spend their summers at the pool. In the case of Paten Hughes, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 2008, she’s spending it in the pool as she trains for the role of an aspiring Olympic swimmer in an upcoming movie, “Coach of the Year.”

As Paten describes it in “Paten, Lately,” her e-newsletter, “this inspiring, family-friendly sports comedy about a ragtag swim team” will begin shooting in Richmond, Va., her hometown, on Aug. 1. The director, David Stott, is a fellow Richmonder, a former swimming coach and a director/producer working in New York.

Paten, who majored in theater (no surprise) and French at W&L, lives in New York. She acted in productions at W&L, including “Othello,” and now travels with a one-woman show called “The Thin Line,” about eating disorders. She’s recently participated in a reading at the Women’s Project and critiqued monologues at a high school in Summit, N.J.

Her other upcoming movie is “Killer Blonde,” in which she plays an assassin. It’s a low-budget film noir that, the website says, will “take advantage of the instant movie sets freely provided in every corner of our beloved City of New York” when it goes into production this fall.

For clips of Paten in action, check out her website, patenhughes.com, which also provides ways to connect with her.