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Kayla Ewell, Ryan Merriman begin filming in NM

Kayla Ewell will star in the project "2 Years and 8 Days," which will begin filming in southeastern New Mexico.

Kayla Ewell will star in the project “2 Years and 8 Days,” which will begin filming in southeastern New Mexico.


A “Vampire Diaries” alum will soon be shooting in New Mexico.

Kayla Ewell, who played Vicky Donovan on the TV series, will star in the feature film “2 Years and 8 Days.”

According to the New Mexico Film Office, principal photography will take place mid-April through the beginning of May. Production will take place in Roswell, Ruidoso and Artesia.

It will also employ 30 New Mexico crew members and about 22 New Mexico background talent.

“2 Years and 8 Days” follows the story of Samantha and John Grey, played by Ewell and Ryan Merriman. The couple finds themselves at a crossroads in their marriage.

Samantha is considered the modern-day ‘Dear Abby’ of talk radio and, as a doctor of psychology, is meticulous to detail and advocates communication as the key to all successful marriages. Feeling her biological clock ticking, she’s ready to start a family – if only she could convince her husband John.

The feature is produced and directed by Thadd Turner, along with producers Cynthia L. Turner and Lenny Mesi.

New Mexico principal cast includes Merritt C. Glover, Chris Ranney and Thadd Turner.

Ewell has also starred in “Entourage” and “The Bold and The Beautiful.” Merriman has starred in “Pretty Little Liars,” “Ring 2” and “Final Destination 3.”

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