'Heart of a Champion': Arkansas graduate student lands big screen role in rodeo-themed film

Streaming HUBMarch 3, 2023

Little Rock, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello graduate student now faces a big decision: Hollywood or medical school?

Morgan Harrington, 23, a fifth-year college rodeo competitor and biochemistry graduate student at UAM, is now adding a supporting character in a film to his resume.

In a release Thursday, UAM officials called Harrington a competitor at heart. Her competitiveness landed her an audition for a rodeo-themed film against over 22,000 other women in 2022, and she stood out in the crowd to land the role.

In the film “Heart of a Champion”, Harrington played the lead role of 14-year-old Madison Farnsworth, a genius, rich, barrel racer and villain. Although her friends would describe her as a “good” girl, Harrington was excited to play the character, according to the press release.

Harrington said, “It was so much fun playing this mean girl.”

Harrington grew up around horses in the small town of Casa, Arkansas, and he’s no stranger to rodeo-crowds and performances. As a real-life barrel racer and breakaway roper, his authentic experience helped him land the role, according to the release.

In addition to acting, Harrington has also been accepted into medical school at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith to begin classes this summer, but she said she’s focusing on acting and getting back to competing at the moment. Are coming

The family film is currently in select theaters and can be purchased or rented from Amazon Prime, YouTube Movies, or Apple TV.

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