Navajo actress to appear on Cooking Channel

By Glenda Rae Davis
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, June 19, 2012

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or reservation-raised Sheila Hollow Horn, July 20 will mark the biggest break of her acting career as she guest stars on a nationally televised show, "The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia."

The episode that she will appear in, "Werefox in Phoenix," is scheduled to air Friday at 7 p.m. MST on the Cooking Channel, part of the Food Network.

The series follows Baron Ambrosia as he takes viewers on adventures across the world involving delectable food and entertaining plot lines.

Hollow Horn, who is from Tuba City but currently lives in Flagstaff, said that she was able to audition for the show because of her manager, Gloria Dodge, who knew the casting director and production team.

She plays the baron's love interest in the episode. In order to win her father's permission to marry her, Ambrosia must find a food delicious enough to convince the local "werefox" to leave the village in peace.

Each episode features local food and unique dishes. "Werefox in Phoenix" features fry bread and Swedish "Flying Jacob," to name a few.

"When I tell people that I'm going to be on the Cooking Channel they always ask what I'll be cooking," Hollow Horn said. "But this is actually one of the channel's scripted shows. It has a story line and a plot."

"It has a lot of interesting characters based off of mythological creatures," she added. "It's a more interesting way to show different types of food in the states."

Hollow Horn, 26, said that up to now she has only had small roles in films. Though you may not know her by name, you may recognize her face - she's Miss December in the 2012 Women of the Navajo calendar.

Her acting career started much earlier, when she was 6. "I was an extra in "The Dark Wind" with Lou Diamond Phillips," Hollow Horn recalled. "It wasn't until I was 22 that I became more involved in the industry."

Hollow Horn, who is Hashk'aa Hadzohó (Yucca Fruit Strung in a Line Clan) born for Lakota, also was an extra in "More Than Frybread" and "Coyote Requiem."

"I am completely honored and am proud to represent my people through my acting," Hollow Horn said of her upcoming television appearance.

Besides seeking out auditions, Hollow Horn attends Northern Arizona University, with a double major in mechanical engineering and performance arts.

If you miss the first airing of "Werefox in Phoenix," you can catch it when it re-airs several times over the following couple of days. Check your local listings, television guide, or cable or satellite provider to find the Cooking Channel for additional information.

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