Christy Carlson Romano shoots new movie in parts of Milford

It was lights, camera and action on the Milford Green Wednesday when Christy Romano Rooney, also known as Christy Carlson Romano — an actress and singer known for her role as Ren Stevens on the television series Even Stevens, the voice of Kim Possible and a host of other roles in more recent years — shot portions of her new movie in downtown Milford.

Even though it’s March, the area around the gazebo looked like Christmas, with holiday lights and a Christmas tree, not to mention some hauled in snow. Some of Milford’s holiday lights were still on the downtown trees, too, kept in place a little bit longer than usual to help with the set.

According to IMDb, Romano, who grew up in Milford, is directing her first movie, set to be released this year. She can’t reveal the name of the movie yet, said Jarrett Furst, line producer, who said for now it can be called Christy Carlson Romano’s Christmas project.

The screenplay was written by George Saunders and Jake Barnes, according to IMDb, and it’s  described as a comedy/family movie, in which “a mischievous, swag-obsessed boy must overcome his inner Scrooge, or remain caught in a cycle where everyday is a Christmas without presents.”

The cast includes Christy Carlson Romano, Armani Jackson and Amber Montana, plus Sean Ryan Fox, Gabriel Rush, Todrick Hall, Massimo Dobrovic, Tom DeNucci, Joanna Koss, George Saunders, Chelsea Vale, Christopher Gray and Collin Smith.

Romano made headlines throughout her teen years with her fame in Disney Channel shows, including Even Stevens and as the voice of Kim Possible, and later acting in movies, and on Broadway as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

This movie is her directorial debut, Furst said, and she wanted to shoot some of the scenes in her hometown, Milford.

Scenes were shot earlier in the week at Affordable Cremations in downtown Milford, and shooting was planned at the mall, the police department in Milford and the home of a local businessman.

Tony Romano, Christy’s father, was at the shoot Wednesday, and said Rich Conine, owner of Stonebridge, has been very helpful, offering a portion of his downtown building for the crew to sort of set up home base while shooting downtown.

Romano said the entire city has been very helpful.

For her part, Christy could be seen directing most of the morning Wednesday, and later in costume as she performed her lead role.