Local girl making magic on small screen

Kaiden Rose Amendola, on the first day of filming for Child Support, with Mr. Bowtie Clark Walkup, who was on season one and has returned for season two.

One local 7-year-old has taken her talents to the small screen.

Kaiden Rose Amendola, daughter of Monroe residents Tristan Amendola and Vanessa Guy, will be appearing in the upcoming season of Child Support, which airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC. The new season begins Friday, Oct. 5.

“It is amazing, unbelievable,” said an enthusiastic Kaiden, a second grader at Stepney Elementary School, about her television appearance and the chance to meet one of the show’s stars, comedian Ricky Gervais. “This is a huge opportunity for me, so please tune in. You’ll love it.”

Filming of Child Support’s second season is complete, and Kaiden’s mother, Vanessa Guy, said they were put up in a hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., for a week for filming, during which time she had to do her school work in between takes.

“I had so much fun and made a lot of friends,” said Kaiden.

Child Support features adult contestants and interactions between Gervais and a group of five children, who can say the most unpredictable things. Hosted by Fred Savage, the show asks contestants to answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize of $200,000. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five youngsters, who have been asked the same question by Gervais.

Kaiden said answering the questions “wasn’t bad. But there were some I did not know, so I just made up some silly answers.”

The Child Support appearance is just the latest gig for Kaiden, who was first identified for her adorable looks and incredibly infectious good attitude at 6 months old. Her mother said Kaiden began her work then, signing with an agent — and the rest is history.

Kaiden wore the crown of “Tiny Miss Connecticut” in 2017-18. Her first appearance was on the New York network channels and she was 18 months old for a public service announcement for Autism Speaks, which aired for three years. She has also worked with Merck Pharmaceutical, Nick Jr., Hasbro, The View, and Benefiber.

And if acting, voice overs and school work was not enough, Kaiden also plays soccer with Monroe AYSO and has been training in taekwondo for the past 12 months. She is now a pre-black belt.

“It’s amazing, it’s awesome,” said Kaiden, adding that she is always curious about what her next job will be. “I just keep practicing, keep trying. Sometimes I get upset, but I just tell myself ‘I can do it.’ I love doing this.”

Kaiden displays her crown in the 2017 Memorial Day parade.

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