A director’s monitor shows Kati Salowsky as Ashley in "Long Lost Daughter," airing tonight. Courtesy photo
A director's monitor shows Kati Salowsky as Ashley in "Long Lost Daughter," airing tonight. Courtesy photo

CHELMSFORD -- Enjoy suspenseful thrillers and seeing local people on the small screen?

Then you may want to tune into the Lifetime Channel tonight at 8 p.m. for the premiere of "Long Lost Daughter."

Actress Kati Salowsky, a Chelmsford native, has a supporting role in the new film, which was shot in Devens' New England Studios and Groton.

"Some of my favorite films to do are the ones that bring me back to New England," said Salowsky, a Chelmsford High and Merrimack College graduate, who now resides in Santa Monica, Calif. "They give me a reason to come back and visit my friends and family, while I'm working and doing what I love.

Actress and Chelmsford native Kati Salowsky.
Actress and Chelmsford native Kati Salowsky.
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When Salowsky came to the area to film her scenes in January, it was snowing once again -- just like three years ago when she came back for "The Spirit of Christmas," another Lifetime movie.

"I get my fair share of snow and winter weather even though I live in California," Salowsky said with a laugh.

"Long Lost Daughter," directed by Chris Lang, is about a woman named Michelle (played by Sofia Mattsson), who moves from the big city to a small town for a new job as an early education program manager, Salowsky said. Salowsky plays Ashley, a preschool teacher at the school.

"I befriend Michelle, and give her the rundown of what's going on in town," she said.


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Her character also tells Michelle about Cathy (played by Molly Hagan), a children's book author who comes to read to the kids now and then. Cathy takes an immediate interest in Michelle, becoming convinced Michelle is her own daughter who went missing 20 years ago and has finally come home to her.

"Now that Cathy has her 'daughter' back, she'll do everything she can to never let her go again," according to promotional materials for the movie.

Kati Salowsky has her hair and makeup done by Jessie Dangelo on the set of "Long Lost Daughter," premiering tonight on the Lifetime Channel.
Kati Salowsky has her hair and makeup done by Jessie Dangelo on the set of "Long Lost Daughter," premiering tonight on the Lifetime Channel. COURTESY PHOTO

Salowsky said she appears in about a third of the movie, which was great fun to work on. She said she loved working with the whole crew, but her interactions with Hagan are especially memorable.

"She's one of the most talented actresses that I've ever worked with," Salowsky said. "She provided so much education and insight."

Over the last few years, Salowsky has had roles in a number of films and television shows, including "Survivor's Remorse" on STARZ, "Code Black" on CBS, "American Crime" on ABC and "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central.

She said the comedy sketch on "Tosh.0" came about from a chance meeting with star Daniel Tosh when they were in line at the same store in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

"I went with my gut, took a chance and gave him my business card," Salowsky said.

Salowsky also had a supporting role in the Rhode Island-filmed "The Polka King," with scenes opposite Jenny Slate and Jack Black. Through that role, she was able to attend the movie's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last year, "which was awesome," she said.

Visit katisalowsky.com or facebook.com/katisalowskyactor to keep up with Salowsky's latest projects.

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