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Frankfort girl lands role on ‘Mob Doctor’

Devyn Mang9 displays her acting card her home Frankfort. She has recurring role “The Mob Doctor” playing young versititle character.

Devyn Mangin, 9, displays her acting card at her home in Frankfort. She has a recurring role on “The Mob Doctor,” playing the young version of the title character. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 7, 2012 6:03AM



The debut hasn’t even aired yet, but 9-year-old Devyn Mangin, of Frankfort, already has a favorite TV show of the new season.

Devyn has a recurring role on “The Mob Doctor,” playing the young version of the title character.

The show’s premiere is set for Sept. 17 on Fox. The Mangin family plans to tune in during a party with relatives and friends at Frankfort Bowl.

Devyn got a chance to be on the show after her Hinsdale-based talent agent, Don Underwood, called in March and said a new TV show was looking for grade school girls for a role.

Devyn, whose previous experience was in a Cricket cell phone commercial, was given an audition that lasted about as long as the commercial. Something clicked, however, and Underwood called that night to tell Devyn’s parents, Chris and Patrick, that Devyn was wanted back for a second look.

Devyn was one of four finalists for the role. This time, with the director, writers and producer watching, the audition took a tad longer. Devyn won them over, and the Chelsea Elementary School fourth-grader got the role.

Devyn, who has nonspeaking parts and appears as the title character in flashbacks, said shooting a TV show is fun but can be boring if the director isn’t pleased.

“If I do (a scene) good, then I do it two times,” Devyn said, “but if I mess it up, we do it again and again. One time, they filmed me walking a hundred times.”

One day of filming ran 10 hours. But there are plenty of breaks and good food, Devyn said.

The show is shot mostly in Chicago.

Devyn said she was surprised when she got the job.

“My mom said it would be funny if I got (the role) because the (character’s) last name is Devlin,” Devyn said.

Jordana Spiro plays Grace Devlin, the young doctor who becomes beholden to the Mob.

“There’s quite a resemblance (between Devyn and Spiro),” Chris Mangin said.

Underwood thinks that was a big factor in Devyn getting the role.

“She looks like the starring actress. I think that’s the initial reason that they were interested in her,” Underwood said.

Devyn may have been “in the right place at the right time with the right look,” said Underwood, who owns the Babes ’N Beaus talent agency, but she still had to act well with the cameras rolling.

“She’s very natural,” Underwood said. “She’s the first person you see in the trailer, and she seems very natural, which really impressed me. She’s walking across a vacant lot, sees a dead body lying there and she touches the person’s face. Some kids may be squeamish about doing that, but she wasn’t.”

Devyn walks up to the body and gently closes the man’s eyelids. It’s the first scene.

“I just met him when we got there. It was kind of creepy. I thought there’d actually be a dead guy. At first, I was really scared,” Devyn said.

Devyn’s parents say success has not gone to her head, noting that she still has chores to do around the house.

“I count on her to do things. She’s very helpful,” Chris Mangin said.

Devyn’s three sisters — Olivia, 15, Alyson, 13, and Marissa, 7 — sometimes joke about their sibling getting special treatment.

“We don’t talk about it a lot. We boss her around,” Alyson said with a smile.

Devyn would love to see her experience lead to more acting in her future, maybe on the Disney Channel.

And if that doesn’t happen?

“I’d like to be a teacher,” she said.



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