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SVW Exclusive: The identity of LonelyGirl15

Posted by Tom Foremski - September 12, 2006

By Matt Foremski and Tom Foremski for Silicon Valley Watcher

One of the most interesting questions in the online world is who is LonelyGirl15? We think we know who she is.

Late last week it was revealed that LonelyGirl15, aka "Bree" was not a real 16 year old videoblogger, and her appearances on YouTube were scripted and produced by a professional team.

The creators of LonelyGirl15 published a letter "To Our Incredible Fans." In it they say:

We are amazed by the overwhelmingly positive response to our videos; it has exceeded our wildest expectations. With your help we believe we are witnessing the birth of a new art form.

It goes on to say:

Right now, the biggest mystery of Lonelygirl15 is “who is she?” We think this is an oversimplification. Lonelygirl15 is a reflection of everyone. She is no more real or fictitious than the portions of our personalities that we choose to show (or hide) when we interact with the people around us.

While we know she is a fake, who the actress is has stayed a secret.

However, after some online searching and thanks to Google's cache of online sites, Silicon Valley Watcher believes it has found the identity of the actress that played "Bree."

She is Jessica Rose, a 19-year old actress from Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. She recently moved to Los Angeles/Hollywood area to find work.


You be the judge:

Here is LonelyGirl15 from her vidblogs:

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Here are a few images of Jessica Rose:

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LG15.com for more info and a discussion board.
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