Cleveland native Christian Pitre, the daughter of Tammy Neely, has joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller, “Teleios,” which is set to begin shooting on Monday, April 21, in North Hollywood. The film also stars Sunny Mabrey, Lance Broadway, Michael Nouri, Weetus Cren, T.J. Hoban, Mykel Shannon Jenkins and Ursula Mill.
Pitre stars as Emma Anderson — one of five genetically engineered humans sent on a rescue mission to Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. Under stress of isolation in outer space, the “perfect humans” begin to exhibit character flaws — formerly concealed — that threaten to tear apart the mission and destroy their chances for survival.
Born in Louisiana, Pitre grew up in a log cabin built by her late father, John Pitre, in Cleveland. She describes herself as a country girl who loves to ride four-wheelers and shoot guns. But for Pitre, life is not all about fun and games. After the death of her brother, Seth, she and brother Adam welcomed more than 50 foster children into their Cleveland home.
At age 7, Pitre began her journey to stardom as a contestant in beauty pageants and modeling, as well as appearing in local commercials.
In high school, she performed in the show choir at Bradley Central High School, which won several statewide competitions. And she only signed up for cheerleading, she confided, to get the uniform. However, Pitre said she knew being onstage as an entertainer was her passion in life and so, after graduation, she found her way to Nashville where her acting career took off. She landed a role in the film “Playing Clandestine.”
After receiving two Best Actress Awards at Nashville’s 48-Hour Film Festival, Pitre began to be in demand from local filmmakers. She and her family moved to Los Angeles and shortly thereafter, she had her first major audition, capturing a guest starring role on “CSI: Miami.”
Her feature film debut came in the film “Crazy Stupid Love” with Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. Pitre has been a guest star on the TV series “Adopted” and will also be seen in the final season of “True Blood,” a film based on a celebrated graphic novel bearing the same name. One critic describes it as “The Road Warrior meets Kill Bill.”
Pitre lives with her actor/musician husband, Robbie, whom she met while co-starring in an independent film in Nashville. They have a 7-year-old daughter, Presley — a budding actress of the next generation. Pitre is also a licensed esthetician and says she loves to share beauty tips and secrets.
Pitre said the message she would like to convey to the people in Bradley County is “dreams can be pursued and accomplished.” She said the overall message is to believe in your dreams and know that persistence will pay off — “no matter what life throws your way.”