People: Marcelle LeBlanc
A multitalented actor Marcelle LeBlanc is quickly making her mark in Hollywood with roles as ‘Stacy’ in Netflix’s “Cobra Kai,” LeBlanc appeared in “Fear Street Part Two: 1978” on Netflix, Disney+’s “Just Beyond” and in Hulu’s “PEN15,” her first voiceover role. She starred as Mary Ellen in the movie “The Waltons: The Homecoming,” a remake of the 1971 film that led to TV’s beloved “Waltons” series.
Born in New Orleans and raised in Birmingham (her mother, Amanda, runs The Amandas full-service professional organizing firm; her father, Daniel, is a veterinarian at Riverview Animal Hospital) LeBlanc was a sad and lonely kid, struggling to find something she was passionate about. Then she discovered performance and acting. Her love of the arts began at the age of 10 when she was asked to be a part of a new Broadway musical’s first reading in New York, playing young Judy Garland and young Shirley Temple. Right after returning home, LeBlanc played the lead role in a Virginia Samford Theater production of “Annie.” She then began studying acting with Meg Deusner of Acting Out Academy. LeBlanc’s life would never be the same going forward, as she began to land roles in productions of “Peter Pan,” “The Music Man” and “Gypsy,” making authentic friends and finally feeling like she belonged somewhere.
LeBlanc found early success in the industry, transitioning from the theater to both television and film. LeBlanc booked her first professional role on Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things.” Additional credits include playing ‘Dana Gaines’ in the CBS television series “Criminal Minds,” ‘Josephine’ in the film “Union,” ‘Cassidy’ in the ABC pilot “False Profits” and ‘Becky Thatcher’ in “Super Science Showcase.”
LeBlanc is an advocate for arts education and founded a nonprofit, “S.T.A.R.S,” at only 14 years old. “S.T.A.R.S” is a scholarship program that works directly with the Alabama Arts Alliance to create opportunities for kids from all backgrounds who want and need access to after school arts programs. She is also passionate about finding a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease and has helped raise funds for the cause.
LeBlanc attends college at Auburn University, majoring in accounting. That is an example of her pratical side. “I have an incredible team but I want to be able to have educated conversations about the busienss side of the industry,” LeBlanc says.