Sadie Calvano, Actress and Bags4Kids Spokesperson


I first learned about Bags4Kids in the summer of 2009.   My temple encourages Hebrew students to  initiate a mitzvah project in order to contribute to the community and to help others less fortunate, as part of becoming a Jewish adult.  In case you don’t know, a mitzvah is something like a good deed.  So, in preparation for my bat mitzvah, I began thinking about something that I could do that would be meaningful. 

It was August and we were shopping for my new backpack, as we did before school began every year, when I realized that between my friends and I we must have dozens of previously used, but perfectly good back packs.  I began searching the internet to see where they could be donated and I stumbled across Bags4Kids.  I had never before thought about how it must feel to be taken away from your parents, and your home, and sometimes even separated from your sisters and brothers.  I loved that Bags4Kids was there to try and make things less scary and sad for these kids. I especially loved that they were based within driving distance, were small enough that my help might really make an impact, and that their work directly helped to improve the lives of kids.

So, that’s how it began.  I collected backpacks and comfort items and my mom made arrangements for us to deliver them to LaJuana Moser, Bags4 kids amazing founder.  I thought that would be where the story ended but instead, that is where it began. 

LaJuana gave my mom and I some completed packs to deliver to foster kids in our community.  We went to the Department of Child and Family Services in Chatsworth.  The kids were so surprised and happy to receive the packs.  I immediately understood why LaJuana started Bags4Kids and how very important the work they did really was.

After my Bat Mitzvah in 2010, I started acting professionally and I decided that if I was lucky enough to someday have some celebrity, I would like to use it to help this amazing cause.

In the meantime, I am happy to try and help raise awareness about the problems foster kids face and how Bags4Kids everyday is working to make their lives a little better.   


Since she was seven, Sadie has been performing in musicals.  Favorite past roles include Alice in ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2008) at the El Portal (NoHo) and Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2008) at The Barnsdall Theatre (Hollywood).  In 2010, Sadie received glowing reviews as Christina in Crown City Theatre’s four week smash run of A CHICAGO CHRISTMAS CAROL in between playing Sharpay in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2009) and Tallulah in BUGSY MALONE (2011) both at the Madrid Theatre (Canoga Park).  Then, in 2012, Sadie originated the role of Jenny in the original musical production PEARLY GATES for a three city run at the El Portal Theatre, Lancaster Arts Center and Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  

When she was almost 13, Sadie’s professional career began. Sadie’s first role was a guest star appearance on Chris Elliot’s Eagleheart in the summer of 2010, followed by a co-star role on NCIS as William Devane's kidnapped granddaughter for which she received a YAA Best Actress nomination.  

Sadie made her big screen debut as Leonardo DiCaprio’s niece in the Clint Eastwood bio-epic "J. Edgar."  Other credits include a couple of pilots, guest star appearances on "Kickin' It" and "Crash & Bernstein" and a recurring role on "Melissa & Joey."   Premiering this fall, September 23, 2013 on CBS, Sadie will be portraying Anna Faris’ teenage daughter in the new Chuck Lorre comedy “MOM” which will air Mondays at 9:30pm.  

Sadie still spends her summers at Stagedoor Manor, the acclaimed New York theatre intensive whose alumni include Jon Cryer, Natalie Portman, and Shawn Levy. 

Sadie is also the National Spokesperson for Bags4Kids, an organization that provides comfort items and support for distressed foster children.  

Sadie is represented by Wendi Green and Jennifer Millar at Paradigm. 



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