The Exes

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Kelly Sta­bles comes up short on the mea­sur­ing tape – she’s just 1.52m tall! But the pint-sized ac­tress has a gi­ant sense of hu­mour and that’s worked out well for Kelly, who plays Eden on sit­com The Exes (2011-2015). “Pro­duc­ers called me a lot of short jokes,” she laughs. “I love it. I think it’s funny.”

Kelly’s first “big” role was play­ing 1

a small ape in Tim Burton’s 2001 sci-fi re­make of Planet Of The Apes with Mark Wah­lberg. And it opened doors: “I met Rick Baker [who played an old ape] – be­cause of my size, he fig­ured I could dou­ble for Daveigh Chase”...

And in 2002, Kelly’s body size saw 2

her cast as Daveigh’s stunt dou­ble in sci-fi hor­ror movie The Ring – she was 25 and Daveigh was just 12. “They brought in a con­tor­tion­ist to do the one scene with my leg over my shoul­der, but I was a cheer­leader, so I’m pretty flex­i­ble,” she says.

The 38-year-old took her work 3

home in March 2005 when she mar­ried her man­ager Kurt Patino. They have two sons: Ken­drick Kurt Patino (3) and Kellen Wil­liam Patino (1).

She’s orig­i­nally from St Louis, 4

Mis­souri and takes her base­ball team the St Louis Car­di­nals very se­ri­ously, warning, “St Louis is a very fam­ily-ori­ented town and we’re a very for­giv­ing town – but don’t talk smack about our Car­di­nals!”

What she will joke about are some 5

of her au­di­tions. “It was 2007, my man­ager called and asked if I’d be com­fort­able with pros­thet­ics. ‘Why?’ I said. ‘Be­cause I’ve got you an au­di­tion for a show called Cave­men… as Rocky, a 12-year-old cave boy’.” Kelly got the gig but what her man­ager didn’t say was that it was a guest role, not a re­cur­ring one. At least she can laugh about it!

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