Buffalo actor returns to WNY for thriller movie

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo native Charlene Amoia is back in snow country. The LA actress is working in Lewiston for cable network thriller “Vows of Madness.”

She plays the intuitive sister who senses something is off with her brother’s new fiance.

“It’s curious for the small town that we’re in. And I’m kind of wondering about her and we go from there,” Amoia told News 4.

We can’t say too much about the film, but Amoia’s let us in on one thing: Director Fred Olen Ray has worked in Buffalo before, and like others in the industry, he keeps coming back.

“They originally came in here for the snow,” Amoia told us.

She said they likely returned for the tax incentives, friendly people, and of course, the food.

For the girl ho grew up in North Buffalo, looking out the snowy window of the old Victorian home in Lewiston is nostalgic.

“Being with family and getting to do what I love doing is a great experience. I would come back anytime to shoot at home. It’s been really lovely.”

She’s known for being “Wendy the Waitress” on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, and has also done some big screen work alongside some big names like Will Smith and Steven Seagal.

But a job isn’t always a sure thing.

“You just kind of get used to that as best you can and find a way to occupy your time when you’re not working.”

Her credits keep rolling in. Co-star Cameron Gebo plays Amoia’s love-struck brother.

“She’s incredibly fun to work off of, she makes a great sister,” he said.

The two have a few more scenes to shoot together before filming wraps in a couple weeks.

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