Ashleigh Sumner’s lead breakthrough role occurs in the new indie lesbian romantic comedy “And Then Came Lola,” which is loosely inspired by German arthouse classic “Run Lola Run.” Her performance in the independent film has received much attention including Advocate Magazine’s “One to Watch” honor at the 2009 OutFest Film Festival.

Ashleigh’s film work includes a lead role in the AFI short, “Mother,” which received awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Seattle International, and Florida Film Festival, along with being an official selection at AFI Fest, and receiving a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Her performance earned a Best Actress Nomination at LA’s Method Fest. Additional work includes appearances in the indie film, “The Hammer” and a lead role in Film Independents Directors Lab project, “Directed by Dorothy Arzner.” Ashleigh’s television credits include appearances on “Criminal Minds,” “CSI,” “Crossing Jordan” and a supporting role in the CBS television movie “The Locket” starring Vanessa Redgrave.

IFQ recently spoke with Ashleigh as she wrapped the 2009 film festival circuit with her indie gem “And Then Came Lola,” which recently inked a distribution deal and will be released by Wolfe Video in Spring 2010.

Ashleigh’s interview in Independent Film Quarterly-click here.