Y&R's Sanders Is Guilty!

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Erin Sanders was just 17 when she played a naïve Eden on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Now, the actress is going back to high school in Guilty At 17, a new film premiering Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m. EST on Lifetime. In it, she stars as Traci, a girl who accuses a teacher of sexually harassing another student (Chloe Rose; DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), only to face dire consequences: the teacher, who was innocent, commits suicide!

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"Traci's a kind person with a strong sense of character, and she suddenly finds herself in a position where she has to make some very adult decisions," Sanders offers. "She's learning that the right path isn't always the easy path, that the idea of 'right and wrong' can get very muddled, and that you have to trust your gut."

Muddled indeed! As this tale unfolds, Traci realizes her mistake and confides in a substitute teacher who unexpectedly kicks the whole situation into high gear when she takes matters into her own hands. "Traci will come to grips with the fact that we have to live with the repercussions of our actions," Sanders offers, adding, "and so do others."

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Making the film was exciting for Sanders, not only because she got to move to Ontario for a month, but also because it was her first starring role. Even better, she got to work with two veteran actors as her parents. "Catherine Dent has so much experience, and it was so lovely to play opposite her and have intimate, thoughtful scenes with her while building a relationship between our characters. We really got the opportunity to make this mother-daughter relationship feel very truthful," Sanders offers. "The same goes for working with Michael Woods (Dr. Ackland, PASSIONS; Kent, ALL MY CHILDREN), who plays my dad... I guess I'm a bit of a workaholic, because I loved every minute of it. But at the same time, it never feels like work to me."

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