For many years I’ve worked with Kymberly Mellen. I specifically called her in. I said I wanted to see her, because I knew she would be interesting in the part. Kym doesn’t actually have much resemblance to the real Doris Young, but I’d take a good actor above looks any day. A great actor can overcome any of that. They’ll convince you that they’re the character very quickly, and then you don’t even think about it anymore.
- T.C. Christensen, Director of The Cokeville Miracle, Mormonartist.net Podcast - Full Interview
“The acting was quite good, particularly the villains—David and Doris Young… excellent performances. Doris Young was a really fascinating character. She was obviously very devoted to her husband, thought he was brilliant, but at times you could see in her face, “What if he is crazy?” She was played as a very complicated character. It’s subtle, but it’s there."
- Mormonartist.net Podcast (Full Interview)
AWARD: 2016 Best Actress – Doris Young in The Cokeville Miracle – Kingdomwood Film Festival
AWARD: 2016 Best Picture – The Cokeville Miracle – ICVM Bronze Crown Award
AWARD: 2016 Best Villainess - Doris Young in The Cokeville Miracle - Christian Film Festival
“As portrayed in the film [Cokeville Miracle] by Mellen, Doris is far and away the most interesting character in the film, and far more sympathetic than her husband, but that also fits other accounts of her.”
- Mormon Iconoclast (FULL REVIEW)
“The standout performance in the film [Cokeville Miracle] comes from Kymberly Mellen who does Doris Young justice, giving us a characterization of a woman who is herself held hostage, not by guns and bombs, but the spell of a man over against her own insecurities. Mellen’s craft shows us her fear, admiration, compassion, and reflected madness as her doom unfolds.”
- WVS - By Common Consent.com, ONLINE: REVIEW
“Kymberly Mellen steals the show [Cokeville Miracle] as Doris Young. She is an interesting, complex character. She seems like a typical mother-type who loves children, but what she does contradicts this impression. I looked forward to every scene with her.”
- Critical Christopher Blog: (FULL REVIEW)
“Mellen’s portrayal of Doris [Cokeville Miracle], who is always balancing precariously between her worship of David and a nagging fear that he might be nuts, is the most interesting performance in the movie.”
- Sunstone Magazine (FULL REVIEW)