The stories of the small-town, starry-eyed kids who come to Hollywood almost on a whim are everywhere in Los Angeles, and almost as abundant are the stories of those forced to return home after finding the harsh reality of life as a struggling actor.
But for one Alabama native, the big dream has become a really big reality.
Drew Roy, 26, hails from Clanton, and graduated from Chilton County High School. His background is comfortable and familiar: His parents provided a good home life (his dad is a dentist, and his mom is a teacher; his sister is in school at UAB), and he had a scholarship lined up at the University of Alabama right after graduation.
He was excited about college life, but decided to head to Atlanta after graduation to see if he could make a little extra money using his good looks to land modeling gigs. There, he met a manager who dropped some names Roy was familiar with, and the manager soon convinced him to try his hand at acting in Los Angeles — even though he’d never acted before.
And off he went.
“Absolute stupid decision! I don’t recommend anybody doing it!” Roy laughs today, during a phone interview from LA. But for a guy who thrives on challenges, this was a big one.
“Once I got to LA and saw I was in over my head, that was one of the main motivations to work as hard as I did,” he said. “Luckily, luck was on my side.”
That hard work includes his featured role on the alien invasion series “Falling Skies,” produced by none other than Steven Spielberg (airing at 8 p.m. Sundays on TNT). The show takes place six months after the aliens have invaded, so the storylines revolve around how the humans deal with the more sophisticated aliens.
Roy plays Hal, one of three brothers who works with dad Tom (played by Noah Wyle) in a small pocket of resistance fighters.