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Drew Roy: Relentless Charmer, Fearless Dreamer
Catch him as: Hal Mason on TNT’s Spielberg-produced Falling Skies
On working with Spielberg: “It’s pretty wild. When I was going in to read for Falling Skies, I knew that when we got down to the end, we would have to wait for his approval of who was going to be cast. Even if I didn’t get the part, the fact that Steven Spielberg was going to see my audition tape was crazy [enough]. He actually showed up on set during the pilot and just blew me away with his kindness and how open he was with everybody. He would let anybody come up and speak with him.”
All that glitters isn’t gold: “I started college on scholarship, and everything was all lined up. I always wanted to be a doctor. Then I came up with the bright idea that without any training or any knowledge of what I was doing, I would move out to LA with my 5 best friends who were in a band. We were just going to wait and see what happened. The fact that we knew so little, made it seem more possible. My parents thought I was crazy, and my dad was really skeptical about it. I got out here, realized I was in over my head, and that’s when I really had to buckle down. When I got here, I was living in a place I called the Hobbit Hole. It was a little storage unit underneath a lady’s house, and the ceiling was like 3 inches above my head. You could literally see the outside because there were little holes everywhere. It was a spider’s dream!”
Life in L.A.: “My main job while auditioning was as a valet at the Beverly Hills hotel. You’re driving every car a kid has ever wanted to drive. You’re seeing wild things happen because guests would ask you to come up to their rooms and you never knew who was going to open the door, how they were going to be dressed when they came to the door, or what was going to happen when you walked through the door. Everything that you’re thinking right now: yes, that happened. We might not have said yes to it, but it was proposed.”
Words to live by: “It’s easy to forget, but it’s important not to worry about what everyone is going to think. Put time into whatever you’re doing and make sure that you show up prepared, but don’t worry about what people think about you. Do your own thing and do it your way. Anytime that you stick to that, everything turns out [great].”
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.