WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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an interview with jay harrington WWM: Any chance you'll be moving back, too? I experienced success and felt validated, and that was very motivating. JH: If my girlfriend had her way, we would be back there — yesterday. Who wouldn't want to live in Wellesley or Weston? It's tough in the acting industry. It would be nice to live anywhere and have work come to you, but it doesn't always happen that way. Acting also got my adrenaline going. WWM: When did you discover acting? JH: I was in a play in fourth grade, but when I was 10 or 11, I realized, "I could do this for real." My mom, my two brothers, and I spent our JACOPO MANFREN summers on the Cape. My dad worked in Needham and would join us on weekends. The weeks would get long for my mother, especially when it would rain — we didn't have a TV down there — so we had other activities to keep us busy. There was children's theater about a mile away from our home that was run by professionals from New York who taught summer workshops. I saw a play there that summer and thought: this is really fun. I also took a few classes and realized that I really liked acting and I was pretty good at it. Later, I got involved with Wheelock Family Theatre and did some equity shows. I also was in Little Orphan Annie in a children's theatre program in Weston. I stopped acting during high school, however; the theatre scene was getting a little weird for me. It wasn't children's theatre anymore; people were smoking cigarettes and dying their hair green. So I focused on sports in high school. When I started thinking about college, I realized I wanted to go somewhere where I could study theatre. I ended up at Syracuse. WWM: Were you involved in theatre in New York City after We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 graduation? JH: Actually, it was more like waiting tables and bartending in New York! There were not many acting opportunities in New York at the time. I made a couple of opportunities happen; some friends and I produced a play that was pretty wonderful. But mostly it was three great years of learning life lessons, adjusting to being responsible and paying bills, and 58

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