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 multitasking — earning a living and taking classes. Then I moved to LA, where the opportunities were much more plentiful. At times I wish that I had gone to LA sooner. It's not that I regret living in New York City — I think everyone should live [there] for at least one year to learn about life — but I was able to get more serious about acting in LA. WWM: What is it about acting that caught your interest? JH: It was fun. I enjoyed being in front of people and I was also good at it. I enjoyed sports a lot, but I didn't rise to the top in that arena; I wasn't the first person picked for the teams. Whereas with acting, I enjoyed doing it and I would get picked. I experienced success and felt validated, and that was very motivating. Acting also got my adrenaline going. It's pilot season here now and the competition is fierce for television opportunities. But I thrive on that competition. WWM: I guess you have to thrive on the competition if you are going to make a career out of acting… JH: It has to motivate you; you can't let it get you down. It is very easy to get negative in this business because there is so much rejection, but JACOPO MANFREN you have to fight it, or you won't last. I'm not going to say that I don't have moments … there are just so many more nos than yeses in this business. But when I don't get a role, I make it a point to watch the show and see what the actor that was chosen was able to bring. 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 In general, I am not a character actor; WWM: You have had quite an interesting career. You've played I tend to play leading man roles. Maybe down the road my options will open up. factors that contribute to the total experience — the character, the story, lawyers, doctors, a professor, an FBI agent, and the head of R&D for a soulless conglomerate. What roles have you particularly enjoyed? JH: I haven't really enjoyed any one role over another; there are many the other people involved. Better Off Ted was great. [ABC's satirical comedy series in which Harrington played the lead.] I enjoyed the show both while I was in it and looking back on it. It's a body of work that I am really proud of. From top to bottom, it stands alone as really great stuff. I also enjoyed American Pie because I got to play a total jerk, 60

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