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sit up straight or laugh out loud or come close to bringing a tear to my eye, it's something I want. My proudest moment as a producer is when I bet on something and it succeeds." Thoroughbreds, a psychological thriller that was just released by Focus Features, was one of those screenplays. "I read it the moment it landed in my inbox," says Kevin. "It has some of the most whip-smart, crackling, humorous dialogue I've ever read. And our first-choice actors all said yes — the screenplay was that good." Kevin tries to get back to Boston as often as he can to visit his parents, who still live in Wellesley, and also to work. "There's still a bit of a novelty there with movie making. People welcome you back. There are great crews there — people I trust and can call on." When he was shooting Manchester by the Sea, Kevin called the headmaster at his alma mater, Belmont Hill, to see if he could "borrow" the hockey team for a day. "I put on my own skates and got out there on the rink with all the kids. I didn't have to hire a bunch of actors who were going to screw around on the ice. They already knew how to work together," he says. And sometimes being a producer requires making really tough deci- sions, like scrambling to reshoot Kevin Spacey's scenes, after he was charged with multiple counts of sexual harassment, and replace him with Christopher Plummer as John Paul Getty for All the Money in the World. "The path to success here is really unorthodox. There's not a ladder to climb. We're swinging from limb to limb and that takes a lot of resilience and sheer will." JAY HARRINGTON'S first acting role came in 1978 when he was a second grader at Hunnewell Elementary School. His music teacher asked the class, "Who would like to play the snowman?" and Jay's hand shot up. His was the only one. That's when he first got the acting bug, and today, after 40 years, he still has it. "Getting up in front of people was never something I shied away from," he says. In the summer, when his family went to Cape Cod, Jay attended the Harwich Junior Theater where he developed his acting skills alongside professionals. His first role was Little Bear in The Arkansaw Bear. He was only 11. "I love the camaraderie of acting. You're in the trenches with these people and you become fast friends," he says. Jay tried out for all the plays at WMS and Wellesley High School (WHS) and acted in productions at the Wheelock Family Theater. After graduating from WHS in 1989, Jay attended Syracuse University, where he majored in theater. After graduating, he headed to New York City where some of his Syracuse friends were pursuing roles on Broadway. But Jay was more interested in the silver screen. "There weren't the same opportunities for film and TV roles in New York in the early 90s as there were in LA," says Jay. So in 1997, he visited his youngest brother, Adam, who was studying theater at UCLA, and is now best known for his work on the television show Scrubs. Out of the blue, Jay's high school friend, Dave Collard, called to ask if he knew anyone looking for a roommate in Santa Monica. His timing could not have been better. "Dave and I lived together for nine years in a rent-controlled apart- ment," Jay says. "It wasn't the nicest place, but it was centrally located and it served its purpose for some guys in their 20s." (This included letting Kevin Walsh crash on their "dirty white couch.") Jay launched his Hollywood career with a role in the drama Pacific Blue. Since then, he's had a relatively steady stream of work, including a recurring role on the The Division. He's also been on The Shield, Burn Notice, and Private Practice where he reconnected with his friend and former L I N D S E Y C H I L D S Jay Harrington T E L E V I S I O N A N D M O V I E A C T O R W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 130 Wellesley West

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