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Solo for about two seconds," he says. "The movie sort of exploded with attention in the industry, and people asked me if I wanted to write." His first full-length script didn't sell, but it got him his writing agent. "I wrote five scripts and countless pitches. I felt like I met everybody and they all said 'we love your writing,' but no one was buying." Then in 2004, things changed. "I was reading about all these compa- nies in small towns and how all the factories were getting outsourced during the Kerry/Bush election. That gave me an idea for a comedy called Outsourced," Tim says. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were slated to play the lead roles, but it was around the same time as Wedding Crashers, so they had to drop out. Will Smith loved the script and Tim's writing and later hired him to write This Means War, starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon. Role Models, starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, was the first full-length movie Tim wrote that actually got made. It came out in 2008. "It was a buddy comedy in the vein of Stripes where two guys are forced into the Big Brother program." That was followed by Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Anniston, and Nicole Kidman, which came out in 2011. Tim's latest movie, Pixels, was directed by Chris Columbus and stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad. "Chris wrote The Goonies and directed Home Alone and the Harry Potter films, so I was so excited to be working with him." Tim is currently working on an '80s-type script that he wants to be "his Goonies." Today, Tim is considered one of the top comedy writers in the business. He was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch and was listed in Fade In's Top 100 People in Hollywood. "I want to keep making movies," he says. "And hopefully movies that people enjoy." WHEN ERIN ALLIN O'REILLY was growing up, she didn't dream of being an actress. "I wanted to be a catcher for the Red Sox," she said. "I had a bit of a Tona Peña obsession." Erin attended Bates Elementary School and then Upham from grades two through five. "I always loved singing and dancing," she says, but she discovered acting when she went to the Charles River Creative Arts Program in Dover one summer. "It was very creative and wacky. We'd perform shows every day at lunch time or volunteer to do improv. It was a life-changing experience for me." Sophomore year of high school Erin's mom convinced her to forgo basketball and try out for the school musical, Cabaret, instead. "I had been such a disaster on my freshman team," Erin admits. She was thrilled when she landed the role of Sally, opposite Adam Harrington as Cliff, Sally's love interest. "That was the first time I performed in front of a big audience in Wellesley," she says. "Our director was such a cool, artistic, intelligent guy who treated us all like adults. And I was hooked." Adam and Erin also starred opposite each other as the baker and his wife in Into the Woods the following year. After graduating from WHS in 1997 where she was friends with Kate Walsh, Kevin's younger sister, Erin studied theater and English at Boston College. In 2001, she moved to New York City. "I showed up without a clue and got my feet wet. I figured out where to get my headshots taken and where to take classes." She was working two jobs as a waitress and trying to get acting roles. "I checked the Backstage newspaper and sent out a bazillion headshots hoping someone would call. But 99 percent of the time they didn't." Erin's luck changed in 2005 when she landed the lead in a film called The Legacy of Walter Frumm. She played a desperate P E T E R K L U G E Erin Allin O'Reilly A C T O R 136 Wellesley West 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

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