WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

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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actress who had to wear a pastrami sandwich costume for the entire movie. "It was swel- tering hot, and kind of ridiculous, but being in the film gave me the confidence to make the move to the West Coast. I was ready for a change." In LA, Erin got an agent and started booking commercials right away. She had enough work so she didn't need a side job. "I got really lucky. I was able to establish myself as a commercial actor, I got to know the casting directors, and I became part of the community." She was cast on a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory, which she loved because she got to perform in front of a live audience again. She also landed roles on NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, and American Horror Story, among others. Erin was cast in a few films including Dumb and Dumber To and The Three Stooges, both written and produced by the Farrelly brothers. Last year, Bobby Farrelly called Erin to star in two commercials for Shields MRI featuring Tom Brady. "Tom was really lovely to work with. He let us try on all his rings," Erin says. "And it's hard not to laugh around the Farrellys. They have been so kind to me and so loyal. They hired me for that ad when I was still on maternity leave." But being an actress is not as glamorous as some people think. "There are days when they shoot my scenes in a few hours, and I eat way too much craft service food, and others when I'm there for 16-plus hours shooting outside overnight freezing half to death in a leotard with hand warmers taped to my thighs and stuffed down my back," Erin says. There are also lots of lulls between jobs. "Learning how to ride those waves and manage expectations as the weeks go by can be challenging." But doing what she loves is worth the wait, and with two little ones at home, she is plenty busy. The Wellesley Connection Before the new WHS was built, Tim Dowling and Adam Harrington came home to host, "Turn Off the Lights" — a night of musical theater celebrating the plays they took part in while at the school and to relive some of the memories that shaped who they are today. While Kevin, Jay, Dave, Tim, Erin and Adam weren't all in school at the same time, their families remain friends. "They're all great kids," says Dave's mother, Ann Collard. "And they're still wonderful friends after all these years. Particularly out in LA, there's nothing like old friends who stick together through thick and thin." Adds Kevin, "I'm not sure what the common thread is between all of us. A level of curios- ity? The gumption to try? I do know that we were all fortunate enough to have parents who enabled us to open our minds and pursue our interests." left: Erin Allin O'Reilly and Adam Harrington in Cabaret; right: Tom Brady, Bobby Farrelly, Erin O'Reilly, and Director JB Rogers J O E B E R K E L E Y 138 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 Wellesley West

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