At the same time, coincidentally, my manager -- who's still my manager today, Randy James -- was in the audience of this showcase because someone he knew was pregnant. The summer after graduation I decided to move to L. and give it a shot because I wasn't that passionate about much else, to be honest with you. But it was a great experience because I learned the I could take on physical roles really well. I had no idea it was going to be as physical as it was, and as time went on, day by day, I thought, "This is really demanding -- but I enjoy it." There's something about it that made me feel more connected to the character and required less effort in the "acting" department because there was so much physicality -- there was so much going on.
They won't give me my money back." I said, "All right, though I don't really know what you want me to do." So I went. I was still in high school, so I waited about a year and a half. But you also had a leading role in a film at that point, too, right? Before then I had done some guest starring here and there and some commercials, but I had never really done anything of that caliber that was so demanding. Such good people worked on that movie; it was a great experience for me. Like rough-and-tumble, or just using your body differently for the character, or...
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When I was grade school -- maybe seventh or eighth grade -- I took theater for fun. I always thought it would be fun, and I was a big goof-off and things like that. I was 22 when I booked that show, but I turned 23 very soon after. When you got that show, did it feel like the break it became for you? I thought, "This is going to be an interesting character to play," and I knew I would get publicity from it and that sort of thing.