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August 9, 2013

The Fuller factor

Pentucket graduate lands acting gigs on 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Suburgatory'

Sam Fuller’s crystallizing moment didn’t arrive when he saw himself on television for the first time.

Nor did it occur when he won a role on an iconic series that has lasted nine seasons and won four Emmy Awards.

And no, it wasn’t when he was called back for a second episode on a popular sitcom, either.

Rather, for the 20-year-old Groveland native, that moment came while he was riding in a carpet-cleaning truck.

The handsome, young actor leans forward and fidgets in his seat as he recounts the emotion of the day.

“So here I am in this van that says ‘Carpet Cops’ on the side with my buddy,” said Fuller, who now lives in Los Angeles. “The sun was going down, it was beautiful out, and a Coldplay song was on the radio.”

He was on his way to help his friend rip up a rug.

“I just said out loud, ‘This — Los Angeles — is where I am supposed to be. It’s going to be hard, but I just have this feeling. This is a new chapter for me. This is where I have to be,’” he recalls.

Two years after leaving home to pursue a career in acting, Fuller has begun to make a name for himself in Hollywood.

He has made guest appearances on ABC’s hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” the ABC sitcom “Suburgatory” and the MTV comedy/drama “Awkward.”

“I have a tradition that every time I get a part, I open a bottle of Champagne and save the cork,” said Fuller, a 2011 Pentucket High graduate. “I write the name and date of the show and put the cork on my mantel. That’s how I celebrate. I have three so far.”

The acting bug bit Fuller when he was a sixth-grader.

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