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.