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August 9, 2013

The Fuller factor

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

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“That year, I auditioned for the school play, and to my surprise, I got the lead role,” he said. “I loved it. I felt very at home in front of the audience, very happy performing. The rush of the applause was such a nice high. After that, I knew it was something I wanted to do.”

His proud grandmother helped kick-start his career.

“My nana went to an agency in New Hampshire one day,” Fuller said. “She said, ‘I have this grandson and I want to show him to you.’ They ended up bringing me in for an interview. I auditioned for them, and they wanted to sign me right there. They then connected me with an agency in LA.”

Through middle school and high school, Fuller, also a talented football player and track athlete, dedicated himself to his passion, taking trips to New York and California for auditions and other opportunities.

“I would go for trips up to a month long to do what they call ‘pilot season,’” he said. “I would go for the experience and to test my luck. I also received some really valuable training.”

He found success in commercials, appearing in ads for Hood milk and Nerf toy guns, and in a comic piece for the popular humor website Funny or Die. He also appeared in seven independent short films, including a starring role in the 2010 release “Taking a Shot at Love,” which won him best new actor at the Atlantic City Cinefest film festival.

After finishing high school, Fuller made the decision to move to Los Angeles.

“I think it was actually after the move had already happened that I began to get nervous,” he said. “I had been going out to LA with my parents, and it had been the plan. I never had any second thoughts. Then, after living there for a while, I realized, ‘I am thousands of miles away from my family in a big city where people get hurt. Wouldn’t it be easier to just go to a four-year school?’ But I knew what I wanted to do.”

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