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August 9, 2013

The Fuller factor

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


After a grueling series of auditions, Fuller hit his first success when he read for “Awkward.”

“Now, 99 percent of the auditions you go on don’t work out. I had gotten the audition for this two-line part about two days before I actually had to audition,” he said. “I was with my acting coach, and he said, ‘I have a weird feeling about this. I think you’re going to get this.’

“So I walk into an office in downtown Hollywood. The part was for the devil, so I wore a red shirt and thought to myself, ‘How would the devil sit? How devilish can I make that guy?’ So I read, and they told me it was the best reading that had seen all day. That totally threw me off.”

A day later, Fuller officially received his first national TV job, as Devil on the episode “Are You There God? It’s Me, Jenna.” The show aired July 19, 2012.

“I had a party the night it aired,” he said. “It was my first role, and I wanted to share it with everyone. But once it came on, it was just too weird to watch. After that, I decided I wasn’t going to have another party. After that, it was just business.”

Not long after, Fuller experienced a bit of a premonition.

“I live near the Warner Bros. lot, and one day, I was walking past it,” he remembers. “I stopped and said over and over in my head, ‘One day, I’ll work in the Warner Bros. lot.’ Two weeks later, I was working on the lot.”

That part was as football jock Derek in the “Suburgatory” episode “Chinese Chicken.”

“‘Awkward’ was great,” he said. “But ‘Suburgatory’ was my first time on a full set. I walked onto the lot and I had my own trailer. I just thought to myself, ‘Oh, my God! I am really here.’ It was just a one-line role, but that is my foot in the door.”

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