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Meet Jay Huguley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jay Huguley.

Jay, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up right outside Manhattan, so seeing Broadway plays with my parents happened a lot. I was mesmerized. As soon as I was old enough, my mom was driving me into the city for acting classes. When I was in my 20s, I was cast in a play that moved to L.A. and I’ve been here ever since. I have to say… I’ve had great mentors that I’ve trusted along the way. The older you get, the more you reflect on those teachers or directors or writers who said: “Keep going”!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This career has never been smooth. But my worst day as an actor, I remind myself that I’m doing exactly the job I wanted to since I was a kid. A struggle would be doing something else. I’ve gotten to play some fascinating parts and I keep going back to the theatre which provides endless riches of great characters. There is a stack of plays I’m waiting to age into. That’s exciting.

What else should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’ve never been pigeonholed and I’m wildly grateful for that. So I can’t say what I specialize in. That might be a question for one of my directors. Just last year I played a late 19th Century Massachusetts lawyer, a 1980s TV journalist and a sadistic Tennessee prison guard. The variety is… something I dreamed of.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Proud moments come in so many different forms in this career. I was proud of the work I did in Tom Stoppards ‘The Real Thing’ at The Skylight Theatre… partly because I was scared to death and… well I didn’t die. 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture was a great moment… and I just worked with Julianne Moore directed by Julie Taymor… that was a great time. Mostly I’m proud that I chose this career… that I’m still at it… and the parts are getting better.

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