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Sean Faris

Sean Faris

Sean currently stars as "Dino Whitman" on ABC's drama "Life As We Know It". Sean Faris is quickly becoming one of the young actors to watch in Hollywood, with numerous film and television roles under his belt. Faris plays the role of Dino Whitman on the new ABC drama series, life as we know it, based on British Melvin Burgess’ controversial young-adult novel about the sexual antics and day-to-day lives of three 16-year-old boys. A Texas native, Faris moved to Ohio at the age of 12, and on to Los Angeles at 18, where he won parts on such television series as Smallville, One Tree Hill and Boston Public. His feature film credits include Pearl Harbor and MGM’s Sleepover. Faris currently lives in Los Angeles. Faris was born on March 25, 1982. Sean is 22 years old from Parma, Ohio in the Cleveland area. Sean graduated from Padua Franciscan High School with honors in 2000. One week later he packed his
car and moved to LA. From there he immediately landed the role in Pearl Harbor and so on. Sean is currently meeting with producers in New York for two soap operas, The Guiding Light and As The World Turns.

Interviews with Sean Faris and Evan Peters from "Sleepover"

Sean Faris plays the boy every teen girl drools over in "Sleepover," a teen comedy from first-time director, Joe Nussbaum. Evan Peters co-stars as a skater who would like all the girls to fall for him, but unfortuntately he goes about things the wrong way. Asking girls if they want to see a picture of him in a coma is not the best way to get dates.

INTERVIEW WITH SEAN FARIS ('Steve'):

You are ‘the guy’ in this movie. How does it feel to be ‘the guy’?
I’m flattered. I really enjoy it and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

I saw the movie and I couldn’t help thinking how much you look like Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.” Do people tell you that?
Yeah, I’ve been getting that since I was about 12. It’s funny, since I’ve been getting it since I was so young I was just like ‘whatever’ with it and I didn’t really get it until I saw the cover of “All the Right Moves.” I was looking at the cover of my new show and I was like, “Now I get it.” I went to my manager’s office and said, “Watch this and then watch this and you’ll see exactly what people are talking about.” Now I get it.

Wouldn’t you love to have a career that matches Cruise’s?
Oh man. That would be a dream come true.

When you were in school, were you one of the cool kids or one of the dorks?
I was just a regular guy. I was in the middle. I wasn’t cool, I wasn’t uncool. I was just sort of there. I spent most of high school just dying to get out. It wasn’t my glory years. I spent high school waiting to go to California to become an actor.

Where did you go to high school?
I went to high school in Padua Franciscan High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I could not wait to leave high school, let me tell you.

Did you always know you wanted to be an actor?
I didn’t realize it was what I really wanted to do until I was about 17. I ended up doing an independent film and I just absolutely loved it. If I could get paid to do that and travel around the world, why not?

And you’ve got a new TV series coming up. What can you tell me about that?
I’ve got a new show coming up on ABC. It’s called “Life As We Know It.” It’ll be out this fall, Thursday night at 9pm. It’s a one hour dramedy. It’s a coming-of-age story about three guys who are best friends in high school, and how your friends become your family. You have a problem, you don’t call mom. You call your friends and you work things out. The coolest part about it is not only do you see the image of these guys in high school, but you get to know them on the inside whenever they have private moments to camera.

My character, Dino, he’s like the cool guy. All the girls in school want him and everybody thinks that’s all there is to him. But really and truly, he’s just really insecure. And he thinks that that’s the only thing he’s got to live off of is that image.

INTERVIEW WITH EVAN PETERS ('Russell'):

How would you describe your character?
He’s nuts but he likes to chase around the girls. He’s a nice guy all around.

So is that you? Are you nuts and a nice guy?
Yeah, a little bit. He’s a different guy. Russell’s probably the extreme side of that. He’s a little out there.

And you’re also a skater in this movie, right?
Yes.

Do you skate in real life?
I suck really bad. They actually had to hire a guy named Stacey Lowery who is a professional skateboarder to come and try and teach me how to skateboard.

How did that go?
Good, it went alright. I could actually ride it a little bit.

What was the worst accident you suffered while learning to skateboard?
Oh man, it was during a take in the movie. I was skateboarding up and I just completely ate it right in the middle of the take. It hurt, but you bounce back.

What’s next for you?
I’m working on a series in Vancouver called “The Days.”

Do you prefer TV or movies?
Movies.

In your opinion, what’s the biggest difference between the two?
The attention to detail is slightly lost in a series, as opposed to a movie.

What was your school experience like – were you a dork or would you sit at the cool table?
In high school? Right now I’m doing the independent study deal. But I remember regular school and that was…fun.

Would you be the one sitting next to the trashcans, like the kids in this movie?
We never really had assigned lunch spots. Except for, I remember in grade school we had to pick our tables, so that type of thing wouldn’t happen. I went to a Catholic grade school and they’d be like, “Okay, pick a card and then you get to draw your number and go sit at a table.” Then you’re stuck in that spot the rest of the year.

Sean Faris - Life As He Knows It

Sean plays Dino Whitman on the ABC drama series, 'Life As We Know It'. Dino is the popular jock who seems to have everything going for him, but he's actually very insecure about himself. The show is based on Melvin Burgess' young-adult novel about the adventures of three 16 year-old boys. Unlike TV shows like The O.C. and Everwood, which feature teens who are extremely intelligent and articulate, life as we know it gives us the real thing - self-conscious high school kids who mumble and stutter as they try to express themselves.

Sean Faris - Did U Know?

Even though he was four to six inches shorter than his competitors, Sean was named the Junior Male Model of the Year at the International Model and Talent Association event in 1999. He eventually gave up modeling to focus on acting.
At first, Sean was unhappy about Kelly Osbourne's casting on 'Life As We Know It'. He thought she wouldn't take the show seriously, but he now stands corrected - he thinks she's a good actress!
Like Dino, Sean was a high school jock - he played football, soccer, basketball and baseball.

Sean Faris is Hollywood's latest heartthrob

"For two weeks, I had the entire neighborhood believing I was Tom Cruise's son - until my step-sister spilled the beans on me."

At just 22 years old, Sean Faris, is quickly moving his way into becoming Hollywood's latest heartthrob. After relocating to Los Angeles when he was 18 years old the Ohio-native has appeared in Pearl Harbor, Boston Public, Smallville, One Tree Hill, and most recently in the hit movie Sleepover.

Forget those guest appearances though, Sean Faris is the star of ABC's new series "life as we know it" where he plays Dino Whitman, a popular jock on the high school's hockey team. While his character may be the popular jock, Faris says that his own high school experience was quite different. "I wasn't the cool guy in school. I knew what I wanted in life and that was my focus. I wanted to get out of High School as quickly as I could. I wasn't hanging around for glory days or anything like that. As far as I was concerned High School was a step in life that was in my way before I could get on with my life."

"life" on ABC is quite possibly the closest thing to real life, as we know it. The show not only explores home life, including the divorce of Dino's parents after Dino finds his mom cheating on his dad, but also daily life in high school. "life as we know it" isn't afraid to touch on relationships and sex in high school, in fact, it is main focus of the show. This has created a firestorm of controversy among parents who feel the show is too focused on sex. I couldn't help but wonder what the show's main star thought about this. "I think they [parents] need to go to high school and see what is going on these days," says Faris. "The show hits home and people don't like that. The shit that happens in "The O.C." happens in L.A. but it doesn't happen anywhere else, that is why no one is griping about it. Our show could be in any city, anywhere and that is scary to parents, of course they are going to turn around and blame all their problems on our show."

Alongside Faris, "life as we know it" stars fellow Hollywood newbies Chris Lowell and Jon Foster. The most well-known star on the show just may be Kelly Osbourne, who plays the love interest to Chris Lowell. The casting of Osbourne was a surprise to many, including Sean, who says that he wasn't very happy about it at first. "I was afraid that she was going to look at it [the show] as a fun thing to do or a vacation and then when it wasn't fun anymore, then it wouldn't be something she'd want to do. She proved me wrong. She did an amazing job on the pilot. She is adorable and a good actress."

Although "life as we know it" is still struggling to find a loyal following in its tough Thursday night time slot I have no doubt that the show will catch on with time. Aside from "One Tree Hill" this is the only other show that is a must-see for me.

Sean Faris: Is life as he knew it over?

Why now: The actor, 22, is the central figure in Life As We Know It, ABC's new hormone-charged series about high school, premiering Thursday at 9 ET/PT. (Related review: Life As We Know It tends to over-share)
From Sleepover to dream role: Faris, the hunk in Life as We Know It, is a self-professed "gym rat" who easily mastered ice hockey for the show.
The buzz: The hunky Tom Cruise look-alike (in his young Risky Business days) is an unknown poised to become a household name this TV season. If the show hits big, he's at the front of the line to be the next teen-mag heartthrob.

Beware the overnight track to superstardom.

Sean Faris headed to Hollywood from a suburb of Cleveland as soon as the local high school graduation party circuit petered out. One week later, he was on the Texas set of Pearl Harbor. Cast as an extra, Faris was chosen for the one speaking role given to a crewmate in the 2001 big-budget epic opposite Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.

"I thought I was going to be a superstar," says Faris. "I got big-headed and spent all my money in one month. I was The Man!"

After his painful lesson in money management, Faris took acting classes and booked parts in "some really bad stuff." In two years, he was landing gigs on Smallville, One Tree Hill and Boston Public,and he nabbed a role in the teen flick Sleepover, released in July.

Faris felt as if he was making real progress when, in December, he earned the role of sensitive jock Dino in a TV pilot about a trio of 16-year-old buddies obsessed with sex. His pals are played by Jon Foster and Chris Lowell.

Now it's 16-hour workdays on the Vancouver set with a cast that includes Kelly Osbourne. Last month, Faris says, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne hosted a dinner for the the young cast, where he learned that Kelly was too embarrassed to screen tapes of the sexy show for her parents.

Faris did the honors in his trailer. "Ozzy loved it. He thought it was good work all around."

The 6-foot actor had no hang-ups about showing the series to his parents, who are divorced. "My parents are down with it," he says. "I've always had a more open relationship with my parents, and they've known everything I've done when I did it."

That includes, he says, details about his first sexual experience. "I told them all about it. Mom was a trouper!"

The self-described "gym rat" — who played football, soccer, basketball and baseball in high school — works out almost two hours three to five times a week.

Like many young stars, Faris is "too busy working" to have a steady girlfriend, but he's got an eye out for potential candidates. The right girl, he says, would be exotic, with dark hair "and Angelina Jolie lips."


Sean Faris plays ''gym rat'' on 'Life As We Know It'

Do we need to know this much? You know, life has some advantages over TV.
S-E-X: The boys on ABC's Life As We Know It think about one thing and one thing only.
For example, it's possible — though I doubt it — that ABC's teen soap Life As We Know It is correct, and teenagers think about nothing but sex. Still, the blessing of real life is that we don't have to hear them think about it. Only on mediocre, self-consciously arty TV shows does the world stop spinning so basket cases can share the details of their overstimulated libidos with us. (Related story: Is Life as Sean Faris knows it over?)

Note to any teenager who might actually be considering following suit: In life, it pays to know when to put a sock in it, particularly when it comes to making a first impression.

And in a media environment in which viewers seem to make up their minds about a show before the first commercial, that's Life's flaw: It makes one of the worst first impressions in TV history. Seldom has a show worked so diligently to make you hate its characters so quickly.

When we meet Life's teens — athletic Dino (Sean Faris), bright Ben (Jon Foster) and shy Jonathan (Chris Lowell) — Dino and Ben are forcing Jonathan to decide whether he'd rather have sex with his mother or father: "It can't be worse than sleeping with your fat girlfriend," they say. The "fat" girl, by the way, is played by Kelly Osbourne. Though she's still finding herself as an actress, Ozzy's daughter already has found the show's only sympathetic character, one she imbues with an endearing pluckiness.

Terrible as the dialogue may be, the direct-to-the-camera monologues are immeasurably worse. The prime offender tonight is Dino, who stops his conversation with his girlfriend Jackie (Missy Peregrym) to tell us how eager he is to take away her virginity: "There's something about being the first guy there."

The adults behave like refugees from other networks' soaps. The teacher pursuing the student? Dawson's Creek. The parent who gets caught mid-affair? The O.C., along with a thousand others.

The best that can be said for the show is that few people are likely to find it. Even in a great year for ABC, the network will be hard-pressed to get much traction from an awful show in a tough time period.

That, kids, is life as TV knows it.

Sean Faris As A Model

Sean Faris began his career as a model when he interviewed with Victoria Justice at the Barbizon Modeling School of Cleveland. Diane Runser, Barbizon owner, has prided herself on running a Modeling School that helps young people achieve success in no matter what they do. Sean's Barbizon modeling instructor, Stephen Stephens recalls Sean as a beautiful human being, not only in looks but in intelligence and personality.

Shortly after completing his classes at Barbizon, Sean signed with STONE Model Talent Agency of Cleveland and was cast as the starring role in MDI Film's feature Twisted directed by Johnny Wu. Miguel DeJesus, formerly of STONE Agency and currently of Gersh Agency in Los Angeles, presented Sean to Johnny Wu who immediately saw Sean's star quality. Around January of 1999, Sean auditioned for the International Model Talent Association (IMTA) event. Sean found himself working closely with Harold Hafner in preparing for the major markets of Modeling and Acting.
Immediately as Sean walked off the bus at the NY Hilton in Manhattan, he was approached by a Hollywood manager in attendance. Even though he appeared 4 – 6 inches shorter than his closest competition, Sean was named IMTA's Junior Male Model of the Year.

Susan Scott, President of STONE Agency, enjoys the wonderful success that Sean received in New York City at the 1999 IMTA event. Following the IMTA, Harold Hafner continued to work with Sean and his mother, Kathy, to get Sean through his senior year at Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio (near Cleveland). The efforts proved to be successful when Sean graduated with honors.

The only thing that kept Sean from walking off the graduation stage and heading for Hollywood was his family's graduate parties. On top of everything Sean has achieved and what Hollywood has offered, family is his number one priority. It was only after he took time to spend with family that Sean packed his car and left with friend, Greg, for Hollywood.

With a manager under his wing and no place to stay, Sean was mentally set for success. The second he landed foot in Los Angeles, Sean was sent on a casting for the hit movie Pearl Harbor, and he landed it! Immediately in Hollywood and Sean is already cast in an eight week shoot with major stars, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett. Sean then concentrated on Acting classes and working out to stay mentally and physically fit and focused. Although Sean booked Pearl Harbor and a few other shows, Sean struggled to make ends meet with acting classes and living expenses such as rent, food, and utilities. Because Sean showed such dedication and determination to succeed his mother, grandmother, and family helped him monetarily along the way as much as they could.

While shooting movie Sean met his current manager, Dino May, and immediately changed the way he went about his career. Sean stopped thinking about modeling and fully concentrated on his acting craft. It was during the shooting of a TV show that Sean’s manager was approached by a William Morris Agent interested in repping him. Sean shows dedication to each and
every person he works with, so it was only after his current agency contract was up that he considered signing with the mega-powerful William Morris Agency. Sean is now signed with agents at the GERSH Agency in Los Angeles.


Sean Faris stars in the comedy ''Sleepover''

Sean Faris plays the boy every teen girl drools over in "Sleepover," a teen comedy from first-time director, Joe Nussbaum. Evan Peters co-stars as a skater who would like all the girls to fall for him, but unfortuntately he goes about things the wrong way. Asking girls if they want to see a picture of him in a coma is not the best way to get dates. Interview With Sean Faris ('Steve'):

You are ‘the guy’ in this movie. How does it feel to be ‘the guy’?
I’m flattered. I really enjoy it and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

I saw the movie and I couldn’t help thinking how much you look like Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.” Do people tell you that?
Yeah, I’ve been getting that since I was about 12.
It’s funny, since I’ve been getting it since I was so young I was just like ‘whatever’ with it and I didn’t really get it until I saw the cover of “All the Right Moves.” I was looking at the cover of my new show and I was like, “Now I get it.” I went to my manager’s office and said, “Watch this and then watch this and you’ll see exactly what people are talking about.” Now I get it.
Wouldn’t you love to have a career that matches Cruise’s?
Oh man. That would be a dream come true.

When you were in school, were you one of the cool kids or one of the dorks?
I was just a regular guy. I was in the middle. I wasn’t cool, I wasn’t uncool. I was just sort of there. I spent most of high school just dying to get out. It wasn’t my glory years. I spent high school waiting to go to California to become an actor.

Where did you go to high school?
I went to high school in Padua Franciscan High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I could not wait to leave high school, let me tell you.

Did you always know you wanted to be an actor?
I didn’t realize it was what I really wanted to do until I was about 17. I ended up doing an independent film and I just absolutely loved it. If I could get paid to do that and travel around the world, why not?

And you’ve got a new TV series coming up. What can you tell me about that?
I’ve got a new show coming up on ABC. It’s called “Life As We Know It.” It’ll be out this fall, Thursday night at 9pm. It’s a one hour dramedy. It’s a coming-of-age story about three guys who are best friends in high school, and how your friends become your family. You have a problem, you don’t call mom. You call your friends and you work things out. The coolest part about it is not only do you see the image of these guys in high school, but you get to know them on the inside whenever they have private moments to camera.

My character, Dino, he’s like the cool guy. All the girls in school want him and everybody thinks that’s all there is to him. But really and truly, he’s just really insecure. And he thinks that that’s the only thing he’s got to live off of is that image.

 

Sean Faris' movie ''Sleepover'' on DVD now

What starts as a slumber party for four friends quickly turns into a competitive game when their rivals challenge them to a daring all-night scavenger hunt! And the prize? The fountain - the popular lunch spot in high school. Read on to find out whether Alexa Vega's new chick flick, Sleepover, is a must-see or a don't-see. Alexa Vega plays Julie, a 14 year-old girl who just wants to be popular and nab the attention of her cutie crush, Steve Phillips. To celebrate her last day of junior high school, she invites best friends, Hannah (played by Mika Boorem), Farrah, and Yancy over for a super fun slumber party. The night starts off with sweet, innocent fun, such as frying twinkies, freezing bras, and dancing to the Spice Girls!

The night of wholesome, girlish fun ends when Staci, the popular girl, crashes the party. She challenges the BFFs to the adventure of their lives - an all-night scavenger hunt filled with dares such as sneaking into a cool club and stealing Steve's boxers! In an attempt to gain a cooler rep and get dibs on the popular lunch table at school, the girls go to great lengths to win the hunt - all without the 'rents knowing they even left the house. From the clueless dad to the wacky skater dorks, this crazy, fast-paced adventure is full of laughs, but some of them are cheesy. Most of the cheese-fest comes from the neighborhood patrol guy who takes his job just a little too seriously. His lame attempts to bust the girls make for some eye-rolling action, but it's all in good fun.

Get ready for one of the most jam-packed DVDs around. There are tons of behind-the-scenes featurettes where you get to find out exactly how this great film was put together! Not only that, but there are interviews with all the girls, lots of funny bloopers and a Sleepover photo gallery. Pop this DVD in at your next sleepover for some added excitment. Sleepover is a cute tween flick about friendship and first kisses, so check it out with your best buds on a Saturday afternoon - or better yet, rent it on DVD and watch it at your very own sleepover!


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