Young, single and talented. It’s good being Sean Faris these days. The star of FOX’s Reunion and the hit film, Yours, Mine & Ours, talks about what it’s like to be a star on the rise, Backstage Bettys and why women want a Southern gentlemen.
Just try keeping up with a red-hot career of a hot star. It isn’t easy. Although he’s very modest at the age of 23, Sean Faris understands what it’s like to work hard to achieve success. This year he’s starring in a network series, a studio film and stays busy helping to manage his own career. According to Hollywood lore, there are three phrases of an actor’s career. Early on one might say, Who is Tom Cruise? Then the actor’s career progresses and it becomes Get Me Tom Cruise. And in the final phase of a career, it’s, Get Me a Young Tom Cruise. At this point, Faris, who by happenchance strongly resembles Tom Cruise, is in the middle of those first two phases. People recognize him on the streets, and he’s landed some great starring roles in television and film, too.
When asked about his new fame, he states, “Gosh, I’m a simple Texas guy. I do get recognized, and it’s a little weird, but I take it for what it’s worth.” He recounted to me a recent story of how he was departing his manager’s office across from the famed Ivy restaurant in Beverly Hills. “Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have been seen there a lot, trying to get publicity for whatever they are trying to prove. I came out onto Robertson Boulevard and there was a guy snapping photos of me with a telescopic lens as long as a shot gun. I guess from a distance, and while wearing sunglasses, I might look like Tom.”
Faris, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, was born in Houston in 1982 and raised in what he refers to as a “very hardworking family.” His parents divorced before he was a teenager and he moved to Ohio where his maternal grandmother helped raise him. “I love to go back and visit Texas,” says Faris. “I’m a city boy with country roots. I was just there visiting family in Lufkin. Sometime I plan to move back and buy a ranch. Land. I want to own land.” When I asked him about those roots and how it has affected his career, he told me, “It’s funny. We were doing some pick up lines for Reunion in the edit room and since I have to age in the role, my ‘old’ voice has much more of a Southern accent. It’s slower, so I guess that’s what it will be like when I get to that age.”
When I asked Faris about his close ties to Texas, he enthusiastically told me, “I have this cammo shirt I got last year when I went dove hunting with my dad. It means a lot to me. I wear it all the time now. I’m also going to get a straw cowboy hat. And you know, I really love Austin, with all its rock and roll. Texas is a very proud of itself. And I’m proud of that.
His FOX series Reunion, which wraps its season in March, reflects a group of friends who are seen in different stages of their intertwined lives, and Faris ages from 18 to 38 years old every week. When asked about the challenges of the role, he told me, “You know, this role has affected me the most. I play a rich kid, which I certainly did not grow up as. I really had to step out of myself. And the whole aging thing is the most challenging thing I’ve done as an actor. I love our cast. We’re really tight. It’s been a real rollercoaster ride because it’s such a high-concept show.”