Eddie Mills--Taken from ABC's Sabrina the Teenage Witch Page
Taken from ABC.com
Interview for the movie:
Exclusive interview with Eddie Mills! He's starring opposite
Melissa Joan Hart in SABRINA GOES TO ROME, he's guest starred on
ALLY McBEAL, and starred in his own ABC series, PUSH. But it
didn't just happen overnight for North Carolina native Eddie
Mills. We sat down with Eddie to get the scoop on his start in
the biz, as well as a bit of star-powered advice about what it
takes to make dreams come true!
Q. Would you share your "Hollywood story" with us?
A. I packed everything up in an '83 Nissan Sentra station wagon and took off by myself--drove out to Los Angeles. Took me five days. I arrived in LA and I didn't know anybody.
I was kind of scared 'cause I didn't know anything about Los Angeles or where I was going. So I went to find a place to work because I needed to get a job waiting tables or doing something. I went to this restaurant called Stanley's and I got a job working as a host.
I was working there about two or three days and I was talking to one of the other hosts about how to get started and the bartender goes: "Excuse me, I couldn't help but overhear your conversation. But I hear that you're trying to figure out how to get started in this business. My wife's a manager. I'd love to give you a number, you should give her a call."
I walked away for a second and when I came back he goes "Here, talk to her." And he had called her up right there on the phone.
Q. It must have been your charisma.
A. I don't know. So I started talking to her and she says, "Come to my office, I'd love to meet you." Well, her office was in her home with the family and I really liked that immediately coming from, you know, a family kind of a town. Sure enough, she wound up signing me at the time and it was just meant to be.
Everything was just kind of kismet from that point on. Everything just started to fall into place. I was very fortunate.
Q. Now you were how old when you came out to LA?
A. Let's see, I'm 27 now . . . I was 22 . . . 21.
Q. What advice would you give to other young hopefuls who have the same sort of dreams that you did?
A. First of all, you have to set your goals and reach for them. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it. If that means that somebody is pursuing an acting career and they really want it bad enough, and they sit in front of their mirror and practice their acceptance speech for some award, chances are, whatever it is, if you believe it and you say it enough, it'll happen. It's all about where you put your focus. You can make things happen as long as you put the focus in the right place.
Q. So have you been practicing your acceptance speeches in front of the mirror?
A. I'm not tellin'.
Q. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?
A. No. No, I don't think so. I wouldn't have done anything differently because I knew what I wanted. And I wasn't going to let anybody hinder or get in the way of what I wanted. Meaning that I wasn't going to be persuaded by somebody else's opinions or somebody else's thoughts. I mean, the thoughts that I have are my own, and I cherish those. You gotta do things on your own. You have to be independent first and foremost, because that's when you're going to succeed. And don't be afraid to fall on your face. When you fall on your face you'd better pick yourself up and keep on going, because, if you stay on the ground, it's going to be harder and harder to pick yourself up. I was a waiter for three years, almost to the day. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.
This is what Eddie wrote about making the movie:
by Eddie Mills
Rome will always remain in my mind as one of the most romantic cities in the world. From the moment we stepped off the plane, I knew we were in for a treat and a serious opportunity for adventure. (Check out the pictures!)
The first thing you notice is the age of the buildings and monuments: ancient. To think that Julius Caesar once walked the same streets . . . You really get a feel for how young America actually is.
The next thing you notice is how beautiful Italians are. The buildings echo Romanticism to the people of Rome. Romantic couples on romantic walks and having romantic talks. It truly is poetry in motion, which is the reason ABC decided to venture to Rome with SABRINA. (And, luckily enough, I was invited to go along!)
We set forth on a five week shoot that began in Rome before traveling outside the city for a few weeks. As soon as filming began, so did the surprises: excessive heat, language barriers and the occasional cabby who would take advantage of our ignorance--to name a few. Although, when the day was through, the perfect remedy was the fine food! Dinnertime was something we all looked forward to and for good reason. We had some of the best pastas, pizza, and cheeses I have ever tasted. Every night was a sampling of something new and delicious. After eating, we would roll ourselves out of the restaurants and into a gelateria and gorge ourselves on gelato (gelato is amazing specialty ice cream) then head to the nearest espresso bar.
When we were not filming SABRINA GOES TO ROME, we used our free time to travel to other parts of Italy such as Venice and Florence. The artwork and architecture all over Italy was absolutely breathtaking. Everywhere you turn is another brilliant masterpiece from such greats as Bernini, Michelangelo, and Donatello. I have included a few pictures I took They include Melissa Joan Hart, her boyfriend James Fields (Travis) as well as Tara Cherendoff (Gwen) and, of course, yours truly, Eddie Mills! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Ciao!
To see these pictures and shots from the movie, go to http://abc.com/tgif/sabrina/pix_clips/index.html and choose the gallery you like, or you can go to my Push Picture Gallery and find the ones of Eddie Mills there!!!!
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