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people00" Gabe Macht: A Rising Star to Watch Local graduate makes his mark as an up-and-coming actor. by Michele Lu Gabriel Macht was born hz tile Bronr, New York atul moved to Bever(v Hills at tile age of 5: He attended Beverly ,Tsta and graduated front Beverly High in 1990. Dgring the summer of his junior in a pre-&apos;college drama program at Carnegie Mellon. After graduating from high school Macht was accepted m the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, a four--rear conservam o, acting program. Macht has a series-regular role on "The Others", the new drama series from NBC SttMios, in association with DreamWorks Television. He recently appeared opposite Jennifer l_xn'e Hewitt in the ABC made-for-TV movie "Audrey Hepburn" playing legendao' actor William Holden. Q: How did you break into the ,:ncr- tainment industry'? A: At the age of eight, I was in t fihn called "Why Would I l_ie?" with Treat Williams. For hal pan, ! was nominated for Best Child Acior for the Youth in Filial Awards. After duiL my parents t,,k me out (q the businc,s. They didnl \\;:'titl mc to Ic..i the lilt ot ',: child star. I ia,.,! a n,r- nlal kid Iiic i ,cnt tu >ch< d 1 cxiracmTic,.itar zc.lilic5 :tIld plaN,, i :> sports, l took a dlama , lass il I high ..,.'hol and started acting in lOth grade, t wa: in 4-5 productions at B c',eriy High. Q: Where did your interest ili acmag come frolll '.;' A: My interest in avting came ;it an earl)' age. 1 grcw up ",aatcllmg Broadwa) musicals such as West Sitte Story I saw the energy that these )oung actors kicked up. I saw how the 3 cre making people feel good and laugh I locd lle a it felt to make my family and friends respond to what I was doing when I was acting out the parts I had seen in the musicals. I like it when people arc laugh- ing. It makes me teel good. So when peo- pie ask me why I love to act, I say because I see a big smile or grin on someone's face. I like people to let go for a while. Q: What kind of roles do you find appealing'? had a iiaercurial essence. He was so play- ful and passionate. I love playing that kind of character. Q: What is your ultimate dream rolc? A: (Laughing) A modem day version of Mercutio. I like it when people are laughing. It makes me feel good. So when people ask me why I love to act, I say because I see a big smile or grin on someone's face. I tike people to let go fof a while. Gabriei Macht A: in c,,licgc pitductions, you play characlcr that you would never expect to by" In my protc>sional career. I've been luck,, enough to not be stereotyped into a ccrtain kind of role. My role on "The Others" is the closest to my being stereo- typed. But m general, I play ,3 whole. wide spectrum of roles/characters. Q: What is your favorite role thus far? A: My favorite role was in a colle,,e production of "Romeo and Juliet." I played tile character, Mercutio. He had such ighs and lows in his character. He Q: What kind of feedback are you receiving fi)r the show. "1" hcrs" ? A: Wc are getting good feedback. NBC is enthusiastic about the show and it seems thai the audience likes it. It is the highest rated show in its time slot in 2 years for NBC. Hopefully, it will be picked up for another year. And if the show isn't picked up, there is enough tal- ent on the show for people to go onto other things. The Telephone Connection Serving Beverly Hills since 1988 Voice Mail Service Doctor's Service Local and Long Distance Phone Service "Follow Me" and Conference Call Service ii i T I 8 Bevedy Hills Weekly 310-789-7900 il