He's played every role from "the good guy", "the boy-toy" to most recently, "the hustler". Meet Bryan Greenberg, one of Swide's favourite stars currently sizzling the small screen.
Many of you may recognize our much-buzzed about TV star, Bryan Greenberg from his reoccurring role in teen drama, "One Tree Hill" as hard-working father, Jake Jagielski. Since leaving the show in 2006, Greenberg's really started to take off.
Greenberg really started to catch the attention of movie lovers when he starred in his first leading role in 2005 film, "Prime". Greenberg played the young boy-toy of an older woman played by Uma Thurman, who also happened to be the patient of his therapist mother (Meryl Streep). As a new actor, starring alongside such talented A-list actresses would've seem daunting, but suprisingly Greenberg didn't let that affect his performance.
"Nobody knows who I am, so I had nothing to lose really. When you got Uma and Meryl, the pressures off me. It's my first leading role in a major film, so I have nowhere to go really but up."
"The Good Guy"
In "The Good Guy", moviegoers got to experience the stark reality of living in the Big Apple. Greenberg stars as Daniel, a socially awkward guy stuck in the middle of the hustle and bustle of New York's Wall Street. Daniel discovers how tough the world of Wall Street can be and unlike others, doesn't try to drastically alter himself to accommodate his surroundings.
To Greenberg's surprise, he's found himself playing yet again another struggling New Yorker, this time changing the backdrop from Wall Street to Downtown's Lower East Side in HBO series,"How to make it America". Being called the "eastcoast Entourage", "How to make it in America" follows two enterprising Brooklyn twenty-somethings as they hustle their way through New York City with one goal in mind: achieve the American Dream. Ben Epstein, played by Greenberg, attempts to make a name for himself in New York's competitive fashion scene. Greenberg's character uses both his street knowledge and connections to realize his ambitions and dreams.
HBO-"How to make it in America"
"The show is definitely all about New York City, so we shot it all on location. The last four or five jobs I’ve done have been in the city. I live in LA, but it’s great to keep working in New York. The Good Guy is a totally differently looking New York than How To Make It portrays. The Good Guy is all about Wall Street and that culture, which How To Make It touches on but How To Make It also is downtown, lower east side loft parties, cool clubs, Brooklyn and that world."
HBO-"How to make it in America"-Trailer
"It's the American dream to go out there and make your own way. You make your own rules, you make own money, and you make your own worth. And sometimes people get stepped on, those who are too nice."
No stranger to the "hustle", Greenberg has also been trying to make a name for himself as a singer/songwriter playing gigs and even having his music featured on respected tv shows. Greenberg also recently performed with HBO co-star and Kanye West protégé, Kid Cudi, and expects to release an album this year. Clearly, Greenberg's talents see no boundaries, but if he had to pick between acting and music, which would he choose?
"I like them both (acting and music). That way neither one feels like a job. When I’m working on a movie, I’m in my trailer playing guitar. And then on the road, I read scripts and think of…it just keeps both fires burning. I kind of need both. They help. I become a better actor. After I step on a stage in front of like 500 people when it’s just me, a microphone and my guitar, you don’t get as nervous walking into a room in front of 3 or 4 people and to do a scene or to walk on a set."
With all his recent success, could Greenberg soon become one of those "Hollywood types" self-consumed and obsessed with fame? We were overcome with glee to find out the scruffy, laid-back guy we fell for in "Prime" has no desire to become uber-famous.
"I'm not really concerned about fame, or all the things that come along with being an actor. It's all just a side product of the work and that is the important thing. What it's all about. I think that has gotten me thus far and hopefully will sustain me throughout my life is just concentrating on the work, because that is what is important to me." Humbel and cute, reason enough to fall in love with him.