Party-boy actor wants to be among stars
TELEVISION is such a fickle business, actors have to be ready for anything. Some wait and worry.
Others, including Dirty Sexy Money star Seth Gabel, turn their focus to more important matters.
The lavish American series was launched in September 2007 to strong reviews and ratings.
The audience was building when the writers’ strike came along that December.
Instead of 22 episodes, 10 were produced and new shows did not air for almost a year.
Dirty Sexy Money was renewed for a second season but executives recently put a hold on production of new episodes until after the current batch runs out.
Gabel, who plays party boy Jeremy Darling, says it feels like getting a solid start in a marathon only to have the race cut short.
‘‘We were ready to do a whole season the first year and they suddenly said ‘stop’. That meant we have had to sit back and wait for 10 months,’’ Gabel says.
What helped Gabel, 27, get through the stoppage was his son, Theodore Norman Howard Gabel. ‘‘It actually ended up being good to have all the time off to spend with him in his formative years,’’ Gabel says of the production break.
Gabel and his son share a passion for astronomy. He became fascinated when the Mars Pathfinder landed in 1997.
This was five years before Gabel landed his first acting role and he says he was just an average teenager growing up in Florida.
‘‘To see those images of another world got me hooked,’’ Gabel says.
He decided it was too late for him to chase a career as an astro- naut and decided to stick with acting so one day he could play an astronaut.
A role among the stars has not happened yet, but Gabel has not given up on the idea that he might still one day get to travel in space.
He believes there eventually will be opportunities through private ventures to travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
Lost in space:
Dirty Sexy Money’s Seth Gabel.