Party-boy ac­tor wants to be among stars

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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.

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The bleak.

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.

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