April 10, 2009By Danielle McClure Posted: Apr 10, 2009
Kudos to GL Casting Director Rob Decina! Tapping Zack Conroy to play an adorably aged James Spaulding was an awesome move. In fact, when I met Conroy in person down in Orlando last month, I couldn't help but pointing out just how much he looks like his on-screen kin Grant Aleksander (Phillip) and Marcy Rylan (Lizzie). He concurred. "I have heard a lot that I do look like I really could be Beth and Phillip's child so it works!" Conroy also gave me the inside scoop on his background, acting career and how he landed his plum GL role. "I was born in New Hampshire and moved to Connecticut, New Jersey ... I lived in Kansas City for a while," he shares about his childhood. "I played hockey for a long time and I got hurt to the point where I couldn't play anymore and that's what kind of what led me into acting. My manager saw me in a production of Footloose my junior year of high school and he led me into this direction. If he never came around, I'd probably be wearing a suit somewhere in a cubicle! I went to school for business management." As for the rest of his real-life fam, he says, "My dad works on Wall street for an insurance company and my mom is an interior designer. My granddad did some acting, just a little bit and I have a little brother who's starting to get into it too. My parents are like, 'Where did this come from [laughs]?' They're very supportive. My mom's my biggest fan. I knew that I wanted to do this so I gave my self two years and it's been about that." And despite recent word of GL's cancellation, he's thrilled to be in Springfield. "I think it's worked out so far. I couldn't be happier."