Magazine article Ebony

5 Questions for ... Rob Brown: Finding Forrester Actor Returns to Film as Historic Heisman Trophy Winner

Magazine article Ebony

5 Questions for ... Rob Brown: Finding Forrester Actor Returns to Film as Historic Heisman Trophy Winner

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He has facial hair now. He's a little older and a little bigger. That's what Rob Brown, who won acclaim on the silver screen when he was 16, says about how he's changed since he appeared in his first feature film, Finding Forrester, with Sean Connery in 2000. "I'm just a laid-back kid from Brooklyn trying to make it out here," says the successful but modest actor who's now 24. The story of how Brown entered the world of "lights, camera, action" is rather unique, as EBONY magazine learned during an interview about his new movie, The Express.

EBONY: HOW did you get into the entertainment industry?

Randomly. When I was at Poly [Poly Prep Country Day School], I got a flier [for Finding Forrester]. At the time, I needed $300 to pay my mom back for a cell phone bill. I figured and go to the audition and be an extra. I had a bunch of callbacks, and long story short, eight years ago, that's how I got started.

EBONY: Do you plan to move to L.A.?

Eventually, I'll probably have a spot there. I feel that I should keep my base here [New York] and figure out L.A. later. If I can keep my career afloat while being on the East Coast, it should be no problem. I kind of like my anonymity, and I'm a private person, so I'm not really looking for all that exposure.

EBONY: What's the difference between life now and life before your first movie?

To me the difference has come in the last six months. It's the first time I haven't been in school in years. …

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