The Orange County Register – Former Coto de Caza resident appears in TV series

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Ryan Eggold almost didn’t make it to his first major television job. The former Coto de Caza resident worried so much the night before, he broke out in hives.

But now that 23-year-old actor has landed a key role on the FX Networks’ show “Dirt,” he’s over his stage fright. “I’ve been able to book enough jobs to stay afloat,” Eggold said.

He dreams of someday making at least “one great film.”

The Santa Margarita Catholic High School graduate has had roles in TV shows like “Veronica Mars,” “Related” and “The War at Home.” He also had a recurring part in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” and a part in a music video starring musician Avril Lavigne.

In “Dirt,” Eggold plays Farber Kauffman, a reporter at the fictional tabloid magazine DirtNow, run by Courteney Cox’s character Lucy Spiller.

“It’s really developing into a strong show,” said Eggold, a recent USC graduate. “This season it just seems like they (the writers) knew what they wanted.”

Here are some of his thoughts about acting and living in South Orange County:

Q: What was it like to grow up in Coto de Caza?

A: It’s such a good place to raise kids. There were a lot of kids my age there when I was growing up. It’s not like Los Angeles; it’s clean and there’s no crime. You couldn’t ask for a better place to grow up.

Q: What are some of your goals as an actor?

A: I think my first goal realistically is to make a living as an actor; that would be a huge accomplishment. I’ve more or less been able to do that since I got out of school. I’d love to do one great film; that’d be really fantastic.

Q: What’s the hardest part of the job?

A: The hardest part is going out and auditioning. Every single audition is a long shot. At the end of every audition there’s a part of you that says, “I’m not going to get this.”

Q: Any advice to future actors?

A: First and foremost, only get into it if you really can’t see yourself doing anything else, because it’s really frustrating and tough. And if you are going to do it, just throw everything you got at it, every ounce of heart and soul at it, and I think you will make it happen.

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