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Chad Murray: Tales From the Creek, 01.08.02 ...


Buffalo may seem like a boring city, but we've managed to produce a plethora of famous people: the Goo Goo Dolls, Ani Difranco, David Boreanaz and now, Chad Murray.

Murray is the newest addition to the "famous people from Buffalo" file as well as the national teen heartthrob database.

He graduated from Clarence High School in 1999 and landed a modeling career in Los Angeles, representing companies like Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci. From there, Murray won the part of Tristan on the hit WB show "Gilmore Girls," and this season he can be seen playing Charlie, the new guy paddling up "Dawson's Creek."

A picture and blurb about Murray in a recent issue of "Seventeen" reflects that he's quickly transforming from an unknown actor to a Hollywood star, but the 20-year-old managed to make time for an interview with NeXt.

Q: What's it like to be on "Dawson's Creek"?
A: It's a lot of fun. It was scary at first because the show has been going on for four years. I'm like the new guy on campus, but they've taken me in like a brother.

Q: Which character are you most like - Charlie or Tristan?
A: I'm like different aspects of each character. The level of confidence lives inside me. They both know what they're going to say when they go up to a girl. Tristan knows he's going to get the girl, and so does Charlie. But in no way am I a player. I'm a nice guy.

Q: What do you miss most about Buffalo?
A: The peacefulness, and the quiet. The autumn colors and weather; we don't have that here. Mostly I miss my family.

Q: What are your career goals?
A: I want to do a variety of films. I'd love to work with Ed Norton - he's just amazing.

Q: Do you have any movies in the works?
A: Right now I'm reading scripts and trying to figure out what I want to do.

Q: Would you say you've changed a lot since high school?
A: I've grown up a lot since high school. I'm 20 years old now, and I'm living on my own, so I've had life experiences of paying my own bills and buying my own house and car. I've had to kind of grow up fast, so yeah, I've changed, but in a good way.

Q: Be honest: Are you single?
A: I date.

Q: What message do you want to send to teens?
A: I want to be a good role model. There's so much peer pressure; everybody is getting drunk and smoking pot. Education is so, so important, and for people not to get a chance in life because they're worried about making friends and having people like them, I just don't agree with that. I got here without drugs.

Q: What are you addicted to?
A: Actually, I have a cup of coffee in my hand right now! I also love "The Simpsons" and video games. I'm always reading and writing - it's like I can't stand not being creative for five seconds.

Q: What's the best thing about your job?
A: I get to be creative and bring something to a character. I get to be a role model. I just love it, and if you're doing something that you love, you can't go wrong.

Q: Did you ever think you'd be an actor?
A: I don't know, I think people knew me to be that kind of guy. But it wasn't like I went around saying, "This is what I'm going to do.' It was more like a gut feeling that I kept to myself.

Q: Is there anything else you want to say to all the teens back home?
A: The whole "go for your dreams" thing may sound corny, but it's the truth. Stick with your goals and don't worry about what other people think.
Credit: The Buffalo News


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