Milton Academy’s Breakout Star: Colby Parsons
by The Milton Measure on Friday, October 14th, 2011
Colby Parsons (IV) lands a speaking role in the currently in-theaters film “What’s your Number?” The romantic comedy stars Anna Farris as Ally Darling, a single woman who fears she will never meet “the one.” With the help of her neighbor (Chris Evans), she goes to revisit all of her ex-boyfriends. Colby plays 14-year old Jake, during a romantic flashback scene with 14-year-old Ally.Much of the movie was shot in Boston; Colby’s scene in particular was filmed in a Gloucester mansion in June of 2010. Having stayed on set for a day and a half during which the wedding scene was shot, Colby had the opportunity of meeting the cast of the film.
“The director was really nice, they were all really cool,” Colby says of being on set. He acted with Nadine Jacobson, who played 14-year-old Ally. Nadine, from New Jersey, had a little more experience than Colby did with movie roles; however, Colby adapted well to the many cameras and hurried workers on set.
In their scene, 14-year-old Jake asks 14-year-old Ally to have sex with him. Ally refuses saying they’re too young, but the two do exchange a kiss. After experiencing multiple awkward takes from a number of different angles, Colby could say he was a genuine movie actor.
In the past, Colby has participated in other acting endeavors. Many of you have probably admired him transform into his character in school plays or have watched in awe as he performs energetically on the speech team. Not only has Colby brought his drama to Milton, he has starred in commercials for cereal and Nerf toys.
Still, “What’s your Number?” was Colby’s first movie role. Colby landed this part once his agent, who is part of a larger acting company, contacted him about it, thinking he would fit the part perfectly. After being sent the script one afternoon, Colby went to try out. The ten-minute audition was recorded and Colby was informed he got the job.
This August, Colby got a call that his scene had to be cut from the American version of the movie, due to timing issues. However, a picture of him is still shown in the movie. In the international version of the movie and on the DVD extended version, Colby’s scene can still be watched. Nevertheless, Colby is on the big screen.
While Colby doesn’t think he’ll want to pursue an acting career when he grows up, his first movie was a great undertaking. As exciting as the release of the movie was, the experience of filming the movie was incredible. With a smile, Colby expressed, “the experience of being on set with all the amazing people, to be part of this amazing project, was so cool.”
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