PCHS grad to star in Disney film
November 24, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, Park City High School (PCHS) graduate Sean Wing returned to his old stomping grounds to talk to students about what it’s like to live like the rich and famous.
Well, maybe not exactly like the rich and famous, but that’s the direction he’s headed, anyway. Wing, who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from PCHS in 2000, recently wrapped his first major studio project, a Disney movie entitled "You Again."
The romantic comedy revolves around a variation of the wedding upheaval plot. A young woman, played by Kristen Bell, returns home for her brother’s wedding, only to realize upon meeting the bride that she is her high school arch nemesis. Wing plays Bell’s love interest and finds himself in the midst of the mayhem.
During the shoot, he rubbed elbows with seasoned actors including Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and Betty White.
"I was on set with really amazing actors that I’ve grown up watching," he says. "It was a perfect first big-budget studio project."
And it assuredly won’t be his last. Wing has signed a deal with Disney to act in three films, which could include a sequel to "You Again" or other films altogether.
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Meanwhile, he has been busy filming a guest spot on the new CW series, "Melrose Place" (look for him as the adopted brother of Ashlee Simpson’s character), as well as the CBS series "NCIS L.A."
His latest projects are impressive additions to a resume that includes a role on the 2006 ABC Family series "Beautiful People," guest spots and recurring roles on TV shows such as "Cold Case" and "Medium," a handful of indie films, several theatre productions, and two years as part of the short-lived boy band Fource.
At 27 years old, Wing is proud of what he’s accomplished, but hopes that his acting career is just beginning to take flight.
He says he always knew that he wanted to work in the entertainment industry. Growing up, he often found himself the subject of his older brother’s video projects.
When they weren’t playing the roles of producer/actor, the brothers were watching movies. Between the two of them, Wing says, they must have had a collection of close to 500 titles.
That’s how he got acquainted with the actors who would become his idols, among them Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Gene Hackman and Philip Seymour Hoffman. "Brando was the first one to get me really excited about acting as a lifelong endeavor," he says.
Throughout middle school and high school, Wing was the omnipresent lead in school plays. He also honed his acting skills in productions at The Egyptian Theatre and took advantage of opportunities to see different types of films during the Sundance Film Festival. "Sundance was a huge part of why I decided to go into the industry," he says.
After graduating PCHS, Wing attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a two-year conservatory program in Los Angeles.
Then he and a friend tried out for Fource in what he admits was a bit of a lark. "We thought it would be funny," he says.
The experience ended up opening up doors for international travel and musicianship that he otherwise wouldn’t have experienced. Still, he was relieved when the band fizzled because it gave him the chance to pursue what he really came to L.A. for: acting.
Now that he has at least three feature films in the bag, Wing is considering returning to different avenues, including theatre and music.
He says he will continue to audition for TV and film projects but would also like to return to the stage. "Theatre is a home base for me," he says. "I’m definitely creatively fulfilled in the theatre world. I’m economically fulfilled in the TV world," he jokes.
He’s also working on an album that he hopes to release this summer. He sings and plays piano and guitar, parlaying his talents into a style that he describes as "half singer/songwriter, half folky, honkey-tonk hobo jazz." (And yes, he acknowledges that he may have made up that term.)
Although Wing has experienced some degree of stardom in several different Hollywood mediums, he hasn’t let success go to his head. He realizes that fame is not an overnight sensation. "Like any job, it’s a marathon, not a sprint," he says. "I just want to make a living doing what I love."
And no matter which projects Wing chooses to pursue, his friends and family will be rooting for his success. "I’ve had an amazing support group to say the least," he says, adding sarcastically, "We’ll see what happens when I get a project that inflates my head."