Local actors turns up on national TV series
A few weeks ago, the Park City resident Craig Wing got quite a thrill; his son was on TV. But this was no ordinary appearance on Park City Television or the Salt Lake City news. Craig’s son, Sean, a Park City High School graduate, was appearing in a regular spot on "Beautiful People" a new show on the ABC Family network.
"We were thrilled, because it’s such a cool thing," said Laurie Wing, Craig’s wife. "We still just about scream every time he comes on."
"It’s not something you get used to," said Craig.
Speaking to The Park Record from Toronto where the show is currently filming its last few episodes, Sean seemed happy to have the opportunity. He is appearing on the show as Chris Prichett, a main character’s love interest.
"My character is somewhat of a bad boy," said Wing. "I never really watched ‘[Beverly Hills] 90210,’ but I’ve been likened to Dylan (who was played by Luke Perry."
Chris, he said, is a tough guy with a soft spot. He is also Wing’s first big chance to show his talents to a national audience.
"I’ve done spots on TV before," he said, "just not on more than one or two. This is my first character that has an arc to him."
So far, Wing is slated to appear on the show through the end of the season, giving him a total run of eight episodes. But there could be more in the future.
"If it gets picked up for the second season, then I’ll be back next year," he said.
The show’s chances, he added, were looking good, and he said that after performing in small roles in TV shows and strings of auditions the experience had been an extremely positive one.
"It’s the first time I’ve gotten to know everyone’s name on the crew," he said.
According to Laurie and Craig, Sean has been aiming for an acting career since he was young. They said they never even had to encourage him.
"We got out of the way," said Laurie. "He’s absolutely been drawn to it since he was young."
Craig said when Sean and his brother Eric were little, the two would make home-made movies together with Eric who is now a producer shooting and Sean acting. After performing in a collection of high school and Egyptian Theatre Company plays, Wing’s talent began to stand out.
"His teachers said, ‘You know this kid has something special,’" said Laurie. "He just always seemed to be so at ease on stage and in front of the camera."
She also said he had a fairly unique ability to shrug off his disappointments and to focus on his successes.
"Sean can just go to audition after audition," she said, "and not let it bother him at all."
Since graduating from PCHS in 2000, Wing has followed a relatively unconventional path. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles and earned a two-year degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then joined a boy band that went on tour in Europe.
But when the group was cut from its label on Sony Records after the company merged with BMG, Wing decided to return to his original passion.
"I was anxious to get back to acting," he said.
After a series of smaller television spots and a role in the award-winning Los Angeles play "Bunbury," his acting ambition paid off with the role on "Beautiful People."
"This is the kind of break that you wait for," he said, "because you really get to show what you can do."
Aside from the acting, he said his fellow cast and crew members are great to work with as well.
"I adore every single person that works here," he said. "Everyone loves each other’s company."
Currently living in Toronto with his wife, actress Mara Marini, while the show is shooting, Wing said he was looking for some other opportunities in the area after the show was done and hoping he could return to the job next year.
"It’s fantastic," he said. "It’s few and far between that you get to work on something like this."
His parents agreed.
"He finds himself in a great spot," said Craig.
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