Actor Charlie Saxton enjoyed some welcome rest with family on Long Beach Island.
He's had a busy few years.
The 19-year-old Bristol native is currently seen on HBO's "Hung," and in theaters in the film "Bandslam." The 2008 Bristol High School graduate's previous credits also include M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening."
Saxton, who's been acting for more than half his life, starting on local stages such as the Walnut Street Theatre and the Bristol Riverside Theatre, splits his time between his parents house in Bristol and an apartment he rents in Los Angeles. Saxton says it's still easy to audition for movie roles with a quick trip to New York and his longtime manager Edie Robb and reps at Creative Artists Agency haven't been pressuring him to move to L.A. full time.
Saxton will soon be seen in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones," opposite Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Stanley Tucci, and also in Joel Schumacher's "Twelve," based on Nick McDonell's 2002 book about an Upper East Side private school drug dealer.
Saxton says he's "stoked" to begin work on the second season of "Hung" in March.
And until then? "I'm like every other whore actor in Hollywood looking for my next gig," Saxton told us when we sat down for an interview Friday morning. The hardworking teen says working with filmmakers Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson would be among his dream jobs.
Saxton says he's recognized constantly by fans since "Hung" premiered. He's not lying. In the 20 minutes we spent talking Friday outside Old City Coffee (229 Church) two people stopped to tell Saxton they loved the show.
The actor, who has a girlfriend going to school in Pittsburgh, is careful not to let his success get to his head. "I came from a very humble upbringing," he says. "Living in Bristol everybody knows everybody so you're not allowed to get a bighead or people will call you out on it," said Saxton, who's about to buy a car to take out to California. He admits he needs a lot of practice driving, having just gotten his license before heading away to shoot "Hung" and "Bandslam," for which he says his years of playing bass helped him land the role.