While growing up in Bakersfield, CA, Rory Gibson believed his love for feature films would be the closest he would ever get to the entertainment business. “I was always the movie buff in my community of friends and family,” the actor notes. “I knew all of the names of the actors, directors and even producers of any movie. I was really invested in film at an early age, but in Bakersfield, there’s not much of an outlet for acting. Even when I would visit my dad, San Pedro was detached from L.A., so acting was never something I thought was a feasible thing for me. I never really considered it, I just knew I had a genuine love for film and I really admired acting.”
Gibson knew a life in academics wasn’t in the cards when high school barely kept his attention. “I was the student all of the teachers enjoyed but would get frustrated with,” the actor shares. “I was the goof who messed around in class, but I was respectful, so I kind of charmed the teachers. They all liked me but I was always in trouble, too, and they never got really mad. It was more like, ‘Dang it, Rory, you’ve gotta stop doing that, bud.’ My grades were good — when I tried. I did well academically, but I had such a lack of interest in pretty much all subjects.”
That sentiment continued after graduation, but not for long. “I moved to Fullerton [CA] to attend junior college, where I just wanted to get my associates degree and maybe go to UC Irvine, even though I had no idea what I wanted to do,” he explains. “I had to fill a credit and there was just one class available and it was a theater class. I always thought acting would be cool, so I took the class and I really dug it. I remember thinking, ‘This feels kind of great actually.’ My teacher, Stephanie Keefer, suggested, ‘You should look into doing this.’ ”
Gibson took the advice to heart. “I dropped out of school, much to the dismay of both my parents, but they were supportive of me pursuing something I felt passionate about,” he recalls. “My girlfriend was already living in Los Angeles, so I moved in with her and just tried to figure out what I needed to do.”
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