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The Actor Next Door

Matt Czuchry, Class of 1999

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"I was just 22 when I moved to L.A, and within me there was this strong belief  that I could make it happen. But, that belief was based completely on naiveté and an utter lack of experience," recalls Matt Czuchry '99, who stars on the CBS television series "The Good Wife." It has been an incredible ride from College of Charleston undergrad to Hollywood headliner. 

The former history and political science double major, and captain of the tennis team, took theatre as an elective, and one drama course later, Czuchry was exploring a whole new life. That’s the beauty of a liberal arts and sciences school: “ You get a chance to explore new things,” he says.

Taking acting courses outside of school, racing around town to make it from history class to tennis practice, to a local talent agency, and back again in time to study or write papers was demanding, to say the least. “But I learned about perseverance, discipline and bouncing back from disappointment after losing matches. Life lessons – which I think are ultimately the most important lessons that you learn in college.”

▸ Read the full article from the College of Charleston Magazine.