‘Wizards’ Gregg Sulkin Bounces Back from Appendicitis, Ready to Move On

Gregg Sulkin

Eighteen-year-old heartthrob Gregg Sulkin gets credit for true grit.  The London-born actor had an attack of acute appendicitis on the set of “The Wizards of Waverly Place” two weeks ago, had his appendix out and “by the next Thursday I was back working,” he reports.  As he still wasn’t feeling 100 per cent, he allows that he might have gone back a little too fast, but “I’m doing all right.”

There are just three more episodes — ever — to shoot of the popular Disney Channel series on which Sulkin plays Selena Gomez’ werewolf love interest.  “Everyone has been putting their minds toward making the last episodes of the show as great as we can make them.  When we do the last live audience shows, that will be when it will get emotional, I’m guessing.  That’s when the tears will start flowing.”

Sulkin has other irons in the fire, however, including the April 30 installment of “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.”   “It’s like ‘Twilight Zone,’ but for kids,” he says of the Hub series.  His episode of the anthology has him playing one of two brothers in a family in which not everyone quite as they appear to be.

The actor, who starred last year in the television movie of “Avalon High,” also has the big screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s “Camilla Dickinson.”

“It’s a period piece set in the 1940s, about two kids finding themselves and helping each other grow into adulthood.  My character’s parents are alcoholics.”  Sulkin doesn’t know what’s happening as far as the film’s release.  He does know, “It’s the proudest I’ve ever been of my work.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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