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

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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.”

How’s that Again? British Gregg Sulkin Becomes American to Play King Arthur’s Reincarnation

Britt Robertson, Gregg Sulkin Disney Channel photo by Bob D'Amico

Here’s some Hollywood-style irony for you.  In order  to play the reincarnated spirit of King Arthur in tomorrow night’s (11/12) Disney Channel Original Movie, “Avalon High,” handsome 18-year-old London-born actor Gregg Sulkin had to quit acting British and become American.

First, there was playing American football, something the life-long soccer player had never done before.

“I’d never even picked up this weird-shaped ball before,” admits Sulkin, who is familiar to “Wizards of Waverly Place” viewers as Mason, werewolf love of Selena Gomez.  “My character is a quarterback, the brains behind the operation, so I had to look like exactly that — completely comfortable.  Four weeks before shooting, they got me an American football coach, who was great.”

Despite his nerves his first time out of the field, complete with pads and helmet, Sulkin says that the coach, and his on-camera team mates including Christopher Tavarez, made the job fun.

“Avalon High”  shot in New Zealand  (hey, why not!), where “Chris and I and the boys, we bonded straightaway.  We practiced playing a lot and the team became friends.”

But the American challenges didn’t end there.   Reports Sulkin, “Two days before we started shooting, the director asked me, ‘How’s your American accent?'”  According to Sulkin, “In his point of view, the story is so football orientated, so American, basically, that calling out plays with an English accent stuck out like a sore thumb.  I’m happy.  It’s better this way ,”  adds the actor, who had already invested time with a dialect coach and “months of practice” to perfect his Yankee voice.

Sulkin was also called upon to do sword fighting — another new skill — for the movie based on Meg Cabot’s award-winning fantasy novel.  “It’s a lot different rehearsing indoors wearing a t-shirt and track suit bottoms than it is shooting on the beach with the wind whipping around, wearing armor and using real swords.  The cast definitely got into it,” he reports.