Theo R. Smith, thirtyish and spirited, is the sort of aspiring actor as easy to come by in Los Angeles as a palm tree or plastic surgeon. His resume, impressively diverse, boasts appearances in everything from The Winter's Tale to Mike and Maddy while also listing his "special skills," among them stage fighting, bartending and body surfing. Like many of his peers, Smith names Martin Scorsese as the director he would most enjoy working with. "I'm a dramatic actor," Smith explains, "but I would never turn down a good comedy role."

By some measures, though, he already has one. Blessed with...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!