A Brockway Area High School graduate made his spine-chilling debut in the national acting world on Tuesday — just in time for Halloween.
Jordan Antonuccio, 24, has gone from small-town DuBois to big-time TV, and all because he ventured out to “slay” his dreams.
Antonuccio attended DuBois Area High School from 2009-2011, graduating from BAHS in 2012. Three years ago, he moved to New Orleans to pursue his acting career, and landed a co-starring role on the television series “The Purge” — an American horror series announced this year.
The show is a spinoff of “The Purge” film series, which dates back to the first release in 2013. Antonuccio’s debut aired on USA and SyFy channels Oct. 30.
Although he wasn’t involved in acting or theatre growing up, Antonuccio says he always enjoyed going to and watching school productions, and was interested in how they were put together. He has always had a love for music, having played the drums since he was 8 years old.
Growing up in a small town has its pros and cons, Antonuccio said. Being a part of a close-knit community was always comforting, but to pursue his dreams, he had to be in a larger city full of opportunity.
“I always wanted to branch out and pursue other opportunities related to the entertainment industry,” he said.
He auditioned for about seven other projects before booking his role on The Purge, Antonuccio said, and it has been a process getting where he is now.
“Even though this is just a small co-star role, there is so much hard work and training that went into booking it,” he said. “Being a part of ‘The Purge’ is like a dream come true for a first job.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of the movies, so I am beyond proud to be a part of the TV series.”
Looking back, Antonuccio can remember always being a fan of actors like Jack Black, Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell, and imitating the comedians on Saturday Night Live, he said.
“Acting has always been a dream of mine,” he said. “What I love about acting is how it allows you to take a break from yourself, and be somebody else for a change.”
He hopes his “big DuBois family” and everyone he knew growing up will watch the episode where it’s available, and follow his journey farther into the acting world.
“I would just really love for all of my friends, teachers, coaches and mentors who believed in me growing up to see what I’m up to now,” he said.
Antonuccio says he would love to be a part of “Stranger Things” or “13 Reasons Why,” two of his current favorite shows.
Whatever he does, though, he’s grateful to be under the bright lights of TV, appreciating the future’s possibilities.
“If I could give any advice to small-town people with big dreams, it would be to never stop trying to find a way to make those dreams a reality,” Antonuccio said. “It’s out there — you just have to go get it.”