"…Maybe a screenwriter, in the interest of brevity, would describe the 21-year-old Kellan, as a young Tom Cruise type, but [at six-foot-something] taller and lankier"... "

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Student Interview
By Nuala Lincke-Ivic

 

Kellan Rhude: Another GREAT AMERICAN STORY?

Maybe a screenwriter, in the interest of brevity, would describe the 21-year-old Kellan as “a young Tom Cruise type, but [at six-foot-something] taller and lankier"...

patilI suppose the comparison to Tom Cruise is inevitable when people meet West Los Angeles College student Kellan Rhude and learn that he’s an actor. Fair-skinned and possessed of a similar kind of intensity and good looks—the blue eyes and dark hair, and of course, the big smile—the comparison even seems logical, or at least an easy way to describe Kellan. Maybe a screenwriter, in the interest of brevity, would describe the 21-year-old Kellan as “a young Tom Cruise type, but [at six-foot-something] taller and lankier,” just as a tanned, blue-eyed, blonde and buff young actor might be described as “a Brad Pitt type, but younger.” However, any resemblance between Kellan and Mr. Cruise must be superficial (no two people—even twins—are ever identical), although like all promising, young hopefuls who emigrate from whatever country they come from or migrate from somewhere in the States to Hollywood, California, Kellan has dreams of MAKING IT BIG as an actor—just like Mr. Cruise (once a promising, young hopeful) did. Of course, relatively few people achieve this dream, but Kellan just might. He just might become another GREAT AMERICAN STORY, like Tom Cruise.   Kellan’s personal tale of how he migrated from his hometown to Hollywood, California, where he quickly spent or lost all the ten thousand dollars he saved, but decided on toughing it out and staying in Hollywood anyway, is already a great story. And (icing on the cake for West) Kellan happens to be a great storyteller, too. In this issue of West, in Stories, read Kellan’s story “How to Live When You’re Not Really Living.” For these two reasons—great “promising, young hopeful story” and great storyteller—Kellan Rhude is an intriguing interview, and because he’s a good actor—click on and view the "Kellan Rhude, Actor" link below—we decided to let Kellan narrate his own interview, which you can hear by clicking on the “Kellan Rhude Conducts His Own Interview” link, which is also below.  And...one more thing...Kellan graciously agreed to podcast all of the flash fiction pieces in this issue of West—making you the beneficiary of a good actor's good will.  To listen to Kellan narrate the flash fiction stories, click on the flash fiction section.

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