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Former Guam resident on the Silver Screen

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Gregory Woo is starring in the new Disney movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".  At 27, the former Guam resident is making his dreams come true.

"From doing Sorcerer's Apprentice, as I go from being an aspiring actor to being an actor, it is such an honor and an opportunity to be able to do what I love to do," he told KUAM News via phone.  Woo left Guam when he was just 3 years old.  His mother is Mary Lou Sablan, originally from the village of Agana Heights.  He's been living in New York for the last 9 years, hoping to get a big break.

That came when he was cast as Sun Lok, the evil sorcerer in Disney's latest feature film, which hits theaters on July 14.

Woo said, "I'm reminded from doing this character, Sun Lok, that actions speak louder than words. I think the imagery of this evil sorcerer that I play is really striking in a way that is so not me, and it's so something else and it's captured on film with the magic of Hollywood."  He added, "It's been such a surreal experience for me, to go from starving actor pounding the pavement to being in a huge Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicolas Cage, Jon Turteltaub movie.  It's insane."

Woo, who is half-Chamorro, may only appear on screen for 7 minutes in the new movie, but his face is shown throughout the film, not to mention Woo's face is on many of the movie's posters and billboards.  "My face is on the side of Macy's advertising the movie and I was riding in a cab and it just zoomed by and it was just so weird to think that being in this movie my face is everywhere," he said sheepishly.

The world premiere was recently held at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City, where Woo shared the red carpet with co-stars Nicolas Cage, Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina and Jay Baruchel, along with director Turteltaub and producer Bruckheimer.  

Woo says aspiring actors on Guam should always remember, "I always just had a firm belief in myself and surrounded myself with people who loved me and supported me with all my flaws so I would just say do the same. Make sure that you love yourself and you are around people who also feel that way."

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is scheduled to be released in theatres nationwide next week.

Woo meanwhile heads back to Los Angeles, California where he will begin filming Herocan with American Beauty's Wes Bentley.

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