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Photo: Sam Page (formerly known as Sam Elliott) made People magazines list of the 50 hottest bachelors.(Virginia Sherwood/ABC)
My friends knew I went to the movies a lot, says Page. And
indeed, his love for film drove him, solo, to many a movie at local theaters.
So in the summer of 1998, after a short stay at home in Wisconsin to earn
some money, he headed to Hollywood to give acting a shot. Page, who changed
his name to avoid confusion with character actor Sam Elliott, had never
performed anywhere before.
After a few years and some commercials and small parts on TV shows such
as the WBs Seventh Heaven, and the Saturday morning childrens
show Hang Time, Page landed the role in March of evil lawyer Trey Kenyon
on ABCs All My Children. Life since then has been not only a series
of 12-hour days on the set, but increasing recognition and being named
one of People magazines hottest bachelors. Gracing the
opening spread of the magazine story were Ben Affleck, George Clooney,
Justin Timberlake, and Page.
People chose Page not only for his good looks and charm, but also for
his unassuming manner, says People staff writer Jennifer Wulff. Graduating
from Princeton certainly didnt hurt, she says, but he
doesnt seem to think hes smarter than anyone else. Hes
one of the most humble guys weve ever featured in this issue, and
thats sexier than anything. In an industry often driven by ego,
Sam really seems to have none.
A biology major and baseball player, Page coauthored a paper for the
journal Current Biology with his adviser, Professor James Gould, while
at Princeton. But Page didnt seriously consider pursuing science
after graduation. I dont know that I could have been a great
scientist unless I loved it as much as what Im doing it now.
Yet he knew that the same drive that motivated him at Princeton could be applied to his new profession. Acting was what I wanted to do, says Page.