Exclusive: TMZ’s Cork native Peter O’Riordan ruffles feathers of Hollywood celebs
A day in the life of a TMZ scribe
“My favorite thing about the job is everyone I work with,” O’Riordan says.
“It’s a joy to be in here. It's kind of like we are all vital cogs in the organization. I feel very lucky.”
Only a few weeks with the company, the Irishman has already sent tongues wagging on the Internet, with fans across social networking sites inquiring about the identity of the striking new Irish guy on TMZ. Regardless of his new found fame, O’Riordan seems to be maintaining a laid back approach.
When I inquire as to how he ended up in the U.S., his Irish sense of humor kicks in. “Well Molly, there are great things called planes nowadays,” he says before laughing.
“Love and a career drew me here,” he revealed, “there is lady involved.”
After graduating from University College Cork with a degree in political science, he made the move to Orange County in California in October 2007.
“I really didn’t know what I wanted to do and I was still kind of figuring everything out.”
It was when he made the move to Los Angeles in May 2010 that he took his first step into the spotlight.
“You hear stories of people walking their dogs and getting noticed. I was one of these random stories,” he told the Irish Voice.
With the luck of the Irish, O’Riordan was in a dog park when a talent executive approached him.
“I got spotted by a man called Sheraton Kalouria,” the current senior vice president at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
This would lead him to small part on the iconic American soap opera All My Children, as the yacht club bartender.
“I recorded probably 15-20 episodes in a year time span. I got to talk twice, the rest of the time I was just in the frame serving the good people of Pine Valley fake bevies,” said O’Riordan, who also starred as the lead in a Super Bowl commercial, one of the most lucrative TV advertising slots of the year.
Committed to developing his skill, he enrolled in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and testament to his talent, was granted a scholarship.
“You cannot just magically decide you want to become an actor,” he reflects.
After finishing his stint with All My Children and working in Trader Joe’s supermarket, the former rugby player managed to nab the job of his dreams.
With his work day beginning at 6 a.m., O’Riordan says the most difficult thing is staying on top of everything that is happening the celebrity world.
“We are producers and everything is leading through a bigger picture. The hardest thing is getting to grips with all the knowledge and who people are,” he said.
The celebrity who impressed him the most is funnyman Jack Black.
“He was really cool when I interviewed him. You have a fear that the funny ones on screen will be (jerks) in real life but Jack was hilarious and really cool polite and friendly,” he said, adding he is “a good role model for anyone.”
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