Josh Brodis graduated from Bonneville High School in 2008, but he's doing his "post graduate" work at William McKinley High.
McKinley is a fictional school, of course, but that works out just fine since Brodis, 20 and an Ogden native, is an actor. Brodis just signed to play one of the nonspeaking students who regularly populate the halls and malls of "Glee."
"I had two goals when I moved to Los Angeles in October," Brodis said. "I wanted to be in a big movie, and I wanted to be on 'Glee,' and I've already done both."
Brodis already has shot his scenes as a bodyguard in "Now," a fall 2011 release that stars Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake, among others. The film is set in the future, in a society in which the rich can buy time and be immortal, and the poor struggle to survive.
Brodis' character has no lines, but the actor enjoyed his work on the big-budget project.
"It was unreal, being on set with Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake," Brodis said. "They were both so gracious. It was inspiring, and gave me the motivation to keep up what I'm doing."
An appearance on a syndicated show has already aired. Brodis appeared on an episode of "America's Court with Judge Joe Ross," a scripted drama made in the style of a "Judge Judy"-type reality series. Brodis played a young man who sued his mother for cashing in his bonds without consent. The series airs locally at 3 a.m. weekdays on KJZZ Channel 14.
Of course, Brodis' ultimate goal is to do more than stand behind celebrities. Still, in a tough town like Hollywood, he is very happy with what he has achieved in less than three months of pursuing his dream.
"It's been awesome, to hit both my goals so fast," the actor said. "Now I need to set new goals."
Brodis, son of Walt and Donna Brodis, has lots of credits in Utah. He's appeared at Terrace Plaza Playhouse, and starred as Harold Hill in a 2008 Bonneville High production of "The Music Man." After graduation, he did a 2009 stint singing and dancing at Lagoon. He acted in shows at Hale Centre Theatre, in West Valley City. He also played Hero in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," in a 2009 production at Park City's Egyptian Theatre.
His last role before moving west was Link, the teen heartthrob in "Hairspray," in this summer's Riverton Arts Council production. It was the musical's Western states premiere, according to the council. Kim Ostler, of Riverton, produced and assistant directed the show.
"I worked a lot with Josh," she said. "There were some people who thought he was crazy to just finish 'Hairspray' and move to California. They thought he would have problems finding work.
"My take on Josh has always been that he will be a star someday, and I have four reasons. One, he is absolutely darling; two, he is phenomenally talented and a quick study; three, he works hard; and four, he is an absolute joy to work with. He's never a problem, there is no drama, he comes in happy and ready to work. He was so nice to all the little girls who saw the show and fell in love with him. He's a local boy who's going to make it big in the world."
Ogden and Weber State University actor Sean Bishop costarred in "Hairspray" as Corny Collins, the eccentric host of a television dance show.
"He was great," Bishop said. "It was a really good experience for all of us. I talked to him after he shot his first ('Glee') scene. It sounds like he's doing really well. Background work is a great way to start."
More than 11 million viewers tuned to "Glee" last Tuesday, for the Christmas episode. Brodis was in the background, as a shopper at the local mall. That booking led to his contract, and he has taped another scene in the high school hallway, in which Finn, Quinn, Sam and Mr. Shuester, argue. The air date is to be announced.
"The set looks like a real high school, but of course it's a sound stage at Paramount," Brodis said. You walk out of the high school and into a bedroom, with the streets of New York just outside. It's been exciting to see the whole process, and how they film it. To be part of it is really cool."