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OP lands series role in new Netflix comedy

Old Paradian Luke O’Sullivan (2009) has commenced filming for a recurring role in Netflix’s straight-to-series comedy Dear White People.

To quote, the ten-part series is adapted from writer Justin Simien’s feature film of the same name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent.

The series follows a diverse group of students as they navigate college life at a predominantly white Ivy League college. O’Sullivan is cast to play Connor, a theater major who becomes friends with one of the lead characters.

“I’m so excited to be part of such a well-written show dealing with these important issues in a funny, clever and meaningful way,” Luke was quoted as saying. “This is the sort of job I’ve daydreamed about, so to be doing it for real is incredible. I’m having the time of my life on set, and I can’t wait to come back for more.”

O’Sullivan joins a previously announced cast that includes Brandon P. Bell (who is reprising his role from the original film), Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson.

Luke is one of four brothers along with Michael (2004), Brendan (2007) and younger brother Kyle (2013) to have been schooled at Parade, along with the boys’ father Neil (1978). Luke regularly performed in the annual College dramas and musical productions, most notably in one of the lead roles as Tony in West Side Story.

Luke’s mother Joanne said the O’Sullivan clan was extremely proud of his latest achievement, which was fitting reward for his dedication to the task.

“Luke’s been in America for three and a half years. He spent the first three months in New York where he attended some acting classes and then moved to Los Angeles where he has spent the past three years,” Joanne said.

“This is a bit of a breakthrough. Two years ago he landed a role in a play we went over to see him in. The play was called “Holding the Man”, which was an Australian story later adapted for film, and that was his first break.

“He’s been constantly getting auditions. He got a guest role on the Disney Channel last year and he’s done a couple of commercials. He is with a management company and they’ve kept the auditions coming, but it’s very competitive.”

Joanne believed her son’s break by way of the Netflix series will hopefully open new doors. As she said: “He was granted an actor’s visa, which he’s due to renew at the end of this year, but he doesn’t have a green card so he’s limited in what he can do. But his dream has always been to be an actor.”

“We spoke to Luke on Father’s Day and he was incredibly thrilled,” Joanne said. “He told us that the day before he’d been on the set working on an episode and he’d been given his own trailer and it blew his mind how fantastic it was. It was very professionally run.”

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