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Teenager mixes with the stars

Teenager Declan Laird is mixing with the stars after swapping his life in Kilmacolm for an acting scholarship in the States.

The 18-year-old, who is studying at the Stella Adler acting school in Los Angeles, has managed to meet Justin Timberlake, Entourage stars Kevin Connoly and Jerry Ferraro and Port Glasgow actor Ross McCall, who starred in Band of Brothers, since starting his studies last year.

The youngster said: “I have settled in well, got nice accommodation and everyone at the school seems very happy with me.

“I met Ross McCall recently when I was looking to watch the Celtic and Rangers game. We got chatting by chance and he got me along somewhere to see the match.

“I met the actor Kevin Connoly from the show Entourage as well, and he took my details which is great.”

The youngster gave up a two-year deal playing for Morton under-19s in order to follow his acting dream.

The former St Columba’s School pupil was first spotted when he entered the junior version of Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice in 2011. He made it to the last 18 of the programme after being picked from more than 28,000 hopefuls.

During the process he caught the attention of one of the producers, who invited him to audition for an advert.

Only 18 young people are picked to train at the Stella Adler academy each year. He will study there for four days a week for two years.

He added: “Hollywood is great, I loved it. It’s got such a buzz about it and there’s always something going on. It is a bit of a contrast to Kilmacolm.”

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