Rob Riley (Photo credit: Nathan Pearcy Photography)
In 2017, the CW introduced a reboot of the 1980s cult hit â€œDynastyâ€� with a young, beautiful cast hoping to connect with the offspring of fans of the original series. Actor Rob Riley certainly qualifies as one of the beautiful ones and heâ€™d been a previous fan-favorite on VH1â€™s sexy scripted series â€œHit the Floor.â€� So it made perfect sense that he was cast as pretty boy Michael Culhane, a limousine driver determined to use his charm and good looks to move into the ranks of the rich and powerful. Riley says the series has been a godsend but there is so much more to this leading man than just a pretty face.
You have a large fan base that enjoys seeing you in sexy roles like the pro ball player on â€œHit the Floor.â€� Do you feel your sex appeal has ever kept a director from casting you in a more serious role?
Iâ€™ve made a career of being flirtatious so I canâ€™t say that it bothers me [laughs]. Seriously, some may think that if they donâ€™t do any digging or check the pedigree, but if you do, youâ€™d know Iâ€™ve been on Broadway multiple times and Iâ€™ve played many serious roles that donâ€™t involve me taking my shirt off. But I donâ€™t mind those â€œsmile and take your shirt offâ€� roles as long as the check clears. I know who I am and what Iâ€™m capable of and Iâ€™m never jeopardizing my integrity, so I enjoy the work as it comes.
Where did your acting career start?
I always liked putting smiles on peopleâ€™s faces but during my freshman year in college an acting teacher asked me to audition for A Raisin in the Sun. I got the lead role and I enjoyed it so much I changed my major from accounting to acting. I went on to get a masterâ€™s degree in acting and 18 months after graduation, I was on Broadway, so I felt it was something I was supposed to be doing.
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