Hollidaysburg native has role on ‘Dynasty
HOLLIDAYSBURG — If you went to Hollidaysburg Area High School about a dozen years ago and you watch the TV show “Dynasty” this Friday night, one of the actors might look like someone you know.
Adam Huber, who graduated from Hollidaysburg in 2006, will appear in the first of five episodes of the show this season. If the show is renewed, his role may continue, he said.
Adam plays a character named Liam Ridley, according to the entertainment industry database website IMDb.
“Dynasty,” which is shown on the CW cable network, airs at 8 p.m. Friday nights.
Adam couldn’t say too much about his character or the developing plot of the show, which is a remake of the successful 1980’s prime-time ABC soap opera of the same name. He did say his character has a relationship with one of the main characters, Fallon, played by actress Elizabeth Gillies.
“(His character Liam) is 100 percent a mystery guy,” Adam said. “It was a fun character to do. They’re all super nice people to work with.”
If you like what you see of Adam on the small screen and want to see him on a bigger screen, you’ll get your chance, albeit a brief one, in May.
He appears as a bartender in the star-studded film, “Book Club,” scheduled for release May 18. The film features Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen.
“When you do things like that, see the work that goes into a production like that, it’s just great,” Adam said.
The film is just one of several movies that he has coming out this year, he said.
He added that he’s learned that, to be a success, he needs to keep working hard both in front of the camera and also at other part-time jobs. Between roles, he fills in the gaps with catering and bartending jobs to help pay the bills.
“You never know when that break is going to come,” he said. “It’s all about timing and being ready.”
Adam, who now lives in Los Angeles, didn’t grow up wanting an acting career.
The son of Denise Huber of Hollidaysburg and David Huber of Sussex, N.J., he never showed much interest in drama or acting as a child or teen, aside from a one-time stint as emcee of a talent show at Frankstown Elementary School, both he and his mom said.
Denise Huber remembered that Adam was a shy kid growing up. She said he and his two sisters loved to watch movies and would often memorize dialogue from their favorite films. Adam also recalled watching action films with his father.
“We were all big movie buffs,” Denise Huber said. “My kids could hear the dialogue from the movie once or twice, and they could recite it word for word. But I never thought any of them was interested in acting.”
When Adam was a student at Penn State Altoona, he started out majoring in business. But when he took a theater class as an elective, he was bitten by the acting bug, he said. Students had to act in scenes from different plays in front of the class.
About the same time, he answered the call from a scouting agency looking for talented young people for commercials and other types of media, such as modeling.
He ended up in New York City and did his first commercial for Bank of America.
“You literally saw the back of my head and my back, that was it,” he said.
Although he’s a little shorter than the ideal male model, who the industry wants to be 5-feet, 11-inches tall, Adam, at 5-feet, 9 1/2-half inches, did get several modeling assignments. He appeared in Cosmopolitan, Runner’s World and Golf Digest, which particularly liked his work because Adam knew how to hold a golf club. He’d learned that skill in high school where he was on the golf team and also ran track.
But even though modeling paid well and took him to foreign countries such as England and South Korea, Adam said he didn’t feel fulfilled. Luckily, the same connections he had for modeling helped him get good acting jobs, he said.
He’s made several movies, including starring in a Lifetime film, “Blood, Sweat and Lies,” that can be seen on the On Demand media service. Although as his mom admitted, she’s probably biased about his performance, she said she is very proud of his work that others have praised.
“It’s a typical Lifetime movie, but a lot of my friends watched it and they were saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how good he was,’ “ she said. “It’s exciting to know that he’s doing something he really loves.”
Adam, who turns 31 on May 8, a birthday he shares with his mom, said he’s never looked back since he made the decision to pursue this career path.
“You definitely have to have a tough skin in this business,” he said. “I always knew I’d get there at some point, it just takes a lot of hard work. You just have to stay true to yourself.”