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No Place Like Home

by Caroline Cox | Jezebel magazine | January 29, 2013

When Blue Ridge-native Josh Henry left Georgia in search of his big break in Tinseltown, he never guessed that he’d find it right back where he started.

Bitten by the acting bug in junior high, then graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia with a drama degree, Henry spent seven years in Los Angeles trying to launch his acting and modeling career—with minimal success. “I was told I needed more on my résumé and was a little old to be starting out in L.A.,” he explains. “I was 22!”

On the verge of giving up and pursuing an IT career instead, Henry got a whiff of Atlanta’s booming film scene—and followed the scent to success. Since returning to the South (West Midtown, to be exact), the 32-year-old has signed with Houghton Talent and landed a plethora of gigs, including a co-starring role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, a national commercial for Home Depot and a stint in Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke’s new music video.

When he’s not studying lines and training for roles—he’s got experience in everything from skydiving to taekwondo under his belt—you can catch this 6-foot-2 stud hanging out in local spots like Ormsby’s and Taco Mac (“I love beer, so I’m addicted to their Brewniversity program,” he says of the latter). And don’t let his athletic physique fool you: “People assume I’m a jock from the way I look, but deep down, I’m pretty nerdy,” he admits. “[I like] comic books and Star Wars and all that.”

As for what’s next, Henry’s not looking to slow down—he plays the lead in a new Web series set to launch early this year, has a part in a feature-length horror movie written exclusively for him and is currently writing his first short film, which he’ll co-produce and co-star in. “I’m doing more than I ever did in L.A.,” he says. Clearly, the ATL agrees with him. @actorjoshhenry