When Craig Hurley was in his early 20s, he seemed headed for stardom. Handsome, talented and one of the stars of a heavily hyped network series, films seemed like the next natural progression. But as detailed in his no-holds-barred book "27 And All Washed Up" (available at www.craighurley.tv), that's not how Hurley's career turned out. Now 44, the transplanted Midwesterner lives in Miami with his girlfriend, actress Katie Barberi. A popular voice actor (McDonald's, IKEA, M&M's), Hurley currently is editing the film "Crazy," which also marks his return to acting.
Q. What's the most memorable trip you took as a child?
A. We used to go on different family trips once or twice a year to places like Acapulco, Cancun or Hawaii. But a trip to Cancun stands out because of what eventually happened. When my family was in Cancun, the hotel manager had a 5-year-old daughter. I must've been around nine at the time. Then when she was 16 and I was 20, we were both on the same episode of "Freddy's Nightmares." And then 23 years later, we connected again and had our first date. And now we're living together.
Q. Where would you like to visit that you haven't been to yet?
A. Copenhagen, Denmark. Actually, I haven't been to any part of Europe yet. I've been to Canada and Mexico and I've been all across the United States. Even though I've obviously flown a lot for work, I'm not a big fan of flying. I don't want to be on a plane for even six hours. So I'm waiting for Richard Branson to get his spaceships ready so we can get to Europe in 20 minutes.
Q. Are you a fan of road trips?
A. Yes. I love them. As a kid, we'd drive from Chicago to downstate Lincoln to visit my grandmother. I used to sit in the backseat and bounce up and down the whole trip. I'm sure it bugged my parents. When (Katie) and I decided to move in together, she needed to be in Miami for her work. So I moved to be with her. We took a road trip and it was so much fun. We had an amazing time. We want to take another cross-country trip where there's really no agenda and we can just stop wherever we want to and go exploring and check out antique stores.
Q. Which location have you filmed at that you really enjoyed?
A. Las Vegas. I really liked it. We shot (my series) "Nasty Boys" there. It was cool.
Q. Have you been guilty of being an ugly American?
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