Acting leads Bobb from Dublin to 'White House'
With 10 years in New York under his belt, Jeremy Bobb is embarking on a new phase.
The Dublin native has done lots of theater, but lately has been focusing on television with a role on the new CBS show "Hostages."
Along with parts in off Broadway, New York theater and touring shows, Bobb also got involved with the Bridge Project with Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey a few years ago which allowed him to spend time in London and tour the world.
"After that I did a few more stage plays then sort of decided to rejigger my life," Bobb said.
"I've done TV and film stuff over the last year or year and a half."
The Internet Movie Database page of the Otterbein graduate includes roles on "Inside Amy Schumer," "Unforgettable," "Law and Order SUV," "Blue Bloods" and "Boardwalk Empire."
Two projects are currently taking up Bobb's time.
On "Hostages," which premiered Sept. 23, Bobb plays the White House Chief of Staff.
The new CBS show stars Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott.
"He works closely with the president, but is part of the conspiracy to assassinate him," Bobb said of his character.
"There will be some complications down the road that sort of unfold over the season."
Bobb's other job is on a yet-to-be announced HBO/ Cinemax show that involves Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh.
"That's taking up my time these days," he said.
"'Hostages' has been a little more sporadic the way the storylines are broken up."
During his career, the 1999 Coffman High School graduate has shared the screen with some noteworthy actors.
"I got to know Kevin Spacey really well by touring with him and I've also been doing a recurring role on his show 'House of Cards' this year," Bobb said.
"He's somebody that I really look up to a great deal. The way he lives his life and the way he does his work are things I admire."
Working with seasoned pros has also been a learning experience for Bobb.
"The beautiful thing about a life in theater or this world is you never retire so you always encounter these beautiful people of all ages you can look up to," he said.
"You get a piecemeal kind of mentoring as you go," Bobb said.
"The best education I've gotten is from other actors in the business. I've had nothing but wonderful experiences with actors across the spectrum... .
"As things pick up here and bigger things start happening it'll be great to call on these people that have good experience."
Even though there's been more TV than theater on his plate lately, Bobb isn't done with theater.
By diversifying his resume, he said he is hoping to grow.
"If you want to have longevity, you have to say, 'What's going to move me forward the most right now?' " Bobb said.
"At the moment it would be silly of me to take a theater schedule that takes up three months of my life," he said.
"There is other stuff that has potential to do new things for me ... but I hope to always do theater."
Despite a heavy schedule and growing phase in his career, Bobb still makes it back to his hometown to visit his parents, who have lived in Dublin for more than 25 years.
"This year I've gotten back a little more." he said.
"I had a couple week or two gaps in my schedule this summer," he said.
"My grandmother turned 80 so I went home for that in spring and I got home for the Fourth of July. I tend to get home a lot."