Sitting at a local coffeehouse with Caden Michael Gray, it would be easy to think you're conversing with a seasoned showbiz veteran as opposed to an on-the-rise actor.
Then again, both impressions may be accurate.
After all, the recent Huntington Beach High School graduate (last June) who starred in the school's noted Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) program did start his professional career at the age of 12 with the national tour of "The Full Monty," including a nine-month, 42-state trek. He's appeared in numerous other productions, "Hannah Montana," "Out of Jimmy's Head" and countless school musicals.
As a result of all that, Gray speaks with a wise and worldly view of the industry for someone who's just 19.
But then there was his wonderfully electric appearance recently on the season premiere of the pop culture juggernaut, "Glee."
In the season three opener, "The Purple Piano Project," Gray portrayed Gavroche, a high school student in a rival show choir. It may just have been one scene, but oh what a scene it was. Gray knocked it out of the park.