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Drew Fuller – When he was Black’s Sash’s Nick Reed

Nick Reed – Drew Fuller

Unlike his character Nick Reed on Black Sash, 22-year-old Drew Fuller doesn’t know the first thing about being a martial arts ace. But that doesn’t mean this California native is a stranger to seeking levels of excellence in other areas of his life. With two ultra-athletic parents (his dad surfs every morning), Drew practically grew up pushing the envelope on speed, whether he was on a pair of skis, slamming tennis balls, or racing down the basketball court. As for stepping into the shoes of a character who’s meant to be a full-on girl magnet? Fuller admits he could use some practice. “I have no clue what a ‘hottie’ is. To think of myself in those terms is absurd.” Just you wait, Drew … just you wait.

My job on Black Sash is to: “Cause as much trouble as possible. When Nick first shows up on the scene, he is not very popular. He’s angst-ridden, cocky, and he’s really, really good at martial arts. All of these things don’t go over too well.”

You won’t find me: “Complaining about my life. [Black Sash] is such a gift. I work all the time and don’t have time to obsess about anything but work, but I’m having the best time. I get to show up, pick some fights, flirt with girls, and have fun.”

My martial arts skills could use a little: “Improvement. The first week of working, I accidentally decked this guy. I split his temple right open. He was gushing blood all over the place. It was not funny.”

I think Nick’s biggest problem is: “His need for attention. His parents are diplomats, so this guy has had to move every few months. He’s not very comfortable. He’s constantly trying to push buttons and get a reaction out of people. I can relate. Even though I haven’t moved from school to school or anything, I’ve been known to push some buttons.”

Why grace is not my middle name: “I found out the hard way about the wax on the floor of the dojo [where we shoot]. I walked in one day and my shoes were wet [with rain] and I went to do this spinning jump kick or something and wound up in the emergency room.”

 Nick Reed on Black Sash

Drew Fuller stars as Nick Reed, a rebellious new student who enjoys crossing the line between right and wrong. Filled with anger and resentment, Nick becomes Tom’s (Russell Wong) ultimate challenge.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Fuller was discovered by an agent when he was 12 years old after a family friend put him on the cover of UCLA magazine. After deciding to wait a few years, Fuller entered the modeling world at age 16 and quickly became a top model for such prestigious companies as Tommy Hilfiger, Prada and Club Med. His good looks helped him make the transition to commercials easily and he booked numerous commercials including J. Crew, Subway and Toyota and Pepsi opposite Britney Spears.

Fuller can be seen later this year playing real-life criminal Rod Farrell in Vampire Clan. He plays the drug-crazed killer who claimed he was a vampire and brutally murdered an innocent family in Florida in 1996. His next film, The One, just won the audience award at The Sundance Film Festival. Other film credits include Angels Don’t Sleep Here and Close Call.

In his spare time, Fuller enjoys playing basketball, surfing, rock climbing, snowboarding and tennis. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his cat “The Chad.”

What does Nick bring to Black Sash? Drew Fuller gives you his take on his character. Watch