It is considered The Hunger Games of Hollywood – only so many go in and a few make it out yet Aussie actor Nathaniel Buzolic is quietly confident ahead of pilot season.
The actor isn’t cocky. But, after several years based in LA, he knows the ropes and has a few rungs on the board with a lead role on hit show The Vampire Diaries and a recurring spot on Pretty Little Liars.
“I’m very fortunate,” he told Confidential. “I think I’m just coming of age with my confidence as an actor and I’ve got a really good team behind me. The coin has to drop eventually and I’m really excited about this year.”
Buzolic, 30, is best known for playing vampire Kol Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries, spent Christmas and New Year with family, as well as Vampire Diaries castmates Paul Wesley, Phoebe Tonkin, Claire Holt and Nina Dobrev.
Pilot season, where major TV networks shoot trial episodes of prospective shows to test in market, kicks off at the end of the month and will see a slew of Aussie actors head to the US to try their luck there.
“I’m feeling super confident and I think, as an actor, that is the most important thing you have to have when you walk into those rooms,” he said.
Buzolic is single but quashed online suggestions he and Dobrev were dating after the pair dined at Sydney’s Bario Chino.
“Nina is an awesome chick,” he smiled. “I’ve known Nina for a very long time.”
Buzolic admitted he recently dated a fellow actor and said he’d prefer someone not in the entertainment business.
“It was a little bit sad actually,” he said. “I was seeing an actress and I guess she has a fairly big profile in the US but the thing I didn’t respond to is that they get so consumed by the business out there. Sometimes you just want someone real.”