'Drop Dead Diva': Jackson Hurst knows what the audience is looking for

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Zap2it: How has your character, Grayson, evolved over the years on "Drop Dead Diva"?

Jackson Hurst: The root of him is still the same, but he has definitely gone through ups and downs. He finally finds out the real deal, and that is huge. That's what the audience is looking for, for Grayson and Jane to wind up together.

Zap2it: You lived with this character for six seasons. Who is he at his essence?

Jackson Hurst: He is an idealist, all-American from the Midwest.

Zap2it: When did you know that you wanted to be an actor?

Jackson Hurst: I studied business and worked in finance for five years. All the while, I was acting, using sick days. I was in Dallas. A few of the movies I shot while I was at Citigroup. I wanted to go the smart route; chances of becoming successful are probably less than 1 percent.

Zap2it: What was the first time you were onstage?

Jackson Hurst: My first play was in elementary school. I was 7. I was a lawyer in front of the Supreme Court. I don't remember what it was about. Now I avoid lawyer roles and doctor roles like the plague.

Zap2it: What will you change when you're no longer playing Grayson?

Jackson Hurst: Longer hair and a beard.

Zap2it: What's next?

Jackson Hurst: My main goal is getting dark, good scripts.

Zap2it: How do you want to see it end?

Jackson Hurst: I didn't have an idea. I just knew it was time. The audience will get what they want. I feel good about it coming to a good end.
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