Rising Toowoomba star storms Hollywood screens
ACTOR Jake Stormoen still calls Toowoomba his second home.
Mr Stormoen, who came from behind the camera in Toowoomba to the LA big screen, studied Creative Media at the University of Southern Queensland and has gone on to star in feature films in the United States where he was born and grew up.
"In 2014, I was fortunate enough to have principal roles in six feature films among a handful of other smaller projects," he said.
"They were a high fantasy trilogy titled Mythica, a children's fantasy Christmas film The Christmas Dragon, a post-apocalyptic grind house film with Danny Trejo called Cyborg X, and a Second World War film with Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and others titled War Pigs.
The actor said he missed the easy pace of Toowoomba and his close-knit team at USQ.
"USQ was a far better fit for me personally. I was one of a small handful of students in my class.
"My lecturers knew me on a personal level and I felt like part of a team rather than lost in a crowd of thousands of students often seen in American classes.
"I loved being able to drive through Toowoomba without the traffic of a city (something I face daily here in LA), and there are a large handful of friends I made during my years at USQ that will forever be in my life.
"One such person is actually a faculty member at USQ - Jason Myatt - who I will always call brother and who helped me extensively as an actor and a human being.
"If you could see my work then compared to when it is now... There are so many people like that whom I met in Toowoomba that it will forever be a second home to me."
His love for Australia has extended to its actors and Hugh Jackman has proved an inspiration for the rising star.
"I would say one of the top contenders for actors I most admire is absolutely Australia's own Hugh Jackman. He's played just about every type of role and you never hear a harsh word about his character as a person when he's off-screen."
"I grew up wanting to be Indiana Jones and it took an unusually long time for me to realize it was the Harrison Ford route I was after, rather than the archaeologist one, so there's no place I'm happier than on set."
The actor's latest feature War Pigs is slated for a theatrical release later this year and has been sold to distributors in the United States, the UK, and Australia.