Summerville native staying busy as freelance actor

Lane Lovegrove

Maybe one day someone wakes up and questions if what they are doing in life is truly making them happy.

Such was the case for Lane Lovegrove, a Summerville native who is now landing roles as a professional freelance actor.

Lovegrove graduated from Summerville High in 1994, where he was active in speech and debate. He studied theater at Spartanburg Methodist College in the 1990s. He later studied political science from 2004 to 2008 at Winthrop University. He also worked at Winthrop for the SBRL, a public opinion research institution.

Lovegrove said he wanted to be a lobbyist for a long time – while he is an actor now, he said he still follows politics a good bit.

Lovegrove has worked as a professional actor since 2013. Realizing he wasn’t “getting any younger” and wanting to renew his childhood dreams in his 30s, Lovegrove decided to get back into acting.

“Once you figure out your passion in life, your life is so much easier,” he said. “You can really do anything that you want to do.”

Lovegrove said he found a call for background actors for the movie “Dear John”, which was filmed in the Charleston area. He submitted a picture of himself and landed a background role –  his first experience on a movie set.

His other work includes featured scenes in “Paper Towns” as the deceased Robert Joyner, and an FBI agent on the Sony Playstation program “Powers”. He has worked more recently on the Oxygen Network’s true crime series “Final Appeals” and also “Snapped: Notorious”, another Oxygen Network program. He had a background role in “Vice Principals” when it was filmed at Wando High in Mt. Pleasant.

Lovegrove has gotten to meet a number of big-name actors like Richard Dreyfess, whom Lovegrove met on the set of “Shots Fired.”

“He was warm and engaging and a master of his craft,” Lovegrove said.

Lovegrove said he loves meeting new people and watching the audience's expression.

“I just like making people smile,” he said. “That’s the best part.”

Lovegrove will be starring as Craig Nail on the April 26 episode of “Murder Calls” on the Investigation Discovery network. “Murder Calls” is a television series documentary show with reenactment scenes. Each episode focuses on the contents of 911 calls.

He has several projects in the works that will be coming out next year.

Lovegrove said he would encourage anyone else interested in pursuing acting to go for it – but have a plan first.

“Don’t just jump into it,” he said.

If someone is on the fence, Lovegrove encouraged looking into acting and drama classes, finding a mentor and treating it like a business.

Lovegrove lives in Maiden, North Carolina, with his fiancé, Annie Marlow, and three children. He said he loves being a dad and playing with the family potbellied pig and cat. He also enjoys reading, writing and photography, and visiting his father in Summerville.