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An Aspiring Actor
We hit the road, and our first stop was at a suburban Chicago grocery store to meet a big dreamer being pulled in two directions. Since the age of 11, Paolo has worked at the family store, taking care of everything from customer service and refunds to returns and pick-ups. For years, Paolo's father has encouraged him to stay working at the store.

"We know what Paolo is doing right now is not exactly what he wants to be doing," Paolo's sister says. "He does it because he wants to make my father happy."

Paolo says he loves his family, but he longs to do what he has dreamed about since he was a child: act.

"It's like I'm being pulled," Paolo says. "Store, acting. Store, acting. My heart says acting. My family wants me to help them out at the store. What do I do?"

Well, pack your bags, Paolo! Oprah surprises Paolo at the grocery store with some good news: "You're going to NBC studios in Burbank," Oprah says. "I have gotten you a walk-on, speaking role in Will & Grace!"
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Published on November 30, 2004

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