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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 17 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 7 C O L O R : C M Y K Ugly star on struggle street Its changed me as a man LIFE couldnt getmuch better for Grant Bowler. Not only will he beworking alongside AcademyAwardwinning talent Anna Paquin, 27, in HBO series True Blood this year, hesmaking serious Hollywood inroads. After weathering financial collapse during the nearly five years theBorder Security host attempted to break into Hollywood, the father-of-two finally started making producers stand-up and listenwith his roles in shelvedHBO series 12Miles Of Bad Road and Lost. Now hesmakingwaves alongside critically acclaimed actress and singer VanessaWilliams and life couldnt be better. Bowler, 41, is candid when he talks about almost losing it all to succeed in Hollywood. My path in the United States wasnt the dream that you read about inmagazines, he says. Wewent brokemore than once; we lost a home. I had gotten so close to getting stuff andwhenever it came down to that coin toss it went the other way every time. All mymateswere saying You are going to have to decide that thats enough because you are going to be broke for life. It was horrible,mywife Roxane and I were broke andwe lived in horrible joints with borrowed furniture and living off stuff that I had picked up fromSt Vincent de Paul or the side of the road. Bowler (pictured) knowsmore than anyone that the audition process in Hollywood can be soul destroying. I remember going over there for an audition in the first few years and I kid you not the guy keptme in a hallway outside his office next to the photocopier roomand no one talked tome andwhen I went in to read for the part hewas answering emails, he says. He never once looked atme andwhen I had finished he didnt look up. I said thanks and off I went. That cold.When youre that cold in LA there is no feeling quite like it. You die a little inside every time and wake up and try and shake it off and go to the next one but it doesnt alwayswork. Its changedme as aman for the good. I think I always needed to go through that in one formor another.Whether I wound up being at home or staying over there. I wish I was a quicker learner andwish I could have gotten throughwhat I needed to learn faster and it cost less. Bowler is loving thework onUgly Betty. I love those guys and there isnt a diva among them, he says of the cast. We filmed in the Bahamas for 10 days and it was an example of what that cast and crewwere like. They didnt have to call anyone to set becausewewere all laying around on banana chairs on set and two would get up and do the scene. Thenwed go out to dinner every night, so wewere together 18 hours a day and everyonewanted it that way.We never wanted to leave each others company. ERINMCWHIRTER