World Trade Center
American actor of Italian and German lineage Connor Paolo received a 2007 Young Artist Award nomination for his scene stealing role as Nicolas Cage's son, Steven, in Oliver Stone's “World Trade Center” (2006). More recently, he is known to TV viewers as Eric van der Woodsen on the CW series “Gossip Girl” (2007-2009). Paolo also played the recurring role of Travis O'Connel in the daytime soap “One Life To Live” (2004), portrayed two different characters in two episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” (2002, 2006) and acted in such movies as Clint Eastwood's “Mystic River” (2003), Oliver Stone's “Alexander” (2004), David Gordon Green's “Snow Angles” (2007) and James C. Strouse's “The Winning Season” (2009). He will star as Ross in the drama “Favorite Son” (2009) and Jack in the thriller “Camp Hope” (2009).
On stage, Paolo is perhaps best known for his performance in the Broadway hit “The Full Monty” (2003). He also appeared in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's “Richard III.”
Paolo loves participating in sports with friends and going to the theater. He listens to different genres of music and his favorite TV show is “The Simpsons.”
Professional Performing Arts School
Childhood and Family:
“I go to a performing arts school so they're really supportive of what I do. A lot of kids are in the same field as me so they're used to that. They make it as easy as they possibly can. As long as I keep my grades up they have no problem with me working.” Connor Paolo
Connor Paolo was born on July 11, 1990, in New York City, to a writer father and a musician mother. He enrolled at the Professional Performing Arts School, whose alumnus includes Britney Spears, Alicia Keys and Claire Danes. He first took acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and then studied with Peggy Lewis. Since 2005, he has spent several summers attending Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Summer Arts Camp located in Elmer, New Jersey.
Currently, Connor is a student at New York University.
Connor Paolo had his first taste of performing in front of the TV cameras at age 9 when he landed a part in the soap opera “All My Children.” In 2002, he appeared as a young killer and rapist named Zachary Connor in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Juvenile.” He made the leap to movies the following year in Clint Eastwood's Oscar nominated “Mystic River,” which starred Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon. In the drama, Paolo played the young embodiment of Sean Devine (played by Bacon). Still in 2003, he also received the role of Nathan Lukowski in the hit musical “The Full Monty” on Broadway.
In 2004, Paolo appeared in Oliver Stone's epic “Alexander,” which was based on the life of Alexander the Great (played by Colin Farrell). With a budget $155 million, the film was a flop in the U.S., where it grossed only $34 million. In the movie, Paolo played a young Alexander. Also that year, the New York City native secured a recurring role in the ABC long running soap opera “One Life To Live,” as Travis O'Connell. Recalling about his audition for the show, he stated, “I did three auditions for Travis. Two were with ten other boys. After that it was narrowed down to six boys. We then read with Kristen. Then it was narrowed to three boys and during the entire process she was giving me the eye (wink, wink.) I like to audition with cast members because that's smart to do when you have two people who are going to have a relationship on screen.”
Paolo returned to “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2006, this time guest starring as a troubled teenager. He also won the role of John McLoughlin's (played by Nicolas Cage) son, Steven, in the film “World Trade Center,” for which he was reunited with director Oliver Stone. For his performance, Paolo was handed a 2007 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor. The year also found the young actor appearing in a TV commercial for “Pizza Hut” and voicing Tom in the video game “Bully.”
Next, Paolo teamed up with Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano and Jeanetta Arnette for “Snow Angles” (2007), which was adapted by David Gordon Green from Stewart O'Nan's novel of the same name. In his recent film, “The Winning Season,” which was written and directed by James C. Strouse and starred Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts, Paolo had the small part of Demon. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2009. On the small screen, in 2007, Paolo landed a supporting role on The CW drama series “Gossip Girl.” The CW network has renewed the show for a third season that will broadcast in the fall of 2009.
Paolo has completed filming “Favorite Son” (2009), in which he starred in a leading role. The drama was directed by Howard Libov and co-written by Libov and Michael Stewart. He also starred in George VanBuskirk's thriller “Camp Hope” (2009), with Dana Delany, Spencer Treat Clark, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew McCarthy and Bruce Davison.