The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

April 17, 2013

Clinton native Villa lands guest-starring role in NCIS: Los Angeles

CLINTON — A former Clinton resident, who has spent time on New York City’s stages, is continuing to pursue his acting dreams in California, this time on TV.

Zach Villa will portray a musician in an upcoming episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which is set to air at 8 p.m. April 23 on CBS.

“I think mothers should get sneak previews, is what I think,” his mother, Sheryl Villa, said of her excitement in seeing her son’s TV performance.

Zach’s parents are looking forward to seeing previews, as well as the entire episode itself. Sheryl said she and her husband, Larry, are hoping to have a small viewing party.

“I think every television should be tuned to that program that night,” Sheryl said.

Zach graduated from the Juilliard School in New York in 2009. For the past couple of years, he has lived in New York, performing Shakespeare in the Park and on Broadway in “War Horse.”

Zach and his girlfriend made the move to California in early September. While he loves New York, he felt they were both at a crossroad in their careers. They both wanted to work in film and television and knew there were more opportunities in Los Angeles.

“I feel that the film media is really, really rewarding for actors,” Zach said.

When Zach’s agent told him about the audition for the role on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” he expected to get five or 10 minutes on screen.

Instead, he found it to be a much bigger role. He was excited to learn that he would be singing and playing guitar for the role. He recorded a song that will be used in the episode.

He was on the set for approximately a week in the middle of March. Zach said the other actors were consummate professionals who were fun to work with.

"They were just as interested in giving their best performances and making sure I gave my best performance," Zach said.

Zach is currently portraying Orlando in a film adaptation of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," being filmed in Death Valley. Zach expects it to make the festival routes.

Zach enjoys being in California and working in television and film; however, he does hope to return to the stage some day on his own terms. Right now, he is keeping himself open to various opportunities. He added his main focus is to continue working and "telling great stories along the way."

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Celebrity quack moms are a terrible influence on everyday parents

    On April 15, the actress Alicia Silverstone released a book called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." It's chock-full of attachment parenting lessons and dangerous misinformation.

    April 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg What will happen in NFL draft? No one really knows

    Despite the hours spent interviewing coaches, watching film and developing well-reasoned mock draft lists, the truth about the 2014 NFL draft remains a mystery, well-guarded by teams that have nothing to gain by publicly sharing their innermost thoughts.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • American sunscreens need an upgrade

    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.

    April 24, 2014

  • 20140424-AMX-COFFEE24.jpg Coffee growers' prayers for rain met with threat of deluge

    Brazil's drought made arabica coffee this year's best-performing commodity. Now, farmers are facing a downpour that is once more threatening crops.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iowa man accused of torturing, killing bald eagle

    An Iowa man has been charged with torturing and killing a bald eagle.

    A federal grand jury in Des Moines returned an indictment Wednesday against Jason John Thomas.

    April 24, 2014

  • Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges seeking diversity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's support of Michigan's ban on race-based affirmative action in university admissions may spur colleges to find new ways to achieve diversity without using racial preferences.

    April 24, 2014

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Northey Burkens committed to ag education CLINTON -- As the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey said his department doesn't hand out the Good Farm Neighbor Award arbitrarily. Only 10 acknowledgements are bestowed each year. On Wednesday, the honor went to a worthy family in Clinton C

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • World Book Night 1 Clinton Public Library hosts largest World Book Night event in the country

    CLINTON -- With more than 21 titles and 800 copies to give away, what reader wouldn't adore an event like World Book Night? Organizers at the Clinton Public Library wondered the same Wednesday, and were pleased with turnout for the third annual event

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. Although he did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops.

    April 23, 2014

AP Video