Not quite daddy

January 14, 2005

Lauren Vane

A FOX reality show seems an unlikely stage for a new actor with a

resume already full of television and film roles.

But as one local man will say, it's not easy to break into the

acting business and someone starting out should never turn down an

opportunity to act.

Laguna Beach resident Ed Gillow recently appeared on FOX's reality


show, "Who's Your Daddy?," a show that offers a $100,000 cash prize

to a woman if she can pick her biological father, whom she's never

met, out of a group of eight men.

Though the show, dubbed by FOX as "a reunion show like no other"

has been slammed by adoption organizations and other critics, Gillow

thought it was a heartwarming story that he enjoyed taking part in.

"Personally, I feel good doing it because in my mind it was a good

cause, reuniting a child with her birth parents," Gillow said.

In "Who's Your Daddy?," Gillow played one of eight potential

fathers of the show's star, a woman they called "T.J."

There were a total of eight men to whom T.J. was introduced and

had a chance to talk to, but only one was her real father, Gillow


T.J. had to decide, based on her brief interactions with these

men, which one was her real father, Gillow said.

Before filming the show, Gillow said he was given a small amount

of information about the details; he knew that T.J. was adopted and

had never met her birth parents. The show was filmed in a mansion in

Thousand Oaks, and Gillow said he and the other men on the show were

kept separate from each other and no one knew who the real father


When T.J. first met all of her potential fathers, Gillow said it

was an emotional moment for everyone.

"You would have paid money to see the look on her face when we

walked through that door," Gillow said.

"You couldn't help but be affected by looking at her."

Gillow is an actor who is still new to the business and said that

the show presented a challenge for him to try and convince T.J. that

he might be her real father.

Gillow has no children of his own and said he enjoyed playing the


"If you just stay open to the moment and let it affect you, you

don't really have to act," Gillow said.

Gillow found his way to reality TV by way of the casting circuit,

he said.

About four years ago, he left an engineering career and started

working as an extra on TV and in movies. He later took acting lessons

and now has expanded his work to independent films and larger

television roles, Gillow said.

Gillow's wife, Joan Gladstone, said that she is proud of how far

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