John Boyd ’03 Talks About Joining the Cast of 24 in its Final Season
His life may not be nearly as frenzied as that of his onscreen role, Arlo Glass, a Counter Terrorist Unit systems analyst investigating a potential assassination plot against the president of Kamistan during the final season of the popular television series 24—but John Boyd ’03 certainly keeps busy. Not yet a decade out of Bennington, Boyd has already guest-starred on the NBC primetime show Law & Order, appeared in director M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water, and co-starred in the independent film Jelly alongside Natasha Lyonne and Ed McMahon, for which he recently won an Accolade Award. Although he has spent his fair share of time acting in big-budget productions, Boyd says 24 is unlike anything he has ever done before. This is the first time he’s been cast as a regular on a network television show. He considers it a “true milestone” in his career.
So what’s next for Boyd? His top priority, he says, is to find the next project he can use to grow. Whether he is working on a small, independent film or saving the world with Kiefer Sutherland on 24, he uses every experience as an opportunity to learn. He credits Bennington for his approach to his work. “The way I learned to communicate and learn and work with people at Bennington,” Boyd says, “served me in a way that I didn’t even see coming. It really helped me.”
“How can so many people from such a tiny school be everywhere? From the nooks and crannies of interesting, groundbreaking art to the heads of corporations, I run into Bennington people everywhere. I love that.” He adds, “We’re like this secret crew that’s running the world.”
He still strongly identifies as a member of the Bennington community; this could be because he seems to run into his fellow Bennington alumni all the time. “How can so many people from such a tiny school be everywhere? From the nooks and crannies of interesting, groundbreaking art to the heads of corporations, I run into Bennington people everywhere. I love that.” He adds, “We’re like this secret crew that’s running the world.”
Boyd is a member of Bennington’s Board of Trustees and a leadership donor and as such receives periodic updates from the College. He recently got a letter from a current student thanking him for his annual gift: “It moved me like crazy because I remember what it was like for me to be there. Being that age and just falling in love with the world was such a gift. It was incredibly moving to know that this person is in that same place.”