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Sara   /   February 13, 2011

 Source: San Francisco Chronicle |  Written By: Peter Hartlaub |  Published On: 13 February 2011 |  Type: Article |  Filed Under: Life

As a fifth-grader, Dianna Agron traveled from her home in Texas to the Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco – and stayed there for seven years. Her childhood memories include getting locked out by security because the president of the Philippines was arriving, and looking out her back window at a motivational speaking seminar. “Tony Robbins came once, and he did a fire walk in front of the hotel,” says Agron, whose father was general manager of the Hyatt. “You could see it from our window. He was really tall and chanting into a microphone. I was so confused. I kept saying to my mom, ‘Why would these people want to walk on coals?'”

Starring as Quinn, conflicted cheerleader in the Cheerios squad in the hit television show “Glee” has been a wild ride for Agron, who also co-stars in the forthcoming science fiction/romance film “I Am Number Four.” But her upbringing didn’t lack excitement. Agron’s “Eloise”-like childhood may have fueled her adventurous spirit – which led her to postpone college and pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.

Bay Area memories
Sitting down for an interview at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco – her first time in that hotel – Agron fondly recalls the past, which included four years at Burlingame High School. In less than an hour, the 24-year-old will be headed to Tanforan Shopping Center to meet a throng of adoring “Glee”-loving fans.

Agron had been training as a dancer since she was 3 years old, but otherwise was a typical well-rounded high school student. She didn’t act in a school play until her senior year, appearing in productions of “Vanities” and “Grease.” Working at a downtown Burlingame boutique, Agron became interested in fashion. She shot photos for the Burlingame High yearbook.

More action
The latter talent gets put to use in “I Am Number Four,” where her character, Sarah, is an outsider high school student who expresses herself through photography. She meets John (Alex Pettyfer), one of a handful of extraterrestrial survivors from a planetary genocide, being hunted on Earth by a warlike race of aliens. There’s a lot more action than “Glee,” where her character once dealt with a teen pregnancy but never had to drop out of a four-story building.

“I was so engrossed in the script, I hardly processed it,” Agron says. “Eighty percent of the (film) took place at night. There was a lot of running and falling off buildings. But it wasn’t until I showed up that it really hit me. When I read the script, it was almost like I thought someone else would be doing those things.”

“I Am Number Four” is directed by D.J. Caruso and produced by DreamWorks. Agron says she spoke to Steven Spielberg before taking the role. He liked her work on the TV show (Spielberg watches “Glee”?) and said she would be perfect in the role of Sarah.

Speechless

“I was speechless,” Agron remembers. “I hope whatever I said to him made sense, but I’m not sure. Something along the lines of ‘You … amazing … all your films … awesome … thanks.’ Just complete mumblings.”

The movie filmed last summer, during the break between “Glee” seasons. Agron says she appreciated the differences between Quinn and Sarah. (Along with being much more introspective, Sarah speaks in a voice that’s deeper than Quinn’s, and closer to Agron’s natural register.)

When she left for Los Angeles after high school, Agron says most family and friends – including her mother, a fourth-generation San Franciscan – thought she was pursuing a dance career. A recurring role on “Veronica Mars” led to a bigger one on “Heroes.” But nothing prepared her for the wild success of Fox’s “Glee,” a peppy, well-written Fox show about a high school glee club that turned into the breakout hit of 2009.

Agron says she still hasn’t completely processed the success of the show. But the actress is used to big changes in her life. Her move from Texas to the Bay Area was a ruder awakening than the move from Burlingame to Los Angeles.

“I thought from ‘Full House’ that there were going to be palm trees everywhere in Calfiornia,” she says. “I thought everything would look like Santa Monica. Eucalyptus trees? And it’s so cold here? I was very confused.”

She adjusted quickly and still feels strong ties to the area. During the interview, Agron rattles off a string of influences, including her yearbook teacher (Mr. Morgan), drama teacher (Mrs. Bishop) and the Munroe sisters, who run the Burlingame boutique Morning Glory and gave Agron her first job at age 14.

“I always had creative people around me,” Agron says. “I didn’t need to seek it out.”

High-profile job
Her latest job is a little more high profile. Along with Spielberg, Agron has met Oprah and the president. But the actress still enjoys coming home.

“It’s not such a small place that everybody knows everybody’s business,” Agron says. “But it’s small enough that you always feel comfortable when you go home, and run into people that you miss.”

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