Erin Sherry

Bookish Big Shots: Actors Turned Authors

Erin Sherry

I’m always stunned when the actors who portray my favorite characters on screen are revealed as writers. We previously published a blog post about popular Hollywood actors turned poets and novelists, but the list is still growing—and fast! Here are some actors turned authors whose work I can’t wait to read.

Seeing as B. J. Novak wrote for The Office as well as acted in it (and also lauds a degree in English Literature from Harvard), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his short fiction is as clever as it is chock-full of his characteristically infectious charm. In 2013, he signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Alfred A. Knopf, and both titles went on to be bestsellers.

Though she’ll always be Tibby to me, Amber Tamblyn has made a significant leap from films like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to making a name for herself as a poet. Between bylines at BUST and the New York Times, she also found time to pen her first novel.

Chad Michael Murray, the golden-haired gent of early 2000s’ television dramas may not be gracing tabloid covers much anymore, but you can find his name in a bookstore. In 2011, he wrote a graphic novel, Everlast, and in 2017 he teamed up with crime writer (not fellow actor) Heather Graham to produce American Drifter, reportedly inspired by one of his dreams. Maybe Murray’s as much of a wordsmith as the closet poet he portrayed in A Cinderella Story!

Keep an eye out—your favorite actor may soon become your favorite author!

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