The actor talks about his transition from personal training to acting in 'My Journey'

By Robyn Ross
November 17, 2015 at 11:13 PM EST

“I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker [and I] never thought I’d want to leave, never thought I’d want live in L.A.,” Matt McGorry says. “[I] didn’t learn how to drive a car until a little over year ago! But I came out to L.A. full time when we started shooting the series How to Get Away with Murder and I love it now.”

McGorry didn’t just take time to make the move cross-country, but also spent years performing while also excelling in personal training before he would commit to acting full-time.

“The biggest light bulb moment [for me] was making the switch away from my career path as a personal trainer — because I was very into that — and deciding five years ago I needed to put that aside and really focus on the acting.”

Fortunately, it took just a few small parts before McGorry hit it big with Netflix’s critically acclaimed series Orange Is the New Black. “I remember train rides home with Dascha [Polanco]… and we were like, ‘I wonder how this is going to be received.’ To have a show that’s really smart and well done and also happens to be something people likes is the dream come true.”

Now starring on another hit, How to Get Away with Murder, McGorry says he’s truly come into his own. “When I first started Orange I was so stressed and anxious about doing a good job and constantly seeking validation. Now I’m a bit more confident in [acting]. Getting to flex my comedic muscles on Murder early on and now [doing] some more serious work, it’s really gratifying.”

Watch episode 3 of My Journey with Matt McGorry above and head here to watch the rest of the series.