Growing up in Glendale, Calif., just outside Hollywood, Kory Weimer first auditioned for a commercial when he was 4 years old. “From that moment on,” he says, “I knew I wanted to be an actor.” At age 8, he moved, along with his mom, sister, uncle and grandparents, to an ostrich farm 2 miles from Junction City. “I had a lot of time to watch old movies and memorize monologues,” he says. “One of the first was Iago’s monologue from Othello. I recited them for my mother and grandma.” In eighth grade, he and a friend performed stand-up comedy in a high school talent contest.