Hollywood actor returns home, brings celebrity girlfriend


May 7, 2010 at 12:07 a.m.

Movie premieres and posh restaurants are part of Matt Prokop's L.A. life, but he returned for his hometown favorites.

The 19-year-old Victoria native is starring in the movie "Fury Vengeance" with Brendan Fraiser and Brooke Shields.

He returned home this week to Victoria for a visit with family and friends.

On Thursday night, his mother, father, sister and extended family awaited Matt's arrival at his favorite restaurant, Hungry Thirsty Jacks.

"I'm a big fan of simple food," said Matt, who had anticipated eating at his favorite restaurant since his arrival.

"Chicken strips, fries and extra gravy," Matt said, "It's how it's done the Hungry Jack way."

He also made a stop at Uncle Mutt's Barbecue

The 19 year-old, who visited friends and family during the week, brought his girlfriend, Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on the TV sitcom "Modern Family."

"I really like the hot and humidity," Hyland, a New York native, said of her first visit to Texas.

"We met while auditioning for High School Musical 3," Matt said, as he joked with Hyland.

"I told him I got to work," Hyland laughed. She didn't get a part in the movie.

Matt has always wanted to be an actor.

Ever since he was 5 or 6, he could hold a crowd, Tony Prokop said of his son.

At 15, Matt and his mother, Debbie Prokop, moved to L.A. to pursue his dream.

"There was an agent that wanted to sign him right then," Tony said of the family adjusting to living apart.

After booking an appearance on "The Office" in 2007, Matt called home and learned his father also had big news - he had won best of show in the Parade of Homes.

His dad is a home builder.

"It's full circle," said Debbie.

With the Parade of Homes beginning Saturday and awards ceremony Friday, Matt decided to come to support his dad.

"He said he wanted to be here for his dad," said Debbie, who will spend part of Mother's Day with her son before he returns to L.A. on Sunday.

Matt remembers being part of his dad's clean-up crew.

"My soccer team and I would go clean up the houses and get paid $7," Matt said.

Tony, who will have four homes in the Parade of Homes, hopes to place high.

His son does not have any doubt that he will.

"He's going to sweep," Matt said, proudly of his father.



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