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Gary Presley had all but given up on the idea of finding love. But — as the romantics out there know — love can find you when you least expect it. Sometimes, even when you're resisting it. Gary tells his story in his Modern Love essay, "Would My Heart Outrun Its Pursuer?"

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Colin Farrell, a native of Ireland, continues to turn heads in Hollywood. In 2009 Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in "In Bruges" and was reteamed with director Martin McDonagh for "Seven Psychopaths." The film centred on a screenwriter who gets drawn into the dog napping escapades of his friends.

Farrell recently shot the second season of the HBO drama "True Detective" starring opposite Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughan. Nic Pizzolatto who created the series also wrote the second season. The show premieres in the summer of 2015. He was recently seen in the film adaptation of "Miss Julie" starring opposite Jessica Chastain and directed by Liv Ullmann.

In 2013 Farrell was seen in the Disney film "Saving Mr. Banks" with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. His other past work includes "Winter’s Tale," "Dead Man Down," "Total Recall," Peter Weir’s "The Way Back," "London Boulevard," "Fright Night," the Warner Brothers comedy "Horrible Bosses" and "Ondine" by Irish director Neil Jordan which revolves around an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman he thinks is a mermaid.

His other films include Gavin O’Conner’s "Pride and Glory," Woody Allen’s "Cassandra’s Dream," Michael Mann’s "Miami Vice," Oliver Stone’s "Alexander" Terrence Malick’s "The New World" and "Ask the Dust," based on the novel by John Fante. He also played opposite Al Pacino in "The Recruit," in "A Home at the End of the World," based on the Michael Cunningham novel, and two roles in Joel Schumacher's films "Phone Booth" and "Tigerland." Other film credits include "Minority Report," "Daredevil," "American Outlaws," "SWAT" and "Intermission."

Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, Colin is the son of former football player, Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell. Both Tommy and Eamon Farrell played for the Irish football club Shamrock Rovers in the 1960s. It was Farrell's early teenage ambition to follow in his father and uncle's footsteps, however his interest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaity School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, Colin landed starring roles in Deirdre Purcell's TV drama "Falling for a Dancer" and the BBC series "Ballykissangel." A role in Tim Roth's directorial debut "The War Zone" followed soon after.

He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Gary Presley is an essayist and book reviewer. His memoir "Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio" was published by The University of Iowa Press. He's also active as a volunteer administrator of The Internet Writing Workshop. He tweets @PresleyGary.

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Amory Sivertson is an associate producer for new programming at WBUR. Previously, she worked as an associate producer and the studio director for Radio Boston.

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