"My daughters have talked about going into show business. And I'm fine with it. I want them to get their education first," he told them.
Favorite local restaurants:
I interviewed Ashby at his mother's home in Atlantic Beach. He says he and his family visit his mother, sister, nieces and nephews as often as possible.
I asked him about his favorite hang outs and restaurants, he told me he has been going to Pete's Bar in Neptune Beach for a long, long, long time.
He also loves Sliders Seafood Grille and Oyster Bar, also in Neptune Beach as well as Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas in Atlantic Beach. "That place is amazing," he said referring to Royal Palm.
When he and his family are in town, they spend a lot of time walking, biking and surfing in Atlantic Beach.
What nearly ended his acting career?
Ashby also shared with me a time in his career when he really struggled with panic attacks. "I got to a point where I couldn't, I couldn't do it anymore," he said.
"I'd walk in the room and I would be holding a script like this (showing how his hands would shake). I would start hyperventilating and I'd kind of just have a full blown panic attack," describes Ashby.
"I remember one audition where it just got to a point where I was just like, you know what, I'm not doing it. I gotta go, I gotta go," he said.
He says he put a lot pressure on himself, but eventually learned to control the anxiety with breathing lessons and, "talking to people about how to deal with panic attacks," he said.
Ashby's favorite actor:
"Mark Harmon is one of the best people you will probably ever meet in your life," he said. "I mean he is as good as they come."
The "one" story:
Ashby says every actor has that one story about the role that got away. For him, it was the film, A Time To Kill. A 1996 adaptation of author John Grisham's novel. The film involves the rape of a young girl, the arrest of the rapists and the murder trial of her father who killed the rapists. It was a huge box office success.
Ashby says he was contacted about playing the lead role and was excited. He later found out, it went to Matthew McConaughey. Sandra Bullock, Samuel Jackson and Kiefer Sutherland also appeared in the movie.
"You know everybody's got that one story," said Ashby shaking his head in disappointment.
Loves coming home:
Ashby has deep roots in Atlantic Beach. He says he loves coming home because, "the fact that I still have childhood friends here. Bob Cook, we were born 5 days apart and we've been best friends ever since and he still lives down the street."
"My dad learned to sail in the Mayport basin before it was a naval base. He would dig for flounder there. My great, grandfather built this house. It's a lot of history."