Actor Craig Roberts plays a college-age tennis pro at an exclusive New Jersey country club on the Amazon Prime series.

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Actor Craig Roberts finds himself in a strange world. A dyed-in-the-wool introvert, he’s the star of Amazon Prime’s “Red Oaks,” playing a college-age tennis pro at an exclusive New Jersey country club. Not only is he not college age (he’s 25), he’s not athletic and never was, and what’s more, he’s not even American.

Roberts is Welsh. How he pulls off a role like that is anybody’s guess — especially his. “One thing that I love about it (acting), I think for me it’s the involvement in the industry, full stop,” he says.

“The fact that I’m allowed to be part of something that’s making people laugh or making people cry or whatever, or relaying information to people, I think it’s the involvement as much as anything. I’m certainly not one of these actors that needs to completely transform themselves and escape my own reality in any kind of way. I’m just very grateful to be working,” he says.

Roberts was 18 when he was cast in an independent movie called “Submarine,” and that started things rolling. His parents didn’t object when he said he wanted to be an actor.

“My parents were happy I was just getting out of my bedroom,” he says. “I was a recluse. I played my computer games a lot; I didn’t really leave my bedroom. So for them, I think they were just happy I was interacting with other human beings, to be honest.”

Reacting with others is still a challenge for Roberts, who’s been shy since he was a kid. Crowds exhaust him. “I don’t like to talk sometimes. I’m definitely not somebody who can talk for the sake of talking. I think I was like that as a kid, I would kind of observe.”

The only connection his family had with show biz was Roberts’ grandfather, who entertained as a ventriloquist. “He used to dress up like Al Jolson, mimed him. He worked with a dummy, and left it to me.”

Although he’s been acting for 16 years, Roberts has entered the fields of writing and directing, feats he can attempt without being the center of attention. “A couple of years ago, I started writing and directing because I wanted to do more things and challenge myself more,” says Roberts.

“Some of the things related to acting I’m not very great with, like promoting oneself. Like this interaction feels very rude of me,” he says, pointing to the interviewer.

“I feel like I should be asking you questions. I feel very rude. For me that’s very uncomfortable, and it’s like the elephant in the room.

“But as a writer-director, hopefully I can be behind the scenes … It’s great. It’s very cool. It’s good to have so much pressure and you to be the blame for everything. That’s really cool.”

The second season of “Red Oaks” begins streaming Friday, Nov. 11.