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How do you deal with your life in the spotlight and all the gossip and with the paparazzi?
I take all the fame with a grain of salt. I’m doing what I love to do and that’s important. I think it keeps me grounded and humble, I’m honestly very lucky, and I know that. I’m not the kind of guy who loves the extra attention but I still embrace it because it’s part of my job.
What’s it like being involved in such a successful movie such as Twilight, and what were your thoughts when you got the call for the part?
I actually had no idea how huge of a phenomenon Twilight is. When I got the call, I figured I was just doing a vampire movie with one of my friends, Ashley, and I was so wrong. It’s been a great experience working with such an amazing cast, and the love from the fans has been very memorable. There have been times that I’ve gotten teary-eyed at the love I’ve received, it’s indescribable. The fans made this book series and movie the success they are, we wouldn’t be where we are without them.
The baseball scene in Twilight looks like so much fun and is our favorite scene of the whole movie. Any funny stories about that and which is your most favorite scene you did in Twilight?
The baseball scene is still my favorite scene. I’m a bit of an athlete myself and any time I get to shoot a film and play sports, I don’t even consider it work. It’s all fun for me, which made it perfect timing to feature in a film like Warrior. I really enjoyed watched Rob try and run for the fly balls, made my day!
Can you tell us a little bit about your role as Connor Sullivan in ‘Warrior’. Was it easy for you to play this role since you play lacrosse yourself? And did you end up with any injuries?
Warrior is a coming of age story about a boy who loses his father and tries to cope with it along side of taking care of his family and his role on the lacrosse field. This film was pure fun aside from playing outside in winter rain. Any time you do your own stunts in a film, you’re going to get bumps and bruises, it comes with the territory. I wanted to own this film, and make it as real as possible for the fans so I would leave set with all sorts of scrapes. Lacrosse is a very physical sport, that’s why I love to play on a regular basis. I am as competitive as they come, and you’ll see just that when Warrior is released.
Since doing this film would you like to do another movie of a similar interest or rather go in another direction?
My goal is to be an action star. I take my personal training very seriously, as I have always been diligent in performing my own stunts on set. I am very goal oriented and I know I’ll get there. Hard work always pays off when trying to reach that goal.
Whats your most memorable scene you have ever done?
That is an excellent question. I really don’t have a single one. I wake up every day with the thrill of creating something new and that’s memorable to me. I try and take it all in. I love working with new people and it’s all about creating something special that the fans will remember. I did however really enjoy everything about Generation Kill, especially the scene where I asked if my brother Brandon could be a marine in it and the producers said yes and so it was fun watching that episode and seeing his face on screen!
How do you prepare for a role?
I’m not a superstitious guy; I think it’s pretty normal what I normally do. I’ll take a day or two to read the script again, and then try and take the time to visualize how I want to breathe life into the new role by making up my own back story. I’m always learning from others and love constructive criticism. I’m a student of the art and I’m always willing to try something new.
Tell us about a few future projects you are working on and what’s next for you?
I’m excited to be reunited with the New Moon cast, we begin shooting next month, I think the fans will like what’s in store for the next chapter. After that, I don’t know what I can say just yet. Action is the genre I am shooting for so we’ll see what lies in my cards.
We read in another interview that you were writing screen plays. Is that still something you do?
I love to write and have so many ideas. I’m learning the business side so when I am ready to market my own scripts, I think you’ll be quite surprised. It is a goal for me when I feel it’s time, who knows where things will go.
Of all the roles you played so far which was the most fun to play?
Everything I have worked on has been a learning experience, Generation Kill took me out of my comfort zone for almost a year but I would not change a day spent in Africa for the world. It was an honor to reenact the role of a Marine. They give their life for this country on a daily basis and it was not only fun spending that year abroad but it was an honor.
What actors/actresses would you like to work with most?
I don’t have a type of people I like to work with because I enjoy meeting all different types of actors. It’s been fun working with friends. It makes the whole experience that much more personal. How great is it when you get to do what you love with the people you care about? I would however love to work with Robert Redford, George Clooney and Kate Beckinsale sometime in the near future.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be?
If I could be a superhero, I think I would be Captain America or the Green Lantern!
Is there anything you always have with you? Like a bracelet, necklace, ring, etc?
Yes, I actually always wear a white (which is now kind of cream in color haha) piece of twine around my left wrist, representing Freedom. It was the toughest decision of my life to pursue acting and to put aside all my hard work and scholarships for college. I have no regrets with the decision I made and I wear my bracelet to remind me of what it took to find my personal freedom and my personal journey in life.
What do you consider to be the most important things in life?
Family and friends are always the most important things in life, because when life gets tough, they are always the ones there to pick you up when you fall. I’ve been blessed with a very large family and we were taught from a young age to love one another. I think life is too short so I definitely let them know how much they mean to me on a regular basis. Family and friends always come first!
For everyone out there who is aspiring to achieve their dream, whatever it may be, what bit of inspiration would you like to give to them?
Hard work always pays off, if there’s something you want bad enough, you can get there. It takes a lot of strength and tenacity but you can do it! Look at me, I am very lucky to be where I am. I was born in a small town in North Dakota, and made it this far. Always listen to your Heart, regardless what everyone else is saying, your Heart knows best!
We’ve been getting a lot of emails from fans asking whether or not you have a Facebook or MySpace page. Saying they have come across a lot of posers. So we have to ask. Do you have Facebook or MySpace?
I noticed there are a lot of fake MySpace and Facebook pages, and it’s interesting to me because I have neither. I am very tech savvy but I just don’t have time to sit on networking sites, plus they’ve created drama for some people I know. I usually try to reach out to the people in my life through phone calls. I am very personal and networking sites are too impersonal but I do see a need for them, it’s nice to be able to find people you haven’t talked to in years; they are useful in that respect.
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