I grew up in a blue-collar, working-class household in Cedar Rapids in Iowa. My dad labored on the field manufacturing unit, and my mum labored on the Quaker Oats manufacturing unit. Ultimately they pooled assets and constructed a deli known as Souper, which offered soups, sandwiches and salads. There’s usually a second of inspiration that conjures up an actor’s origins. For me it was minestrone soup… In fact it wasn’t! I by no means had that second.
Once I was six a expertise supervisor noticed me and requested me if needed to change into an actor. I used to be like, “Yeah, why not?” My mom took me and my brother, Zack, who’s seven years older than me, to LA for six weeks to a talent-spotting occasion and I ended up getting a job on a Paula Abdul video. Issues moved comparatively quick within the grand scheme of issues.
I used to be very open as a child. I by some means understood what it was that was being requested of me and methods to do it. I by no means had any coaching, by no means went to performing lessons. Possibly there was a precociousness in me that folks noticed. If I needed to psychoanalyse myself, I’d say I’m emotional, very delicate, typically a bit of anxious.
Nothing can put together you for the magnitude of what the Lord of the Rings movies turned, and the world stage that it propelled all of us on to nearly in a single day. I’d been performing for 10 years by then, and we collectively helped one another cope with the eye, which was intense. I keep in mind the day that I noticed us all plastered over the facet of airplane. At that time I compartmentalised it. I put it in its personal universe.
I’ve had encounters with people who find themselves a bit of unsettling. There was a lady who flew to Wellington airport in New Zealand to declare her love for me. It was clear her sense of actuality could not have been intact. I’ve additionally had folks present up at my door who weren’t solely steady.
I attempt to be variety and pay attention, then transfer on.
I nonetheless have a pair of Hobbit ft in my home, however I don’t put on them any extra. They’re product of latex. They got to me by the make-up division. I did put on them at one stage. Now they’re in a field, tucked away. And, no, I don’t recreate Frodo at fancy costume events.
The silver lining of the pandemic has been that it’s enabled me to get pleasure from fatherhood in a approach I won’t have completed. My son was born seven or eight months earlier than lockdown, so we’ve had this type of unbelievable, uninterrupted household time that we’re in all probability by no means going to have once more. I like being a father. It’s all-consuming and it’s every part.
I would love to be remembered extra for who I’m as an individual and particularly the issues that I’ve completed. And I might additionally prefer to be remembered for by no means being that straightforward to peg. Once I replicate on my profession, I can recognise a sample, however I don’t strategise. I simply observe my coronary heart and that leads me to fascinating and typically surprising locations. If I’m remembered for that, that’s sort of rad.
No Man of God is on digital launch from 13 September and on DVD and Blu-ray from 25 October