1. If anyone could play you in a movie, who would you pick?
They haven’t been born yet, let’s be honest. I still have a lot left to do, to the point where we would get to start telling the life story of [me]. So, that being said, they’re not here yet. But, I mean, it’s just as realistic probably to have Ryan Gosling play me than it would be to have Jimmy Stewart play me. So I would say Jimmy Stewart. I would love Jimmy Stewart to play my life story.
“I would love Jimmy Stewart to play my life story.”
2. What’s the first album you ever bought?
It was either Under the Table and Dreaming by Dave Matthews, or it was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.
3. Describe your style in three words.
Nonexistent? Does that count? Let’s go with comfortable, and a hat. The least work as possible.
4. Craziest fan story?
Yes, very weird story. So I was in North Carolina and we were shooting Season 4 or 5 of One Tree Hill. We were downstairs after shooting, and a fan came in, and she asked me to sign her breasts. I did so, because I was surrounded and I got peer-pressured into it, I’m not gonna lie. It was really uncomfortable. But the weirder part was that two hours later she came back, and it was now a tattoo.
“I hate graffiti. It’s not yours — don’t draw on it!”
5. Which emoji do you use the most?
6. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Oh, I have so many. I hate graffiti. It’s not yours — don’t draw on it! Is it that hard to comprehend? Who taught you that? You’re not making it better! I was sitting outside the Notre Dame Cathedral, [and] there was a guy writing in a big giant paint pen Sharpie. I’m like, oh, now it’s better, thank you so much! You know it’s been there for over a thousand years, but NOW it’s perfect. Thank you for writing your name on the side of the building! That drives me absolutely mental. Do it at home or on your own canvas.
7. What’s the most memorable concert you’ve been to?
I’ve been lucky to go to a couple great shows recently, but I’d have to say Florida Georgia Line puts on a great show right now. I saw the Wallflowers back in the day — [that] was a great show. Wallflowers, Counting Crows, and Radiohead. What a great show.
8. Last person who texted you?
9. Last book you read?
Last book I read was my own, [during the] editing process. American Drifter, coming this November.
“I’ve gotten everything from Justin Timberlake to Shane West to Ryan Gosling.”
10. Who’s your doppelgänger?
I’ve gotten so many different ones through the course of my career. And some of them aren’t even close. I’ve gotten everything from Justin Timberlake to Shane West to Ryan Gosling. Just a barrage of different people. I just smile, “No, no, not me.”
11. Favorite reality show?
Let’s see, what [am] I watching right now? I’m watching The Detour, and Big Bang Theory. Those aren’t reality. I guarantee there’s one in there somewhere, but I can’t think of it right now.
12. Celebrity crush?
Keanu Reeves. John Wick’s the shit.
13. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
“I’m a sugar addict.”
My wife and my kids. My family. I’m a lucky man.
14. Guilty pleasure?
I’m a sugar addict. [Pulls out chocolate bar] These are so good, you call it a Gold Bar and get it at Whole Foods. It’s Lake Champlain Chocolates’ Peanut Five Star Bar, that’s what it’s called. It’s unbelievable. They’re like four bucks a piece, worth every penny.
15. Go-to comfort food?
Two things: If I’m like, okay, I’m splurging today, there’s this Manhattan Bagel in Studio City, it’s the best bagel I’ve ever had in my life. So I’ll get a sausage, egg, and cheese from that specific Manhattan Bagel, and then I’ll grab some Pinkberry and I’ll save that till late night on the couch and I’m good.
16. Dream vacation spot?
I’m a camper. I love being out in the wilderness. You know, my kids are too young to take them now, but soon enough we’ll be out in the woods. There’s this magical little spot in Kern River that I love to go to.
17. Hidden talent?
I’m a speed diaper changer. I don’t know. I’m a mimic, so usually I can mimic most voices after hearing them for a little bit of time — after five, ten minutes. I’m a decent mimic.
18. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I mean, being a father, first and foremost — there’s not even a comparison. There’s just nothing like being a father, and actually being a hands-on father, so that’s by far the number one accomplishment. But I’ve been really lucky. I’ve been able to help people, and donate money to charities around the world. And you know, that’s one of the reasons you do this. You do this to be able to be in a position to help other people and enrich other people’s lives so that the stresses in their lives aren’t as heavy as they once were. In any way, whether it’s the entertainment front or, you know, giving a hospital better entertainment so that they can escape from the mundane realities. I’ve been blessed in both ways.
“There’s just nothing like being a father.”
19. Favorite place to visit?
Well, right now it’s the couch with my son watching Paw Patrol. So I would say Adventure Bay [the city from the show]. I want to visit Adventure Bay.
20. Name something on your bucket list.
I’m only 35 — I’m not even starting a bucket list yet! I still want to coach my kids’ sports teams, boys and girls. I want to do all that. I’ve got a lot of stuff.
“You might fall flat on your face and embarrass yourself, or you might do something really, really special.”
21. What’s the absolute best thing about your job?
Trying on different hats — holy crap it’s fun. Really testing yourself, taking a chance, taking a risk, going out there. You might fall flat on your face and embarrass yourself, or you might do something really, really special. But I like pushing it, taking chances. That’s what Sun Records was about, really creating the mold there. And I’ve been doing that in my last few projects, and it’s just been fun. It really, really creatively just drives me.
22. Biggest fear?
Bees. They fly, they have that advantage over me. Seven years old, I’m running in the house, and one landed right on my lip and stung my top lip. I had to go to school for two weeks with a big ol’ fat lip. So now it’s just one of those things, it gets in your head at a young age. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m gonna run away from them. I’m actually quite used to them now. But even last year, we have a trail right behind the house, so I go for a 5-mile run every day, and sure enough, a [hornet] goes right down my shirt and stings the crap out of me like six times. It just kept biting and biting. My whole chest was swollen up and red. There’s just no benefits to these guys! The honeybees, I like the honeybees. I’m all about honeybees. Those guys don’t attack. It’s the hornets, the wasps, and the yellowjackets. They’re just mean for the sake of being mean.
23. Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Enjoy the journey” is what I usually try to tell people. You know about everything, the ups, the downs, the goods, the bads — everything that you have. Because it’s just all part of life. If I have air in my lungs, life in my step, and the will to move forward, then it’s a good day.
24. Background wallpaper on your phone?
My wife and my son.
“You’re now living through them, and it just makes life so much better.”
25. Describe the perfect day.
My perfect day is waking up happily with my wife and kids, having a fantastic breakfast, and they’re all happy, playing a little ball. Maybe going to Disneyland, because I love the looks in their eyes. I mean, that’s like the greatest thing in the world. We just took our son to see the electric light parade. Wow, just fantastic for the kids. It just lights you up. You’re now living through them, and it just makes life so much better. So that, and then, you know, coming home and having a little Paw Patrol cuddle session, maybe making my pasta that’s a family recipe, put the kids to bed, maybe a little date night, and hit the hay.
26. What’s the last thing you searched for on Google?
“How many hours of sleep does a 2-year-old require?”
27. What do you hope for in 2017?
Man, I just hope everybody has something to smile about. I want everyone happy. Healthy, happy — we’re all alive, let’s just go kick butt. Wake up, have some drive, and go enjoy the heck out of your day. I want to give everyone a hug. That’d be great.
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