Three years ago, I shared a dinner table at the swanky UNICEF Gala with Benjamin Schenkkan.
We chatted about sports, our hometowns, and how he couldn't possibly leave before Lionel Richie performed (he had to be at work at a crazy-early hour the next day). Not that I would have minded—I've long admired Ben as an actor—but that night I was more interested in talking about everyday life.
It's noir, so I would say their relationship is going to have more drama than happy times.
Glamour: But how many sex scenes are we going to see? There's some fun, and there will be her past coming back.
Maybe it's the films I grew up on or playing football in Texas, which is this macho and intense culture, but I've never had a hard time flipping the switch when I'm at work. I really don't like [that intensity] in my personal life. Glamour: Out of the three characters you're best known for: 's Ryan Atwood, who are you most like?
I grew up in a perfectly lovely family, upper-middle class. It's really hard—you can imagine reading it on the page and then thinking, There's an enormous amount of these legendary characters in a very condensed pilot.
This could either be amazing or an enormous sh-t show.
This role might be more similar than the other two. Glamour: This role reunites you with Fox again, but you've traded the sunny shores of Orange County for gritty Gotham. He called me and said,"I've written this part with you in mind, so I'd like you to take a look." That was very flattering, so that's how it started.
I was never the kid from the wrong side of the tracks. I met Danny Cannon, who directed the pilot, and talked with him.