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The Friday Five

Questions from 2003.
 
(Note:  The Friday Five is copyrighted and exclusive to Ian Then Some and Ian-Online and is not to be copied or reproduced without written permission.)



December 22, 2003

1.  How do you plan to spend Christmas?

In Sun Valley, Idaho with my family.  I hope that everyone has a wonder-ful Christmas.

2.  Was there ever a gift you just had to have for Christmas (a la Ralphie's Red Rider BB Gun in a Christmas Story)?

How old were you and did you get it?
I got a Red Ryder bb gun. I will have to ask my father when it was...  I must have been 6.

3.  What does a girl have to do to win your heart?

Let me know that hers is open...

4.  In the Ocean Drive article from last year, you mentioned being arrested once.  What happened?

Being young and intoxicated in New Orleans.  It was funny actually, more of a joke if anything.  Note to self...don't do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5.  If you could be on the cover of any magazine, what would it be and why?

National Geographic, because I made possible legislation changes to help protect our oceans; that were so significant in this new war of ocean conservation and public/corporate education.

To everyone!  Have a happy, safe and healthy holiday.  You are so wonder-ful and it is a pleasure to be in contact with such amazing people!
Love Ian



December 12, 2003

1.  How was your birthday?  What does one get for birthday presents when you're a celebrity and can probably go buy whatever you want, when you want?

Strange too be honest.  25 is a weird year I have to tell you.  Get thoughtful gifts or things like massages that one can always use.  Just friends being together and have great food and great wine is enough for me.

2.  Does 25 feel any different than previous birthdays?

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  The oddest day of my life thus far.

3.  How do you wake up, all smiling or moody?  Are you a morning person?

Can’t one be smiley and moody?  Mornings are great and I like mine so consider me a morning person.  However I do some of my best work late at night.  Maybe we change throughout our lives between night owl and morning person.  Who knows.

4.  How would you describe your home?

Unfinished, big, Spanish colonial built in 1923.

5.  Would you totally change your appearance for a role?  Like lose/gain many pounds, shave your head, or something drastic like that?

I would so do all of the above and will.  I will have the opportunity to do those things this year. Hopefully…
 Thank you so much everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



December 8, 2003 (Happy Birthday, Ian!)

1.  A lot has been said about your looks, what do YOU see when you look in the mirror?

I’m tired of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2.  You mentioned eating several times in your answer last week about what you do while in New Orleans.  What is your favorite restaurant back home?

Middendorf’s in Manchac.

3.  What are you favorite type and style of jeans?

Low rise and flared… old and soft. The best!

4.  Much is said about what women in Hollywood have to go through to look "right" (like hair, makeup, extreme diets, waxing, etc).  Do TPTB dictate this kind of stuff to men, too?  What have you personally had to do?

Don’t do anything, just be me and work out, sleep and eat healthy stuff. All of that shit is too Hollywood and if you spend your time doing all of that then you have too much time on your hands. Don’t get me wrong, personal grooming is very very important.

5.  (This is a follow up question to #3 from November 21, 2003.)  No repugnance whatsoever! Experience tells me: it's hard to reject the Beautiful. You're compelled to watch them, please them, have them, be them.  Thus, if you yourself have seldom felt rejection, and never at a level that Paul experienced, have you ever considered that it's because you are physically Beautiful?

To be completely honest? No, I truly believe that I’ve just been lucky up till this point. However, I do know that it is coming and I will feel it at some point in my life.  Also, let’s talk one second about rejection; being an actor it’s something that you live with.  It’s an ever-present being in your existence.  One becomes accustomed to and hardened by virtue of understanding very well the basics, logistics and the overall reality of a specific type (and one that’s hard to swallow) rejection.  So on that note, we all feel it no matter what you look like.



November 29, 2003

1.  What is your favorite kind of car?  Is that what you drive?

My favorite kind of car varies from month to month...seriously.
I  do drive one of my favorite gas-guzzling cars though. However I am having the gasoline tank taken out and a natural gas system in.

2.  Have you ever done something professionally that you later looked back on and thought "what was I thinking?!?"  What was it?

Sometimes I think back to fashion jobs and think that.
You know there are so many that I don’t even know where to begin… 

3.  What do you like to do when you are home in Louisiana?

Eat, spend time with family, play with many animals, eat, go fishing, eat, see friends, eat and sleep a bunch.

4.  What did you do to celebrate Thanksgiving?

I was in Malibu realizing that life is so wonderful at times that it is astounding.

5.  What nationality are you?

¼ French; ¼ English; ¼ Irish; ¼ Choctaw Indian (native American)



November 21, 2003

1.  What is the craziest or most drastic thing you've ever done to try to get a role and was it successful?

Watch Peter Sellers movies for 2 days and convince myself that I could play a gay guy, walk into a room with insane Roger Avary, then convince him.

2.  How will you be celebrating your 25th birthday?

Interesting you ask... I've been thinking the same thing myself.  There are two ways in which this can go for me-freezing in Vancouver (but Jessica Biel is here shooting so how bad can it be) or in the breeze of the warm, cozy, sunny, and smoggy southern California with my best of friends drinking the best of wine and eating the best of food with the best of music.  I hope and pray for the latter.  I've spent all of my birthdays since I was 16 on set somewhere, I'd like to be home for a change.

3.  Paul Denton may be farthest from you, yet in your final scene with James you captured so naturally his yearning, naiveté, and finally anguish, after Laying bare his heart and being rejected utterly. What were you feeling at the end of that scene? Was there a time in your life that you felt as Paul did, that you would run off the set with real tears (I had listened to your commentary)?

Well... I say this at the risk of sounding repugnant-I haven't been hurt and rejected to the point of feeling that way.  It's coming though I can feel it so I'll be sure to let you know.  I did cry on set and after the scene was done-I can't even remember why, all I recall was the warmth of wet tears on my face and the sound of snow under my feet-in the desert in August...

4.  The tattoo on your ankle, why did you do it and is there a story behind it?

Bad story that involves a football game and a bottle of vodka.  It will be covered by Christmas and a new story will begin.  :)

5.  If you could model for any one fashion label that you haven't yet modeled for, which one would you pick?

I honestly couldn't say.  They are all the same; it's just a matter of how much they are willing to pay. Sounds disgusting, huh?  Well it is purely a capital gains business, there isn't any satisfaction in it.  Trying not to sound jaded just honest...



November 10, 2003

1.  How was the dinner with Kate M?  Does this mean you'll be working together in the future?

Wasn't able to go.  I am sure that we will work together in the future hopefully.

2.  You've mentioned your Mom before, but what about your Dad, brother and sister?  What do they do and are you close to them, as well?

They are great!  I am very close to them as I am to all of my family.

3.  As a model who has made the transition to acting over a period of time, what do you think when you see guys like Tom Welling and Travis Fimmel doing the same with (what appears to be) less training or preparation and getting so much exposure right off?

More power to them!

4.  Amber Valletta recently answered this question in an interview and her answer made me want to hear yours.  Did modeling make acting any easier?

Of course it did...  Being uninhibited and being able to focus as well as having a camera in your face helps. It also gives you the financial ability to study acting and do nothing else; if you choose to.  However, some have no business on a screen just by virtue of them being on a page in a magazine.

5.  Are there any celebrities who you dislike?

I wouldn't outwardly state any public distaste for any well known individual. I try to keep it as; mean people suck.



October 31, 2003

1.  You don't seem to be one of those celebs who doesn't even own a computer, so what kind of Internet sites do you like to visit?  Do you ever Google your own name?

Funny you say that. It’s interesting because I live on this thing. Writing a script or anything professional must be done on these genius machines. Producing definitely calls on the computer to run a company. Absolutely yes, news and neat things such as reading articles and  purchasing items online is amazing, efficient and is a way of life for our generation.
I Googled my name once upon request; it was scary and interesting at the same time. Thank you all for making that experience.

2.  What TV shows do you like to watch?

Don’t really get much time with the tube so specific shows I really couldn’t tell you.  However, the networks that are great to me usually are more along the lines of:  HBO (amazing original programming) IFC, Bravo, Food Network, Biography, Discovery, and a guilty pleasure Animal Planet.  I really do enjoy turning on a TV and seeing a great movie playing or a great interview and of course, what I live for-Shark Week!

3.  How did you like working with the Smallville cast and what role will you be playing?

I haven’t spent that much time there yet. Kristen is adorable, while I know Tom and  Michael.  I would love to discuss the role but the producers would be very upset with me.  Seriously, I didn’t even know until I got to Vancouver.  I will ask what I can say tomorrow.

4.  If you could meet any fictional character who would it be and why?

That is a good one, give me a few days, next week there will be 6 answers…

5.  Several times now, you've mentioned having a partner in your projects.  Who is it and how did you come to be partners?

Yes, I do have a partner.  He worked with the producers of YA.  This guy is so smart and so good at what he does after being friends for a good while, we realized that we wanted to do the exact same thing; make great movies. A company was started (Journeys End Films) and now we are in pre-production on our first film.



October 24, 2003

1.  What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

I was going to be a seventies porn star but, I have to work the next day and will be traveling… unfortunately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2.  Is it possible that you'll work with Kate Moennig again?  You guys had such great chemistry together in Young Americans, it would be nice to see that again.

I would like to. I am having dinner with her this coming week.  We did have great chemistry, we were good friends and will remain that way.

3.  Is there any place you'd like to visit, but haven't yet?

Cuba!

4.  Is yoga still an important part of your life?  Do you meditate?

It is an important part of my life, it keeps you centered and healthy. I do meditate however, not as much as I would like to right now because of work load. It happens…

5.  You said recently that your mom and grandmother came from very different backgrounds.  Can you tell us more about that?  Where they're from and how that shaped you?

They have American Indian backgrounds and were great healers and cooks.  I spent my childhood and still shoving herbs down my throat.  They both taught me much about spirituality and health.  I unfortunately didn’t get to spend much time with my mother while I was traveling and my manager at the time, whom is my sergeant mother also taught me much about spirituality and life.



October 21, 2003

1.  It sounds like you've lived in a lot of places all over the world.  What is the best place you've been and why?

I love Spain and the Florida Keys. Why?  Spain has a quality that isn’t shrouded by the vain sophistication of many amazing countries in Europe. I love Italy, France, Portugal, and many other beauties; however, the Spanish know how to live, and drink like many Europeans but the country itself stole my heart and wonder.

2.  Everyone has guilty pleasures like the really cheesy TV show you just can't stand to miss or some really decadent food you know you shouldn't eat, but do.  What are yours?

80’s movies and many many others that will go untold…

3.  What advice would you give any aspiring screen play writers?  actors? models?  Like what to do to get noticed etc?

It’s hard to say. You know that term, “Get noticed” is really vague and even harder to execute. If you have written something, and want people to read it, send it to and agency, obviously register it first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  As an actor, you must study and do theater and really learn your craft. Then by virtue of being in a play of a commercial your chances of someone seeing you goes through the roof. Models? Well find an agency near you and be persistent, but don’t and I mean don’t listen to too much bullshit. If you get the feeling that someone one is pulling your leg, chances are it’s the case.

4.  How do you feel about Arnold being the new governor of California?

We'll see, won’t we?

5.  The news about Smallville is awesome!  But didn't you say you didn't want to be on the show?  What happened to change your mind?  And a huge thank you to whoever or whatever did!

I am just being as smart as I can be and this is a business, let us play by business rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



October 10, 2003

1.  Most guys your age consider ordering a pizza "cooking", but you really sound like you know what you're doing in the kitchen.  Where did you learn how to cook?

Well, growing up in Louisiana with amazing mother and grandmother (very different backgrounds) and the New Orleans attitude of live to eat. Living in Italy didn’t hurt either. Mainly, just as a release you know, getting in the kitchen with a glass or bottle of wine and some music makes a great platform of creativity and serenity.

2.  What do you think is your best physical feature?

I have very long weird toes in which are quite prolific writers.
 
3.  What do you think of California's recent recall election?

It was a great idea. Politicians and their personal agendas suck. It’s a matter of opinion I must say…  Davis ran this state into an interesting predicament.

4.  What is the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?

I thought that I mature enough to be in love-

5.  What do you look for in a woman?

Listen, what I may look for may or may not be what is cliché but here goes. How fun is she? How strong yet still fragile is she? Is she smart? Does she make me laugh? Does she make me silently ponder man’s existential dilemma with out even noticing myself? That is a start.



October 3, 2003

1.  Last week's dinner sounded great!  What would you make for dessert?

Chocolate soufflé and crème brulee.

2.  Do you still smoke?

Only for films and photos. 

3.  What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

John MacEnroe

4.  Jake's bike in Young Americans was pretty cool, but I read somewhere that Kate Moennig was afraid if it.  Do you like motorcycles?  Do you own any if you do?

She handled it fairly well but, yes she didn’t care for it too much. I do love them actually and used to ride them daily, and race them as well. I don’t have one anymore, however, I am going to ride them this weekend in the desert! So, if I get thrown off and bite the big one, I love you all!

5.  Do you see yourself as a Dad someday?  How many children would you like to have?

I absolutely do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t, well actually I can wait but it will be something wonderful. 
3 little ones



September 26, 2003

1.  What was the best birthday gift you've ever received?  How old were you?

The silver ring that I am always wearing; it was designed for me.  24
 
2.  Pajamas, boxers or nothing at all?

Never boxers, they suck. All or none of the above, you know, it’s all about mood.

3.  If you were to make dinner for good friends or a date, what would you make?  That is assuming you cook in the first place.

I would grill salmon or a blue fin with an almond dust. Then drizzle a balsamic reduction over it and serve it with sautéed asparagus with an arugula/shaved parmesan. 
I definitely do.
 
4.  I loved The Rules of Attraction and thought Paul was the best part of the movie, but I have to wonder-what did your parents/siblings/grandparents think of you doing a movie like TROA?  Did you ever worry about what your family might say or what people might say to them after seeing the movie? 

I asked myself the same question trust me… however, I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t matter. They were/are so supportive and knew that it was nothing more than a challenging role to play. 
Not even a little bit.
 
5.  How do you like to spend your days off?

Don’t have any, but if I did, just read on the beach.



September 19, 2003

1.  What is your favorite part about your life?

How much love and how many wonderful people I have in my life.

2.  You've mentioned before about the girl who climbed into your car in traffic and kissed you, but what did you do?

Just sort of screamed in horror and then said thank you hoping that her gigantic boyfriend wouldn't kick my ass on Sunset Blvd. 

3.  You've worked with people like William H. Macy, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, etc.  What makes them great?

How talented they are and what they bring with them as actors and people.

4.  One of my favorite scenes from ROA was your "dance scene".  A character like that would be great on the show Queer as Folk.  Have you ever seen the show and would you ever play a character on that show, if it were offered?

I have seen the show and applaud the show for its success.

5.  What are you allergic to, if anything?

Pollen and mean people.  :)



September 6, 2003

1.  How much of the every day things (crap jobs-if you will) do you do?  Like laundry, shopping, paying bills, dishes, cleaning the house, etc.

I do things such as shopping and watering.  I have unfortunately, way too much “crap” to do that I have to pay people to do everything.

2.  There is a saying "life is short-eat dessert first," what is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate soufflé

3.  What are your top ten favorite books?

On the Road, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, The Outsider, The Art of War, The Fountainhead, The Secret History, The Portable Nietzsche, Letters To Young Poet, The Sun Also Rises

4.  Do you like dancing?

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5.  There is a pretty big age gap between you and your siblings, how was that growing up?

Great, I got everything I wanted… :)



August 30, 2003

1.  Last weeks story about the new pants was great.  Thank you for sharing that with us, but would you ever let us see the picture of cowboy Ian with long, red hair?

I can’t, my father has the only copy and will not let it out of his hands, sorry.  [Mr. Somerhalder, you know where to find me!  ;) ]

2.  What's your worst ego-tripping moment(s)?

I have no ego… seriously, I think that the only thing in which trips my ego is mother nature her self. Once I went out into the ocean when I shouldn’t have and waves the size of skyscrapers almost killed my ass.
By this I mean, Jodie Kidd - who was on the modeling circuit around the same time as Ian - admitted in a daily newspaper recently "I used to find myself at airport check-ins screaming because there'd be people in front of me. The industry makes you feel like you're the most important person in the world. I'd be flying around the world first class, thinking I was the bee's knees."  Can you relate to this, did you carry around this self-important persona?
No, I can’t say that I did, it’s not in my nature to feel that way.

3.  When dressing which is more important, comfort or looks?

Comfort most definitely; I shop by walking around a store feeling clothes, if I was blind by some crazy avenue, I would still wear the same clothes…

4.  Such a big deal is made about celebrities and their "styles" and such.  Do you plan or prepare for special events (with a stylist or on your own) or just grab something from the closet and go?

Uh, honestly, sometimes my publicist can get me clothes that I will put on and leave the house but mostly I just grab what’s in my  closet. Sorry, I ‘m really very cool.

5.  Would you ever do a Playgirl spread/interview, if asked to?

Interview yes, spread, not a chance in hell. That could be fun though couldn’t it?



August 22, 2003

1.  What would you do if your movie (you're the lead) tanked big time, like Gigli for instance? Would you go on national TV and read the bad reviews, like Ben Affleck did on Leno? With you experience in Hollywood so far, do you think it'd affect your career much or not?

I may read the bad reviews… possibly.  Here’s the deal; if the movie that you are doing is that bad most likely it is expected to be shit.  If you are doing it for the $ then it doesn’t matter to you if it tanks, you already got paid; unless you took less money up front in return for back-end points…  It may or may not affect my career because in this business you can actually fail upwards.  It’s neat, even if your movie sucks, you still get the benefits!!!  It’s sad I know.

2.  You mentioned a short film last week, what is it called and what is it about?

My producing partner and I produced a short that I was in as well called “Recess” and it was about three kids wanting to escape the corrupt authority of utopian society medicated for optimum performance.  I can’t wait to stream it from the website!

3.  What are the plans for the short film?  Will it be at any festivals, screenings, etc...?

To go to Sundance with it and screen it here in LA and to also to get it on to the web!

4.  If you were offered a part in a television show that you really wanted to play, but was filmed elsewhere (say Canada) would you make the move out there?

I would considerate it most definitely. Italy would be better… :)

5.  Are you involved with any charity or volunteer work?

Yes, Habitat for Humanity and several different organizations to protect our oceans. I also support pet rescue efforts.



August 15, 2003

1.  How long do you usually spend thinking about the things you are going to do?  (Are you impulsive or do you like to think things out first?)

Can't one have both? I am impulsive at times and very well thought out at times.  However, I must  say that I am now much more thought out than I was in the past...

2.  If you had the chance would you swap your life (being famous etc) for a more normal 9-5 job?

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!  But to each is own:)
If I did have to sit behind a desk, I would probably do investment work to make as much capital as I could so that I could have the time and money to go out into the world and help prevent the depletion of our oceans and to save sharks and other fish that are mistreated every day.

3.  Do you ever sit back and look at your life, and think, I must have been very good in a past life?

Yes, every day.

4.  Has the spirituality from your Choctaw Indian heritage made itself known yet?  The impression I get from reading your interviews and bios is that you have a very earth-based spirituality, are very connected to nature &animals, and are attuned to healing and healthy living...is this so?

It has in my life but not in my work.  I haven't had the chance to use my Choctaw powers yet onscreen.
It is very so.  My mother taught me much and only used eastern medicine for her kids.  So it's the only thing I really know.  We should all, hopefully be connected to the Earth, hell, we live on it.  We also live with animals as well.  I find that I get along better with most animals than with most people.

5.  What college did you attend and what did you take?

I did an e program at an east coast school.  It was the only one at the time that offered courses.  It didn't last long because I traveled too much.  Economics and foreign trade were my focus.  I wish that I had gotten to study much more.  So to substitute my lack of college all I did was read, it was my education coupled with traveling.  Not exciting but it worked I guess:)



August 14, 2003 (Sorry for the delay!)

I KNOW BY NOW THAT YOU ALL HAVE LOST YOUR FAITH. PLEASE DO NOT. I HAVE BEEN IN THE EDITING ROOM FOR A WEEK AND HAVEN'T LEFT. I RECENTLY JUST MOVED OFFICES AND HAVEN'T BEEN ON A COMPUTER, I THINK ABOUT YOU GUYS ALL THE TIME AND IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I PROMISE!  IAN

1.  If you had to live without one of your five senses, which one would you be able to "give up"? And which one would be totally indispensable?

I would have to say that it would be smell. I'm such a verbal person and need to be able (like all of us do) to communicate what I'm saying.

2.  If it were inevitable that you were going to be typecast in some genre of films, which would you go for?  (i.e. period films, action, comedy, drama, etc...)

Dramas that are well written with a bit of comedy, I would assume.

3.  If you could be God for one day, what would you do? 

I would fix people's perception of what is happening to our earth. I'm not talking about the homeless or the starving.  There is plenty of food and housing in the world, it's just not properly not distributed yet. I'm talking about our oceans and what is going to happen if people of the world are not educated on how to stop the process.  As my "role" as God for one day...  I would save the most precious thing on the planet, it's bigger than you than me than anything that we know.

4.  If we asked your mom to tell us an embarrassing story about you, what story would she probably tell?

That a picture she has would tell a story of a day that she bought me a new pair of pants.  It was raining and as usual I wanted to run in the rain.  When she went outside to call me when I came up missing; I ran in completely naked and wearing only a pair of cowboy boots and my shirt.  My long red curly hair, naked and wearing a pair of cowboy boots...

5.  What do you think is your biggest professional accomplishment so far, and what do you hope the answer to that question will be in ten years?

Just doing what I am doing.  I am in post right now for the short film that I produced with my producing partner.  In ten years we will be talking about some really great film that we all hopefully liked or loved.  Or in ten years you guys will come to your senses and think why do I even like this guy...   kidding :)



August 1, 2003

1. If the show had been picked up for a full season or more...where do you think or where would you have liked to see the character of Hamilton Fleming go? And what about Jake and Hamilton?

I would have liked to see Hamilton start to figure out a bit more about life and start to stand up to his parents and friends more. Basically to say what he believes in and go with it. Jake and Hamilton probably would have had several bouts of separation anxiety; leading to Hamilton's escape to New York.

2. Actors often audition for one role and then are chosen to play a different character. Did you audition for the role of Hamilton or another character? Do you know if any of the other actors played parts different than the one they auditioned for?

I auditioned for Hamilton only. Thank goodness. :) I think that everyone for the most part, except Scout, was right on where they started. Scout took on a very comical half hour type of attitude.

3. Did you ever actually eat (or should I say dine...) at the Paza Luna Restaurant (from Gone)?

I don't think so...

4. We have seen still photos, heard descriptions from international viewers, or read in the scripts about scenes that were never aired in the US. Were there many scenes that were filmed that didn't air? Did you ever see a "gag-reel" or out takes at the YA wrap party?

I think the scenes that weren't aired were better off that way. The scenes usually didn't make sense or slowed the pace of the show down. I never saw a reel of out takes because I was there for them and the reel is in my memory. They were great while they lasted and leave a smile on my face from time to time. It was a great experience.

5. During our exploration of Maryland, Havre de Grace in particular, over the past 3 Gatherings--we have met many really nice local "Townies". Do you recall any people in particular from the area that made you feel welcome or were particularly nice to you?

They were all great people. The town was great and beautiful; it's residents are very lucky to have such a peaceful town. Many made me feel welcome like to coffee shop in which the production had an account (love that!). Jeff who was Rodney's stand in and also played the cop who pulled over Bella in episode 5 was a great guy. He made being there nice because he introduced us to local people. Rachael who stood in for Kate B. was an exceptional young woman with a great attitude and sweet demeanor. I am glad that I was there... Thank you to everyone who was kind and allowed us to have a great time. Thank you.



July 25, 2003

1. What's in your rider [contract]? White candles? 450 thread count sheets? Fridge full of beer?

1,000 count sheets.

2. What religion are you and are you active with it?

I don’t talk about religion. I will tell you that I was Born a Catholic.

3. Who inspires you the most?

Sarah.

4. You stated that one of your favorite books is "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac. I recently read that book and was wondering what captivated you about that novel?

His prose and amazing imagery; he puts you on the page. You feel the heat of a road in Mexico, a mosquito bite… It’s great.

5. Since the 3 year anniversary of Young Americans just passed, what is your favorite memory from that show?

The last memory that I recall being a favorite, was that we were so young and had no idea what was to come. It was a great feeling, like when you wake up for the last day of school when you’re in 1st grade. So freeing and unfazed…



July 18, 2003

1. You said last week that if you could change one thing about yourself it would be your attitude. Why is that?

Basically, everything in our lives affects us based upon the manner in which we view the situation. Sometimes I let things affect me when they shouldn't. Essentially, it's a huge waste of time and energy-we are nothing more energy itself and time is the means of living in which we use to gauge existence. One of the quotes that I live by is: "a true test of independence is learning to conserve one self."

2. What makes you angry?

Stupid, ignorant people with no respect for themselves or anything, anyone around them. And animal cruelty.

3. What do you call love?

Love? It's the word that's unfortunately tossed around so much now that it's almost lost it's true meaning. But to answer, caring for something that it's understood your appreciation for it is so that you don't want to live without it...

4. What agency did you model with and do you have any advice when it comes to modeling?

Ford, Click, Wilhemina, Boss, Next, Elite and now DNA. My advice can only be: get in, get out with as much money and sanity as you can possibly run with.

5. Would you lend your voice to an animated character?

I would love to. One hope of mine is that I can one day with Jack Nicholson. :) That would be a great time!



July 11, 2003

1.  Do you really answer your own emails?

Of course I do-it's only unfortunate that I can't do it every day.  It's fun.

2.  Have you ever had a crush on a movie star?  Who was it?

It was Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira in Scarface. I know twisted, but I somehow remember watching that movie when I was really young; while my parents were sleeping or at a friends house. did you see her?! she was so hot and still is!

3.  With whom did you have your first screen kiss?  What was it like?

It was with Kate Moennig. It was minty...

4.  If we looked into your refrigerator, what would we see?

Millions of eggs, lots of soy milk, salmon fillets, many colors of vegetables, large bottles of juice, flax seed oils and lots of film.

5.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

My attitude..



July 5, 2003

1.  Do you smoke?

Rarely.

2.  Do you still study or work with an acting coach?

I used to on every project but it proved to not always be effective. So now only when I truly need to coach.

3.  In an interview you said that nothing touches your heart more then a beautiful woman. You also said in another interview how a beautiful Russian woman followed you in her car. Although men are naturally attracted to beautiful women, do you think that because you modeled at such a young age and that you are surrounded by beautiful women most of your life that you find yourself only compatible with beautiful women?
 
Not to sound trite but, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I have seen "girls" that would be sociologically deemed as "beautiful" that are the ugliest people I've ever met. Why? Because what makes and individual beautiful is what's inside of them. I truly believe this and can only say this: People, no matter what anyone claims will always be attracted to what appears to them as beautiful. What that is? It's up to you...

4.  Is there anything you've said in an interview that you've regretted later?  What was it and why?

No, and yes. I have said things that were used out of context (it happens) and there have been things that have been said that I don't remember until I read them and say... "Why in the hell would I have said that?"
It would have been in the A&F interview... The interviewer, whom I have no desire to do another with, was badgering me and used what was said wrong intentionally, really making for a bad and provoking interview that had many gay men mad at me. Well to sum it up it... I will pay more attention to what I say...

5.  If you watch yourself onscreen, are you comfortable with it or is it more like torture?

I don't like watching myself but rather love watching my fellow actors in the film. It's not necessarily torture, I just like watching the stories that I'm a part of...



June 28, 2003

1.  What is your biggest insecurity?

I have two: one is that life has been so good to me and I'm not quite convinced that I am deserving of it.  The second coincidentally has something to do with the next question; it's that I don't speak the beautiful languages that I should from living in other countries.

2.  Do you speak any other languages?

Poco Italiano and whatever Spanish that I can remember; ask me this question in a year and you will get a happily different answer from me!  :)

3.  Do you still keep in touch with any of your Young Americans costars (besides Kate Bosworth)?

Not really, no.

4.  Based on comments you've made in interviews for ROA, it seems you're either ashamed of the role or trying to distance yourself from the large number of gay fans you have.  Do you regret playing a gay character?

Ha! I love this question! Not no, but hell no do I regret playing this character...  ROA was one of the greatest times I have ever had. I loved that damn movie and I loved being in that damn movie!

5.  What is more difficult-playing an evil character or a good one?  And which one is more fun?

Playing the bad guy is usually more fun. Why?  Any guy who perpetually plays the good guy gets boring to me. Mix it up, sometimes bad guys are funny... and people like to laugh!



June 21, 2003

1.  What are you most afraid of?

People.

2.  What's the one thing about you that people usually misjudge?

That I actually have a brain.

3.  What is the significance of the silver ring you always wear?

My girlfriend/talented designer had it made for me and it bears the symbol of Jupiter on it.

4.  I read that he was part Choctaw. I was wondering if he was into his Native American heritage and culture (i.e.: ever been to a pow-wow, reservation, etc.)?

I am very much into Native American heritage and culture. I am becoming increasingly more active in preserving and education on Native Americans. I've been to reservations in the west and the make me sad. A once great people completely wiped out and then left to live on less-than-mediocre property that was once belonged to them in the first place...

5.  What was the craziest thing a fan ever did to get your attention?

Climbed in my car while I was stuck in traffic on Sunset Blvd. She started screaming and kissing me; unbeknownst to me that her seven foot boyfriend stood staring in the car then started to get quite upset.



June 13, 2003

1.  Do you ever play pranks on your co-stars to stay loose on the set?

Yes, we do.

Like what, if you do?

Well, for instance, when we were shooting U-Boat, Mark Wahlberg was shooting The Italian Job next to our stage.  He isn't the most considerate individual in the world and he was throwing a baseball into our stage while our cameras were rolling.  So sue us for not having a huge budget to make a shit movie.  (Ooops, did I say that?)   Okay, let's talk movie set etiquette for a sec here; one shouldn't disturb another production out of respect for his fellow actor.  If Mark would have actually thought about it, he would have realized that an old co-star was on the set that he was disrupting; William H. macy.  A man who needs no introduction to how great he is and how much he respects his craft.  Anyway, back to the story...our director's assistant went outside to see who the idiot throwing a baseball at a metal building was.  Well it was you know who and when she asked him to stop his response was more or less "fuck off."  Well, after this instance Bill (William H. Macy) decided that it was time for a little payback.
All of the U-Boat boys stood in front of the submarine set completely naked and dirty showing our backsides to let Mark know what and how we felt about him.  The photo was printed and I believe that a wardrobe assistant on The Italian Job was paid to post it all over his trailer with the caption "We love you Mark, from the boys of U-Boat."  It was a group effort on our part and it kept us very relaxed and laughing.

2.  What classic role would you like to play in a theater production?

The Sea Gull, I would like to play.

3.  Do you have a favorite place at home where you like to read or just relax?

Yes. there are three places.  One is in a wonderful sun room surrounded by warmth, light and animals on a leather chaise lounge.  The other is a secluded spot in a tiny bayou in Louisiana.  And one more is a dock in a beautiful warm tropical place very much like the Caribbean.  It's gentle ocean breeze is a breeding ground for peace and inspiration...not to mention sharks!  There is a picture of this place somewhere on this website... [It's right here.]

4.  What is the best thing and the worst thing about acting?

BEST THING:  Doing what you love around (for the most part) neat people.
THE WORST THING:  If the caterer is bad.

5.  Do you do anything else creative besides acting, like drawing, music, etc?

I am learning how to play the guitar that Sarah gave to me as a Valentines gift.  It was the best gift I have ever received.



June 6, 2003

1.  If you couldn't be an actor, what would you do?

An investor, marine biologist or fishing guide.

2.  Have you ever or would you like to perform on stage in a play or musical?

Yes, I would and have many times.  I started doing theater when I was six.

3.  All good fans know you'd love to work with Sean Penn, which actress would you like to work with that you haven't already?

Michelle Pfeiffer

4.  What is it like knowing that there are all those people out there following your career, putting up pictures of you, gossiping about you, etc...  Is it flattering or just creepy?

It's both.  Regarding this, there is an article in this month's Spin magazine in which Thom Yorke talks about what kind of person it takes to process this notion.  Check out the article.  Note:  I am in NO way putting myself on his level of success.  It is just interesting what he had to say.

5.  What projects do you have planned besides Fearless?

Living Off Interest is the movie that I am producing with a company called Crossroads.  I have a few other movies that I would like to do but will not have the time, unfortunately...



May 30, 2003

1.  What is your favorite childhood memory?

My horse.

2.  Kids can be brutal on other kids. Did you enjoy high school? Were you "popular" or did they give you a hard time about modeling?

Kids are brutal and if you that you will breeze right through it.  High school was great, and I was unfortunately, I wouldn't say popular, just well known.  Everyone got along with me and vice-versa.  However yes, I caught very much shit about being a model by virtue of no one really knew what to make of it.  Thankfully, I wasn't physically in a high school very long.  I finished through correspondence while living in Europe.

3.  Who has been your favorite actor/actress to work with so far?

That is a long list, there are many and I'll start from the beginning:  Kate Bosworth, Brendan Fletcher, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Hayden Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Russell Sams, James Van Der Beek, Lauren Holly, Tom Skerritt, Edie McClurg and now Eric Balfour and Rachael Leigh Cook.

4.  What things must you have if you were ever stranded on a deserted island?

A citrus tree and a fishing pole.

5.  Being from New Orleans, I was wondering if Ian ever returns home and why he doesn't seem to speak highly of growing up in the South?

I return home often and l love the south.  It holds my childhood and many memories, my family is there and the food is great.  What's not to love about the place other than the extremely hot weather?



May 23, 2003

1.  What is an average day of your life like?

24 hours.

2.  If you could get your fans to understand one thing about you (that we don't already know) what would that one thing be?

That all I want out of life is a healthy body, a healthy family, and to spend the rest of my days in a tropical island paradise fishing.  Sort of like Hemingway, less the suicide, of course...

3.  What is the one thing that you do that makes people go 'huh?' (like your most eccentric habit)?

I have to have large quantities of soy milk.

4.  How did the audition process for Fearless differ from that of Young Americans, now being a much more well-known and experienced actor than when Young Americans first came on?

One, I now know exactly what to think when walking into a studio and/or network test.  Also going into The WB is great because I know everyone (executives) there which is what we call a "warm room" to be walking into which is always better.  And two, I think and the operative work is "think", that I know just a little bit more now than I did 4 years ago.

5.  Have you ever been asked to pose nude (or do a nude scene in a movie)?  Would you if asked?

Of course I have been asked and I have done, on both page and screen.  Good luck finding those pictures because I am writing this knowing that they are out there somewhere.  I posed nude for very prestigious clients.  On screen, of course, did anyone see LaaH?  I was completely naked in Mrs. Beck's house.  Oh yes, I was.  Irwin Winkler said that they very skimpy garment which was covering me was apparently getting into the shot and that it be removed immediately.  So there you have it, you are naked as naked can be for a long full day or two of shooting.  :)



May 16, 2003

1.  Favorite color?
 
Blue.

2.  Favorite flower or plant?

Birds of Paradise and night blooming Jasmine (aka Midnight Jasmine).

3. You've said you like sushi, what is your favorite restaurant and what do you usually order?

My favorite restaurant is call Matsahisu in L.A.  It's one of Nobu's restaurants.  I order a spicy tuna cut roll, toro, salmon sushi and sashimi, yellow tail sushi and sashimi and eggplant miso.  And of course, great cold sake!

4.  Which of your characters is your favorite?

Hamilton.  Only because all of the other have been sexually crazy or murderous wimps.

5.  Of all the characters you've played, which one most resembles your own personality and which one is the most different?

Danny Miller is the character in U-Boat.  He most resembles me simply because of the fact that we are both just southern boys who want nothing more than to be with a girl and safe.
Paul Denton on the other hand is the least like me by virtue of his completely backwards understanding of how the world is.  He's a spoiled rich kid and I am not.



May 10, 2003

Sorry for the delay this week!

1.  What do you do to exercise to stay in such great shape?

Yoga, hiking, gym, fishing and lots of stress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2.  What are your "beauty secrets" to keep such flawless skin?

Hahaha...seriously, I really couldn't tell you.  Just drink lots of water.

3.  What do you do to relax and de-stress?

Read, work out, deep sea fishing.

4.  Which do you like better - making movies or TV shows?  Why?

Films.  It's just more me.  Not as much censorship, i.e. RoA.

5.  The "cops" seemed to rough you up pretty good in L&O SVU, did you get hurt?  What was that like to do?

Yes, Ice-T kicked my ass!  It was a lot of fun.  It is a good show and all of the actors are fun.  Any show that can write storylines like that and get away with it is okay by me.  Have a great weekend and I hope that you like Fearless....




May 2, 2003

1. Are you aware of the fan fiction phenomenon and what are your feelings on it? Have you ever read any or would you consider reading any?

I AM DEFINITELY AWARE OF THE FAN FICTION PHENOMENON. I FEEL AS THOUGH IT PIQUES MY INTEREST THAT SOMEONE ACTUALLY TAKES THE TIME TO CREATE A LIFE FOR CHARACTERS BEYOND WHAT IS WRITTEN IN A SHOW/FILM BY ITS WRITERS. IT’S RATHER INTERESTING TO VISUALIZE THE STORY AS IT IS A VISCERAL EXPERIENCE FOR AN ACTOR TO READ WHEN IT’S YOUR CHARACTER’S FICTIONALIZED VERSION OF THE STORY. ESSENTIALLY IT BECOMES DOUBLE FICTION IF YOU WILL, BY VIRTUE OF THE STORY INITIALLY BEING FICTION AND THE FANS CREATING MORE…
I HAVE READ A GREAT DEAL OF IT AND WOULD CONSIDER READING MORE OF COURSE. IN THE CASE OF FEARLESS, PROVIDED OF COURSE THAT IT WILL RUN FOR MANY MORE EPISODES THAN YOUNG AMERICANS I HOPE TO BE READING IT WHILE THE SHOW IS GOING ON.

2. Many actors have things in their contracts that they refuse to do (i.e. nudity). Are there any "no-no, absolutely not" things for you?

WELL, AS MANY CAN TELL I HAVEN’T DONE TOO MANY FILMS… I WILL GO SO FAR AS TO SAY IT IS BY CHOICE (THANK GOODNESS) THAT I HAVEN’T FOR MANY REASONS. HOWEVER, THE “I’LL TRY ANYTHING ONCE” HAS GONE BYE BYE IN THE SENSE OF… WELL, IAN WILL NOT KISS ANOTHER GUY IN A FILM EVER AGAIN. JAMES, IT WAS FUN AND I THINK YOU ARE A WONDERFUL INDIVIDUAL, BUT NO MORE FOR ME…

3. Most actors will say that doing a love scene is very uncomfortable. Your scene with Mary Steenburgen in Life as a House was pretty wild. What was it like having to do a love scene with someone old enough to be your mother? (No offense to Mary.) How did you two work through it?

INTERESTING ENOUGH ONE COULD SAY. HOW DOES IT WORK YOU ASK? I HAVE AND DID HAVE IN THAT SCENE A SIGNIFICANT OTHER WHOM IS MY LIFE. MARY OBVIOUSLY DID/DOES AS WELL. IN THIS CASE, AS AN ACTOR, YOU REALIZE IT IS A STORY AND THAT WHILE AS STRANGE AS IT SEEMS, THIS MERELY A PLAY WITH MANY MOVING SETS AND CAMERAS. SO, YOU RESPECT IT AS THE CRAFT THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN AND LOVE. IN SHORT… YOU JUST DO IT! I’LL TELL YOU WHY IT’S THAT EASY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I GET TO GO HOME TO THE WOMAN I LOVE AND SHE GOES HOME TO THE MAN SHE LOVES; THAT BEING SAID, IS THERE ANYTHING MORE TO SAY? I MEAN IT’S ENTERTAINMENT AND ANY SITUATION THAT IS COMEDIC WILL MAKE ALL OF US LAUGH. I DO SAY THOUGH THAT I RESPECT MY GIRLFRIEND MORE THAT I CAN EVER DESCRIBE ON THIS PAGE FOR UNDERSTANDING THAT HER GUY, THE CRAZY INDIVIDUAL THAT SHE CHOOSES TO SPEND HER DAYS WITH HAS THE MOST FUCKED UP JOB IN THE WORLD. I APPLAUD HER AND LOVE HER FOR THAT.

4. Do you ever "lurk" (read without posting) at Fan Forum and do you have more than one screen name on Fan Forum?

I DON’T “LURK” ON FF. I ACTUALLY CAN’T FIND MY PASSWORD. I ALWAYS GET TO IT BY A LINK SOME ONE SENDS ME TO BE HONEST. I SHOULD THOUGH; THERE IS SOME REALLY NEAT DIALOGUE ON FF.

5. What is the best thing and the worst thing about being famous?

I’LL TELL YOU IF I EVER GET TO THAT POINT…



April 25, 2003

1.  You have some facial similarities with Tom Welling from the WB's Smallville, are there any plans for you to make a guest appearance on the show?  Who can we beg if there aren't?

DON’T BEG ANYONE. I KNOW TOM, HE  AND I HAVE A VERY NEAT AND FUN HISTORY. WE’VE HAD SOME REALLY GOOD TIMES. NO OFFENSE TO HIM OR ANYONE ELSE ON THE SHOW BUT…  I REALLY DON’T THINK THAT ME ON SMALLVILLE WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA.

2.  Any favorite memories/stories from making Life as a House?

LOOKING AT BEAUTIFUL SUNRISES AND SUNSETS EVERY DAY FOR MONTHS. HANGING OUT WITH KEVIN, MARY, HAYDEN AND JENNA. MISSING SARAH ON CALM COLORFUL OCEAN-SIDE DAYS.

3.  Which of your characters is most like you?

NONE OF THEM ACTUALLY, THAT’S SORT OF THE POINT I THINK. PEOPLE PLAY ROLES THAT ARE JUST THEM ON FILM. PUSH IT A LITTLE AND DO SOMETHING THAT IS WELL… NOT YOU. HOWEVER, A MOVIE THAT I AM PRODUCING, THE ROLE IN WHICH WILL BE ONE  OF THE NEXT CHALLENGES; MOST LIKELY IS THE CHARACTER THAT’S MOST LIKE MY SELF. WE WON’T SEE IT FOR A WHILE THOUGH.

4.  With so many remakes being made in the industry today, is there any film or character you would love to play?  Why?

I ‘LL ANSWER THIS ONE LATER...
Sorry for the delay in answering the question. I have to say the I don't particularly like remakes. They don't usually turn out quite right, I believe that not because the new film maker isn't worthy; only after a story is told by one storyteller it's visually and emotionally stamped.  The theater is different. Shakespeare lives on!

5.  What is the status of your screenplay about the fashion industry?  Will we ever get to see that as a movie? 

THE  STATUS IS THAT IT’S ON A SHELF AWAITING A REWRITE. I AM FOCUSING ON PRODUCING THE MOVIE THAT’S IN MY COMPANY’S PIPELINE. IT’S COMING THOUGH!



April 18, 2003

1.  Was there any movie in the past or present in which you would have wanted to play a special character or just to be part of the production?

The movie? “ Wimbledon,” yes a tennis movie. It was Paul Bettany, and Kirsten Dunst… Anyway there was this great role to play the number one or two player in the world and was the asshole ex of Kirsten; not because of her but because it was a good role. No offense to Kirsten… He was so cool and the end of the movie is a match between him and Paul Bettany.
Why? Because it shoots in England at Wimbledon. NO MOVIE SET HAS EVER BEEN ALLOWED THERE. The director didn’t like the way I looked and that was that. Bullshit if you ask me but sometimes-that’s the way life goes.

2.  What's your most embarrassing moment from the set?  (Which set was it?)

ONE COMES TO MIND. WHEN I WAS SHOOTING YA [Young Americans] THERE WAS A SCENE IN EPISODE 107- THE LAST ONE (THAT BRILLIANT PIECE OF A SCRIPT- BEING VERY SARCASTIC) WHEN I AM CHASING JAKE IN MY TOWEL AFTER FINN HAD CAUGHT US IN THE BATHROOM. LONG STORY LONGER- I RUN OUT DOWN THE HALL AND MY TOWEL CAME OFF.  YEAH REAL FUN.  :)

3.  Have you and/or your costar ever had to do a scene that one or both or you were uncomfortable with? If so, what was it and how did you work through that?

JAMES AND I WEREN’T THE MOST COMFORTABLE THAT WE HAD EVER BEEN. BUT WE WORKED THROUGH IT. LISTEN, THERE SOME THINGS THAT A FEW HEINEKENS MAKE EASIER…

4.  What's your typical day like on the set for Fearless?

4AM  WAKE UP DRINK SMOOTHIE, GO TO GYM
5AM  GET HOME FROM GYM DRINK ANOTHER SMOOTHIE- SHOWER
6AM  GET TO SET AND EAT LARGE AMOUNTS OF EGG WHITES WHILE LOOKING AT THE UPCOMING SCENES THAT I ALREADY HAVE PREPARED THE NIGHT BEFORE
6:30AM  GET IN MAKEUP CHAIR
6:35AM  GET HAIR DONE, LISTEN TO MAKEUP TRAILER GOSSIP
7AM  FALL ASLEEP IN TRAILER 
7:05AM  A LOUD BANGING ON THE DOOR FROM THE 2ND 2ND AD (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) SIGNIFIES THAT IT IS TIME TO GO TO SET.
7:10AM  GO TO SET REHEARSE, GO BACK TO TRAILER THEN GO BACK TO SET AND HAVE A GREAT TIME UNTIL 10PM.
11PM  GET HOME LOOK AT MY SCENES FOR THE NEXT DAY- GO TO SLEEP AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.

5.  What attracted you to this project (Fearless) - director? script? cast? 

SCRIPT, DIRECTOR, CAST, JERRY BRUCKHEIMER 

Bonus Questions Today! 

1.  Favorite food?

HAVE TOO MANY TO NAME - SUSHI, PASTA, CHEESE, WINE, SAKE, WATERMELON, BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH…I COULD GO ON FOR EVER.

2.  Favorite article of clothing?

SOCKS

3.  Favorite song or band?

DO MAKE SAY THINK AND LISTENING TO MY GIRLFRIEND MAKE UP SONGS

4.  Favorite cologne for yourself and perfume on a woman?

PATCHOULI OIL

5.  Favorite book?

LOVE MANY BOOKS - ON THE ROAD BY JACK KEROUAC IS A GREAT ONE



April 11, 2003

1.  Was there ever a modeling job you really wanted, but didn't get?  If so, what was it?

YES, IT WAS RECENTLY ACTUALLY. MILLA JOVOVICH REQUESTED THAT I SHOOT AND EMPORIO ARMANI CAMPAIGN WITH HER IN WAKE OF RULES OF ATTRACTION. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN ITALY FOR A WEEK OR SO FOR AN EXORBITANT AMOUNT OF MONEY. REASON WHY I DIDN’T GET IT? NOT TO MY CHAGRIN OR MILLA’S; ARMANI WAS WORRIED THAT I MAY LOOK TOO YOUNG NEXT TO HER. IT WAS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING THAT I HAD EVER HEARD. WELL IT’S THEIR DECISION AND THAT’S THAT. I WILL JUST DO IT WITH SOMEONE ELSE…

2.  Were you ever asked to do anything you were uncomfortable with while modeling?  What was it and how did you handle it?

THERE WAS ONE TIME IN WHICH I WAS FAIRLY UNCOMFORTABLE… ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, WHILE LIVING IN MILAN, I WAS DOING A PRESS RELEASE FOR VALENTINO’S SPRING LINE. IT WAS WINTER TIME- AND ITALY IS COLD. TRUST ME. LONG STORY SHORT; I WAS CHANGING IN A ROOM  (A VERY DRAFTY ROOM) ATTEMPTING TO PUT ON A WHITE SUIT WHILST WEARING BLACK UNDERWEAR. SOMEONE NOTICED THE ODD COMBO, THEN  INSTRUCTED ME THAT IT DIDN’T QUITE LOOK RIGHT. I WAS TO DISROBE- REMOVING THE UNDERWEAR. SO I DID (NATURALLY),  BUT AS I DID SOME GENIUS THOUGHT THAT IT WAS AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO STEAM MY SUIT AS VH1 AND 60 MINUTES CAMERA MEN FLOATED AROUND THE ROOM FILMING. WELL I WAS ON CAMERA NAKED…  BY VIRTUE OF ONE WRINKLE IN A $4,000 SUIT THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER BUY. MEANWHILE BACK IN LOUISIANA, MY GIRLFRIEND AT THE TIME HAD GOTTEN A CALL FROM HER FATHER ( A VERY STUFFY SUCCESSFUL SOUTHERN BUSINESS MAN WITH A REPUTATION TO KEEP UP) LETTING HIS LITTLE GIRL KNOW WHAT HER BOYFRIEND’S OCCUPATION HAD HIM UP TO. NEEDLESS TO SAY IT WAS ONE OF MY FINEST MOMENTS!

3.  What was your favorite modeling job?

THERE WERE MANY.

4.  Would you let your own children model?

HELL NO!

5.  With all the pressure about perfect looks in the modeling industry, do you think it's easier for men or women to be successful models?

DESPITE POPULAR BELIEF; IT’S EASIER FOR WOMEN. THE MARKET IS MUCH LARGER AND WOMEN RULE THE FASHION INDUSTRY.


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