Taylor Kitsch Actor, Friday Night Lights
On the verge of stardom, this former hockey whiz who turned into an actor always makes the scene.
The young Hollywood of today is filled with tabloid drama. Talents like Amy Winehouse and Lindsay Lohan let their careers take a backseat to untold numbers of wild nights. But then there's Taylor Kitsch. "There's no need to get involved in all that if you are in it for the right purpose," he says.
He arrives at our photo shoot and interview on time, and he just got off the phone with his mom, whom he calls his number one fan. He hopes to make a documentary about the children of Africa, and he recently single-handedly entertained his two preteen sisters when they visited Austin from Canada (no small feat). Plus, as a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, he exercises every day and eats a healthy diet. Did you see the Men's Health cover? In his third season as Friday Night Light's troubled but lovable bad boy, Tim Riggins, Kitsch has established himself as a serious actor. On May 1, he will hit theaters worldwide alongside Hugh Jackman in X-Men Orgins: Wolverine as 'Gambit.'
The world is ready for this kind of laid-back, fun-loving movie star.
The Canadian actor spent much of his childhood playing hockey and was being scouted for the NHL before a career-ending knee injury. "Hockey is my therapy," he says. "It's my football." When playing professionally was no longer an option, he headed to New York City where he modeled, but he quickly turned his focus to acting. "I got enveloped with it. I'm not sure if you can over-study, but my teacher kicked me out of class for a month," he says with a laugh. "Everything happens, you have to believe, for a reason. I lucked out a few times and met a few people who believed in me, and I'm still riding this wave."