I'm lucky to have my dad in my life. He's very brilliant, I think he's really a smart man, and he's a kind guy.
And I was very shy as a kid; if you sang me 'Happy Birthday,' I would cry. Quite shy. So the idea of being an actor, much less a model, was just out of this world.
I'm a third-generation American, so I like that American-looking, Northwestern style with a flannel or jean shirt.
I'm having fun playing with clothes now. I didn't used to appreciate the clothes as much when I was modeling. It was a job.
I grew up in Los Angeles. I still remember when I was a junior in high school studying for the SATs. I had my job - I was actually a production assistant on a film - but on weekends, I would finish my prep tests on the beach.
Acting was just outside of the realm of possibility for me. I grew up in L.A. and around Hollywood but I literally never, honestly, considered it.
I love stories and acting is a way to tell stories. Everyone assumes I've done it my whole life.
I mean, I do believe that when you walk on the stage, or onto the screen, that's your character - not you. So it's an interesting challenge, an interesting line to walk.
I started modeling and after a while the photographer Bruce Weber introduced me to Joel Schumacher, who cast me in my first film, and I just fell in love.
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