Taylor Kitsch has definitely led an interesting life. The 34-year-old star recently discussed his rise to stardom with ELLE, including the Kelowna, B.C. upbringing he refers to as "white trash" but assures fans that he’s proud of the life he and his single mother led. He played hockey, was always the lead in high school plays and was voted funniest in his class. In 2002, after moving to New York, he signed a modelling deal with IMG.
"It's not like I was this mainstream f**kin' runway model," he says. "I wasn't working. I lived in an apartment in Spanish Harlem with no electricity, and then I lost that, so I'd just catch the blue train. It skips a lot of stops at night, and then it stays up at 181st Street, I think. So I'd sleep there. And the security guy would come on and be like, 'Get out.' And I'd get out."
But he persevered and within a couple of years the handsome Canadian landed some feature acting roles, including a gig in a little known show calledFriday Night Lights. The star asserts that 80 per cent of his lines as beloved football player Tim Riggins were completely improvised. It was this role that would go on to redefine his status as an actor and give him the chops to tackle grittier projects like True Detective.
His performance in the second season of the hit series is said to be stellar. “Kitsch is believably tough and resourceful and hard while remaining vulnerable, sensitive, and empathetic. It's that mixture of hardness and softness and native authenticity that really captivated me,” said series creator Nic Pizzolatto. And with these traits, his chemistry with costars Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams is sure to be off the charts.
As part of the feature interview, Taylor posed for the camera, rocking jeans, a denim jacket and white T-shirt while riding a motorcycle. He also opened up about his love life and single status.
"You sacrifice so f**kin' much [as an actor]. How do you build a relationship with a gal and then tell her, 'Hey, I gotta do press all over the world. I expect you to have the same feelings you have now in eight weeks.' And that's not me playing the violin. It's my choice. But it better be worth sacrificing for."
Season two of True Detective premieres on June 21 on HBO.