After starring in big films like Hercules and the Twilight saga, actor Kellan Lutz is now taking over the small screen as the host of FOX’s new competition series Bullseye.
During his chat, Kellan revealed that he likes being on the show because he is allowed to just be himself: “I have a lot of freedom on the show especially with my co-host, Godfrey, who is a comedian. He’s just…half the stuff we can’t even use because he’s either cursing or being vulgar, and I love it. It’s fun just being able to be me.
“I’ve always been a people person, but I think growing up as the middle child, I always wanted attention,” Kellan said on being personable. “And during Twilight I learned that if you make your fans your friends, they’re not as crazy. A lot of the actors became so shy that they became unapproachable, which made the fans so crazy that they just wanted to rip their clothes off of them.”
As for his former Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, Kellan revealed that he loved her in the movie Still Alice, where he wanted to play the role of the brother.
“Brilliant script. Everyone killed it. I mean, what a great movie.” Kellan said.
“I read the script and I was like, ‘I want this.’ I even hit Kristen up and was like, ‘Put in a good word!’ But, regarding Kristen, you know, I’m proud of her for being herself. Times have changed now—there’s a lot of invasion of privacy and a lot of ruined moments. What [the paparazzi] take, capture, and release is often taken as a reflection of who that person is.”
Before acting, Kellan had some experience modelling and was once a shirtless greeter for Abercrombie.
“When I was a modeling, I loved it. I got into it when I was 14. I had a buddy on my basketball team in high school who was in Dillard’s ads in the newspaper. We heckled him and gave him shit and he gave it right back, like, ‘I made 500 bucks from one day of shooting.’ And I was like, ‘Eeeeert, hold up.'” Kellan said.
“I was mowing lawns for five dollars, so $500 at 14? You can’t work until you’re 16! So I asked him if I could get an in, he brought me to his agency and whatever, and I started doing it. It literally opened up my world to travel. I got to do so many shoots with animals and see the world and that helped transition me to commercial acting. And, so, after I did [the] Abercrombie [catalogue], I came out to LA, and they asked me to be a shirtless model.”
He continued, “I did the greeter thing. I didn’t have to fold any clothes. I would just shoot rubber bands at customers who would walk by.”
While he may be in the public eye, Kellan dished that he doesn’t really care what others think of him:
“Honestly, I don’t care. I’m not on social media, really. I mean, I have a secret Instagram that’s like my travel diary that nobody really knows about. I have it for my friends and family so they know where in the world I am. People just have this perception of what I’m like because of the roles that I play. If I get people to believe that I’m this air-headed, unintelligent beefcake, I must be doing a good job. But I know myself: I’m intellectual. I’m intelligent. I have a massive passion for science, mathematics, and writing. But in doing a show like Bullseye, I get to be the real me. I get to talk a lot about physics and when contestants ask me about, you know, ‘When do I jump?’ I can whip out all the variables of trajectory and velocity of speed…And then, with my inventions…I have five patents right now. My latest product is the Blackout Bands, which I use for traveling.”
You can check out Kellan’s full interview here! Be sure to tune into FOX on Wednesdays at 9/8c for new episodes of Bullseye!