Luke Grimes will tell you that acting can take you to some fun, wild, weird places. In just the last few years, his adventures in the screen trade have taken him from his native Ohio to the rugged deserts of Iraq (via Morocco and the hills around Northridge in the San Fernando Valley, during the filming of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper), to the steamy wilds of Vancouver (for the ongoing series of Fifty Shades films), and to the occult outpost of Alan Ball’s dreamscape Louisiana, for HBO’s True Blood, just to name a few.
But if he has found performing to be a passport to the world, a reason to discover one’s love of horseback riding, and an introduction to some incredible artists (Liam Neeson, who helped Grimes quit smoking on 2012’s Taken 2, and more recently, Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, his co-stars on The Magnificent Seven), the 32-year-old Grimes has also discovered that you have to be careful when you hitch a ride. As he explains to his pal (and Sniper star) Bradley Cooper, he fully embraces the power of turning down some of those adventures if they aren’t exactly right for him, the power of saying no. Shoots can be long, grueling, and, like any other job, as Grimes says, no one wants to work with a colleague who doesn’t want to be there. Read full interview here.