MOST Magazine Fashion MAY-JUNE'15 ISSUE NO.9 - Page 116

By: Darcy Tharp Blake Cooper Griffin, the South Carolina native who graduated from the prestigious School of Drama at the North Carolina School of Arts and immediately found an agent and moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career, is obviously one of those smart, passionate people. He immediately made a name for himself with notable parts in primetime television and with leading roles in theatre productions at some of the best stages in L.A. We can look forward to seeing the charming and sexy leading man showcase his abilities in the upcoming film Ride alongside Helen Hunt in theatres May 1st. MOST Fashion snagged some time with the actor to hear behind the scenes details from Ride, what working with Helen Hunt is like, and what he hopes to accomplish in the next twenty years or so. Hint: it might have something to do with time travel or working alongside Leonardo DiCaprio! FMM: How did you first know that you wanted to make acting your full time career? Or did you always have that goal? BCG: When I was a kid, I used to fake sick and skip school, with a friend of mine, and use my parents’ video camera to make movies. The scripts were bad, and I played almost all of the parts. My poor friend always had to be the camera person. I’ve evolved as an actor, but I’ve always had the desire to tell stories. FMM: What was it like working with Helen Hunt on your upcoming film Ride? BCG: I respect Helen Hunt and her work so much. So, working with her was a dream come true. She’s done it all-film, television, actor, director, writer, 116 || FAS HI O N M A G A Z I N E || MAY / JUNE 2015 comedy, drama. Being around someone who is so good at what they do is inspiring and motivating. One thing I picked up from her is that no matter what was happening, Helen was focused on the truth of the moment. Finding that truth in the scene- It’s a simple concept that’s not always easy to hold on to in the middle of a film shoot. She’s a master at it. FMM: Tell us one fun behind the scenes story from Ride. BCG: Much of Ride takes place near the beach, so there were some early morning swims before call time! FMM: Where do you see yourself in twenty years/what do you hope to accomplish? BCG: Wow. 20 years is a long time! Here’s what I want. I want a career that reaches people and stands for something. I want the parts to be frequent and diverse. I want to be challenged and turned on by every day. I want to work with interesting people and say something truthful. I hope I’m surrounded by love, and I hope to laugh a lot. I also wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Baz Luhrmann or be in a movie opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. FMM: What was the most challenging role you have portrayed so far and wh