Warwick Saint (photographer),
Alison Prato (writer)
Do guys try to use your tattoos to hit on you?
Dudes have given me some really bad pickup lines, like, “What does King mean? Are you the king? Will you be my king?” Lame! But tattoos are very fascinating. People seem to be very fascinated by them. I think people see a tattoo and they think they get a peek into someone's private life.
Do you plan on getting any more?
I've thought about it, but as an actor, the downside of having tattoos is that you have to spend a lot of time in the makeup chair covering them up. There have been times where I had to get up at 3 o' clock in the morning, getting to set two hours earlier than everyone else. So that's my major hesitation. But I love this certain Emily Dickinson quote, and I've contemplated getting a tattoo of it.
What's the quote?
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.”
Where would that go?
I have to find the right spot. Mine are kind of all over the place. They can't be in obvious places. It's always been that way. They have to be in places where I can respect the character that I'm playing. I'm happy
with what I have. I love tattoos. I don't regret them. They're part of me. They're beautiful. They're not perfect. They're not like the amazing pieces you see in INKED magazine. [Laughs.]
Speaking of magazines, how many covers have you been on in your lifetime?
I have no idea! I've never counted. It's very surreal seeing yourself on the cover of a magazine. People hold you in a different light, like you're something greater, but it's not true at all. You're just a person.
Do you have a stage persona that you take on when you're doing a photo shoot?
No, not really. If anything, people skew what they see. They don't really know you, but they write things about you on the Internet. Some of my friends get so bummed out, like, “Oh my god, they were saying the meanest
things.” But I'm like, “Dude, you cannot read that stuff.”
Are your partying days behind you?
I'm not a club person. That was really fun when I was 18, living in New York. I go out, but I'm low-key. I'm not, like, waving down the paparazzi, saying, “Follow me!” There are so many faux celebrities out there right now. All those reality show people are becoming famous. They're on magazine covers, and paparazzi are following them, and I don't really know what it's based on. You're not going to see pictures of me out at some club, spilling out the front door drunk.