Luke Evans

(Luke George Evans)

Luke Evans
Luke Evans
  • Born: April 15, 1979
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Profession: Actor

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A guy's biggest style mistake is definitely trying to look too cool. As long as you've got a good pair of jeans, a good pair of boots and a few good shirts, you're fine.
A longbow takes a massive draw for the arrow to go anywhere.
A watch is a fashion statement, and it says something about the person wearing it.
And I knew that, being an actor, you have to take the rough with the smooth and the highs with the lows. That's how it is.
And I love to cook! I've impressed hundreds of women with my cooking. And they always come back for more. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women
As much as my parents were worried about me moving to London at 17, they could see that I was hungry to find my path. And it probably helped that they saw me succeeding at it, slowly but surely.
Basically, Apollo was more of a mediator between Zeus in Olympus and Perseus on Earth. He played much more of an active role.
Before the 'Fast & Furious' promo in Manila, I went on a vacation in the Philippines 10 years earlier. I loved it. My 'Miss Saigon' friends showed me around.
Being involved in 'The Hobbit' has been a huge boost for me. It's really put me on the map and helped me be taken more seriously as an actor.
British actors are renowned for being great villains in movies, like Bond films, all the rest of it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Costume is a massive thing. I think costume makes you stand differently.
Directing is something I've sort of always felt like I'd like to do at one point, and I thought the best way to start it is to write something myself or with someone and I'd go from there. My own material.
Every time you get in shape for a role, there's a different way to do it so it doesn't get boring. Time
Everybody knew me as a gay man, and in my life in London, I never tried to hide. Life
Everybody knows about Peter Jackson, 'The Hobbit' movies and 'The Lord of the Rings' films being made in New Zealand, and to actually have been part of it for such a long period, to live there and to have friends that I will have for life because of that experience, is an amazing thing. Life
For my part, if the audience wanted to see Dracula again, I would be happy to reprise the role. It is an immortal character that can appear anywhere because it lies beyond time. Possibilities are endless. Time
For your own self-respect and sanity, your creative freedom, you have to be careful that you don't rely too much on other people's opinions of what you do because it can stunt and inhibit you. Freedom & Liberty
From the big mountains in the north to the valleys in the south, all through my childhood and teenage years, my family would always holiday in Wales. Families, Children & Parenting
Gemma Arterton in 'The Master Builder' at the Almeida - she was absolutely brilliant. Ibsen is difficult and quite hard to follow, but she just brings the stage to life. Life
Good suits don't come from anywhere, though - I mainly wear Armani, Louis Vuitton and Burberry.
I always find cardio the most monotonous. Running on a treadmill shows me why hamsters are so crazy.
I always wanted to get into proper shape.
I always wanted to sing, as a child.
I certainly didn't want to make another movie that's 'just another Dracula film.'
I come from a country that lives and breathes rugby, and I didn't think there would be anywhere else in the world that could be the same. But New Zealand takes it to another dimension. It's extraordinary how much passion Kiwis have for the game.
I come from south Wales. A place called Aberbargoed.
I come from the countryside. I come from a bunch of horticulture family members. My best friend was a farmer's boy. Families, Children & Parenting
I did use my own accent in a play once. It's a very freeing, liberating experience. Actors are often asked to adopt a different accent, and sometimes a different voice, so when that's taken away and you don't have to think about it, that's a lovely thing.
I do like Jason Statham as a person and as an actor. I think he's a great performer, and he delivers every time. Time
I don't carry off 'quirky.'
I don't comment on other people's opinion.
I don't necessarily pay extreme attention to what I wear on a daily basis, but I do love to wear something special for an important occasion or when I feel happy. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I don't need to be super-ripped all year round. That's a pretty miserable way to live your life. Life
I don't see enough theatre.
I don't think you should spend that much time in the gym. Don't sit around between sets too long. If you want to burn some calories, keep the sets tight. Give yourself 30 seconds to a minute between each set. Supersetting is brilliant. Time
I feel that New Zealand is my second home.
I felt alive when I read a script and acted out a scene, or sang a song. It was my dream. I'm just very lucky that I'm still doing it and able to earn a living from it.
I guess maybe directors see a face that seems to have been lived in. I know that my face has been lived in, yeah.
I guess once you've been acting for a long time, you glean the great bits of good directors and the bad bits from other directors, and you know the way that you would like to be directed. Time
I had a role in 'Crossroads' when I was about 21, and then I went on to perform in 'Small Change' and then 'Piaf' in the Donmar Warehouse, London, and it was when I was there that some casting directors spotted me.
I had a very difficult upbringing.
I had a very lovely childhood, and, being an only child, I'm very close to my mom and my dad. Families, Children & Parenting
I have seen 'Fast Six,' and it's awesome.
I just love the sound of a black woman's voice. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I look in the mirror, and I don't mind what I see.
I love to sit down on a beanbag at the end of the day and watch my fish. It's therapeutic, isn't it? They're alive, and I'm keeping them alive. I like the responsibility. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I moved to Cardiff when I was 17 and never needed a car. When I came to L.A. for my first job there, I needed a car, so I had to pass my driving test.
I really loved 'Fast Five.' I thought it was a brilliant movie. I thought it was so well done, well directed. The action sequences were really well thought out. It looked fantastic.
I research the role, and if it's a literary character, I read the book, and if it's an historical figure, I research documents and biographies. If it's a fictional character, I work off the script. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think every role you take on, you should take on the responsibility of doing the best representation of that person or that character or that role. When it is a human being that has actually existed, and it is a person that people know of, yeah, you feel an even more amount of pressure to do a good job.
I think heroes are the people that go into houses when they're on fire and save people in hospitals.
I think sandals should be burnt. I hate them - purge them!
I think starting a cinema career late in life has more advantages than disadvantages. Life
I think the best directors provide you with a safe environment where they can instill you with confidence and allow you to try things out and not feel like you're failing or that you're doing it wrong.
I think the best directors rarely lose their temper.
I understand, certain scenes have to have a lot of takes. As an actor, I think it's quite nice to have a handful of takes, because you don't want to do it once or twice; I think once or twice sometimes is quite terrifying because you don't really feel like you've given them what you want.
I used to take my car and go down to the South Island for five or six days and climb glaciers and jump out of planes and jump off bridges and go white water rafting - a bit of thrill-seeking.
I was a weed. Such a skinny little weed. I just couldn't put on weight; I couldn't put on muscle. I was the oddest shape. And I thought that was it: that's how I'd look for the rest of my life. And I'd beat myself up about it so much. But you change an awful lot. You're 16. Your body's not even halfway to what it'll end up being. Life
I was bullied at school, so I didn't much like it.
I was often looked at as a leper by kids at school because I was a Jehovah's Witness. They didn't like it - you were 'weird'. And on Saturday mornings, you'd be knocking at their doors. I remember standing there with my mum and dad, thinking, 'Oh my God, I know whose door this is, and I'll have to see them on Monday.' It was terrible. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
I would love to be able to tap dance. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I wouldn't say being in a film with The Rock was 'motivating.' 'Terrifying' would be a more accurate description.
I'd like to make a film musical. That's really my dream.
If I have to look a certain way for something, I know how long it's going to take me do it.
If you ask an actor what he'd prefer to act on, he'd probably say a tangible, real set, or even better, a real location out on a mountainside or by a river. It's just easier because you don't have to imagine anything.
If you decide you want to work in the film industry, you just have to bite the bullet and take other jobs until the proper jobs come in. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you train too much, it can rule your life, and I don't think that's healthy - for men or women. Life ;Women
If you're gonna start a story, you start from the beginning, right?
I'm basically turning my apartment into an armory.
I'm not a 'Twilight' boy; I'll never be as good looking as those lads, and that's fair enough.
I'm not one of those superstitious people.
I'm this dude that can play a farmhand and a handyman and sometimes a Greek god. Religion & God
In 10 years, I'd love to live near the sea, in a warmer climate. I could see myself with three dogs... and it'd be great to share them with someone else. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
In all honesty, I should have given up this acting lark years ago.
In the future, I would like to do more films with contemporary themes. Perhaps comedy, which is something I have done in theater but not in cinema. Future
In theater, you sometimes can only do one or two jobs a year because they're long periods. In film, you can shoot so many. It's quite interesting.
It is a very beautiful story, 'The Crow.' It is a very tragic story with huge emotional themes.
It was never really part of my plan to be in films; it was really sort of a dream.
It was very weird because for a long time no one really recognised me from my films, but 'The Hobbit' has totally changed that, and I've had some really special moments, especially with youngsters. Time
It's a lot of fun being dressed by designers and surrounded by publicists.
It's a lovely thing to be able to sing.
It's good for people to look at me and think, 'This guy is doing his thing and enjoying what he's doing and successful at it and living his life.' And that's what I'm doing, and I'm very happy. Life
It's good for your body to have a break. Even when you're training, you have to have a cheat day every week. The body reacts better to training if you give it intervals of not training, or you relax the diet.
It's hard work just being on set 14 hours a day. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's just hard to get an independent film made.
I've always had quite long canines. It's a very strange thing. My parents don't have them.
I've always said that theater was where I began, so everything I do now has a bit of my theater background in it. It was my training.
I've dabbled in period films in my career, and I've enjoyed each one.
I've got two cows licks; when I was a kid, all the boys in school used to have curtains, and my hair never used to do that, ever! I always used to try, and I always looked like the geek.
I've had letters from people who have read my articles and said, 'I'm a guy, I'm 18, and I've not come out to my mom and dad yet, but it was so nice to hear your story, and you know, I wish your article would have been longer, because you gave me hope for the future.' Future ;Hope
I've had some pretty awful jobs that I don't miss, like working on a nightclub door, or compiling VIP lists at 3 A.M. in the morning, but sometimes it's just got to be done. Morning
I've played quite a few good guys.
Living in New Zealand, it's like a different world - it is a different world. It's very, very cool.
Miranda Kerr is absolutely lovely.
Most men have an insecurity of some sort. But we're brought up to believe that we can't show them.
Most of the time, you do films and they can be big films, but you are rarely aware of the fan base that comes with it. Time
My mother did like to make clothes, and in I think the worst picture I've ever seen of myself - I must have been eight or nine - she'd dressed me in a matching t-shirt and Bermuda shorts ensemble which I think looked like somebody had thrown up all over it. I was so glad when that sewing machine stopped working, I have to say.
My style is determined by the mood, the period and the circumstances which I'm going through in a given moment.
My trainer is with me all day. We train before I come to work, and then I just keep training all day. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
One funny thing is, though, I wear my watch on my right hand and I'm actually right-handed. People always wonder why - I don't know myself, I've just always done it that way and I like it the way a good watch fits on my right wrist. Humor
One thing Tolkien does incredibly well - and this is from a lay person's point of view; I am not scholar or anything - is that you don't have to make an effort to envisage the worlds that he writes about.
People come up to me in pubs - gay pubs, mind you - and can't believe that I'm gay.
People want to hear your stories about these wonderful experiences you have, and that's what press tours are for.
Peter Jackson is a wonderful man. He's a great director. He's found his niche in life. Life
Singing seems to be inherent in Filipino, just as it is in my race. That's why I have this affinity with Filipinos.
Sometimes I eat at, like, 9:30 at night and then go to bed at 10:30 and wake up at 4:00.
'The Desolation of Smaug' stands alone as an action/adventure epic movie. It's visually stunning, and the 3D is incredible. Plus, it's directed by Peter Jackson, and he's extraordinary.
The fascination for the Great Train Robbery has never diminished.
The first time I was flown to L.A. for a screen test was an incredibly nerve-racking experience. Time
The gym is somewhere you can go to just forget for an hour what you do for a living, what you are doing on a daily basis. You just turn up and get on with it.
The percentage of people that go to drama college in the U.K. is probably just like anywhere in the world. It's a very hard business to work in. They say that, at any one time, there's only 5% of actors in the world that are actually working and getting paid, which is a shocking percentage, really. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The Sixties was all about style and a certain look. But what was interesting about 1963 was that it was pre-Beatles, so the clothes of that time, especially the suits, were very different from the clothes post-Beatlemania. Time
The truth of the matter is roles like James Bond are the ones that I look up to as probably the best roles ever to play. So that's probably my ultimate goal one day: to play James Bond. Truth
There are certain films you want to see on the big screen.
There are certain tuxes you can get away with a black tie, but with others, you'd be dishonoring the workmanship if you didn't wear a full bow tie.
There's a lot of directors who were actors, so they have the sensibility of an actor, which sometimes helps.
To be able to work with people who I have respected and admired, to be a part of something like the Cannes Film Festival, is surreal and brilliant. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To me, growing up in South Wales, a pair of Diesel jeans were the thing to have - if you could afford them.
Vampires were always able to transform into creatures of the night. The dark creatures like bats have always been associated with vampires and using the darkness to their own advantage.
Voices are always a challenge. I always have to work at each accent I do. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Wales is blessed with some truly magnificent castles, full of history and a must see for visitors. History
When I didn't get a job, I thought, 'Don't worry, there'll be another one.' I still live by that now. Nothing really fazes me any more.
When I left school, I got a job in a shoe shop and I used to save 15 quid a week and pay for my own singing and acting lessons.
When I was focusing on theater, I would go on for months without any work and could hardly pay the rent. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I'm training hard, the diet is miserable.
When you get to work with people like Ian McKellen or directors like Peter Jackson, you sit and watch. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can read 50 great things about yourself, but the one bad thing will be what you remember most.
You don't want to play the same roles or do the same genre.
You have to give everything to every job you do.
You have to have a lot of money to go to college. It's not cheap. Money, Coins & Minting
You never get over an ex, but you learn to live with it.