POPsessions: Ryan Kwanten Is Waiting for the Right One (so He Can Finally Hear ‘Surfer Girl’)
Ryan Kwanten in 'The Right Kind of Wrong'. (Magnolia Pictures)
If you only know Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse in the HBO series "True Blood," you may have some major misconceptions about the man. First and foremost, he's not dim.
In fact, as we found out while discussing the Australian actor's pop culture obsessions, Kwanten is actually quite witty, well-read, and downright thoughtful.
Kwanten phoned us last week while promoting his new film "The Right Kind of Wrong," which opens in select theaters and On Demand and iTunes today. Kwanten plays Leo Palamino, a failed writer and husband who unfortunately falls for the girl of his dreams on the day she's getting married to another man.
"He’s also the subject of a blog called 'Why You Suck,' which pretty much outlines every single one of his fallacies and it’s a call to arms for anyone who’s ever been in a bad relationship. So, he sort of becomes the poster child of that. Obviously, that makes his life very difficult to live," says Kwanten about the role.
Fortunately, our relationship with Kwanten has been nothing but good. Unfortunately, it only lasted about 20 minutes. But you can really learn a lot about someone in that amount of time, if you ask the right questions ...
What was the first movie you remember seeing?
Ryan Kwanten: The first movie I remember seeing, this is going to sound bizarre, "Mask," and it’s not "The Mask." It’s a movie with Eric Stoltz ... and Cher, of all people. That’s the first one I remember seeing. I’m sure there were ones before that, but that was a very kind of seminal moment because it was also the first time I can remember sort of crying at a film. Then obviously being a young boy you did everything in your power to cover that up.
What movie do you always stop and watch when you see it on TV?
RK: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The undeniable chemistry between Redford and Newman. It never takes itself too seriously. It’s just very easy to watch. Look, that’s one of a host of ones. I could easily keep going but that’s my favorite film. It’s just good fun.
What movie makes you cry every time, besides "Mask"?
RK: "Philadelphia." I think it was Tom Hanks’ raw, visceral performance just sort of really stuck out at me. Then it’s funny. Every time I do watch it I see other things. I see the way that Denzel crafted his role, the kind of shot making that Jonathan Demme did and the affect that that film had on our society at the time. To think that an A list actor like Tom Hanks is willing to take a chance on that role, I thought it was really kind of powerful too.
Who is your TV crush?
RK: For me, it’s not necessarily that. Even though I’ve worked with her for seven years now I still love working with Anna [Paquin]. But in terms of like a crush, I’ve always fancied Jennifer Connelly, but she’s not in the TV world, she’s in the film world. I don’t know what it is about her but I quite clearly do. I’ve seen her in interviews and I think she’s got two degrees, so there’s some real intelligence behind her. I love her choice of films. She makes some great choices and she’s had a great career. She’s got an exceptionally talented husband too. So, my chances are next to nil.