From living on a farm to living on the big screen with the likes of Kristen Stewart, Brad Pitt and perhaps Jennifer Lawrence, Garrett Hedlund has risen the ranks of Hollywood elite. Check out our 10 juicy facts about this Hunger Games: Catching Fire Finnick contender Garrett Hedlund.
1. After one month in Los Angeles, Garrett Hedlund landed his first big break as Patroclus in Troy, opposite Brad Pitt. Looks like his talent was undeniable!
2. In addition to Patroclus, Hedlund is famous for roles such as Don Billingsley in Friday Night Lights with Billy Bob Thorton, Murtagh in Eragon, Beau Hutton in Country Strong, opposite Gwenyth Paltrow, and Sam Flynn in TRON: Legacy.
3. He was born in Roseau, Minnesota and grew up on a farm, proving that even a little boy from the midwest can make it in Hollywood.
4. Although he has impressive credits on his resume already, he has been told that he is too good looking for certain roles. Maybe he should take that as a compliment!
5. He is known for his impressive height of 6’2 ½ as well as for his deep voice.
6. Before becoming an actor, Hedlund served as a model for L.L. Bean and Teen Magazine.
7. Growing up, his radio only picked up one station: a country music station that heavily featured Tim McGraw. Unsurprisingly, Hedlund became a huge fan. The famous country singer ended up playing his father in Friday Night Lights.
8. He gained 30 pounds of muscle to play Patroclus in Troy, and he put on an extra 20 pounds of muscle to play Don Billingsley in Friday Night Lights because his character was a high school football player. A year later, he had to actually lose the extra build to play Jack Mercer in the film Four Brothers.
9. Hedlund has an interesting philosophy regarding fear, due to a recurring dream he has of falling through a frozen lake that he is running on. “It’s about acknowledging the fear for about five percent, and then ninety-five percent goes into shrugging it all off.”
10. 2012 is a very busy year for Hedlund as three more films with his credit will be appearing in theatres. Be on the lookout for On the Road, Lullaby, and Inside Llewyn Davis all coming out this year!