Presenting the heartthrob hunk that is soon to take your breath away, rising talented actor with looks to match, Blake Cooper Griffin. Blake and I caught and he clued me in on his slate for 2015 with theatre and television. We first talked about a feature film Griffin starred in, which was inspired by a short film, Love Is All You Need, on YouTube. The short film itself went viral with over 40,000 views and paved the way for a feature film to be made.
- The movie you star in, Love Is All You Need, what is it about?
It’s about a guy and a girl of a college campus who fall in love in a world where being gay is the norm, and they find themselves bullied when their relationship goes public. I play this character, Bill Bradley, who’s this college football quarterback, and the President of a Mega Beta Pi fraternity and he has major problems with the couple’s relationship. Here’s the thing, it’s a movie about everybody who’s ever felt different. I gotta say it’s 2015 and to me it’s embarrassing, there are who are tormented around the country for being different. What does this word different mean? Everybody’s different. So this is a movie about everybody, so in a way this is everybody’s story. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of it.
- What’s it like working with Debbie Ryan?
She came to my dressing room immediately when I got there the first day, welcomed me and was basically just a good friend and my buddy. She also directs on the show, she so involved in the show from the aspect to her role on it. I feel like I’ve been blessed to work with some really awesome people this year, and I would include her in this number.
Griffin has also been fortunate to work opposite Cuba Gooding Jr in the movie Life of King, here’s what he had to say about Cuba and how they met.
Ok, so this is funny. So first day coming to a movie set is like the first day of school, you don’t know anybody and you wanna make sure you get your bearings. I hadn’t met Cuba yet and someone came up and said, let me introduce you to Cuba because you’re working together, and I basically totally geeked out. (Laughs) I was like, you’re such an inspiration for me, you’re such a role model for me, I remember when you won your Oscar and you were jumping up and down on the stage. And the truth is, I told him, those were moments that were really pivotal for me in wanting to be an actor. The thing about Cuba Gooding Jr. is he’s so passionate, you know exactly how he feel about acting. I remember being a kid and sitting with my parents and we were all watching the Academy Awards, and when he was jumping up and down like that, his energy sort of represented what I felt about acting at the time.
I noted on how Griffin’s projects all tended to carry a message for the community and work in favor for it. He told me he hopes that continues for him and what his intentions were going into the acting career.
When I went to Drama School, what I really wanted to do with my life and as an actor was to reach people and make an impact through the art of storytelling. So having the chance to do things like Love Is All You Need, and Life Of A King, I feel like I’m kind of living that purpose a little bit, and I feel really humble and blessed to have that. You have to have the courage to stand up and fight for what you think is right, so I think acting is a way that I can play different parts and sort of say, we’re all in this together.
You can see Blake Cooper Griffin in the upcoming movie, Ride, starring Helen Hunt. Coming to a theater near you.