"Catching Fire's" Alan Ritchson in Da Man December 2013: I Wanted The Role of Finnick

Posted Tuesday December 3, 2013 2:38 PM GMT

He took on the role as male District 1 Tribute Gloss in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," but Alan Ritchson admits that he desired a different role.

In the latest issue of Da Man magazine, the 29-year-old actor shares details about auditioning for the film along with how he landed his role.

Highlights from Mr. Ritchson's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Da Man!

On his "Hunger Games" audition:
"I initially auditioned for the role of Finnick. I felt a connection to this character. I understood him and I auditioned for this role for Deb Zane, who was the casting director of the movie. When I didn’t hear back from her, I did what I wouldn’t recommend other actors to do: I wrote her a letter. A couple of months later, I got a call from Deb, offering the role of Gloss. It was interesting to me how that came about."

On his acting career:
"It’s been an interesting journey, my road has been one of seeing a door open and presenting opportunities that I’ve never expected. I could’ve gone to a music school anywhere in the country because I had a full music scholarship for singing. I started to go to college and I left because I didn’t feel fulfilled. I felt like I wasn’t challenged creatively. When I dropped out, I was offered a modeling contract, and it was just an opportunity that I took. I pursued it for a few years and it ended up taking me to L.A., where I saw that these models were also doing other things: commercials or auditioning for TV. Within the first three weeks, I booked three jobs. Maybe it was meant to be, and all the stars were aligned."

On his workout regime:
"I’d be lying if I say genetics don’t play some part of that, but at the same time, I think people take for granted how hard it is to achieve any kind of success. I do work really hard, I work out five days a week and I’m very disciplined about my regimen. I focus on cardio; it’s the foundation of my workout. The best of me is poured into that and the rest of it goes into resistance training. If anyone wants to get ripped, I recommend sprint training."

Photo Credit: Mitchell Nguyen McCormack for Da Man

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