30 Interesting Facts about Charlie Hunnam

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30 Interesting Facts about Charlie Hunnam

30 Interesting Facts about Charlie Hunnam

Charlie

  1. Charlie’s mum was an artist, and his dad was a scrap-metal dealer, and they separated when he was young. His dad passed away in 2013.
  2. He has one older brother and two younger half brothers, and he calls his older brother “one of the toughest guys” he’s met.
  3. He grew up in Newcastle, England, and later moved to a small country village, where he ended up fighting a lot because “people tried to prove their worth by fighting the Newcastle kid.” He had a “horrible time” in school because he had to defend himself a lot.
  4. Growing up, Charlie played rugby.
  5. For years it’s been his dream to live “a little obscure life,” because he’s felt as if he was on “the cusp of an existential crisis” since he was 3 years old.
  6. That same draw toward a smaller life is why Charlie planned to buy a ranch, but he had “something of a nervous breakdown” last year and ended up backing out.
  7. He credits his social awareness to his upbringing, saying, “I grew up in a pretty socially and economically depressed place. I felt really conscious as a very, very young man — like 7 or 8 — that everybody was just so caught up in survival and the drudgery of just getting through the day.”
  8. Although he definitely wasn’t a nerd, Charlie says he wasn’t the coolest kid in school: “I mean, I had my awkward years.”
  9. The film Excalibur inspired him to become an actor.
  10. Charlie was approached by a talent scout when he was drunk and doing some last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve.
  11. Having never been to America, he moved to LA when he was 18 years old.
  12. After Charlie met actress Katharine Towne at aDawson’s Creek audition in 1998, the two dated for three weeks and got married. They divorced in 2002.
  13. He and his current girlfriend, jewellry designer Morgana McNelis (pictured above), met in 2007, and he wears a ring she gave him that’s engraved with the phrase “I love you endlessly.”
  14. His relationship is part of why he isn’t fazed by fangirls. Of all the female attention, he’s said, “To what end? I have a girlfriend. If you were, like, 25 and a p*ssy hound, being famous would be awesome. But it’s not like I’m spending too much time in Vegas or in the Hollywood clubs or anything like that. So it doesn’t really benefit me much.”
  15. As for Charlie’s most forward fan enounter? A woman once yelled, “Jax! I want to f*cking rape you!” Well, then.
  16. When it comes to feeling pressured to be fit, Charlie blames Brad Pitt, saying, “F*cking Brad Pitt ruined it for everyone. After Fight Club, the expectation of what a dude is supposed to look like when he takes off his shirt is just so high.”
  17. As for that body, he doesn’t have a trainer because he considers working out his time to himself.
  18. He has been very open about his use of Marijuana and for the record, he says he can smoke a joint and go straight to the gym.
  19. Along with being health-conscious, he’s also eco-conscious. He brought his own eggs to set while filming Sons of Anarchy because they were from a farm down the road.
  20. He also gave up fish for 18 months after getting really torn up over the End of the Line documentary, which is all about the effects of overfishing.
  21. Don’t be surprised if the actor adds “writer” to his résumé. Charlie wrote a script about Vlad the Impaler, and although he developed the project with Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, it hasn’t moved forward yet.
  22. Over the years, he’s turned down some interesting roles. His pal Jason Segel wrote a part for him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but Charlie couldn’t do it, so the role went to Russell Brand. He’s said, “I couldn’t see that movie for a while because I was a bit tortured by it,” adding, “Russell Brand did a so much better job than I would have done in the movie.”
  23. He isn’t really interested in doing comedy, though, he said, “I’ve worked with comedy people, and those motherf*ckers are seriously funny. You step in with the Seth Rogens of the world, you better have some jokes.”
  24. He also turned down Thor, and he feels like Chris Hemsworth was right for the part.
  25. Like his Sons of Anarchy character, he’s into motorcycles, and he rides a Harley. Talking about riding, he’s said, “You smell the scents of the city, the garbage, the flowers, and bread baking. I feel more engaged in the world on a bike. That’s the romantic side of it.”
  26. Also like Jax Teller, he smokes, but “guiltily,” sometimes smoking one or two cigarettes a day, and sometimes none.
  27. He isn’t afraid to defend himself, either. He keeps a machete in his office, and when a burglar came into his house, he challenged him: “I pinned him to the ground and said, ‘Dude, I’m not going to f*ck you up this time, but if you ever come near here again, literally, they’ll never find your body — I’ll cut you in so many pieces.'”
  28. Charlie has some interesting habits, including his sneaker obsession. For years he collected Nike Airmax 90 shoes, eventually ending up with 85 pairs. Recently, though, he picked six or seven to keep, then gave the rest to friends and to charity.
  29. He also admits that he steals clothes, attributing his large wardrobe to the clothes he’s taken from movie sets and from the Sons of Anarchy set.
  30. One special habit he has, though, is his cool New Year’s tradition: “I tend to go to bed really early on New Year’s Eve. Then I wake up early, drive up while it’s still dark, and hike out somewhere beautiful to watch the sunrise. I just take a couple hours and have a post-mortem of the year.”

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