“People! I ain’t People! I am a shimmering glowing star in the cinema firmament.” A quote plucked from Chris Wood’s favorite movie, Singin In The Rain. Without a doubt, a true indication that Chris Wood inhabits the makings of Hollywood’s greatest up and coming actors.
Chris wasted no time on fast tracking his career by attending Elon University in North Carolina, where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Theater.
Photographer: Kaleb Khu
Written By: Chris Keith
Stylist: Brandon Nicholas H. & Art Hunter G.
Grooming: Taschi Lynell
Set Coordinator: Tony Madrid
You probably best know Chris Wood as Malachai Parker in the sixth season of the CW Network’s television series The Vampire Diaries. He’s also appeared as writer Adam Weaver on The Carrie Diaries. You can now catch him on the CW series Containment in the role of Jake Riley, a police officer in Atlanta dealing with a mysterious epidemic outbreak.
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We got a chance to sit down with him and ask him a few of our Ferrvor questions about menswear, fashion, and what makes Chris Wood tick.
Chris, good to see you! Being a menswear focused magazine, have to ask, what is your approach on menswear?
I try to keep it easy and not have to work too hard. It should never look like the clothes are wearing me.
What’s Chris Wood personal style like?
I feel most comfortable in boots, jeans, and a t-shirt. I’ll throw on a casual button-down or leather jacket if it’s cold. My mother teases me because my clothing is mostly black and gray, but hey, if it ain’t broke…
Give me a movie title that best describes you.
SINGING IN THE RAIN
If our Photographer, Kaleb Khu spent a day with you on your day off what would it be like, what would you do?
If it was my day off, I’d probably make him run errands with me. Pick up the dry cleaning, grab some groceries, hit the gym… But then there would definitely be some delicious food and drinks, and probably a Dodgers game.
At Ferrvor we are all about being gentleman, what’s your definition of being a Gentleman, indeed, a Ferrvor gentleman in 2016?
Being a gentleman is about respecting people. Treating your friends like family, keeping a cool head in moments of chaos, taking care of your partner. Prioritize your needs with others’ needs, and tend to theirs as often as you can. Be sympathetic. Know what’s going on in the world. Care. Don’t strive to be an alpha male, just be you. And be you quietly. Don’t tell people what a gentleman you are, lead by example.
Los Angeles is known for some great food – What is the best place in your opinion to get your food fix on?
Too hard to pick one! Terroni, Katsuya, Bestia.
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How did you prepare for your role as Jake Riley?
I worked with law enforcement officers and read books that helped me to get into that police brain. Working out was a big component, as I needed to have an appropriate physique for the physical jobs that my character does. I had to spend some time ‘trying on’ my character, as I like to think of it, to figure out how he ticks and what motivates him. Fleshing out some of his backstory and figuring out what led him to the moment we meet him was important to me, so that he was a real person and not just a temporary caricature.
To that point, how did you keep your body in shape for the role?
In prep for the show, I did heavy weight training for about two hours in the morning and sometimes an additional hour for an evening session. Once we started shooting, that had to simplify to keep up with my busy shoot schedule. I had some early morning sessions before 6am calls, and some late sessions when I wrapped in the evening. You just have to get in the hours whenever you can, you know? If I was off for a scene or two at work, I would do body weight and band exercises in my trailer, or sprints in the parking lot. That’s a perk of being on a show where your character isn’t showering much and often looking dirty—the makeup artist actually thanks you for getting gross on your own.
What has been one of your most memorable moments as an actor so far?
Honestly, getting the opportunity to play Jake in Containment. It was a terrific challenge for me, and I learned a lot from my character in the process.
What do you consider a romantic date?
If it involves Italian food and incredible wine, you’ve got a pretty good start. My girlfriend and I love having a long, leisurely meal and talking for ages. Going out to a concert or to see a film is fantastic, but sometimes those evenings spent cuddled up on the couch with a glass of wine and a fire are the best ones.
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Who is your celebrity crush – why?
Meryl Streep. Need I say more?
Playing characters is what actors love and I guess why you do what you do. What are some dream roles that you want to play?
I would love to wield a light saber or play my favorite superhero, Batman. I’ve always wanted to incorporate another of my loves, baseball, into my work, so getting to play a baseball player would be a dream.
Where do you consider a wanderlust destination? Why?
I have not been to Thailand, but I LOVE Thai food. My mouth actually salivates when I think about it.
If you had to pick between Michael Malarkey or Ian Somerhalder to go on a journey to The Temple of Doom with you who would it be and why?
I think I’d have to pick Malarkey, only because I’d get lost in Ian’s eyes and would have a hard time focusing on the Doom. Also, Michael seems like he’s good at running from boulders and fighting with a whip.
What did you learn from being on set with the Ferrvor Team today?
The Ferrvor team is a group of cool cats, they make work easy and hilarious.
And that’s a wrap! Thanks Chris for your time and for a great shoot.
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