A hunky actor in the new Hunger Games hit movie, Catching Fire, has a past as an underwear model.
Alan Ritchson, who plays the character of Gloss in the film, is perhaps best known for his take on the role of Aquaman on TV’s Smallville.
But, before his acting career began to take off, the 28-year-old hunk was a model for brands such as for Abercrombie & Fitch as well as posing almost in the buff for internationaljock.com and N2N Bodywear.
With his stunning body, it’s no wonder Ritchson took to underwear modelling to pay the bills. He recently spoke to The Backlot about his modelling days.
“The work that I did, I mean, I am not ashamed of. I’m very proud of the work that I did. The work for N2N, this is a male lingerie line. A lot of people don’t understand that. I mean that’s what I did. I advertised products and I think I did that to the best of my ability,” he said.
Ritchson admitted, however, that he might prefer it if these pictures went away.
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“I have worked especially hard recently to really control my image in a way that demonstrates who I am today and what capacity I work in today and I’ve realized in doing so, it’s just this matrix that just grows exponentially. One person picks up a picture. You click it. You reblog it. Right now, it’s in 10 places then and a few people see it and it’s infinite. I mean, it’s like how do you change an online image? It’s very difficult to do.”
Notably, the actor also appeared in the TV series 90210 and shared a man-on-man kiss with actor Trevor Donovan. In real life, he married his wife Catherine in 2006. Lucky gal! He also recently became a dad.
This stud also has a fine singing voice and managed to make it through the first round of American Idol by serenading Paula Abdul in his 2004 audition.
Ritchson will soon be seen in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film as the character of Raphael (although he’s sadly likely to be covered up in a virtual giant turtle suit).
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened in the US this past weekend and took the box-office top spot, earning a very impressive $161M – an all-time November weekend opening record.