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Vikings' Travis Fimmel Never Wanted to Act & Still Doesn't

Vikings' Travis Fimmel Never Wanted to Act & Still Doesn't

Travis Fimmel started off his career as a model and he fell into acting, something he says he never wanted to do and still doesn’t want to do.

“I just f–king came out here and tried to do it. I did a class. I never wanted to be an actor, ever. I still don’t,” the 38-year-old Vikings actor told GQ Australia when asked to describe the moment he realized he could act.

Travis is not a fan of going on auditions and promoting his projects.

“I hate it. Absolutely hate it. It’s very unrealistic. There’s people that like to get up and talk in front of people. I wasn’t the kid that enjoyed reading out loud in class,” Travis told the mag about doing casting meetings. “I’ve walked out halfway through, embarrassed, plenty of times. I put myself on video tape. I can’t remember the last job I got from actually auditioning. It’s horrible. Nervous, sweaty, embarrassed. I feel like a little monkey. I just panic. I get out of there.”

Travis tries to keep his publicity to a minimum these days.

“You just have to do it. But it doesn’t get easier,” he said. “You get a bit more selective about what things you do. You try to do one thing that gets seen, so you don’t have to do five.”

“It’s always uncomfortable,” he said. He is also not a fan of endorsement deals, saying, “That’s the worst thing, you have to promote stuff that you don’t like at all. Yeah. You’re just lying the whole time, mate.”

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  • Max

    oh honey, nobody confused you with an actor.

  • skye3245

    Hold on I got an idea for you since you hate actually doing your job and spending all day complaining about how frustrating it is to even try….CARE YOUR ASS BACK DOING CONSTRUCTION!!!!!! How about that!?!

  • Orsi Kovacs

    As Ragnar he was great, I stopped watching after he stopped being in the show. But it’s not news that he hates promoting and being seen out of character. He always seemed so uncomfortable and shy. Maybe he should quit acting and start doing something he truly enjoys

  • Woodsboro

    if he’s hating on acting, on promoting, etc, why he’s doing it? Nobody force him to do it, just quit and stop complaining, gosh how annoying, specially for people that wake up everyday and do more harder job than him, or people that wakes up in the morning and doesn’t find a job, he can travel, he’s rich, he’s loved by many people around the world but if he hates all of that he should have the courage to quit, that’s all.

  • cafeast

    When he was a model, he said he was only doing it to become an actor. Now he is an actor, he says he doesn’t want to be one. Maybe if he had been less of a dick for doing a nothing of a job he’s lucky to be doing, then he would have been more successful at it and would not need to audition. Like ever.

  • cafeast

    He wants to be a farmer. You think that is a better profession?

  • D_J_B

    Loved him as Ragnar on The Vikings! He was fantastic and was definitely the “heart” of the show.

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  • Eric Christiansen

    I want to be a farmer, I also hate what I do.

  • Eric Christiansen

    I want to be a farmer, I also hate what I do.