CRUSHING ON: MATT LAURIA

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Go on and admit it… Matt Lauria is hot!

You may know Matt as the God-fearing high school strong safety in NBC’s football drama, Friday Night Lights, or perhaps as the embattled Iraqi vet with PTSD in the peacock network’s Parenthood. Lucky for you now you can also catch him as the tatted ex con who’s seeking reformation in DirecTV’s mixed-martial arts drama, Kingdom. So in case you were wondering, here are five things you may not have known about the abtastic hottie.

 

  1. HIS CHISELED BODY HAS MORE CREVICES THAN THE GRAND CANYON
    Not since seeing Zack Snyder’s 300 have I ever wanted to hit the weights so voraciously. Every time I get my Kingdom viewing fix, I grab the dumbbells and lift a few reps. I’ve even gone as far as to purchasing a door frame pull-up bar so I can work on my shoulders while I watch. You see, since my wife also watches, I have to royally step up my game. I digress, but still, Lauria has more muscle in his left pectoral than I have in my entire body. He attribute’s his ripped physique to his disciplined workout regimen and his vegan diet. “I’m a vegan, first of all, so I had to go the meatless route,” Lauria said. “You can’t do the whey protein or other dairy-based products.”

 

  1. HE’S BEEN HAPPILY MARRIED SINCE 2006
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    Let’s admit it, being happily married in Hollywood has never been the norm. At the ripe age of 30, Lauria is already two years shy of being hitched a decade. He also acknowledges that behind every great man is a great woman. “I wouldn’t have gotten any of these jobs without her,” Lauria said of his musician wife, Michelle. “Everything from supporting me, or running over auditions with me, or giving me different ideas for auditions. And after that would be my training. You can’t do it without other people. I’m very fortunate I’ve had people helping me.”

 

  1. NOT ONLY IS HE COMMITTED TO HIS WIFE, HE’S COMMITED TO HIS CRAFT
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    To prepare for the role of paroled fighter Ryan Wheeler in the gritty Kingdom, Lauria had to get down and dirty and learn to take and throw a few punches, kicks and an elbow or two. Before principal shooting, Lauria and his cast mates attended fight camp with UFC fighter Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in Pamona, California. “They got their asses kicked,” says show creator Byron Balasco. “It’s not about lifting weights. It’s really a way these guys move.”

 

  1. HE’S AMERICAN BORN, BUT PARTIALLY RAISED IN ENGLAND
    In a country where the majority of its inhabitants are without a passport, Lauria already has many of his fellow citizens beat – he’s lived abroad. When he was seven years old, Lauria and his family moved to the green pastures and cloudy skies of Ireland, where he spent several of his childhood years. Lauria developed his love for acting because of the European curriculum. “We were required to audition for plays—we had to, we had no choice,” he said. “It was the musical of Alice in Wonderland, so I had to sing. I had this thick Dublin accent—I sang, and it was bad. But I got the understudy for the March Hare. Then the lead got really, really sick, and I had to play the part—and it was just this incredible amount of fun.”

 

  1. LAURIA EVEN HAS STRAIGHT MEN CRUSHING ON HIM
    If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a straight, married male and I’m crushing HARD on Matt Lauria. Maybe it’s because both his characters on Friday Night Lights and Parenthood withdrew man tears from my previously insensitive eyes. I actually always watch Kingdom with a box of tissues by my side because I know the days of Lauria-induced tears are upon me. Or maybe it’s because we men appreciate a solid underrated thespian who’s got a bright future ahead of him. Only time will provide that answer. For now, we will continue to watch… and weep.

Christopher McDonald is a Senior Producer, Writer, Music Producer, Talent Booker and Photographer. He has produced and written for an array of programming including late-night television, cable news & editorial interviews. Having worked at CNN and PBS, Christopher is experienced in both live and taped formats and has 15 years continuous experience in the fast-paced ever-changing medium of television.Chris helped launch “Tavis Smiley” and “The Arsenio Hall Show” rebooting from the ground up. If you ever need to talk music and lyrical meaning with anyone, Christopher’s your guy. And whether he’s wearing loafers, Oxfords, clogs or sneakers, he’ll pull off the best moonwalk you will ever see.

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