I began working with Old Spice in 2010. The commercials opened up a lot of doors and gave me a higher profile. Iâ€™m still under contract, and Iâ€™m still a brand ambassador,Â so itâ€™s a nice title and job to have. Itâ€™s been a really fun experience. And I never thought learning how to ride a horse when I was 12 years old would come in handy in my career.
Out of the Shadows
Old Spice was everything for a long time. But since joining Shadowhunters, itâ€™s changed. My character is like the father figure for these young half-angel/half-human crime fighters who try to stop demons from taking over the earth. Heâ€™s like their Obi-Wan Kenobi…but a werewolf. We have one of the biggest online fan followings. Our fans are superengaged and absolutely wild, in the best possible way. Itâ€™s amazing.
Life After Football
Before I ever started acting, I played wide receiver at Arizona State and then had a few years in the NFL. A lot of times, when guys stop playing they get depressed and donâ€™t want to hit the gym, because itâ€™s no longer mandatory. But I was pretty consistent with my activity. And right after I retired, I started coaching track at Moorpark College. So I would actually train with my athletes, running sprints with them and doing their gym workouts.
I used to be really into weights, but these days I concentrate more on flexibility and movement. I do a lot of hot yoga because it warms my body up. At the gym, I usually work on body-weight exercises with a focus on form, like doing pullups the right way. I also like kettlebells, and I have a jump rope workout I like, where Iâ€™ll do 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off for 30 minutes.
On Thin Ice
I play hockey a lot. When I was living in L.A., I played three to four nights a week. Here in Toronto, where Shadowhunters is filmed, I play a little less. I try to train like Iâ€™m still a pro athlete. The only way I know how to train is to do everything at full speed. So a lot of days, Iâ€™ll get up at 6 a.m. to do yoga, skate at 10 a.m., and then do Pilates at 7 p.m. I donâ€™t really take days off. Itâ€™s hard for me to not do something athletic every day.
On the Fast Track
My diet is ridiculous. I can thank Terry Crews for that. He does intermittent fasting, eating all his meals between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., with a 16-hour fast outside of those hours. So I tried it in 2015, and Iâ€™ve been doing it ever since. The hardest thing is dealing with the complaints from hungry people around me who get mad that Iâ€™m not eating.
Shadowhunters returns spring 2019 on Freeform.
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