Earlier this year, the Internet went a little crazy when they discovered that Matthew Lewis, the actor who played awkward Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise, was looking sexy in the BBC Three series Bluestone 42. Now the 25-year-old actor has decided to show off his pecs and abs on the cover of Attitude to get the boys (and girls) hearts pumping harder.
In the interview, Lewis discusses his next role in Me Before You — co-starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series) — in which he plays a triathlete and personal trainer, which also required a svelte form.
"I spoke to the director and I said it’d be nice to get into the mindset of someone like that, because he’s not drinking alcohol, he’s just eating salads all the time, and I was very interested to know where you go to in your mind to have that level of commitment. So I sort of gave up alcohol – I say sort of, I have given up alcohol [Laughs]." He adds that he's also off sugar and has given up carbs, but he misses it all. "I can’t wait for a pint of lager, I tell you that! The pizza and beer will definitely be making a comeback over the summer."
But perhaps the most difficult part for this hairy guy may be the intense personal grooming routine that he has to look forward to.
"Apparently triathletes shave their legs for added aerodynamics, to buy you that extra couple of milliseconds. And my character, that is what he would do, so I think I’ll be losing the leg hair! I haven’t waxed before. I was quite keen just to shave every day but it was Emilia’s idea. She was like ‘No just wax it! Then you’ll only have to do it once!’ I was like, ‘Argh!’ I haven’t done it yet but we’ll see!"
Maybe he should take some advice from our experts on how to "keep up down there."
The strangest part for us in the States may be the fact that the interview discusses Lewis's teeth. It's not fetish — we think — just something a British reporter would ask a British actor.
Your teeth are great I must say. They’re making me want to sort out mine.
"[Laughs] Thanks man! Whenever I go back to Leeds or see people I went to school with they always talk about my veneers. I’m like, ‘I haven’t got veneers, these are my actual teeth!’ If I can’t fucking convince people I went to school with how am I going to convince anyone else! I had these braces – which were fucking painful by the way – for six months, and then it was kind of a weird thing, I was excited I guess to go on the red carpet on the release of the last film and be me, and not to have to have the fat suit under my t-shirt. It was quite an exciting buzz. I was 21, I was like ‘yeah, this’ll be cool!’ It was never meant to be a ‘hey everyone, look at me!’ but it was nice to be able to go and be myself. And then obviously a lot of attention focused on it, which I didn’t expect at all. I’ve never considered myself to be good-looking at all. Just average."
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