We are only a month and change into the new year, but already, girlie mag Cosmopolitan is naming their Man of the Year for 2012. With the subtle of Fun & Fearless, Sam Worthington is the one who garners the new title. At 35, this fairly new to the Hollywood scene actor is making women (and let’s face, a ton of homos) weak at the knees with his laid back attitude, soulful eyes and raspy voice. Sam has proven that he can play a plethora of roles but claims that he’s not truly the bad boy he plays in the majority of his movies. However, when you read the interview Cosmo did with Sam, you may think otherwise.
So many actors become famous at a young age—has entering the spotlight when you’re a little older helped you deal with the craziness?
If I was in my 20s and all this had happened, I probably would have turned into an absolute jerk. But since I’m 35…I think that kind of grounds you a bit more.
Why is it that guys in their 20s are often such a mess?
Well, you think you know who you are in your 20s. When I was in my 20s, I thought I knew who I was. And then as soon as I turned 30, I realized that person has bruises and bumps and dark parts. And you kind of go, well, that’s it. I’d rather embrace it than force myself to change. And by embracing those parts of you, you can actually work on them more. You don’t act as if you know it all.
Is the glitz of Hollywood hard on your love life?
It can be, yeah. I love my job; I love the world that it is. But I don’t want someone who is just in love with that world. I want to be with someone who is in love with me, warts and all. And even though I’ve got my faults—I wake up late or my socks stink—that’s the thing that they’re in love with.
Do your socks really stink?
Yeah, badly. The dog loves it, but everyone else hates it!
Are there any specific qualities you look for in a woman?
My job makes my emotions go up and down quite a bit, and as I said, you try to keep yourself grounded. So if someone has the ability to just kind of take my hand and say, you know, it’s okay. The world’s not ending. If I’m with someone and they can help me work through that, then that’s the best person because they’re seeing you for who you are, which is quite vulnerable.
So you’re high-maintenance?
Yeah, I think most actors can be pains in the ass! You spend five months filming in outer space and saving the world, and suddenly that kind of family unit and story disappears and you come crashing back down to Earth and you have to do your own washing…and most actors are insecure that the last job they did will be their last job ever. I was told in my 20s that it gets easier. It certainly doesn’t.
What do you do between roles?
Cook eggs with my girl, sleep in, go for walks, watch crap TV like America’s Next Top Model, that kind of stuff—just be normal.
Is it key for your girlfriend to share your taste in pop culture?
I think it can help. The most important thing to have in common is that you can do nothing and enjoy each other’s company. I like to play board games a lot with my girl, things like that. We attempt to cook. And even if it goes wrong, it doesn’t matter because it’s the time you spend doing it that’s important.
What kind of board games?
We play Sorry! Yeah, I like that one.
It’s hard to picture you playing Sorry! after watching you kill enemies in a Call of Duty commercial.
Well, that’s the thing. You do the Call of Duty ad so you can look cool! In the movies, they make you look good and tough, but in real life, it’s completely the opposite. I do these über roles, I think, because in real life I’m quite shy and reserved. In real life, I’m a dork.
What confuses you about women?
That we are polar opposites but can still click, can still be best friends. I like that confusion. If it were always simple, it would be boring.
For all the Sam goodness, pick up the February issue of Cosmopolitan.