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Chris Carmack

James Christopher Carmack is an American actor, singer, and former fashion model. He is known for his roles in three popular television showsβ€”the teen drama series The O.C. (2003–2004) as Luke Ward, the country music drama Nashville as Will Lexington (2012–2018), and the medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2018–present) as Dr. Atticus Lincoln.

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There are a lot of opportunities to do a lot of great, wonderful things, and if you say yes to them all, you will not sleep or breathe or eat.
I lived in a little shack in Santa Monica, and I was working on 'The O.C.' and when it started airing, I took my laundry down to the laundromat like I always had, and so many people along the two blocks I walked and in the laundromat stopped me and asked me for photographs.
I am actively campaigning for 'chest hair' to become an Olympic sport. β€” Β© Chris Carmack
I am actively campaigning for 'chest hair' to become an Olympic sport.
In terms of exploring an identity in the country music world, what I realized very quickly was that there are people who have been performing country music since they were kids. It's very much a part of who they are; very much that jazz and blues are a part of who I am, because I grew up listening to and playing that kind of music.
I grew up in Maryland on the East Coast - you know, close to D.C. but sort of in the suburban, rural area - and Nashville felt very, very homey to me.
As actors, we're so used to the axe falling, and then we all go our separate ways. I can tell you, the feeling amongst the cast in 'Nashville' is, we don't feel like we're done. It feels like, in some way, we're just hitting our stride.
When I came to Nashville, I was sort of experimenting with a new identity, experimenting with the country world and country writers. I realized I needed to take a step back from that, to be true to some of the music I've been doing over the years and to put that into the world before I move forward and redefine myself again.
I ran into Ben McKenzie a couple of times on the streets of L.A., and we hung out one time, and that's it.
I grew up in a neighborhood that was surrounded by farms. There was a horse farm behind me and dairy farms on either side.
I'm honestly kind of scared of horror films. My girlfriend always tries to expose them to me. Being in a scary movie and seeing all the fake blood and stuff definitely takes away from the magic and kind of humanizes scary movies to me now, though.
Performing live is easy in front of an audience.
I have these songs that I've been playing for so many years. They're so intimate and close to me. And these are songs that probably a major label would not be interested in - some of them, anyway - interested in putting on a record.
Music kept me sane between acting jobs.
Success has a lot of different plateaus. But I first felt really proud of myself when I was doing an off-Broadway production in New York City. β€” Β© Chris Carmack
Success has a lot of different plateaus. But I first felt really proud of myself when I was doing an off-Broadway production in New York City.
It wasn't until I became involved with 'Nashville' that I thought I had opportunities to record my music in a way that I would want to put it out into the world.
I've always been a fan of Buddy Guy as a guitarist, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan and those blues guys. I'd say those are pretty big influences on me.
What I've run into more than anything is people who have a belief that they know who you are. Type-casting happens because people actually write you off. 'You are in this box. That's all you are; that's everything you are.' It's a very de-humanizing experience.
I've been writing songs on little pieces of paper since I was a little kid, and it's just always been something I've done.
CNT was a good fit for 'Nashville,' and 'Nashville' was a great fit for CNT, and so timing was right. You know, they're investing more in scripted television - the show brought a lot of more eyeballs to CNT, eyeballs that are interested in country music - so, I mean, it couldn't have been a better fit.
This is going to sound ridiculous, but I read in an interview with Lil Wayne that he recorded a mixtape of something like 50 straight minutes of him rapping all of his material because he felt like he could never move on to the next phase of his musical exploration if he didn't get it down on tape.
I think the 'Jaws' shark and the 'Shark Night' shark would fall in love and make sweet babies.
I've often been described more than once in my life as very much like a golden retriever: just sort of happy and excited to do whatever it is, even if it's as simple as retrieving a ball and bringing it back ad nauseum.
I love how Hollywood still wants to perpetuate the myth that beaches in Southern California are warm at night.
I describe my years in Los Angeles as 12 years of culture shock.
I really do love the theater, and as you get deeper into your career, it gets harder to carve out the time to do theater.
I'm a fan of Otis Redding. I've sat around trying to copy some of his phrasing and learn from him, but it kinda falls short.
The music is something I've always done and always loved but always really kept for myself. Something I do for me.
I'm somebody who values anonymity - not just in terms of not wanting people to recognize me or wanting my privacy, but I value anonymity in conversation.
Let's be honest - it's hard for me to get more sexy, but I'm giving it a go.
I have gotten better at saying to myself, 'Relax and just take this moment in. Appreciate it for what it is.'
I grew up playing the saxophone. I joined the jazz band in high school, but somewhere along the way I realized the guys who strummed acoustic guitars at parties were the ones who got the attention. So I asked a friend to show me a few chords, and when I moved to L.A. I spent a lot of time practicing my guitar.
Being an assistant in a computer lab was the worst job I ever had. It was boring. That was when I was in college.
I think a movie is a great date idea for younger couples. It takes the pressure off, since something else is entertaining you. It's also good for couples in a very comfortable relationship.
I've found it really hard to finish writing songs when you're writing on not just your schedule but somebody else's. β€” Β© Chris Carmack
I've found it really hard to finish writing songs when you're writing on not just your schedule but somebody else's.
I thought, when I came to Nashville, I was going to hook up with some of the top country writers in town and write some country tunes.
I've often been described more than once in my life as very much like a golden retriever. Just sort of happy and excited to do whatever it is even if it's as simple as retrieving a ball and bringing it back ad nauseum.
People really do identify with the characters they see on the show, but these days, social media allows you to interact with fans in a really interesting way. On my Twitter account, I'm Chris Carmack, not Will Lexington. I interact with fans and joke with them. I'll post pictures from my life. I think that helps drop the curtain of a character.
I have a couple of nice guitars that I use, but I don't have anything that I collect. I collect a lot of dust in my apartment, if that counts for anything.
I like taking things apart and putting them back together. Tinkering. I'd be a professional tinkerer. Tinkerbell. I think that's what they're called.
A career like mine as an actor has a lot of ups and downs. Sometimes you wonder if you're not wasting your time trying to carve out a space for yourself in this crazy entertainment industry.
I've been very lucky in my employment over the years. You would think that the worst job I've ever had was as janitor, but it really wasn't, because I was a janitor at my dad's office building when I was younger.
I think I was a pretty energetic kid. Well, I was energetic until about my mid-20s when I discovered alcohol. That's not entirely true, but you get older and the edge comes off.
I really do love the theater and as you get deeper into your career, it gets harder to carve out the time to do theater.
I felt a certain modicum of success because I had been paid well to be an actor for the first time in my life, but I felt like I had done adolescent work on the show, and stepping into the New York theater arena was the first time I felt like I'd come into my own. I felt like I was proving myself in a gladiatorial arena.
I don't want to go to the future. I'm scared of the future! β€” Β© Chris Carmack
I don't want to go to the future. I'm scared of the future!
In terms of hardline right-wing people on television, there's some people that make me cringe when I change the channel.
I'm no expert in what country artists go through or how country audiences would react, but I'll say that the work I did to put myself in Will Lexington's shoes absolutely led me to believe that it would ruin his career. Meanwhile, I was getting lots of supportive messages saying, "Will Lexington should just come out! It's 2015 already, audiences are going to embrace it!"
One of my pet peeves is that when people are in their automobiles, I think they're exceptionally rude on the road. I would love to have the superpower to make their cars break down after they do something rude on the road so the freeways would be littered with these jackasses who have broken-down cars.
I've run into more than anything is people who have a belief that they know who you are. Type-casting happens because people actually write you off. "You are in this box. That's all you are, that's everything you are." It's a very de-humanizing experience.
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