WEIRDLAND: Kyle Chandler: a nice fellow

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kyle Chandler: a nice fellow

I`d give anything to meet: Jimmy Stewart. I`d like to say thank you.

Favorite childhood memory: My father used to pick me up from school, and I`d ask him 10 times to take me to the ice cream parlor. He`d say no nine times, and then we`d end up there.

People who knew me in high school thought I was: Really weird. I was very, very, very shy.

I knew I was a grownup when I: Left home at 22 to come out to Los Angeles.

If I`ve learned one thing in life, it`s: That I don`t know anything.

Major accomplishment: Being able to support myself and help out my mother.

My most humbling experience: Moving to Los Angeles. It`s a tough city, especially when you grew up in Georgia.

When people first meet me, they think: ``He`s a nice fella.``

The words that best describe me: Quiet, loves to laugh, non-judgmental. Source:

Kyle Chandler is that kind of guy, a throwback to a classic, Jimmy Stewart breed of celebrity. "I'm not expecting I'll be a megastar," says Kyle Chandler, in his Georgia drawl. "I just love what I do, and I can't believe I get paid to do it. I'm the luckiest guy in the world."

Q: What's the number one way you and your wife have kept your marriage strong all these years?

We trust each other — absolutely, 100 percent. We run into some pretty tough arguments sometimes, but the idea is that at the end of the day, my wife and I realize that we'll always be holding each other's hand. This is a lifelong relationship, and she hasn't gotten rid of me yet. My grandparents got married at a very young age, and a lot of what I think about marriage is based on their relationship. I watched them over the years and saw how they dealt with everything together, as a team. I love the institution of marriage, and I love my marriage.

Q: Does anything about your wife drive you nuts?

Let me word this delicately. My wife, she likes to have things uncluttered, and if something is missing, then one has to be very careful not to ask her if it was thrown out — you have to ask her simply where it might be. But really, there's not much about her that isn't amazing. There, that ought to win me some points.

Q: Are you particularly helpful around the house?

I do like to cook; I'm sort of a mad scientist in the kitchen. My father always made breakfast in the morning, before we went to school. Whether we wanted to or not, us kids had to sit down and eat. So now I'm doing that with my kids, and I'm the one standing there while they grunt, saying, "Eat your breakfast now, come on." And on the show, my character's home is an actual house that we film in, so I've started cooking breakfast for the crew in the house's kitchen. It started out where it was just bacon, but now there's pancakes and eggs and toast and butter. Most days, I start by cooking up around 15 bacon strips, and handing that out, and then usually someone will come up and say, "Can I have a pancake?" I take all requests. Because believe me, it's important to keep people fed. You don't mess around with your film crew.

Q: What is one thing you couldn't live without?

My family. But in terms of material things: We went through all those forest fires out here in California, and at one point my family and I thought about what we'd take if we had to evacuate. You learn real quick that there's not much. Photographs, maybe, but even those you could learn to live without.

Q: Do you think there's something to be said for having become famous later in life, rather than when you were younger?

Well, you know, I've had brushes with fame at various points. I've been famous, then not famous, then famous, then not famous — I always looked at the acting as something that was its own reward. And now, especially, this show that I'm on, where I get to play a real adult in a real world — just getting to do that feels like the reward.

Q: How do you feel about having female fans swoon over you, at this stage of your career?

Honestly, no one has really mentioned it much to me, so I guess I haven't noticed it. But it's certainly not anything that I'm going to complain about. If there's anything that's more appealing about me to women now, at this age as opposed to when I was younger, it's probably the fact that this is the first time I'm playing a husband and father — someone who is real, and grown-up, and grounded. I think that's what's most appealing. So, see, it's not me — it's my character. Source:


Jayne Hasselroth said...

I absolutely love Kyle Chandler like a son. I became a fan while he was on "Homefront" and just a few years later lost my own son. Kyle very much reminds me of my son and since that time he has become even more special to me. He is a great actor and a wonderful human being. I believe the artical meant to say non-judgemental because after following his career, I find him to be that. He treats all his fans with respect. As we say on his Fan Club site on facebook...Best Looking...Best Actor...Kyle Chandler! And, Think Kyle and Smile!

Kendra said...

thanks a lot for your comment, I'm so sorry of hearing about your loss, Jayne. I've fixed that typo as non-judgmental, that's I thought when I first read that interview. I'm glad Mr. Chandler is such a special person and role model for you, Jayne, I re-discovered him recently and I've become a big fan too :)