Since The Hunger Games franchise, we've all developed quite the liking for Sam Claflin, who played one of the winners, Finnick Odair. He was quite the romantic in that role, but it was nothing compared to his Will Traynor in recent release Me Before You.
Claflin obviously has a talent for making people fall in love with him, but what don't we know?
1. His Original Plan Was To Be A Professional Soccer Player
Anyone who follows Sam on Twitter is no stranger to the fact that he is a die-hard soccer fan. What you probably didn't know is that he planned to make it his career until he broke both his ankles and switched to acting at 16 years old. He had played for Norwich schools at city level and Norfolk county level.
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2. He Is A Role Model For His Younger Brother
Once Sam decided to pursue acting, he attended LAMDA drama school for a 3-year BA acting degree. Of his three brothers, only the younger one, Joe Claflin, followed suit. Joe followed in his footsteps by earning the same LAMDA degree, which he started in 2009, the same year Sam graduated.
You may have spotted Joe in Grantchester (2014), Game of Thrones (2014) or Da Vinci's Demons (2013).
3. The Actor's Name Could Have Been Sam MacClaflin
Sam's heritage descends from Robert MacClaflin, a Scottish immigrant who made his way to Essex, MA in the late 1600s. Following the customs at the time, he shortened his to "Claflin" before dying in the French and Indian Wars in in Nouvelle-France.
4. His Favorite Place In The World Is Kauai
That's right. The actor made an official declaration on Twitter after visiting the site in Hawaii.
5. He Doesn't Like Chocolate!
He prefers gummy sweets and fruit, but if given the choice, he prefers UK chocolate over the American kind. At least he won't eat your chocolates on Valentine's Day...
6. Sam And Chris Hemsworth Have A (One-Sided?) Bromance
In an interview, Sam Claflin has been caught admitting to his wannabe romance with his former co-star's brother, Chris Hemsworth:
"Chris Hemsworth is like my bromance. Seriously, I think I really inherited one of my best friends now. He doesn't know this yet, but I'm going to stalk him if he doesn't. I do just genuinely believe Chris Hemsworth is a 6'3, more muscular version of me. And more handsome, but I try."
7. He Is Incredible At Lip-Syncing
Watch out Jimmy Fallon, because Sam Claflin not only lip-syncs to rap, but he's fully equipped with a back-up lip-syncer.
8. He Still Isn't 100% Comfortable Acting With An American Accent
While he has shown us time and again that he can more than pull off an American accent, the actor has admitted that it's always on his mind. He needs time to practice each line with an accent before delivering it on set.
"If I never have to do an American accent again, I will be very happy!"
9. Sam Is The Proud Father Of A Newborn
The 29-year-old actor and his his wife, actress Laura Haddock, welcomed their first child in December 2015. Claflin has mentioned that he's been busy filming, so he plans to spend some quality time with his son after Me Before You. Claflin has said of his son and his experience parenting:
"I always thought, naively, that I knew what it would be like. I always thought that I'd understand. [But when he was] born, it's like another level of love. Of course it's hard, [but] it's all worth it. The rewards are just endless. He's literally the best thing that's ever happened to me."
Look, so cute:
10. He Lost Almost 40 lbs. For ONE Scene In Me Before You!
If the caption above is a bit TL;DR for you, then allow me to summarize: For one scene in Me Before You, Mr. Caflin had to whip his top off, something he wasn't prepared to do until absolutely ripped. So, he followed a strict diet and get his ass in the gym, losing around 40 lbs. in three months! Crazy!
What do you like most about Sam Claflin?